The first artist to hit the Honda stage on Sunday was Minneapolis-based rapper Lizzo and she set our day off exactly right.
DSS: Well, that was epic. Can we just call it a day, because I don’t think it’s going to get better than Lizzo.
EW: I already had my turn-up of the day, and it’s only 1 p.m. Is LCD Soundsystem going to move me like that?
DSS: As a female hip-hop fan, I can’t really express how long we’ve been waiting to see a show like that. It’s not just that’s she’s a killer rhyme-slinger who can also sing like an old school soul queen; it’s that she’s writing all her own rules. Creating her own definition of cool, sexy and beautiful and she comes so hard, no one can deny it.
EW: When I saw her at South by Southwest earlier this year, I was blown away by Lizzo’s message of self-embrace. On one hand, it makes me sad that it feels radical when you hear her spit rhymes about being the answer to her prayers for someone to complete her. On the other hand, just seeing her on an ACL Fest stage was worth taking in the moment. Realizing how many young girls, how many people of color, how many people who find themselves feeling like an outsider in some way will hear her love herself and see her shake. It. All.
DSS: And feeling it inside myself. I really can’t remember when I felt that much sheer joy at a show. Her dancers, the Big Girls, obviously bring a message of body positivity, but they’re also so freaking good. The way they match their moves to her rhymes is boss, and their energy is off the chain. With minimal stage production, they made this one of the most visually interesting sets I’ve seen all weekend. It was physically impossible to not get hype. Top moments?
EW: Pretty much any time Lizzo spoke, sang, rapped or danced. (Just kidding?) She was a fire-maned lioness running at full speed all set, but the late-set, one-two punch of “Good As Hell” and “Phone” was definitely the mental bookmark for me. They’re her most well-known songs, thanks to a “Barbershop” soundtrack and a viral video, respectively. But they also showcased her immense talents in crucially different ways. Gospel-tinged anthem “Good As Hell” scorches with all the intensity of a cathartic middle finger and really let Lizzo show that she can wail the stage down. “Phone,” on the other hand, was the kind of tightly hilarious rap that not only proved the emcee’s tongue can run a marathon, but it also put her wit on full blast. What the hell these Louboutins for?
DSS: I co-sign all of that, but would also add “Batches and Cookies” near the top of the set. When I first saw the video for that song a year ago, I knew these women were the truth. Seeing them live just drove the point home.