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May July 31 forever be the day Beyoncé gifted the world with her visual album Black Is King on Disney+. The 85-minute musical experience is filled with indelible pop culture moments, from unmatched fashion to Blue Ivy Carter’s presence. But one of the best sequences may be Bey’s “Mood 4 Eva,” a colorful, larger than life salute to Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and everything her family’s fame represents.

Lyrics such as “I know my enemy prey on me, so pray for me” and “I be like soul food, I am a whole food” are direct statements to those that disrupt the Beyhive. (Reveal yourselves!) Beyoncé’s most major weapon for fending off negativity—herself. For who else could deliver the most powerful moment of their song by simply reciting the name on their drivers license? Then again, Bey bestows that power on us all, allowing four minutes and 33 seconds where we are BGKC.

The song’s Black Is King video provides the decadence promised in its lyrics. Jay-Z, who is featured on the song alongside Childish Gambino and Oumou Sangare, makes his sole appearance in the film. Pulling up to a mansion and row of butlers in tracksuits, he assumes his proper place on the throne alongside his Queen. Every corner of the Carters’ imagined home is luxurious. At the pool, you’ll find a synchronized swimming routine. In the garden, Kelly Rowland and Tina Knowles-Lawson are holding court with a tea party. And down the halls, miniature Jay-Z and Bey’s strut in leopard power suits. Lest we forget, the Carters’ themselves pair champagne with their TV dinners.

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The song itself is full of references to excellence (Barack Obama even declared it a fave in 2019). On Jay-Z’s verse, he sings that he feels like Prince in ’84, Mike in ’79, Biggie in ’97, and Nas in ’94, as well as Nelson Mandela. Bey declares herself Oshun (African goddess of love and water), Queen of Sheba, and Nala, her character in The Lion King.

Here, the lyrics to the song, via Genius, that will have you sipping bubbles you can’t afford and raising that cup up to the heavens. You can listen to the track below:

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[Intro: Oumou Sangaré]
Aa! dennin! k’an bɛn sɔgɔma!
Aa! dennin! k’an bɛn sɔgɔma!ц
N jarabi, n makɔnɔ yan! dennin! miiri man ɲi!
N jarabi, n makɔnɔ yan! dennin! nɛnɛ man ɲi!
Nnn! nɛnɛ man ɲi!

[Verse 1: Beyoncé]
I know my enemy prey on me, so pray for me
Tick, tick, wait on it
I’m keepin’ down my body count
I’m finessin’ like a trap bounce, a trap bounce, yeah
‘Cause every day above ground is a blessing
I done leveled up now, view panoramic
None of my fears can’t go where I’m headed
Had to cut ’em loose, now I’m loose, break the levy, yeah
I’m ’bout to flood on ‘the roof, flood on the ceiling
The rain and thunder gon’ fall, go Mutumbo, no, no center
You can’t dim my light

[Pre-Chorus: Beyoncé]
‘Cause when we walk up in the club
I need them sirens goin’ off
Then we can look up in the sky
The tears we cry let us know that we alive, yeah, yeah
It give me goosebumps every time
I threw up my diamond
Together we big timin’
Don’t make me have to remind you

[Chorus: Beyoncé]
I got my cup up to the heavens
Another night I won’t remember
Promise this my mood forever
Promise this my mood forever, ever
Treasures dancin’ on the bezel
This kinda feelin’ unforgettable
Promise this my mood forever
Promise this my mood forever

[Post-Chorus: Beyoncé & JAY-Z]
Forever and ever
You heard that?
Forever and ever
That’s the sound of the price goin’ up
Hahahaha

[Verse 2: JAY-Z, Beyoncé, & Both]
Forever, and ever-ever, and ever-ever (Yeah, yeah)
At the Saxon Madiba suite (Yeah, yeah), like Mandela
Bumpin’ Fela on the Puma jet, like we from Lagos (My daughter)
Mansa Musa reincarnated, we on our levels (He ’bout business)
That’s a billi’, a thousand milli’ (Ugh)
First one to see a B out these housing buildings
I be feelin’ like Prince in ’84 (Ow)
Mike in ’79, Biggie in ’97
’94 Nas, Ali bomaye, no kumbaya
Just give me the Sommelier (I got it), I’m on La Tâche
Helmet, on a jetski, you know the vibes
Hit my head, forget I’m me (I love it), oh my God
Without the God in the XY (Yeah, yeah)
I’m afraid the whole game would be colonized (Yeah, yeah)
The marathon will be televised for N.I.P. (Aww yeah)​
‘Cause true kings don’t die, we multiply, peace

[Verse 3: Beyoncé]
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?
I am Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter
I am the Nala, sister of Naruba
Osun, Queen Sheba, I am the mother
Ankh on my gold chain, ice on my whole chain
I be like soul food, I am a whole mood
Hahaha

[Pre-Chorus: Beyoncé]
When we walk up in the club
I need them sirens goin’ off
Then we can look up to the sky
The tears we cry let us know that we alive, yeah, yeah
I give ’em goosebumps every time
I threw up my diamond
Together, we big timin’
The children are our reminder

[Chorus: Beyoncé]
I got my cup up to the heavens
Another night I won’t remember
Promise this my mood forever
Promise this my mood forever and ever
Treasures dancin’ on the bezel
This kinda feelin’ unforgettable
Promise this my mood forever
Promise this my mood forever

[Post-Chorus: Beyoncé]
Forever and ever
Ever, forever
Forever and ever
Ever and ever and ever
Time to break it down now

[Bridge: Childish Gambino]
All praise due
My enemies still pressed
Cannot lose
‘Cause I’ve bet on myself
I’m dancin’
Ancestors in my step
Now, I move
Better, ooh
And I live on, on
I feel a change goin’ on
Royalty in my blood, run the kingdom
The more money, more problem season
But don’t nothing get you out your way
Rise up higher
Jump, jump and don’t look down
You’re so far from the ground
Yeah, yeah-eh-eh-eh

[Chorus: Beyoncé]
I got my cup up to the heavens
Another night I won’t remember
Promise this my mood forever
Promise this my mood forever-ever
Dancers dancin’ on the bezel
This kinda feelin’ unforgettable
Promise this my mood forever
Promise this my mood forever
Forever and ever

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