I’m sure the name Lizzo is starting to become common knowledge at the time of me writing this. She’s practically blown up due to what I would best describe as “perfect timing.” Everything just seemed to work in her favor around the same time. But for those who don’t know, Lizzo has actually been in the game for years previously releasing two albums Lizzobangers and Big Grrrl Small World both to critical acclaim. Her most recent release, the very well-received Cuz I Love You is actually her third full-length record and her second major-label release after her Coconut Oil EP. I remember the first time I came across Lizzo was a few years back on a short-lived MTV program called Wonderland which created a unique environment for artists to come together and perform some of their new stuff. This is way past the point of MTV actually caring about music, since they stopped actually showing videos years before it, but it was cool to see that they were trying. Admittedly, I was watching for two of my favorite artists JoJo and Hayley Kiyoko, and Lizzo didn’t appear as a performer, she was actually one of the hosts of the show. I wasn’t aware that she was an artist at the time. There was one time when I saw her freestyling with an artist, but I didn’t think anything of it. I just thought she was having a bit of fun. Well, little did I know that this Lizzo girl was soon to become a household name, and honestly, a top contender for the next Grammy ceremony.
18 albums, 50 tracks
Everywhere I go, everyone’s talking about Lizzo. “You gotta listen to her” “I didn’t know that she was so popular!” “Did you see that video of her playing the flute and rapping?” Everyone loves Lizzo, and they SHOULD. There are some people in this world you have to like, and if you don’t, you’re either an asshole or that person slept with your wife. Lizzo has too much charm and genuine charisma to hate. She has the energy of a best friend that’ll watch you get blackout drunk, take care of you and then tell you all the dumb shit you did the next day. She’s got good vibes. She is definitely your moms favorite Ex; when you two broke up your mom didn’t speak to you for a couple days and still sends Lizzo Christmas cards. Lizzo is the one person at your job who can come in late and the boss never gets mad, they’re just happy that she’s there to brighten the room up. When I found out that Lizzo had an album dropping, I jumped at the chance to listen to her. Partially because I had heard so many good things, and mostly because I wanted to fit in with all the cool kids on social media. It’s wild how peer pressure has grown to the digital age. I really want some people I’ve never met or will ever meet to think I have good taste in music. What’s the point of being popular if you can’t actually see people? It’s wild that I’m hype to get some internet likes from some cyber strangers. 2019 is weird. But enough of my existential crisis. Let’s get into Lizzo’s new album Cuz I Love You.
Sometimes an album can baffle you so distinctively, my ears can’t believe how debilitating this Cuz I love You album by Lizzo is and that coming from me is not overhype or any hype for that matter. Any album that is boosting the element of self-esteem with a continuum of ingenuity & intention is a Gold contender in my opinion. For her newest collection Cuz I Love You, it just magnetizes its way in the lane of Classics for the long haul of it all. This is the first album that Lizzo releases under a major label deal although she is by far not a rookie in this industry as she dropped her debut studio album Lizzobangers in October of 2013 under Total Gross National Product. Due to the fact that she is now signed to Atlantic, it’s definitely hard to miss the commercial presence of Cuz I Love You and Lizzo herself. In interviews on popular television shows & hit radio stations the singer can be seen being herself for the most part which is how you know you’re getting the authentic version of the musician Lizzo on her latest album. Those are the best albums when you know that it’s not fakery and that the person that is behind the act aren’t putting on a front. When you think about it discovering an authentic layer of an artist on the project platformed by a major label is just the beginning part, for the music to be moving enough to touch you in a way where you’ll kind of never forget it is a separate ballgame. Somehow (though it should come as no surprise, due to verifiable potential in her discography) Lizzo creatively packs this combination into a 1, 2 knockout album. Maybe this just shows us that this is one Pop, R&B/Soul artist that we surely can gain a lot from, whether it's soundtracking amazing experiences we have in our lives, to a therapeutic and physiological upliftment.
When I recently went home to visit my parents a few months back, my Mom mentioned how much she loves the artist Lizzo, and asked if I’d listened to her new album as she hasn’t been able to stop listening to her. I told her no, I haven’t heard of her, and moved on with my day. I later went out for a few drinks with my friends, and they were too excitedly talking about Lizzo and how her new album is amazing, powerful and catchy. My ears started to prick up and think “maybe I should give this Lizzo a chance”. But alas, I yet forgot about her. I’m well aware that Lizzo existed as an artist before 2019 - but it wasn’t until I saw her on a UK TV chat show that I started to really research her as an artist. After all I was already falling in love with her personality and her strong, ‘can-do’ attitude. She really is a boss. She makes politics, self-love, positivity, feminism seem fun and easy. Since giving her a list, she’s definitely increased my self-love and self-esteem, and over-all motivated me to a better person, and more hard-working. So, I guess you could say Lizzo’s pretty good, right?
The canons of beauty. Something that has been the obsession of millions of people for centuries. These change over time, but the desire of society to fit in them remains the same. Luckily, this began to change a few years ago, when the world decided to pay attention to the rarities that the human physique could offer, and this has evolved until today when, in the world of music, fashion, etc., original faces and physiques are valued more, with people who make their weakness a weapon. Those who have suffered more discrimination because of their bodies may be big people. Maybe Melissa Viviane Jefferson (31-year-old American), aka Lizzo, has been one of the millions of people who has been bothered by this situation. But she said: enough of that! She had had enough of stereotypes and her world presents a clear revolution to this unfair treatment of big people. On the cover of her third album Cuz I Love You, she is naked, a long wig covers her back and buttocks. She has been rather unknown until relatively recently (the first I saw her was by chance when she was a guest judge on Rupaul's Drag Race, where her perfect “Good as hell” was a lip-sync song) but she has come with a clear message: she loves herself the way she is. And there's more! She wants you to feel that way too. Lizzo has always been empowered and proud of her sinuous curves with a captivating self-confidence. Without any kind of complex, she shows her body and sings about being a '' big bitch '', something she does not consider at all offensive. For her, that is only the way her body is, nothing else, while transmitting a great message of acceptance towards society. She introduced herself to the world with Lizzobangers, followed by Big Grrrl Small World (as you can see, the titles make it quite clear on what she is proud of), where she already showed that she was a great warrior in the battle of loving herself. With Cuz I Love You, the singer has won the great war and is nominated as one of the artists of our generation. As if she were a big and shining star.
I have never even heard of Lizzo before, and I have certainly never heard anything by her. She has a few- understatement of the year- songs out and I have yet to hear any. That was until I saw a friend’s IG story and heard this song that was so fun and quirky, but thought nothing of it. That same day, on a Netflix Preview, I heard the same exact song… and the same exact portion of the song. Crazy. So naturally, I took it as the universe telling me to listen to her and so I found Lizzo and her album, Cuz I Love You. The album that is chock full of self- care and self- love bangers and is so freaking fun and amazing. I cannot express how good it is, she is amazing, and tells her stories beautifully.. Just wow.
Official Music Videos
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- Jun 28, 2019Lizzo says a 'racist' security guard attacked members of her team after a Milwaukee performance
- Jun 28, 2019Lizzo Says “Racist Bigot” Security Guard Slapped Her Stylists at Summerfest
- Jun 28, 2019Lizzo Says Racist Festival Security Attacked Her Team, Summerfest Investigating
- Jun 28, 2019Lizzo Reveals the One and ''Only'' Performer Who Intimidates Her--And We'd Have to Agree
- Jun 27, 2019Lizzo's 'Boys' meme jumps from TikTok to Twitter
- Jun 24, 2019Please Enjoy Lizzo's Performance of 'Truth Hurts' at the BET Awards, Flute Included
- Jun 24, 2019BET Awards 2019: Watch Lizzo Perform “Truth Hurts” (Complete With Flute Solo)
- Jun 22, 2019Lizzo Reveals She's 'Depressed' in Emotional Instagram Post: 'This Too Shall Pass'
- Totally Gross National Product
- Atlantic Records
- Nice Life Recording Company
Melissa Viviane Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), known professionally as Lizzo, is an American singer, rapper, and presenter. Her debut album, Lizzobangers, was released in 2013. She released her second album, Big Grrrl Small World, in 2015.
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