Detroit-born and Minneapolis-based artist Lizzo has been making waves locally for years, but in the past year the self-described "wanton rapper" has broken onto the national stage. Her upcoming album Big GRRRL Small World will take on racism, feminism, and body image. And with with features from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Doomtree's Lazerbeak, we can be sure that the project will have a unique flavor.
Today she premieres "Ain't I," the second single off the album. (Earlier this month she shared "Humanize.") Her voice moves compellingly over the new track, from the assertive opening to the more pulled-back, reflective middle section, and to the haunting, evocative echo of Ain't I a woman? as the track ends.
"Ain't I," she explained in an email to The FADER, "is the thesis of the album, Sojourner Truth's witness. All of my blackness and my womanhood crammed into 3 minutes and 56 seconds."