The Minneapolis singer-rapper-flautist specializes in propulsive self-empowerment anthems — feel-good songs about feeling good about yourself — and “Juice” may be her finest yet, a near-perfect retro-funk nugget that would have felt just right on a mirror-balled dance floor in 1982.
Lizzo (born Melissa Jefferson) is an alt hip-hop singer and rapper from Houston, Texas, and she’s here to save music. In 2011, she moved to Minnesota, where she became part of various musical groups including female three-piece rap group The Chalice.
Lizzo needed a defining anthem. She found one in “Juice.” A 30-year-old singer, rapper, dancer and flutist, the artist born Melissa Jefferson has become a social media star in recent years, winning over audiences with her absurdist humor, outsize personality and messages of body positivity and black self-love.
Meanwhile, “Juice,” the lead single off Cuz I Love You, also makes moves, rising 9-8 on Hot R&B Songs, 23-22 on Adult R&B Songs, 33-29 on Pop Songs and 44-41 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Lizzo was born in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10 her family relocated to Houston, Texas. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011. She began her career in rapping while living in Texas. Lizzo started rapping as a teenager in the Southwest Alief part of Houston, Texas, which is known as “the SWAT”. At the age of 14 she formed a group called Cornrow Clique with her best friends. In Minneapolis, she performed with indie groups including the electrosoul-pop duo, Lizzo & the Larva Ink. During this time she helped form three-piece all-female rap/R&B group, The Chalice. In 2012, The Chalice released their first album, We Are the Chalice, which was locally successful.