Revel In These 5 Milk-Approved Feminist Anthems
This past year has bestowed the world with countless feminist bangers. There’s Solange’s new album, A Seat at the Table; Beyoncé‘s Lemonade; and Riri‘s Anti. Still, these albums might not be what they are today if it weren’t for the feminist anthems that preceded them. Whether you need a song to strut to work to or just some boss-ass female ditties to get down to this Friday night, we got just what you’re looking for. Here, we give you five classic pop and hip-hop female-centric tunes. If nothing else, these should sufficiently drown out Trump’s voice.
1. “Like a Boy” by Ciara
In 2007, Ciara released perhaps one of the greatest feminist anthems of all time. “Like a Boy” depicts a hypothetical situation that every woman has most likely considered at least once: what it might feel like to enjoy the privilege afforded to men in our patriarchal world. The hip-hop goddess questions how her man would feel if she “had a thing on the side” and whether “the rules would still apply” if she acted like a guy, while simultaneously showing off her insane dance abilities and bending in ways we truly didn’t think were humanly possible.
2. “Independent Women Part 1” Destiny’s Child
Take an unfathomably catchy beat, and pair it with such empowering statements as, “Try to control me boy, you get dismissed,” and you get Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women Part 1.” Destiny’s Child was a feminist force in music if there ever was one, and it’s hard to find a song of theirs that doesn’t scream girl power.
3. “Feelin’ Myself” Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce
A tip: if, at any moment, you have a sudden urge to feel like a badass bitch, turn on “Feelin’ Myself,” and it should do the trick. Minaj spits incredible rhymes about owning her sexuality and simply being a success machine, while Beyoncé graces us with her signature, heart-melting vocals. The result is pure heaven.
4. “Flawless” Beyoncé
Beyoncé’s “Flawless” demands respect—due in no small part to the feminist speech that she samples from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The song itself is, interestingly enough, flawless, and it sends a great message too, namely that all girls and women should take what they deserve. Just another reason why we’re advocates of the Beyoncé school of thought.
5. “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop” was a piece of feminist genius when it came out in ‘98, and 18 years later, it is as powerful as ever. In the song, the R&B queen implores others to stand up for themselves against assholes, and even calls out dudes who act like big shots but can’t seem to move out of their moms’ houses. In other words, lyrics worthy of framing.
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