BEST VIDEO CLIPS OF 2016_BEYONCE
"Formation" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album Lemonade (2016). It was written by Khalif Brown, Jordan Frost, Asheton Hogan, Mike Will Made It and Beyoncé and produced by the latter two alongside Pluss. It served as the album's lead single, released on February 6, 2016 through Parkwood Entertainment.
The accompanying music video for "Formation" was directed by Melina Matsoukas and it premiered along with the song on February 6, 2016. It was available through Tidal as well as an unlisted video on the singer's official YouTube account. The music video for "Formation" was shot in Los Angeles, California and it features references to Hurricane Katrina, antebellum and Louisiana Creole culture, police brutality, racism and black pride.
The music video modifies the song to include spoken interpolations from the New Orleans artist Big Freedia and the YouTube personality Messy Mya, who was murdered in New Orleans in 2010. It begins with Beyoncé lying on top of a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor in a flooded street. During the end, a man can be seen holding a newspaper with Martin Luther King Jr.'s face on it with the title "The Truth". Later on, a young hooded boy dances in front of a line of police officers with their hands up before the video cuts to a graffitied wall with the words "stop shooting us" tagged on it. Dance routines are performed throughout the video by Beyoncé accompanied by back-up dancers. Her daughter Blue Ivy Carter makes a cameo appearance, sporting a natural afro.
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