Lizzo Cuz I Love You Nice Life / Atlantic
It almost feels like Lizzo was scientifically engineered to enjoy massive crossover success in 2019: a gorgeous woman of colour who preaches body positivity and self-empowerment through hybrid pop-R&B that is equal parts Erykah Badu, Kelis and Bruno Mars. Even on the eve of releasing her third studio album, Lizzo has been enjoying the kind of up-and-coming overnight-sensation success that is usually reserved for an artist at the beginning of their career. Cuz I Love You is chock-full of the type of melodic, infectious party bangers that Lizzo has been threatening to unleash since she first busted out on the scene in 2013.
Lead single Juice is so universally catchy that it could be played at weddings and bar mitzvahs 30 years from now. It has all the trappings of a Mark Ronson-esque retro chart-topper with double the charm, fun and sophistication. The album showcases an instantly enjoyable balance of pop sensibility and hip-hop stylings. Tempo, featuring Lizzo’s spiritual forbearer Missy Elliott, brings out the best in both artists, including a Missy verse that could rival any of her late 90s/early 00s output. For an artist that has been bubbling under the radar for years, Lizzo chose the right moment to shoot her shot – and it looks like Cuz I Love You will be the vehicle to catapult her to superstardom.