Lizzo, Dizzy Fae | Subterranean | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Lizzo, Dizzy Fae 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. 2016

Coconut oil is a widely used homeopathic cure-all. The same could be said of singer-rapper-songwriter Lizzo’s 2016 EP Coconut Oil, a DIY-spirited, glittery-leotarded feminist antidote to the overarching air of oppression many face given the political unfoldings of late, though she probably didn’t predict that her lyrical mantras concerning inner strength and natural beauty would become such a welcome musical tincture. There’s much to glean from this six-song extended play, her first for Atlantic Records imprint Nice Life—“Good As Hell” and “Scuse Me” are powerful self-love anthems with sticky hooks built for the Beyhive, and party jam “Phone” extols the mental health benefits of a wild night out. The real joy for the Minneapolis alt-rap scene vet, however, is in her live performances, which often include her friends. (Need proof? Google “Lizzo on Samantha Bee.”) Her musical medicine, best served with a group of besties clinking glasses and igniting the dance floor, is good fun, to be sure. But it’s also an uplifting neon strobe light through the dark clouds of uncertainty—and a needed reminder that our power remains within.

Erin Osmon

Price: sold out

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