Kendrick Lamar Collaborator Brings the Ultimate Feminist F*ck Off Anthem
Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise just dropped the mic with the feminist anthem women have been waiting for—and a video to back it up. It’s called “BitchSlut” and it’s for all the girls who have either been guilt tripped for not wanting to hook up, or have been looked down on for sleeping with someone. Wise perfectly explains this “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” problem every woman struggles with at some point in her life.
The singer manages to articulate everything we’ve ever tried to explain in defense of being a woman—that women are not the clothes they wear, are never “asking for it,” and are never looking to impress catcallers. The lyrics hit hard for every girl who simply never asked to be hit on:
“I’m walking down the street with my hands tied / Cause I wore a skirt, you think I’m down to ride / You think I wanna fuck cause I comb my hair / Cause I’m at the bar next to an open chair.”
Pulsating through the song is a distinct feminist message about fighting back that’s rarely found in music today. Unlike Beyoncé’s hit “Single Ladies,” which was undoubtedly the feminist anthem of 2009, “BitchSlut” shares a more difficult truth that not everyone up in the club can handle. It’s feminism without a filter, which some women are scared to wholly embrace. And which makes “BitchSlut” that much more important, and worthy of being put on full blast—this is an unapologetic tribute to the female struggle.
Wise is known for collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on multiple albums. She sang backup vocals for a handful of tracks on good kid, m.A.A.d city, his new album untitled unmastered, and for the song “These Walls,” which won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Lamar, Bilal, and Thundercat. She is also one part of the band Sonnymoon.
Her new video for “BitchSlut,” a self-directed opus shot entirely on an iPhone 6, takes inspiration from Lana del Rey and doles out some serious hair flips. Blast it, bask in it, and then send it to everyone you know.
Stay tuned to Milk for more fresh feminist anthems.