Beyonce's New Song Is Raising Money For Hurricane Relief & You'll Want To Download It ASAP — VIDEO
Ring the alarm: There's a new Beyoncé song and it's raising money for hurricane relief in the process. OK, it's not a new song per se, but it's a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente" featuring Beyoncé, and that makes it worth a listen. On Thursday night, the queen of the surprise music drop posted on Instagram,
Even if you're familiar with the original "Mi Gente" track, this is definitely an updated version, including a new video and Bey's verse, which shouts out Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas, areas all recently hit by devastating national disasters. The lyrics include:
The video — which includes the lyrics along the bottom, sing-along style — features a range of clips of people dancing, presumably all over the world. While it's easy to feel helpless in times of tragedy, Bey is giving a simple way to give back: downloading this very track. And come on, who wasn't going to download a new Beyoncé song anyway? Now, it actually benefits more than just your eardrums.
Not only that, but on her website, Beyoncé shared ways to give back to various areas around the world who need it most. The singer wrote,
In addition to that heartfelt message, she includes a range of resources, including UNICEF and One America Appeal. It's a bulleted list, separated by location, including how to help Puerto Rico, as they continue to recover from Hurricane Maria, as well as ways to support those in Mexico, who experienced horrific earthquakes this month. And, of course, you can't forget the Caribbean communities, Florida, and Houston, all featured on Bey's list.
Given the singer's track record of publicly supporting causes she cares about, this shouldn't come as a huge shock. Sure, the actual song drop was unexpected, but Beyoncé has supported Houston ever since Harvey hit. A few weeks ago, she visited St. John's Church in her hometown, where a photo of the singer hugging hurricane survivors went viral. According to Entertainment Tonight, Bey addressed the crowd,
Additionally, at the telethon to raise money for Houston after Harvey, Bey delivered this message during a pre-recorded video segment:
Now, by using her voice and her reach to raise even more relief funds for both Puerto Rico and Mexico, Bey is making good on this message — and hopefully inspiring her fans to do the same.