Beyoncé surprised fans on Saturday by dropping a video to Formation, which features flood-ridden New Orleans and a line of white cops facing a hooded little boy.
‘Let’s get in formation… Prove to me you got some coordination,’ she chants before the camera pans over graffiti that says: ‘stop shooting us’.
The video opens with a warning: ‘parental advisory… explicit lyrics.’
It then cuts to Beyoncé croutching on top of a flooded New Orleans police car, seemingly pointing to the state of law enforcement in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A row of police officers in riot gear also appears throughout the video.
Within minutes of the video’s release, Twitter was awash with reactions to the fiercely political lyrics. It was still trending worldwide on Sunday as the Super Bowl – the most watched TV event of the year – approached.
Beyoncé is expected to perform Formation at half time – three years after sending shock waves around the world in her last Super Bowl performance with a backdrop sign that read: ‘FEMINIST’.
Fans were also excited by the appearance of Blue Ivy, Beyoncé’s daughter with Jay Z. The adorable four-year-old looked angelic in a long white dress as she danced around with two other young girls and posed for the camera.
Beyoncé’s Formation can be downloaded and listened on Tidal.