Beyoncé surprise dropped a remix of her “Renaissance” hit “America Has a Problem” featuring Kendrick Lamar on May 19.
The new version of the song launches right into a tight verse from Lamar, in which he raps about everything from AI (“Even AI gotta practice clonin’ Kendrick”) to the Beyhive (“I’m an honorary Beyhive, let’s see why them diamonds don’t be fly”). Beyoncé then picks up for the rest of the song, which clocks in at four minutes and 20 seconds. The remix’s cover art features an American flag made up of what appears to be red, white and blue bullets.
“America Has a Problem” has been surging in popularity recently, thanks in part to the choreography that Beyoncé debuted when her “Renaissance” world tour kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 10, which has inspired a TikTok trend. Beyoncé’s tour — her first in nearly five years — is set to continue through September, hitting both Europe and North America. So far, her setlist has included hits such as “Formation,” “Run the World (Girls),” “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love,” “Naughty Girl,” “Drunk in Love” and plenty of songs from “Renaissance.”
Beyoncé and Lamar have previously collaborated on “Freedom” from 2016’s “Lemonade” and “Nile” from “The Lion King: The Gift.” Lamar released his first album in five years, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” last year, winning the Grammy for best rap album. “The Heart Part 5” also won for rap performance and rap song.
“Renaissance” also won big at the Grammys, with “Break My Soul” winning dance/electronic recording, “Plastic Off the Sofa” taking home traditional R&B performance and “Cuff It” earning R&B song.
Listen to the “America Has a Problem” remix below.