This post is the third in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade.
If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and some of her most powerful tracks to date. Curious about who collaborated, contributed or was sampled on Lemonade or just ready to create your own mixes? This one's for you:
It's hard for me to believe that Fever to Tell is already 13 years old. I guess the Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" now qualifies as an oldie but a goodie—so does "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and all of the other tracks on Andy William's 16 Biggest Hits. Both songs were sampled on Lemonade's "Hold Up."
The Weeknd's career is still new and blazing hot. 2 million copies of Beauty Behind the Madness have sold since 2015, but you can get yours free. The Weeknd is featured on Lemonade's "6-inch," but I'm hoping the sample of "Walk on By" from Isaac Hayes's Hot Buttered Soul has you revisiting a classic.
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly won Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy Awards. The singles "i" and "Alright" picked up Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Lamar is featured on "Freedom," one of Lemonade's most dynamic final tracks.
For more CDs and digital downloads, check out my list of all the musical artists sampled by or featured on Lemonade.
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