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Fine-Tuning Beyonce’s ‘Virgo’s Groove’: How Three High-School Friends Ended Up Producing a Song on ‘Renaissance’

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Thania Garcia Beyoncé’s seventh solo album “Renaissance” serves as a celebratory tribute to the Black and queer roots of dance and house music; a compilation of new and old sounds, complete with samples from the genre’s most influential.

It’s an intensely purposeful formula, and to get it just right, Beyoncé elected a board of “superheroes,” as Leven Kali — one of the many young contributors on the project — describes them to Variety.Indeed, the credits for “Renaissance” are impressive, with producers the Neptunes, Mike Dean, The-Dream, Skrillex, A.

G. Cook and Raphael Saadiq, among many others; features coming from Grace Jones, Tems, and Beam; and songwriters Nile Rodgers, Jay-Z and Drake.

It’s a staggering amount of talent for 16 tracks and yet, the set manages to weave together established artists and sounds with fresh talents like Kali and contributors Daniel Memmi and Sol Was.

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