Lizzo Cleverly Flips A Beastie Boys Classic On New Song “Grrrls”

Lizzo Cleverly Flips A Beastie Boys Classic On New Song “Grrrls”

It’s the second single off her forthcoming album ‘Special’.

Back in the mid-’80s, Beastie Boys weren’t the most enlightened dudes on the planet. They weren’t actually misogynists or homophobes, but they made juvenile jokes in their songs that led plenty of people—many of them knucklehead frat boys—to believe otherwise. A good example of this is “Girls,” off their 1986 debut License to Ill. The song is all about wanting girls—for sex, sure, but also to “do the dishes” and “do the laundry.” Even though it was all for laughs, it didn’t take long for the song to seem horribly outdated. “It’s really scary when you do something as a goof that then 4 million people take for real,” Mike D said of “Girls” in a 1994 interview with Alternative Press.

Lizzo was certainly aware of this history when she opted to record her new single, “Grrls,” over a beat that samples the politically incorrect Beasties tune. Produced by Benny Blanco, Blake Slatkin, ILYA, Max Martin, and Pop Wansel, “Grrrls” is a classic Lizzo female-empowerment jam. It opens with a sample of the Beasties bellowing “Girls!” and then immediately shifts to Lizzo chirping “Bitches!”, reclaiming the word as many female rappers have done in recent years.

“Grrrls” is mostly about female camaraderie, and in the first verse, Lizzos out a close friend who’s able to diffuse any tense situation.

Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag
Do you see this shit? I’ma spazz
I’m about to knock somebody out, yo, where my best friend?
She the only one I know to talk me off the deep end

In the pre-chorus, Lizzo celebrates the fact that she and her friend are complex women who contain multitudes. Lizzo is a successful businesswoman, but that doesn’t mean she won’t throw down in the club.

That’s my girl, we CEOs
And dancin’ like a CE-ho
We about to throw them bows
Let’s fuck it up

The chorus calls back to the R&B group 702’s 1999 smash “Where’s My Girls At?”

Where my girls, where my girls at? (Woo-hoo)
Yeah, this the type of fight I’m lookin’ for
Where my girls, where my girls at? (Woo-hoo)

Lizzo squares up against a no-good dude in the second verse, threatening the type of vengeance famously served up in June 1993 by an abused woman pushed to the brink.

Let me take these earrings off and hit the bosie ratchet with my friends
Woah-oh, woah-oh (Whoop that ho)
I’ma go Lorena Bobbitt on him, so he never fuck again
(No-oh) Now you can’t fuck again, bro

“Grrrls” is the second single off Lizzo’s forthcoming album Specialdue out July 15. Order your exclusive gold vinyl copy on Amazon now, and read all the lyrics to “Grrls” on Genius.