Is “Formation” Her Greatest Creation?

Do you ever feel like an outcast when everyone likes something and you’re the only one who doesn’t, or partially doesn’t? This is exactly how I feel about Beyoncé’s new song “Formation.” Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Beyoncé, but this song wasn’t a complete win for me. I catch myself singing the lyrics because it is so catchy. I love the beat of the song and the hook, but I don’t understand the song entirely. The video and the song lyrics didn’t coincide to me. The cohesion wasn’t there. It was confusing because the video seemed to have one message while the song seemed to have a different connotation. I did love the costumes in the video along with the concept of the video, but I didn’t understand the point she was trying to get it across. The lyrics didn’t do the the video any justice to me. I thought the lyrics were portraying a black Southern woman embracing her black man and her baby with an afro and telling other women to embrace themselves, but the video suggested implicit commentary on police brutality, Hurricane Katrina and black financial power. At the end of the day no one will deny it because it’s Beyoncé, right?