Latto, who catered more to a male audience with the release of her album "777," has made a complete
U-turn with her new single "Pussy." Combining a message with a whole lotta "pussy," makes this song a much-needed woman's anthem that takes aim at those who are "Pushin P" by POLICING the lyrics of female rappers or, worse, women's bodies.
The song uses the same formula that made "Big Energy" a mega-hit by utilizing a sample, Genius Love by Tom Tom Club, that was already a hit with fans by way of a music icon, "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey. So, for this song, she chose Betty Wright's "Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do," which Beyonce sampled in her hit song "Upgrade U." It's hard to beat the nostalgia factor.
"Niggas kiss and tell like that shit is not pussy
Who is you to bash pussy? Y'all sweet ass, pussy
Tell 'em how you couldn't make me climax, pussy"
While Latto is known for her "Big Energy," it's this "Pussy Energy" and the correct use of a sample I live for.
On "Pussy," Latto brought female rap back to an era when rappers like Queen Latifah, Eve, and Lauryn Hill, delivered powerful messages that reflected the socio/political times without sounding too preaching over beats that still made you want to listen, even if you weren't in the mood for a message. Latto did not mince words when she rapped:
"How you ain't got a pussy, but got opinions on pussy?
That's pussy (Pussy), my ovaries ain't for you to bully"
This perfectly reflects the times in light of the reversal of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.
And I would be remiss if I did not call out the "pussy" behavior of those claiming that Latto is simply capitalizing on a moment. And if she is? Did anyone have an issue with Lil Baby's pandering anthem, "The Bigger Picture?" It's the double standard for me and, ironically, what "Pussy" addresses.
For those worrying about who is and isn't capitalizing on a song, Planned Parenthood will receive part of the proceeds from this single.
Latto also released a music video for the song, where she is inside her home with a bunch of cats crawling over her while different protests flash on the TV. Unfortunately, I am not the biggest fan of the video, partially cause I hate cats, but really because nothing was compelling about it. It doesn't have much replay value.
Overall, I fcks with this song; and it shows that "pussy rap" can have a message. Hopefully, this track will lead to a new project that is more women-centered. Until then, keep "Pushin P" for "PLAY."
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