Ciara Drops ‘Melanin’ Featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls, & LA LA


Brown skin girls unite.

Ciara celebrates her fellow black queens on her surprise single “Melanin” featuring an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls, and LA LA. The dance floor-ready track serves as a powerful anthem for black women everywhere.

“My girls in every shape / We put the ‘S’ in slay,” sings CiCi, who also name-checks her daughter Sienna. “I’m lifting up my queens / Fixing crowns, that’s my thing.”

Ester Dean provides the hook (“That’s that melanin / Yeah, that’s that chocolate chocolate / We be killin’ ’em with all that chocolate chocolate”), while LA LA and Lupita (“I’m Mexican born, but a Kenyan queen”) step to the mic. J.T. flexes her “kitty power,” and her fellow City Girl Yung Miami shouts out Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Rihanna.

“Melanin” is Ciara’s first new music since her Beauty Marks album in May. On Sunday, she will host the 2019 American Music Awards for the first time.