Listen: Beyonce Releases “The Lion King: The Gift” Album
The wait is over as the Lion Queen herself, Beyoncé‘s curated album, “The Lion King: The Gift” has been released.
The 14-track album is an ode to Disney’s live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King.
Beyonce serves as the album’s executive producer and she had tracks that feature prominent music stars and Africa’s most talented artists.
Speaking to ABC Information about the album, she said:
‘This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wished to ensure we discovered the most effective expertise from Africa, and never simply use a number of the sounds and did my interpretation of it. I wished it to be genuine to what’s stunning concerning the music in Africa.”
She added they used ‘quite a bit’ of drums and ‘unimaginable new sounds blended with a number of the producers from America.’ She added:
“We have type of created our personal style and I really feel just like the soundtrack is the primary soundtrack the place it turns into visible in your in your thoughts. The soundscape is extra than simply the music as a result of every tune tells the story of the movie.”
It’s a family affair as JAY-Z joins his wife on “Mood 4 Eva,” which also features Bey’s Lion King co-star Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Blue Ivy can be heard on “Brown Skin Girl,” a collaboration with WizKid and SAINt JHN. Kendrick Lamar reunites with Bey on “Nile,” while other guests include Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Tiwa Savage, Jessie Reyez, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, and 070 Shake.
The Gift will accompany an official Lion King soundtrack, which will include the aforementioned “Spirit” single. The film was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Beyoncé as Nala. Chance the Rapper also plays a small role.
You can stream the album on Spotify below:
You can also stream an exclusive extended version of “Mood 4 Eva” with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Childish Gambino below via Tidal.