UNITED STATES: Singer Beyoncé has teamed up with rapper Kendrick Lamar for the first time in seven years and dropped a surprise remix of her ‘Renaissance’ hit ‘America Has a Problem’ on Friday night.
The song’s new version starts out with a tight verse from Kendrick Lamar in which he raps on everything from AI (“Even AI gotta practise clonin’ Kendrick”) to the Beyhive (“I’m an honorary Beyhive, let’s see why them diamonds don’t be flya”), as reported by a media outlet.
After that, Beyonce picks up the remaining four minutes and 20 seconds of the song. The cover image for the remix depicts an American flag composed of what appear to be red, white, and blue bullets. The duo last collaborated on the song “Freedom” from Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade.
Earlier this week, Beyoncé performed her first UK performance in Cardiff after the Renaissance World Tour’s concerts began in Sweden. It’s her first major international tour in seven years. The 41-year-old performer dons outfits by high-end designers like Mugler, Loewe, and Alexander McQueen during the performance.
‘America Has a Problem’ has been gaining popularity recently, in part due to the dance that Beyonce debuted when her “Renaissance” global tour kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 10th, which has spawned a TikTok fad.
Beyoncé’s tour, which will be her first in almost five years, will make stops in both Europe and North America through the end of September. So far, her set list has included numerous songs from “Renaissance,” including “Formation,” “Run the World (Girls”),” “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love,” “Naughty Girl,” and “Drunk in Love.”
She will perform in Sunderland on Tuesday, May 23, before starting a five-show residency at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London on May 29.