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19 Surprising Facts About Beyoncé's "Lemonade"

Hot Sauce is the name of her baseball bat, y'all.

1. Beyoncé is credited as the project’s sole executive producer.

2. She is also credited as a writer and producer on every single song.

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."

4. "All Night" marks the second time Beyoncé has sampled the horns from OutKast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious."

5. Singer-songwriter Wynter Gordon — best known for 2010's dance-pop hit "Dirty Talk" — helped pen “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” “Sorry,” and “Daddy Lessons.”

6. Beyoncé's bat in the "Hold Up" video is branded with the words "Hot Sauce."

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.

8. Beyoncé also invited Parkwood signees Chloe and Halle Bailey to appear in the album's visual component.

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.”

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.”

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.

16. “Freedom” features two field recordings from the ’40s and ’50s captured by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.

17. At the beginning of the video for the reconciliation ballad "Sandcastles," there's a shot of a kintsugi bowl.

18. The video for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” features an excerpt from Malcom X’s “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” speech.

19. As shown in Lemonade's visual component, the album's name was inspired by a speech Jay Z's grandmother, Hattie White, made at her 90th birthday party.