Sounds Like: Smoking spliffs in an all-girl gang at a sleepover; there is probably also wine
For Fans Of: Outkast, Janelle Monáe, Audra the Rapper
Why You Should Pay Attention: A classically trained flautist and back-up singer who once toured with Har Mar Superstar, Melissa Jefferson has rapped, sung and trilled her way through a cavalcade of projects in both Minneapolis and her hometown of Houston. But it was this very multiplicity from which her quirky Lizzo project was born: Exhausted from touring, she had a writer's block that wouldn't budge until she heard the album Lava Bangers, by Doomtree producer Lazerbeak. His creative juices got her own flowing, and before she knew it, they'd linked on Twitter and began collaborating on Lizzo Bangers, a collection of bubbly hip-hop tracks that went super viral after a placement on the HBO dramedy Girls, not to mention breakaway hit "Batches and Cookies," on which Lizzo raps, "Thrift store shopping like Anna Wintour You ain't gotta ask cause I been hurr." Lizzo Bangers is being re-released globally by Virgin/EMI.
She Says: "I feel like my persona, or who I am, is very much alive in my lyrics. Every song, every pop culture reference, every chorus you hear, are things that I've just said in conversation. On 'Paris,' I've never been to Paris. I was supposed to go to study flute there at Paris Conservatory but it never happened, so I started talking some crap and then I brought the chorus in, beasting on it." The chorus in question: "Have you ever been to Paris at night? Me, either."
Hear for Yourself: "Batches and Cookies" remains a perfect summer earworm, plus the confluence of pride flags, donuts, and motorcycles in the video is fun to (attempt) to parse. by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd