Music Mood Board: All Things Beyoncé, Because Black Is King


I initially had a different theme planned for this week's Music Mood Board, but that was nixed after I watched Beyoncé's Black Is King. Most of the songs featured in the visual album are from Bey's 2019 LP The Lion King: The Gift, but, to coincide with the premiere of Black Is King, she blessed us with a deluxe edition of the record. So it's only right that I play the hour-long album on repeat while thinking about the awe-inspiring visuals, outfits, and beauty looks Bey serves in the Disney+ film. The entire collection of jams is a tour de force, but I have my personal favorites. So keep reading to see which songs I've been blasting loud enough for my whole neighborhood to hear.

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"Nile" by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar

Lamar is one of my all-time favorite rappers, so you can imagine how hyped I was when this collaboration first came out last year. I was hoping he'd make an appearance in Black Is King, but, in true K-Dot fashion, he remained out of the spotlight. I guess he really is an antisocial extrovert. Still, the part of the film that features this song perfectly matches the track's entrancing sound.

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"Mood 4 Eva" by Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, and Oumou Sangaré

The amount of swag that emanates from "Mood 4 Eva" is almost overwhelming, especially after you watch Black Is King and see Beyoncé singing this song in a luxurious mansion. My living room couch that my roommate and I took from the side of a street isn't exactly lavish, but I'll pretend it is while belting "I'm so unbothered!" at the top of my lungs.

(Quick footnote: We took the couch from the sidewalk before the pandemic hit, I promise. This is relatively normal in New York, OK?)

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"Brown Skin Girl" by Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, Saint Jhn, Wizkid

Tears streamed down my face when I first heard "Brown Skin Girl" last year, because it's such a meaningful ode to Black women. It's a song that I wish I had growing up and struggling with my appearance and sense of self-worth. All of those emotions bubbled right back up when I saw Beyoncé perform this in Black Is King, surrounded by so many beautiful Black girls and women. This will forever be my self-love anthem.

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"Already" by Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, and Major Lazer

Whew, this beat and this video . . . *a million chef's kisses.* That's all I have to say about this, TBH.

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"My Power" by Beyoncé, Nija, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack, Moonchild Sanelly, and DJ Lag

If you look up the word "dynamic" in the dictionary, you'll see a screenshot of the "My Power" scene in Black Is King. Between the choreography and cameos of the featured artists, it's one of the most energetic, chill-inducing sequences in the film, and it's my absolute favorite part.

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"Scar" by 070 Shake and Jessie Reyez

Did I squeal when I saw my girl Jessie Reyez appear in Black Is King? Yes. Did I rap every single word from her verse because it's just that good? Also yes. This is probably one of the more underrated songs on The Lion King: The Gift, but, hopefully, it'll get a little more recognition now.

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"Black Parade (Extended Version)" by Beyoncé

Here I was thinking "Black Parade" couldn't get any better than the original or the a cappella version — silly me. I should've known Beyoncé would give this Juneteenth jam a zesty marching-band-style twist. She knows what the people want!