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Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You Is an Ode to Self-Love

If you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t been blessed with the pleasure of listening to Lizzo‘s music, this is the moment that ends. Lizzo is a rapper, singer, songwriter and classically-trained flautist with infectiously beautiful energy. The amount of love and light that emanates from the soon-to-be 31-year-old will have you riding a feel-good feeling like no other. That same feel-good energy is woven into every song on Cuz I Love You.

Cuz I Love You is the Minnesota native’s third studio album and debut album with major label Atlantic Records. The album is defined by its title track “Cuz I Love You,” which kicks off the album with a bang! As a whole, the album is filled with powerful messages of self-love, empowerment, and happiness. “Like A Girl” and “Soulmate” are groundbreaking empowerment songs that will leave you feeling like you can conquer the world. Some might say that female empowerment is a hot-button topic, making it an easy target to tap into. However, if you listened to “Like A Girl” and thought that those are the motivations behind the song, you’re missing the point. Hearing a plus-size, black woman singing about how being “like a girl” is a blessing and not an insult is not only eye-opening but exactly what people need to hear.

With a similar theme to “Like A Girl”, “Soulmate” is about self-love. It’s about looking in the mirror and loving who is looking back. Not only for the way the reflections look on the outside but for who that person really is. In an interview with Apple Music, Lizzo talks about how “Soulmate” was inspired by her relationship with loneliness and the need to remind herself who she is and that she’s never alone if she’s happy with who she is. The chorus echoes, “Yeah I’m my own soulmate // No I’m never lonely // I know I’m a queen, but I don’t need no crown // Look up in the mirror like ‘Damn, she the one.'”

Cuz I Love You isn’t just a “feminist manifesto.” It’s so much more than that. The record has some really fun dance hits, with songs like “Juice” and “Tempo,” that will get you out of your seat and up on the dance floor. “Tempo” opens up with a killer electric guitar and a banging bass beat—not to mention that Missy Elliot is featured on it.

“Tempo” is one of those songs that gets stuck in you’re head long after you’ve listened to it. Surprisingly, Lizzo confessed that it almost didn’t make the album. “Juice” is a more upbeat song than “Tempo.” It has a lot of energy and bounce. Appropriately named, it’s as refreshing and bright as a tall glass of orange juice (yum!).

If the aforementioned songs aren’t your style and you’re looking for something a bit slower, then “Jerome” and “Lingerie” are the songs for you. These two songs may seem unexpected from an artist like Lizzo, but they work beautifully to balance the album as a whole. “Jerome” is a fuccboi love song that the modern dater should easily relate to. Lizzo croons Jerome’s name so beautifully you’d wish it was your name if she wasn’t calling him out for being a sub-par suitor.

If you listen to one song on the album make it “Jerome.” Show it to your girlfriends and gossip about all the Jerome-like men that you’ve dated. It’s so good! Simalar to “Jerome”, “Lingerie” is slower and sexier than the other songs on the album. “Lingerie” is a very sultry song about feeling good just lounging in your lingerie waiting for your partner. It’s an unexpected end to the album but leaves you wanting more. “Lingerie” will tempt you like a good strip tease and leave you wishing it wasn’t over.

Luckily, if you’re left wanting more Lizzo, she’s is going on tour! Check out the dates below to see Miss Lizzo live!

What are some of your favorite tracks from Cuz I Love You? Comment below or tweet us @Soundigest!

Featured Image: Atlantic Records

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