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‘My Ovaries Ain’t for You to Bully’: Latto Puts Misogynists on Blast With ‘Pussy’

Incels, politicians and abusive men aren’t safe from the rising rapper’s lyrical barbs featured in her daring new single

Latto Puts Misogynists on Blast With New Single 'Pussy'Latto Puts Misogynists on Blast With New Single 'Pussy'

Latto arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Latto is channeling her “Big Energy” and taking aim at gender roles and sexism with her powerful new single, “Pussy.”

The defiant track, accompanied by a subversive image of a woman with her legs spread in front of a building resembling the White House, directly calls out the various types of men — politicians, abusive boyfriends, raging misogynists, incels — who attempt to control female sexuality and womanhood. It’s an aptly timed release for the rising rapper, as women across America are losing the ability to make choices about their own reproductive health following the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

“Who is you to bash pussy?” Latto demands in the song’s opening verse, backed by a pitch-shifted sample of Betty Wright’s 1968 single “Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do.” “Buy the man my respect, watch he paint me as crazy/Y’all sexualize lesbians but y’all entertain me/They engaging, ain’t got supply from they mama basement/If you don’t get a pussy up, then he’ll take it.”

Latto also uses the song to call out those who criticize female musicians for releasing explicit pro-femme anthems — “Y’all the reason we make music teaching bitches how to use it,” she declares — and blasts the “double standards” women face when openly embracing their sexuality. “The gender roles y’all projecting are hypocrisy,” she says. “Half of y’all pussy niggas owe your mama an apology/How you ain’t got a pussy, but got opinions on pussy?/That’s pussy, my ovaries ain’t for you to bully.”

“Pussy” is the latest release by the 23-year-old Georgia native following “Booty,” her collaboration with Saucy Santana. She also recently took home the award for Best New Artist at the BET Awards, where she performed alongside Mariah Carey. (Latto’s hit single “Big Energy” famously samples Carey’s 1995 chart topper “Fantasy,” which itself samples Tom Tom Club’s 1981 single “Genius of Love.”) This fall, Latto will serve as the opening act for Lizzo’s “Special Tour,” which kicks off Sept. 23 in Sunrise, Florida. She’ll also appear on Calvin Harris’ star-studded new album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2, out Aug. 5.

 

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