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Big Music, Big Talent: Lizzo – “Humanize”

  • January 25, 2016
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Big Grrrl Small World

Lizzo is back, and I’m glad.  Bold and brassy one minute and devastatingly sincere the next, Lizzo is an artist that defies easy definition. She’s a gifted rapper, a hair-raising gospel singer, a razor-sharp wordsmith, a classically trained flautist, and a passionate advocate for feminism and black empowerment. She’s a hard-touring road warrior who is equally capable of winning over audiences in London, Paris, New York, and her hometown of Minneapolis. She’s hilarious. She’s sweet. But don’t be fooled: She’ll also eat you alive.  She is amazing.  She is not afraid of putting herself out there as herself.  If you don’t like what you see and hear, move on.  Me, I’m all behind Lizzo.  I love her voice, her words, her grit, her realism.  She is that good.  She also is actually saying something.  Listen to her.  Not since Queen Latifah has an artist been so real and comfortable, yet uncompromising.  Her new album, Big Grrrl Small World, is so much her own, she started her own label, BGSW, so she didn’t have to compromise herself.  Listen to her.  She is the next true diva.

Feb 06 – First Avenue – Minneapolis
Feb 13 – KCRW Presents 8th Annual MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 17 – Daytrotter Downs – Davenport, IA
Feb 18 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL ^
Feb 19 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI ^
Feb 20 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI ^
May 20 – 22 – Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores, AL
May 27- 29 – Boston Calling Music Festival – Boston, MA
Jun 09 – 12 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
^ w/ Cavanaugh
Big GRRRL Small World 

01. Ain’t I  (prod by Sam Spiegel, Jake Troth, BJ Burton)
02. Betcha (prod by BJ Burton)
03. Ride (prod by Lazerbeak, BJ Burton)
04. Humanize (prod by BJ Burton)
05. Bother Me (prod by BJ Burton)
06. B.G.S.W. (prod by Stefon “Bionik” Taylor)
07. The Fade (prod by Taskforce)
08. 1 Deep (prod by BJ Burton)
09. The Realest (prod by BJ Burton)
10. En Love (prod by Stefon “Bionik” Taylor)
11. My Skin (prod by Stefon “Bionik” Taylor)
12. Jang a Lang (prod by Stefon “Bionik” Taylor)

Executive Producer: BJ Burton

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