In sync with the dangerously-anticipated grand silver screen entrance of The Lion King on Friday (July 19), the film’s Beyoncé-executively-produced soundtrack has arrived with it and is reigning across streaming services.
The Lion King: The Gift roars in 27 tracks (of them, 14 musical records) with special guest features dominated by sounds and artists of the African diaspora—all handpicked by the Queen Bey herself. As anticipated from the track list, which Bey bestowed upon fans earlier this week, afrobeat and reggae fusion favorites like Tiwa Savage, Major Lazer, Yemi Alade and more appear for some of the project’s most glorious standouts. But it was track No. 15, “Brown Skin Girl,” that really stopped the internet dead in its tracks from its enchantingly adorable opening vocals, courtesy of 7-year-old Blue Ivy.
After gracing Bey’s “Spirit” music video, Blue stunned yet again on the record beside Brooklyn hip-hop artist SAINt JHN, afropop and dancehall luminary Wizkid, and mama Bey. “Brown Skin Girl,” a love letter to Black women, particularly of gorgeously deep-melanated tones, presents Blue Ivy’s maturing vocals in a way the #BlueHive has never seen before. “Brown skin girl/ Your skin just like pearls,” Blue harmonizes with SAINt JHN. “The best thing in the world/ Never trade you for anybody else/ Singin' brown skin girl/ Your skin just like pearls/ The best thing in the world/ I never trade you for anybody else, singin'...”
The purest union of R&B, afrobeat and reggaetón resonance, “Brown Skin Girl” took the internet by storm, and Black Twitter has it on repeat with tears falling from their eyes.
See their reactions to Blue’s latest feature takeover and bask in the melanin richness of the “Brown Skin Girl” record below:
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