3. The visual album’s spoken-word interludes were written and adapted by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire.
Over the course of the film, Beyoncé quotes extensively from Shire’s spoken-word album Warsan Versus Melancholy (The Seven Stages of Being Lonely), as well as the poems “Nail Technician as Palm Reader” and “Grief Has Its Blue Hands in Her Hair.”
6. Beyoncé’s bat in the “Hold Up” video is branded with the words “Hot Sauce.”
As in “I keep hot sauce in my bag, swag.”
7. “Love Drought” was co-written by Beyoncé’s longtime friend and recent Parkwood signee Ingrid Burley.
Ingrid recently released her first single, “Flex,” which is absolute fire and should be added to your summer party playlists immediately.
9. Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee helped write “Formation.”
10. Diplo, MNEK, Ezra Koenig, Emile Haynie, and Father John Misty are among the 15 writers credited on “Hold Up.”
Part of the reason there are so many writers credited on “Hold Up” is that the song features lyrical interpolations from Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On” and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps.”
11. The intricate white body paint Beyoncé and her backup dancers sport at various points throughout the visual album was designed by Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Laolu Senbanjo.
12. According to producer Boots, the psych-pop band Animal Collective are credited on “6 Inch” because Team Bey realized after writing the song that the lyric “She too smart to crave material things” was similar to the “I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things” line in the Animal Collective song “My Girls.”
“[It was] similar to when George Harrison got sued for ‘My Sweet Lord,’” Boots explained in a Genius annotation. “you write it and sing it and think ‘thats fucking great!!!’ and everyone high fives and you’re all geniuses for fourteen seconds but it turns out its great because someone else already fucking wrote it.”
13. The gleeful car-smashing visual for “Hold Up” draws heavily on artist Pipilotti Rist’s 1997 installation “Ever Is Over All.”
14. “Don’t Hurt Yourself” samples Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.”
15. In addition to all-star appearances from Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya, and sister duo Ibeyi, Lemonade also features cameos from ballerina Michaela DePrince and New Orleans’ Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase.
17. At the beginning of the video for the reconciliation ballad “Sandcastles,” there’s a shot of a kintsugi bowl.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing ceramics with precious metals to demonstrate that broken things can be made whole and that the process of piecing something back together can make an object more beautiful than it was to begin with.
18. The video for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” features an excerpt from Malcom X’s “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” speech.
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