My biggest blind spot is hip-hop, which is especially unfortunate in Minneapolis. Thankfully I have friends that can help pick up the slack including this contribution from Frankles.com.
If I were a gambling man, I’d bet that “LIZZOBANGERS” was the first and only choice for titles of Lizzo’s debut album. It’s fitting, too, considering Lazerbeak’s mixtape “Lavabangers” was responsible for breaking Lizzo’s bout of writer’s block, unleashing the lyrical fury found throughout her own Bangers.
Right from the start, Lizzo comes out of the gate swinging on “Lizzie Borden,” sounding equally influenced by Missy Elliott as Mary J. Blige, a touch of little Salt n’ Pepa. It’s a big, brutal tribute to her hip-hop predecessors.
As I worked my way through “LIZZOBANGERS,” I started to wonder about how the album would translate to a live experience. Surely she can’t keep this up in one take. Think again, she said. Watch her decimate the 89.3 The Current studios here.
Lizzo covers a lot of ground throughout the record touching on money problems, lady problems, family issues and the drag of the day-to-day, paycheck to paycheck life. It’s not the typical talk about how much money she has, the car she drives or the exclusive watch she’s sporting. In the male-centric world of hip-hop it’s refreshing to see things from the other side, exposing the culture’s giant sausage party for what it is: women are always invited, provided they look like Rihanna and are happy with the hook parts assigned to them.
Highlights: Batches & Cookies, Faded, Bus Passes and Happy Meals