If I’m ever late to class and WAS FORCED to sing out loud, I would choose between “Grown Woman,” by Beyoncé aka Queen Bey aka Goddess aka…. you get the point, “Monster,” by Kanye West and “Through the Wire,” by again, one of the greatest to ever do it, Kanye West. When we were prompted with this task, I knew both Beyoncé and Mr. Ye had to make it on the list as they’ve been my two favorite artists for as long as I could remember. Although it was difficult to limit myself to only three songs, I chose “Grown Woman” because it’s one of Beyoncé’s newer, fun, upbeat songs and perfectly embodies her movement for female empowerment. This song, like many of her others, inspires me to dream beyond the constraints of the societal standards for women, and remember that independence, especially financial independence, is key for a grooowwwwn, successful, I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T woman. #AMEN
I chose “Monster” because my older sister, Lily, used to crank the volume to as loud as it could possibly get in her old Toyota and belt out the scream that’s in the beginning of the song. Every. Single. Time. It’s one of my favorite memories I have with her and puts a smile on my face every time I think about it so this one is for her.
Lastly, I chose “Through the Wire,” because it’s one of my favorite songs from Ye and it showcases a side of him that many are not familiar with. People are quick to label him crazy, a**hole, egotistical, etc., but this song shows that there’s a lot more depth to him than what many perceive. He’s brutally honest and shows his vulnerability as he’s literally raping through wires that are holding his mouth shut, as a result of a car accident he was previously in. It’s also on his first album, “College Dropout,” which also happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time.
Grown Woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3MjxWn5W9M
Through the Wire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvb-1wjAtk4