Beyonc drops 'Formation' ahead of Super Bowl

Posted at 12:09 PM, Feb 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-07 12:40:39-05

CINCINNATI -- Beyoncé might perform a new song during her Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night -- her first new song since 2014. This is not a drill.

Surprise bangers aren't a new thing for Beyoncé, but dropping "Formation" right before her Super Bowl halftime performance has the internet all in a tizzy.

The song itself is definitely catchy, if not a little hypnotizing, with lyrics nodding to black culture and success. Social media reactions ranged from photos of #NaturalHairGoals to recipes for Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

The music video, released Saturday night, is set in New Orleans is equal parts killer dancing, outfits and (obviously) singing, but also politically charged. The video shows images of post-Katrina New Orleans, Creole culture and the old plantation south. The video is laced with police images with one (pretty impossible to misinterpret) message about police shootings towards the end of the song.

The New York Times called Beyoncé an activist for "Formation," which they called "among the most political direct work she's done in her career."

Oh, and Beyoné's little girl Blue Ivy is in the video -- and she's adorable. Obviously.



WATCH the video below or click here to watch on YouTube. Warning, song contains some explicit language.