Lizzo has a gift for turning phrases into lyrics that are authentic and unapologetic. Her songs have the type of emotional directness that can be inspiring and has cemented Lizzo as her generation’s answer to Missy Elliott.
While her breakthrough has been coupled with movements that support and promote body positivity, she also challenges those movements to be more than just opportunistic trends that are eventually replaced with something else.
It was around 2013 when Lizzo formed a three-piece all-female R&B/rap band with Sophia Eris and Claire de Lune called The Chalice. In 2012, her band released their first-ever album. It was titled "We Are the Chalice," which was quite successful locally.
Later on, the band would work with Prince on his album, Plectrumelectrum. More on that is coming soon.
Lizzo's Debut Album
Lizzo's solo hip-hop-focused debut album titled "Lizzobangers", was released the following year. Her album was recognized immediately for its originality, with an upbeat vibe and a whole lot of soul.
Music reviewers gave her album 4 stars out of 5, remarking on Lizzo's joyful tunes and lethally pointed rhymes.
Since her rise to stardom, Lizzo has been one of our most visible advocates for body positivity and self-love, but she’s hesitant to label herself as such. As she’s remarked on numerous occasions, accepting herself and embracing all parts of who she is isn’t just a marketing campaign.
Promoting a body-positive attitude while still maintaining some distance from the movement has confirmed Lizzo as an authentic voice in this particular social trend.
Barely taking a breather following the release of her debut album in 2013, Lizzo immediately began working on new music. It was also around this time that she participated in a project called "What's Underneath."
Lizzo bravely showcased that self-acceptance is embracing yourself as a continual work in progress. With beautiful honesty, Lizzo openly talked through her struggles about being a bigger girl and coming to terms with her natural hair.