As the saying goes, there ain’t no drop like a Beyoncé drop because a Beyoncé drop has no warning and is usually confusing.
Staying true to her trend of releasing projects without warning (isn’t being the world’s biggest pop star enough of a *thing*?), Beyoncé released a 20-second teaser clip on Instagram on Saturday and sent the Beyhive into a frenzy.
Titled Lemonade, the clip shows Beyoncé rocking some beautiful braids while resting on a car. Standing inside a parking garage that’s tagged with graffiti that may say “Ceirh” or “Carh”, Beyoncé’s face is covered by her fur coat. The screen goes to black and a voice over by the singer repeats the line, “What am I going to do?”
You could start by telling us what we just watched.
As if reading our minds, because at this point what can’t Beyoncé do, the singer released a longer trailer for the top-secret project.
Beyoncé kicks off her Formation World Tour in Miami on April 27, an announcement that came moments after the singer did a surprise release of her song Formation just one day before her Super Bowl performance. The new special could be in relation to the upcoming tour and possibly feature new music.
So, what is Lemonade, exactly? We have a few theories.
Watch Beyonce in Lemonade this Saturday at 9 pm ET on HBO.
1. A Short Film Written By Beyoncé
Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, documentary maker, fashion designer. We assume Beyoncé has a checklist somewhere. Could she be the director behind Lemonade as well as the star?
2. A Film For Her New Album
This is the most likely of all five options. In 2013, Beyoncé dropped 17 music videos in conjunction with her surprise self-titled album. We’re thinking Lemonade may be her answer to Kanye West’s 2010 Runaway film, with the videos forming one long film instead of stand-alone pieces. We’ll get the popcorn ready.
3. Life Is But A Dream Part 2
The full trailer is comprised of original material that looks like mini music videos, but we’re hoping Lemonade may also include interviews and home videos of the famously private singer. In 2013, Beyoncé was the director and Executive Producer for the HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream and that was pretty much the last time Bey shared anything about her private life.
4. A Black Lives Matter Film
The full trailer shows a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot from Beyoncé’s Formation videos. The new single has a socially conscious message, with Bey singing about her heritage while performing in parts of New Orleans that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. References to the Black Lives Matter movement are seen throughout the video, including spray paint that reads ‘Stop Shooting Us’ and a line of police officers raising their hands, a symbol that became synonymous with the movement following Michael Brown’s death. The video was released in February, one day after Jay Z donated $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement, the same day that would have been slain teen Trayvon Martin’s 21st birthday.
After being criticized for wearing what looked like a Black Panther beret to the Super Bowl, Beyoncé has been surprisingly outspoken, saying, “I wanted people to feel proud and have love for themselves.” We’re hopeful that Lemonade will continue Beyoncé’s new foray into providing social commentary and support for the Black Lives Matter cause.
5. A Destiny’s Child Reunion
We’re allowed to dream.