Lizzo is back, and she’s back with a vengeance. Her first single after two years is a complete banger, and not only that, she’s finally standing up for herself and taking aim at the public scrutiny over the past two years. “If you thought that I was ratchet with my ass hangin’ out just wait until the summer when they let me out the house, bitch.” She, like many, is waiting for this quarantine to fully go away so she can blossom and further prove why she is that girl.
Lizzo and Cardi B both playfully confront the rumors about their appearances, their private lives and clap back at them. They are aware of the magnification that women undergo in the industry. “Spendin’ all your time tryna break a woman down,” Lizzo sings on the pre-chorus to combat the all too common criticism women deal with.
Behind the funk-pop single, “Rumors” is the medium through which Lizzo unpacks the body shaming, public criticism for her diet, and the racism she’s dealt with since hitting the mainstream scene in 2019. Despite this song being a positive anthem, she is still, unfortunately, getting attacked for her body positive message but thankfully she has received support from the likes of Cardi B, Chloe Bailey, and Jameela Jamil.
Despite the criticism, “Rumors” is a brilliantly playful comeback for Lizzo. It’s a wonderful mesh of talent along with plenty of witty clapbacks.