Why So Serious?
Although Nicki Minaj's latest release, Super Freaky Girl, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, some critics were unhappy with this song. Some critics believed her latest release was a recycled version of her 2014 hit song, "Anaconda." Despite the critic's opinion, the Barbs loved this song and, maybe in this day and time, this is what the world needs.
These last two years have felt like ten years, and we have eight more years until these 2020s are over. I don't know about you, but I am trying to survive this decade, and songs like "Super Freaky Girl" lighten the mood. "Super Freaky Girl" is just one element in this feel-good recipe, as other artists have contributed to this energy.
On July 29, 2022, Beyonce released her feel-good album "Renaissance" into the world. She permitted people to drop things that were no longer serving them and to shake it off. Several ministers had something to say about her advising church girls to twerk as if church girls don't twerk; therefore, missing the message of her encouraging women to no longer hide in fear of being judged. When she sang, "she is tryna do the best she can," I dropped a tear because we are doing our best and don't need a peanut gallery bringing us down. Amen.
Finally, we have Lizzo, telling us we are special while stating "she is not the girl she used to be" and she might be better. Yes, with the empowerment, and yes, with the positive energy. Some of these critics must be distracted by the house music's up-tempo beats because the people are receiving life and encouragement in these songs.
This current feel-good era is taking me back to when Missy Elliot was wearing her iconic black trash bag in "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) or Ludacris's exaggerated head in his "Rollout (My Business)" video. Or the time when Busta Rhymes was prince Hakeem in the highly animated and intriguing "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" music video.
With all this trauma happening from Monkeypox and the high rising prices on everything, I am more than happy to let the music take me away to a happy place, if only for ten minutes. Let the critic’s critique; if they are looking for the artists' old vibes, listen to their old albums. Any artist fitting this blueprint understands the need for this assignment, and I am here for it.
Posted by: Laydie Fluent
Written By: Renita Betts owner of Be Your Own Kind Platform