My Power

Album: The Lion King: The Gift (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • Here, Beyoncé links up with American rapper Tierra Whack, South African artists Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa, plus New Jersey songwriter Nija. The song is a declaration of black pride from Queen Bey and Tierra Whack accompanied by Nija on the hook proclaiming, "They'll never take my power." Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly, meanwhile, deliver verses in Zulu and Xhosa.
  • Nija previously worked with Beyoncé when she co-wrote The Carters songs "Heard About Us" and " LoveHappy."
  • South African producer DJ Lag's instrumentation channels gqom, which is a style of house music set around 126 beats per minute that originated in Durban. DJ Lag sent six instrumentals to Beyoncé ahead of time and by the time he'd arrived in LA, her team had already chosen what they wanted. He told Rolling Stone: "The only thing I did at the studio was work with the voices and add Busiswa's part on the beat."

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