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Beyoncé used Formation to spread the awareness of social injustice, police brutality and more…

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.

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‘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.’

IMG: YouTube/ Beyonce - Formation

IMG: YouTube/ Beyoncé – Formation

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.

IMG: YouTube/ Beyonce - Formation

IMG: YouTube/ Beyoncé – Formation

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.

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