WHY LIZZO IS IMPORTANT FOR FEMALE ARTISTRY

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She’s a self-proclaimed Big Fine Bitch. She’s a Fat-Feminist. And she’s a Big Grrrl living in a Small World. Lizzo is a alternative rapper and signer who infuses the sounds of Hip-Hop & Gospel to Soul & Dancehall. She has been gracing us with her artistry for the past few years and with every new project, the sound, passion, and beauty only increase. Tweets About Lizzo applaud her saying that she’s if Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper had a daughter and was an activist.  So why haven’t we heard much about artists like Lizzo? And why is she important for female artistry? I’ll tell you.

SHE HAS FUN 

As a rapper, there is always someone trying to take the title in running the game. Especially if you are a female artist. We see this very relevant in today’s music with Remy Ma ruthlessly ripping apart the sales-crowned Queen of Rap, Nicki Minaj in her new diss track shETHER. While a lot of people think that’s what hip-hop is all about, I have to argue whether that’s really valid? While rap beef’s for both the men and women go back quite far, there is always a variety of male rappers, but there is a lack of female rappers. Because of this limited variety of women, society feels validated in pitting one against the other. It’s the same thing that has been done with Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, Roxanne Shante and Real Roxanne, and MC Lyte and Antoinette.

Lizzo isn’t concerned with these antics. She is great in her own rite and she owns it. She owns the fact that she has no competition. She says, “I don’t see nobody else. ‘Scuse me while I feel myself,” in her new song Scuse Me from her Coconut Oil EP. Whenever listening to Lizzo, I can’t help but think of other rappers who embody this idea of comradery amongst other artists. Most notably, I think of Missy Elliott who had competition with no one, and honestly… there was none. Both Lizzo and Missy base their flows and rhymes on association and good vibes, rather than taking their time to build a career off of creating competition where there shouldn’t be any. 

SHE’S AN ACTIVIST

Being self-conscious about weight is something that most women struggle with. There is an absence of representation for women who are bigger and curvier. When discussing “fat,” there are two major extremes people go to. Either fat is given a very negative connotation of unhealthiness and degradation or either the overly-positive sugar-coated “fluffy” and “they’re just big-boned” connotation. Lizzo breaks down these stereotypical boxes that people are placed in and gives people a realistic idea of what it means to practice self-love and embrace body-positivity. 

Lizzo is one of Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign’s newest spokeswoman and she embodies relentless fierceness as she rocks a leather jacket, booty shorts, Doc Martens and a curly fro. She is not only the newest spokeswomen, but her hit song, Good As Hell, plays in the background as she and other This Body spokeswomen dance around and share some anecdotes. Lizzo embraces the term “fat” because she knows that she defines it and it does not define her

SHE IS VERSATILE 

While Lizzo can spit some hot bars, she is not limited to just doing so. Lizzo is no stranger to singing with her background in gospel. She has said on numerous occasions that gospel has played as a very big inspiration in her music. Her unique voice allows her to infuse different genres into one, in which her voice adapts to whichever tone and note is needed. 

But when Lizzo is spitting bars, she can give you anywhere from Kanye West in Ain’t I to Chance The Rapper in Coconut Oil.  Her versatility and open-range passion for music allows her to bounce around in her creativity. She doesn’t allow the barriers of genre to contain her. She is a free voice and she will not be silenced!

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So why aren’t more people talking about Lizzo? Well it’s simple. They aren’t ready for the level of artistry that Lizzo has to offer. But make no mistake, that doesn’t mean that Lizzo will never make her mark. The Coconut Oil EP is Lizzo’s biggest project to date and she has been touring all over. Like c’mom, she’s a Big Grrrl in a Small World.. it’s only a matter of time until you run in her. Until then, keep giving us those carefree Black girl magic vibes, Lizzo.

Listen to Lizzo’s new EP, Coconut Oilhere.

Rasheed Davis