Welcome to Solita Pero Feliz Pt 2: an inter-generational exploration of women's empowerment through popular music
exclusively featuring women of color artists!
This is the second 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!), demand R.E.S.P.E.C.T., get to feeling yourself, bask in your own glory and demand everyone
"LOOK at ME!" Know what you want and what you're worth,
be a bad bitch, be a boss bitch, getting that MONEY, and look as fine as JLo in her iconic lace up boots walking away when that no good, do nothing fuckboy creeps back into your gorgeous head. oh, and again- for your listening pleasure- ZERO Taylor Swift.
RESPECT- Aretha Franklin
This installment of "Solita Pero Feliz" is dedicated to the Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin.
Respect is the OG WOC Feminist Anthem. Aretha described Respect as -"a woman's anthem, a battle cry, a mantra... it was the need of the nation. Everyone wanted respect." I don't remember the first time I heard "Respect"- a song so deeply embedded in our culture, we can take it for granted as it fades into the background of commercials and rom-coms...but I believe, for me and many of us- Aretha's "Respect" was my first and earliest understanding of feminism in art- & possibly an introduction to feminsim in general. She's "asking for" it- but her powerful delivery tells us- SHE DEMANDS IT! Otis Redding did not sing the famous "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." part in his version- but Aretha said, I thought I should spell it out.
Janelle Monáe - Electric Lady
"Electric lady you're a star
You got a classic kind of crazy
But you know just who you are"
Bad Girls- M.I.A.
This 2012 anthem to Bad Girls- Still. Goes. HARD!!!! and the video is definitely in my top 10.
Pxssy Powah!- Nitty Scott
"Gonna rock to the revolution in my hips
I be glowed up wit a gold wrist
Drop it on your tongue and have a happy trip I'm on a kushy diet
ski mask like a pussy riot
Pop papayas no time for tyrants
Say fuck the power 'cause we been defiant"
Barbie Dreams- Nicki Minaj
Nicki's shit talking on male rappers take on Biggie's "Just Playing" is my FAVORITE type of script flip
La Llamada- Selena
"Si me vuelves a llamar
Yo te vuelvo a colgar
Ya me cansé de escuchar
Oh excusas y más mentiras
No me vuelves a llamar
No te voy a perdonar
No te la doy
No vales la pena"
My Neck, My Back (Lick it)- Khia
A fucking demanding ass anthem for female sexual pleasure-
that's just as powerful now as when it came out
Go Gina- SZA
"I belong to nobody, hope it don't bother you, you can mind your business"
Pynk- Janelle Monae
"Pink like the tongue that goes down, maybe
Pink like the paradise found"
A vaginal themed celebration of girl on girl sexuality on a woman's terms
Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)- Solange
"You know I have the world to think about
And you know I gotta go ahead and take some time
Because the last thing that I wanna do
Is think that it's time that I leave the borderline
So let's take it off tonight
Break it off tonight
Baby let's know when to let go"
I Know What I Want- Kali Uchis
"You swear that you're grown
It's 5 in the morning
You won't call or come home
I'm getting really tired of it
All up in my phone, boy leave it alone
And I'm learning, now I know
Should'a left your ass in the friend zone"
No Scrubs- TLC
"See, if you can't spatially expand my horizon
Then that leaves you in the class with scrubs, never rising..." R.I.P. Left Eye <3
All I Have- JLo ft. LL Cool J
"Well, I'm bouncing and I'm out, son (What you want, baby?)
I gotta leave you alone (Come on now)
'Cause I'm good, holding down my spot
And I'm good reppin' the girls on the block (Don't go, baby)
And I'm good, I got this thing on lock
So without me you'll be fine, right?"
Sing it ladies!!!
"All My Pride Is All I Haavvvee, You'll be Needed Me
But TOO BAD!"
Don't Wish Me Well- Solange
"They say I changed
What a pity if I stayed the same"
Flawless- Beyonce ft Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ignore all the references to Jay- focus on the empowering content!
"God Damn, God Damn, GOD DAMN!"
My Main- Mila J Ft Ty Dolla $ign
This whole song is just a LOVE SONG for your BFF and I AM SO HERE FOR IT! IDK why there aren't more of these- Best Friend love over Boyfriends anyday!
"One of the baddest chicks in this club, dat my main One of the only girls that I love, dat my main Been down with her since day one, dat my main Can't nobody break this up, dat my main We'll never fight over dem boys, dat my main
We be playing with these dudes like toys"
Just A Stranger- Kali Uchis ft Steve Lacy
"She's a hurricane, feel the Earth shake
If the devil was asleep she'd knock him wide awake"
"She only want if it's hundreds and she want it in abundance"
YAKWTFGO- BIA ft Kali Uchis
"I put his ass in rotation, I got plenty fish to replace him
If his money ain't adding up then I get him out of equation"
Feeling Myself- Nicki Minaj Ft Beyonce
GAS YOURSELF UPPPPPPP
No More (Baby I'm a Do Right) - 3LW
A Fave Y2K Middle School Era Empowering Beak Up Song
Used to Love You-Yuna ft Jhené Aiko
"I can never understand why
I'm depending on a guy
To make me feel like I was special
I am special when I'm mine
Keep running on in circles
I was such a slave for love
Now that I know better, I know better of my worth"
I'm Gonna Be Alright- Jennifer Lopez Ft Naz
Another incredible break-up anthem from Y2K JLO
Push It- Salt-N-Pepa
"C'mon girls, let's go show the guys that we know
How to become number one in a hot party show"
Icy Girl- Saweetie
"Ask me if I'm rollin' with some Gucci bitch I might be
It's very unlikely my wrist ain't looking icy
Charging by the minute 'cause my time is very pricey
Yeah, I be where the bosses be"
"Mala! Sí, yo soy madura
Con pelo, con pelo suelto como una bruja
Mi gasolina prende fuego, muevo la cintura
Te pongo loco, pero así te gusta"
Money- Cardi B
"I don't really need the D, I need the Money...
Walkin' past the mirror, ooh
Damn, I'm fine"
Myself- Snow Tha Product ft DRAM
"I swear to God I love Myself"
Get Right- Jennifer Lopez
"Your lips talkin' about I play too much
Can't a woman take advantage of what she wants?"
Lick- Cardi B
Look at me- LOOK AT ME!
Kickin' Back- Mila J
I'm kickin' back and I'm lightin' up
Doin' what the fuck I want
Just rode a wood, I'm feelin' good
Just me, myself and this blunt
Sola- Becky G
Mejor me quedo sola…aahhh
Y me voy pa la calle…ehhh
Voy a vivir mi vida loca…ahhh
Sin nadie que me falle…ehhh
Where the Boys at?!
Dead to Me- Kali Uchis
"You're obsessed just let me go"
Ain't Got No, I Got Life- Nina Simone
"I've got life, I've got my freedom
I've got life
I've got the life
And I'm going to keep it
I've got the life"