Summer finally arrived! I had doubts for the entirety of June when it seemed we were stuck in a November-like rain and cold schedule. Now those rains have left the ground saturated for the perpetual state of humidity/corn sweat we are now in. Recently a patron reminded me that only six months ago the temperature was dangerously below zero, thanks, sometimes I need the perspective shift.
Summer music is always a thing, not unlike the summer blockbuster movie. In the days of radio it would be that one song that was played on heavy rotation, the one bouncy, pop-like, bubblegum tune that danced with you. It’s the Steal My Sunshine by Len or the rhapsodic Blues Traveler song, Hook, which was everywhere the summer of ’94. This summer I think there’s one standout album and that is Lizzo’s new release Cuz I Love You.
I’m a fan of Lizzo – from back when I first listened to her debut release Sunglasses and Money released in 2013. The song Batches and Cookies went on to become one of the most referenced sub conscious lyric rips my mind has ever filed. This album comes six years later and with a drop of the Bangers portion of her name. Now just Lizzo she’s celebrating her size, her freedom, and telling you about it cause you could have had it all. The first single released off the album is Juice which dances the catchy chorus licks that state: ain’t my fault that I’m out here getting loose/got to blame it on the goose/ gotta blame it on my juice, baby. Her soulful serenade on the song Jerome lets him know: Poor little baby/ Who told you that you stood a chance with this royalty?/ You’re so sweet, bless your heart/ Can’t let a pretty face distract me from my business – and what a business she has going on this summer. Lizzo even has a duet with Missy Elliot – and it’s a dream combination/cadence. Already the album has reached number 1 on iTunes beating out Beyonce’s release of Homecoming. It’s all a big deal because Lizzo works hard, she’s got the rhythm, she’s got something real to say and her time is here. Her lyrics are celebrating her independence and yours. Yeah, I got boy problems, that’s the human in me, Lizzo states, Bling bling, then I solve ’em, that’s the goddess in me. She is both an inspiration and mentor in one breath, here to show you her best life. So cheers to corn sweat, to swimming pools, and loud bouncy feel-good records like Cuz I Love You. Happy summer –