Just as anticipation builds up for Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl performance Sunday evening, the celebrated star decided to release a video for her brand new single “Formation.”
The surprise video was filmed in New Orleans and pays major tribute to the singer’s Creole roots. Posted on top of a submerging police car, she sings “I got hot sauce in my bag,” proudly solidifying that she’s still a tried and true Southern girl to the core. Referencing both New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and ongoing police violence in America, the video also shows police officers surrendering to a Black child in a hood, while the words “Stop Killing Us” appears in graffiti in another scene.
Daughter Blue Ivy also makes an appearance as Beyonce sings “I like my baby hair with baby hair and afros – I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils.”
This is Beyonce’s first release in over a year since her surprise self-titled album in 2014.”Formation” is available to stream and download for free exclusively through Tidal and the video is now live on Beyonce.com.