Is Beyoncé's self-titled LP or 'Lemonade' her greatest visual album? | The Tylt
Beyoncé is now 36 years old, and the BeyHive is celebrating Queen Bey's legacy as a visionary entertainer. She has released two visually-compelling albums of the 2000s thus far—her self-titled fifth LP and "Lemonade." "Beyoncé" dropped with no warning in late 2013 and broke the Internet; each epic track from the album had an accompanying music video. But "Lemonade" is regarded as Bey's magnum opus and she included each song in the "Lemonade" short film. Which visual album is Bey's best? 🎤🎥
Is Beyoncé's self-titled LP or 'Lemonade' her greatest visual album?
Bey scored another top five pop hit with "Drunk in Love" in early 2014 and, like many of her previous hits, quickly became a pop culture phenomenon. It was an era when people were quick to call back to the mega hit, uttering references like "drinking watermelon" and "surfboard." The single led her groundbreaking self-titled LP, which shook the world upon its surprise release in December 2013.
Below are some notable lyrics to "Drunk in Love," per Genius.
🎶 Boy, I'm drinking, I'm singing on the mic to my boy's toys. Then I fill the tub up halfway. Then ride it with my surfboard, surfboard, surfboard. Graining on that wood. Graining-graining on that wood. I'm swerving on that, swerving-swerving on that. Big body been serving all this. Swerve, surfing all in this good-good.🎶
Watch the iconic music video below.
"Beyoncé" is regarded as an innovative, groundbreaking LP. The surprise release shocked us all and—to top it off—Bey released music videos with the album, which set her apart from other artists and entertainers. Bey had said many times before she see music visually, and she definitely proved that with this self-titled, top-selling #1 pop album.
Listen to "Beyoncé" below via Spotify.
Bey stays snatching our wigs with her surprise releases. So when she dropped the music video for "Formation" in February of 2016, it was no different. The single created some controversy, but Bey wasn't shy about her pro-blackness or her black womanhood. "Formation" became a top 10 pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and the single led what was to come on the now classic "Lemonade."
Below are some significant lyrics to "Formation," per Genius.
🎶 My daddy Alabama, momma Louisiana. You mix that negro with that Creole, make a Texas bama. I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros. I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils. Earned all this money, but they never take the country out me. I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.🎶
Watch the award-winning music video below.
Bey hinted toward her personal life in her music before, but she really gave us an inside glimpse into her personal life on "Lemonade"—like dealing with infidelities from husband and rap mogul Jay Z.
"Lemonade" aired as a short documentary on HBO, and the album dropped following the premiere on April 20. Bey figured out how to top herself from her previous self-titled LP. "Lemonade" is considered the top-selling album of 2016, and many fans felt like she was snubbed for Album of the Year at the Grammys. Even Adele, who won for "25," said that Bey instead deserved the award.
Listen to "Lemonade" by subscribing to Tidal below.