℗ Compilation (P) 2019 Parkwood Entertainment LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
The Lion King: The Gift Tracklist:
I notice that there are quite a few reviews about this album from individuals who only listen to an extremely limited variety of music and have no idea what they’re speaking on. It takes an artist of a certain caliber to be daring enough to pull a recording of this type off. She calls this her “Love letter to Africa” and it’s nothing short of spectacular. Part of Beyoncé’s greatness lies in those she surrounds herself with. “The Gift” features artists like Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi Tierra Whack and more!!! Each song is thematically tied to the original “The Lion King” film and soundtrack. “Bigger” is the “Circle of Life” of the album, “Mood 4Eva” is “Hakuna Maratha” and so forth. If you’re a fan of Afrobeat or Hip Hop music this album is for you!!! There’s a lot of high energy music on this album (My Power), mid tempos (Ja Ara E), and ballads. “Keys to the Kingdom” (performer by Tiwa Savage) is a song that Nala would have sang to Simba. I’d say it’s one of the best moments on the recording next to Beyoncé’s bittersweet “Otherside”. Pharrell reunites with Beyoncé for “Water”, which sounds like a celebration. We also get another Beyoncé/Kendrick Lamar collaboration in the form a song entitled “The Nile”. This album is very ambitious just because of the existing content that it’s associated with. That’s enough for me to rate it very highly.
to the people thinking this is a LK soundtrack, you obv weren’t listening and watching the imagery, idioms and art utilized in the ‘Black Is King’ masterpiece. This goes way beyond The Lion King. you see the story of moses, the art of being Black, Motherland Africa, etc. there is SO much more to this than Simba and Nala. Beyoncé uses the ‘The Lion King’ to help guide the purpose and point of this album and visual masterpiece to say that Black is Powerful, Beautiful, Unapologetic, Artistic, Infinite, Phenomenal and KING. Little black children now and forever will watch this, read the lyrics and see their rich culture in such a positive beautiful light, being celebrated with such beauty.. THAT is her purpose. this message is meant to reach all the Black Kings told in today’s societies that they won’t/can’t amount to much because of the color of their skin. Beyoncé says different. She says that BECAUSE of your Black skin, you are more than what they say you are; because Black IS King. Growing up, we never had black role models on TV, in Hollywood, or in our toys. Thanks to ‘Black Is King’, children will grow up with the mentality that their worth is monumental. they will have a Queen/King mentality. that was her aim. If you cannot grasp the point or her purpose/aim for the message she is trying to portray then don’t buy it. — im sure she’s not gonna miss 1 dolla 💵
Just finished watching the movie and I am still in awe of the beauty - what an incredible celebration of fashion, talent, voices, dancing, empowerment and blackness. I was moved to tears by the messages and pure genius of this movie. I am so glad that we can all witness this beauty and these rich cultures on our screens. I see a lot of jealous, pathetic white people who cannot achieve anything in their lives due to their own laziness and all they do is criticize Beyonce. Go do something with your life. Try to create at least 10 seconds of what she's created before you post something here.
Beyoncé has included so many African artists on this project. She has used her platform to uplift many talented and black artists so they can share their gifts with the world. As a black girl, listening to this album brings me so much joy and happiness.
Another BEST album from The Queen Bey as always!!! 🤩🤩🤩 Now normally I always give five stars to all Beyonce’s albums. However, the only reason I’m giving four stars is because I don’t like to the fact that Jessie Reyez is in this album... and to me Jessie Reyez is the WORST singer ever! She has a very HORRIBLE singing voice! I don’t know what Beyonce and everyone else in her team was thinking for having her part of a song. So because of that, I have no choice but to give The Gift four stars. If it wasn’t for Jessie Reyez, this would be a perfect five-star album. Other than that, it is still a masterpiece album. Thank you again, Queen Bey! 💖💖💖
If I could give this ZERO STARS I would ... BeYAWNce at her untalented OVERRATED best. Just one more boring song that is in no way innovated or different nor is it fun or catchy. Hopefully with all the PATHETIC black LIES matter crap BeYAWNce will be able to write some more RACIST HYPOCRITICAL GARBAGE
If you are close minded and out of touch with yourself I guess you won’t like it... this whole album is a piece of art. I see how it resonates with the movie and also how it represents Africa and the values of a culture that perseveres. Beyoncé knows exactly what she’s doing and I appreciate how she’s evolved and settled into her own truth. Y’all just some haters man, dang! Lol GREAT ALBUM! The movie sucked though, just because the original can’t ever be beat.. 🤷🏽♀️🧡✨
B is a mother now and she doesn’t have to grind like a new artist. She has an empire to run. I think the cd was definitely a gift as she is. It was powerful, enlightening, and dope. And how can anyone say it’s not lion king. Bigger shows us we are all connected for a greater purpose like the circle of life. Jealous is what Scar was of his brother. Mufasas Spirit is still alive after his death to guide his son back to him. In the movie Simba had to Find his way back to his family and purpose. Not to mention the scenes from the movie being played between songs.
Figuratively off let me say the album cover is two lions fighting nothing demonic! Second I thought it was a great album. My first time listening to a album like this and though I love Bey even the songs without her are really good. I say give the album a chance and you’d at least find one song you’ll enjoy or you’ll end up loving the entire album, either way you’ll find yourself moving and dancing and having fun! Peace and love everyone ❤️
This is what make good artist great, diversity in their music. This project was special for Beyonce. The sounds & vibe of this album was ancestral, and some listeners will not appreciate it. It’s a side of Mrs. Carter a lot of fans will enjoy.
This gift is a masterpiece. Whoever don’t understand the beauty of this album, go watch the making of this on YouTube then LISTEN AGAIN from start to finish with quality speakers, a quality mindset, TURN IT UP and got lost in the stunning soundscapes of Africa!! These artists really pour their blood, sweat and tears into this project. Why are people so concerned about the connection of the movie and this album?? It’s an incredible piece of work regardless. Love how the album tells a story from start to finish! Sequencing is perfection! So much meaning, so much fun at the same, I cannot help but dance and cry at he same time!! This album is a celebration of humanity!!! What we all need right now!! Thank you Beyonce and the amazing talent that worked on this mesmerizing masterpiece!!
The Gift captures Afro beats and introduces popular African artists from Nigeria, Mali, South Africa, etc, not widely known in the U.S.. Starry collaborations and compositions to reflect today’s African music and is a super supplement to the Lion King movie, This album is the perfect definition of Sankofa; looking back to move forward - as it pays homage to the foundation that started it all. Once again, generous and inclusive Beyonce makes sure everyone eats. Artists got a boost and so did we. Well done!
I really liked this compilation, Bey really expanded her range on this one. She’s normally R&B or pop but now she’s trying out Afro Beats genre I’m with it. Haven’t really purchased a Bey album since dangerously in love til now
I have listened to this album multiple times now and I think it is beautiful! The arrangements are fun and I now have a new found love for Burna Boy. I cried the first time I heard Brown Skin Girl, it was so powerful to hear black and brown women celebrated in a powerful and beautiful way anthem. I still cry listening to it. I am a white female and absolutely understand the importance of this album. The representation of black culture and various artist Beyoncé chose to put this together is solid through musical translation. I think of this album as a family album something fun, vibrant, rhythmic and motivational to get up and dance. This album is about the celebration of black culture! I knew going in this was not The Lion King soundtrack, people need to understand it’s literally in the title The Gift and Beyoncé delivered just that.
This Album is a piece of work and is one of her best. She shows love to the motherland with this album. By giving it a very nice Afro-Beat vibes with her powerful vocals. She also is singing more in her lower range which is great. Beyonce keep outdoing yourself.
For those reviewing, THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A SOUNDTRACK. This is an afro-beat meets american hip hop album. The music on this album is great! Her verse in MOOD 4 EVA, her voice in WATER, the inspiration & vocals in BIGGER. BROWN SKIN GIRL is such an uplifting song for our beautiful brown skin girls who have always been put down for their gorgeous skin. ALREADY just gets me in the mood. I personally loved everything on and about this album. Beyoncé just keeps doing what she loves, and creating great things with her passion and love for music. I love to see it!
Beyoncé took the time to hand select nearly 50 producers, vocalists, rappers, and more from Africa to truly bring Africa to this album. The themes of every song match the pace of the movie, from “I took a swim in de Nile” coming after Simba runs away to “You’ll never take my power” playing alongside the fight scene. Beyoncé serves amazing vocals and even bars on Mood 4 Eva with Jay-Z. Watch Making The Gift broadcast by ABC, written, directed, and produced by Beyoncé to see how she put this masterpiece, THE GIFT, together.