Beyoncé curated and produced the new album The Lion King: The Gift, which was inspired by Disney’s new version of the classic film. The album, out today, features contributions from a star cast of collaborators, including JAY-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Major Lazer, and others. Beyoncé has referred to the new record as a “love letter to Africa” and features multiple African artists and producers. Listen below.
DJ Khaled is listed as a producer on “MOOD 4 EVA,” the collaboration between Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino. Listen to an extended version on Tidal below. Syd is credited as a co-producer on “OTHERSIDE,” and Diplo co-produced “ALREADY.” “NILE,” the collaboration between Kendrick and Beyoncé, features production from Sounwave—Kendrick’s frequent collaborator who worked on DAMN. and Black Panther. JAY-Z is also given a co-writer credit on the Blue Ivy-featuring song “BROWN SKIN GIRL.” The album is full of dialogue from the film as interludes, including several prominent guest spots from James Earl Jones (whose voice opens the album).
Bey (who voices Nala in the remake) released lead single “Spirit” ahead of the new LP earlier this month. She also shared a colorful music video for the track. The Lion King is in theaters this weekend and stars Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Eric André, John Oliver, and others.