Michelle Obama Dropped a 'Lady Marmalade' Inspired Anthem Ft. Missy Elliott
DJ FLOTUS brought the heat to your hump day soundtrack today with a track so hot it might just accelerate global warming. Michelle Obama is no stranger to the music game, of course. Last year’s get-your-ass-to-college anthem, fittingly titled “Go to College,” was the gift we never knew we needed. Lyrics like “If you wanna watch paint / Don’t go to college / But for everything else / You should go to college” had us reconsidering the decision to “take a few years off” before we go get that useless Masters degree. But now, she’s stepped away from the mic, bringing together a girl gang that would make Taylor Swift cry. Presenting the new Obama track, titled “This Is For My Girls.”
The First Lady teamed up with award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, and enlisted the help of Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele, Zendaya, Jadagrace and Chloe & Halle to bring the track to life. If you weren’t sold on it yet, just know that this feminist banger is being described as “We Are the World” meets “Lady Marmalade,” which is the musical equivalent of winning the lottery and a twerking contest at the same time. The song is part of the #62MillionGirls campaign, which was started by Michelle’s Let Girls Learn initiative and Girl Rising to support girls’ education. Right now, an estimated 62 million girls globally don’t have access to education, and Michelle is trying to break that down–one feminist anthem at a time.
The track dropped at midnight, ahead of today’s, March 16th, SXSW panel on music and education–Michelle is giving the keynote address. The full song is available to download exclusively on iTunes, and all proceeds will go to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. Grab your soul sistas, pick up a Mocha Chocalata, and go check it out.
Original imagery by Kathryn Chadason.
Stay tuned to Milk for Michelle Obama’s next single.