Is Jay-Z Rwandan?

Francis Akhalbey July 23, 2019
Photo via @beyonce on Instagram

The hype surrounding “The Lion King” movie as well as its Beyoncé produced album after their release has been a hot topic of discussion on African social media in the past couple of days particularly due to most of the songs on the latter featuring a host of Africa’s most talented and chart-breaking musicians.

As listeners dissected “The Lion King: The Gift” and also gave their candid reviews, a part of the lyrics to one particular song on the album lit up Rwandan social media.

Titled “Mood 4 Eva“, the upbeat song, which features Beyoncé, Childish Gambino and Jay-Z has the multi-platinum selling songstress “hinting” her billionaire husband is from “The Land of a Thousand Hills.”

On the track, she sings:

I’m so unbothered, I’m so unbothered
Y’all be so pressed while I’m raisin’ daughters
Sons of empires, y’all make me chuckle
Stay in your struggle, crystal blue water
Piña colada-in’, you stay Ramada Inn
My baby father, bloodline Rwanda
Why would you try me? Why would you bother?

Her “startling revelation” was welcomed with hilarious theories, photos and memes by a section of Rwandans on social media. As the power couple are yet to touch on the lyrics in question, take a look at some of the reactions:

The album, which was released on Friday features the likes of Nigerian acts Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Yemi Alade, Tekno & Tiwa Savage, South African acts Moonchild & Busiswa, Cameroonian artist Salatiel and Ghanaian dancehall sensation Shatta Wale.

Is Jay-Z Rwandan?
The Lion King: The Gift official album cover — Photo via Beyoncé on Facebook

Exclusively premiering the music video for title track of the album, “Spirit”, on ABC News during The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts, Beyoncé stressed on why it was important to have authentic African representation and voices on the album.

“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” she told ABC News.

Is Jay-Z Rwandan?
The Lion King: The Gift official album tracklist

“I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she said, adding that they used “a lot” of drums and “incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America.”

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: July 24, 2019


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