In an interview with Canadian-based eclectic media celebrity Nardwaur The “About Damn Time” singer spoke briefly about the importance of representation is to her as well as her path to becoming an artist.
In the course of the chat, Lizzo explained how Latifah was among the very first women artists that she encountered as a young girl. She was able to inspire her to feel loved by herself because of how she courageously overcame a myriad of industries from film to television an all-figured woman.
At the 9-minute mark of this interview Lizzo spoke about how she was feeling when she first saw people whom she thought “looked like” her in mainstream media . Nadwaur presented her with a 12′-long vinyl copy of Queen Latifah’s 1990 album “Come Into My House,” as well as the cassette tape of her album The Nature of Sista’ .
“Queen Latifah is like the first person that I saw in media that looked like me — I mean literally to the point people where people were like, ‘You look like Queen Latifah,’ when I was a kid,” Lizzo stated. “It was important to see someone who looked like her succeed as a mogul artist, singer, actress or host on TV, a clothing brand, and all that. See how gorgeous she is.”
The year 1995 was the year Queen Latifah was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance for her song “Go Head,” and has released seven studio albums up to this point as well as starring in a variety of films, including the classic of 1996 “Set It Off,” and the 2003 comedy “Bringing the House Down The House alongside Steve Martin.
Lizzo spoke about her passion for Southern Rap music in the early 2000s, describing her love of songs from groups like Atlanta group Crime Mob and snap music pioneers D4L and D4L, which she believes were the pioneers of dance music trends prior to today’s TikTok competition era. They did this with their smash hit album “Laffy Taffy.”
In the wake of Lil Baby’s critically acclaimed Amazon document Untrapped Lizzo’s Story Lil Baby, Lizzo is currently preparing to tell her own personal story through the launch on her personal HBO Max special L Ove, Lizzo.
On the 10th of November, the official trailer for the documentary was made public with exclusive footage of the Detroit native’s sold-out concert, The Special Tour with Latto as well as a an interview with the Lizzo herself as she reveals her hard work into breaking the glass ceiling of the world of music as a larger-than-average musician and rapper.
“Nobody was trying to sign a fat, Black girl that rapped and sang and played the flute,” she stated on the screen. “It was a lot of effort to get where I am today however, I have found my voice. Today, when people look at my performance, they can see themselves.”