The Menace to Black Virtuosity: Politicizing and “Urbanization” of Music Genres

On April 23rd, 2016, Beyoncé dropped her sixth studio album LEMONADE. The world stopped again as she continued with including strong and gritty visuals for hard hitting songs; but, there was a certain stillness in the air about how to define the album. While some turned to calling LEMONADE R&B, including the Grammys Recording Academy, others were puzzled as the project touched on different genres. Beyoncé gave us a taste of an artist’s ability to bounce from genre to genre on each song. She gave us smooth R&B with “Pray…