The first installment of songs of self adoration, sexual liberation, strong female love and friendship over relationships with losers, and walking away from those relationships when they no longer serve you.... belt these bangers alone in your car (remember tho- if you're not black- don't say it!), while working on your boss bitch moves,
riding around with your girls, or in a pinch- when that no good, do nothing fuckboy creeps back into your gorgeous head. oh, and for your listening pleasure- ZERO Taylor Swift.
This is the song that started it all: It was two years ago and I was driving around listening to a lot of Selena, and trying to pick myself after the last guy I really fell hard for ghosted me for a gringa (I should have known.) My Spanish is pretty basic- but on a particularly sad day- I realized how clearly I understood this song and it's meaning. And I realized how happy I'd be once I was free of loving him.
I loved the realization of empowerment in this happy song so much- I had Carmen create art for it!
Ahora que ya no estás me siento libre Me voy donde voy, y nadie lo impide Yo mando mi vida y me siento más feliz Y nunca nunca volveré a caer contigo
Ahora que ya no estás, me siento alegre Ya ha pasado todo, y ay no me duele Pero hoy por siempre solo habrá felicidad Aquí en mi alma yo de ti no quiero nada Porque rompí ya las cadenas de tu amor Y ya nunca nunca volveré
Porque rompí ya las cadenas de tu amor Y ya nunca más te quiero ver Porque rompi ya las cadernas de tu amor Y ya nunca más te quiero ver Porque he oldivado esos recuerdos De tu amor y tus besos Y espero alguien nuevo Ya no siento más amor por ti Ya no habrá más lagrimas aquí Ya verás seré feliz sin ti
Ahora que ya no estás, me siento alegre Ya ha pasado todo, y ay no me duele Pero hoy…
I Do- Cardi B & Sza
I think us bad bitches is a gift from God (gift from God) I think you broke hoes need to get a job (get a job) Now I'm a boss, I write my own name on the checks (Cardi) Pussy so good, I say my own name during sex
Missy Eliot, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk — “Lady Marmalade”
He come through with the money in the garter belts I let him know we bout that cake straight up the gate uh We independent women, some mistake us for whores I'm sayin‘, why spend mine when I can spend yours Disagree? Well that's you and I’m sorry Imma keep playing these cats out like Atari Wearing high heel shoes, getting love from the dudes 4 bad ass chicks from the Moulin Rouge...
Janet Jackson — “Nasty”
I'm not a prude (no) I just want some respect (that's right) So close the door if you want me to respond (ooh ooh yeah) 'Cause privacy is my middle name My last name is Control No my first name ain't baby It's Janet Miss Jackson if you're nasty
Rihanna- Needed Me
Like honestly, fuck Drake tho right???
But baby Don't get it twisted You was just another n**** on the hit list
Tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch Didn't they tell you that I was a savage Fuck your white horse and a carriage Bet you never could imagine Never told you you could have it You needed me To feel a little more, and give a little less Know you hate to confess But baby ooh, you needed me
"Now his face is looking kinda flustered He didn't know that I was my own hustler Baby, understand, I don't need a man Fuck me over, I'll fuck you worse then take off to Japan He thought I couldn't cross the street without holdin' his hand And that if he did his dirt he'd get off with a reprimand"
ICONIC: "Middle fingers up, put them hands high Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
Tell him, boy, bye, middle fingers up I ain't thinking 'bout you
Sorry, I ain't sorry Sorry, I ain't sorry"
Brujas- Princess Nokia
I'm your supreme I'm your supreme
We is them ghetto witches Speaking in tongue bitches Fall on the floor Got sage on the door [x4]
Talk shit, we can cast spells
Long weaves, long nails Corn rows, pig tails Baby fathers still in jail Good witches, I fuck with Bad bitches, we run shit 4 bitches, 4 corners North, East, West, South shit Good witches, I fuck with Hopped off of my broomstick Witchcraft, bitch craft Light magic, it's nothing
Orisha, my alter [x3] Got coins on the counter
I'm that Black a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba And my people come from Africa diaspora, Cuba And you mix that Arawak, that original people
I'm that Black Native American, I vanquish all evil I'm that Black a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba And my ancestors Nigerian, my grandmas was brujas And I come from an island and it's called Puerto Rico And it's one of the smallest but it got the most people
Orisha, my alter [x3] Got coins on the counter [x2]
Don't you fuck with my energy [x8]
Casting spells with my cousins I'm the head of this coven I'm a shapeshifting bitch, you don't know who you loving Better light you a candle I heard the nighttime was black And if you don't watch your step the greatest bitch will be back I cast a circle in white and I can vanquish your spite And if you hex me with hate then I'ma conjour the light Your evil ways put no fight I ain't no queen of the night I'm a bruja, I'm a bruja, and I'ma dress in all white
I'm your supreme [x8]
[American Horror Story: Coven sample] "Tituba! Voodoo slave girl who graced us with her black magic"
You made her a slave Before that she came from a great tribe, the Arawak She gave it to your girls of Salem A gift repaid with betrayal Maybe you ain't heard the news about civilization starting in Africa We more than just pins in dolls and seeing the future in chicken parts Been reading too many tourist guides, hm Everything you got, you got from us
Mi Cucu- La Sonora Dinamita
Basically: "I know I'm hot- Now how about you fuck off, creep"
None Of Your Business- Salt-N-Pepa
If I want to take a guy home with me tonight It's none of your business And she want to be a freak and sell it on the weekend It's none of your business
Now you shouldn't even get into who I'm givin' skins to It's none of your business So don't try to change my mind, I'll tell you one more time It's none of your business
Q.U.E.E.N.- Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu
Conceivably the most PERFECT (no exaggeration) Song Ever Made. The beat, every freaking lyric, the smooth af Badu feature- and the goosebumps and tears at Janelle's rap at the end
That's why I'd rather be a loner Yeah I'd rather be alone I don't even want to know ya I don't want to be known Cause I'd rather be a loner I'd much rather be alone Baby it was nice to know ya Packing up and leaving home
Mi Cuerpo Es Mio- Krudas Cubensi
"Saquen sus rosarios de nuestros ovarios Saquen su doctrina de nuestra vagina
Ni amo, ni estado, ni partido, ni marido"
“Antipatriarca” by Ana Tijoux
Yo no camino detrás de ti, yo camino de la par aquí
Tu no me vas a humillar, tu no me vas a gritar
Tu no me vas someter tu no me vas a golpear
Tu no me vas denigrar, tu no me vas obligar
Tu no me vas a silenciar tu no me vas a callar
Julieta Venegas- Me Voy
A song about realizing when the relationship has run it's course:
"Porque se que me espera algo mejor
Alguien que sepa darme amor
De ese que endulza la sal y hace que salga el sol
Yo que pensé nunca me iría que es amor del bueno
De toda la vida pero
Hoy entendí que no hay suficiente para los dos"
After the Storm- Kali Uchis ft.
Tyler the Creator & Bootsy Collins
Although the video for this song has Kali literally going out and buying seeds to plant a man- the lyrics for the song and they're meaning (explained bellow) are all about self love. I love this bitch.
Loba- Shakira Ya está sentada en su mesa y pone la mira en su proxima presa
Pobre del desprevenido que no se esperaba una de esas
Promiscuous Girl- Nelly Frutado Timbaland
I still get down to this Y2K era anthem for casual sex - that included and CELEBRATED girl ho-dem FOR ONCE. (Unlike :ahem: Snoop Doggs "ain't no fun" Slut Shaming Anthem)
"Work It," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Ain't No Shame Ladies Do Your Thing, Just Make Sure You're Ahead of the Game
Aye yo You don't have to love me You don't even have to like me But you will respect me
You know why cause I'm a boss
Angie Martinez, Lil Kim, Left Eye,
Da Brat & Missy Elliott - Ladies Night Tryin' to impress me with your five G stones, I give you ten G's n**** if you leave me alone, screamin'
The moral of the story is this You ain't lickin' this, you ain't stickin' this And I got witnesses, ask any n**** I been with They ain't hit shit till they stuck they tongue in this
Miami- Kali Uchis ft. Bia
"But why would I be Kim, I could be Kanye In the land of opportunity and palm trees"- of this line she said “I’m not the Kim on your motorcycle, bitch. I’m the one riding the shit.”