Beyonce Unveils New 'Lion King' Album Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Blue Ivy & More

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Beyoncé's "love letter to Africa" has arrived!

On Friday (July 19), the singer presented her star-studded, 27-track companion album, The Lion King: The Gift, as a celebration not only of the Lion King live-action film remake but as a tribute to the motherland. The musician, who voices the character of Nala in the film (now playing), also appears on the soundtrack for the motion picture with her contribution "Spirit."

For her own Lion King-inspired endeavor, complete with songs centered on the actual film, Yonce recruited an array of North American and African artists for the homage, including husband Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, SAINt JHN, Wizkid, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez, Yemi Alade, and Pharrell — and even her daughter, Blue Ivy, makes a surprise appearance on the effort.

"I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it. I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa," the 37-year-old expressed during an ABC News interview.

"Beautiful" doesn't even begin to describe Beyoncé's latest creation, a true masterpiece drawn from the heart and sound of Africa. The Gift is the perfect accompaniment to honor the return of such a timeless Disney classic.

 
 
 
 

Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift Album Tracklist:

1. balance (mufasa interlude) 

2. Bigger — Beyoncé

3. the stars (mufasa interlude) 

4. Find Your Way Back (Circle Of Life) — Beyoncé

5. uncle scar (scar interlude) 

6. Don't Jealous Me — Tekno, Yemi Alade, & Mr. Eazi

7. danger (young simba & young nala interlude)

8. Ja Ara E — Burna Boy

9. run away (scar & young simba interlude)

10. Nile — Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar

11. new lesson (timon, pumbaa & young simba interlude)

12. Mood 4 Eva — Beyoncé, Jay Z, & Childish Gambino

13. reunited (nala & simba interlude)

14. Water — Beyoncé, Salatiel, Pharrell Williams

15. Brown Skin Girl — Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, SAINt JHN, Wizkid

16. come home (nala interlude)

17. Keys to the Kingdom — Tiwa Savage & Mr. Eazi

18. follow me (Rafiki interlude) 

19. Already — Beyoncé & Shatta Wale

20. remember (mufasa interlude)

21. Otherside — Beyoncé

22. war (nala interlude)

23. My Power — Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, & Moonchild Sanelly

24. surrender (simba & scar interlude)

25. Scar — 070 Shake & Jessie Reyez

26. i’m home (mufasa, sarabi & simba interlude)

27. Spirit — Beyoncé

Photo: Getty Images

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