Well Nicki was right about one thing: Normani is that bitch! I’m hoping that you’ve all seen the video that she dropped on Friday. If you haven’t and you like greatness, I suggest you check it out. This is Normani’s first single release as a solo act, and it is nothing short of straight fire. She has clearly been working extremely hard, and the proof is in the pudding. I mean, I genuinely don’t think there is anything about the song or the video that I don’t like. Being a track reminiscent of the early 2000s era, it tugged on my heart strings immediately. The song is a banger; one that you can easily get stuck in your head and recite the words to after one or two listens with no issues. Normani’s dancing was on point, although I did already know she was a talented dancer from watching some of her live performances. Like I said, I was pretty much gripped from the beginning, but as soon as I saw the move where she gave a little twerk and bounced the basketball off her ass, I knew Normani was a boss. Like Nicki said, she is that bitch *snaps fingers*.
I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I see a release of a budding female artist, I automatically think of which artist she most resembles. I understand this might not be the most desirable thing for them, as nearly all artists are trying to set themselves apart. However, there have just been way too many unbelievably talented women, both in the past and in the present, to avoid this if you are a lover of music. From what I’ve seen from the comments on social media and various articles, it is evident that a lot of viewers did just that when watching this video. Normani’s entrance where she sported a white crop top and jeans is said to be paying homage to Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love. Perhaps she did intend this to be the case, but I personally didn’t see it. I mean, if I was going to try to reference that entrance, I’d have to wear a pair of denim shorts and give you a great view of an ass you could bounce a coin off of, just like our Yoncé did. It’s going to take a lot more that than wearing similar clothes for me to throw Queen Bey comparisons around. Just saying. Apparently, Normani was also paying homage to Britney Spears with her cute little crop top that said 1996, due to the signature crop tops Britney wore back in the day. Huh? Firstly, the crop tops Britney wore were the sporty kind, and her entire look was very different to what Normani was portraying in my opinion. Ciara’s 1, 2 Step was also rumoured to be thrown in there, but aside from the fact that they’re both talented dancers, I really fail to see the distinction.
There were a couple of other dynamite divas that were rumoured to be referenced in the video, such as Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Rowland. Well Kelly Rowland’s Motivation is definitely a favourite of most lovers of R&B, and I have heard that Normani considers herself most like Kelly out of Destiny’s Child. After contemplating and watching Motivation a couple more times, I can see how others might have arrived at the conclusion that Normani is paying homage to these queens. But I’m not going to lie, I just didn’t see it. Not to mention, it is a little strange to me that not that long ago Normani gave a very entertaining live Tidal performance last year, and some viewers took to Twitter afterwards to review the performance, and quite a few compared some of her dance moves to Beyonce. Normani responded with the tweet: “I am NORMANI. I was born NORMANI. I will die NORMANI. PERIOD *in my city girls voice*”. Hmmm. As I mentioned above, I completely understand how important it is for any artist, particularly female artists, to create their own lane and set themselves apart. However, it is nothing short of a compliment to be compared to the Queen that is Beyoncé, and it was quite surprising to me that anyone who aspires to be a successful singer/dancer would not take it as such. So if this video was all to pay homage to the various female artists mentioned, it is a little weird to have such a reaction less than a year ago, and open yourself up to being compared to several iconic female acts, including Beyoncé, nine months later.
Anyway despite that tweet, one conclusion I personally did draw from watching Normani’s Motivation is that her use of the brass instruments shows she clearly is inspired by Beyoncé, being so reminiscent of the brass band in her incredible Homecoming performance during Coachella last year. Other than that, I’m not sure if I was just so distracted at the amount of spice that Normani brought to our screens, that I couldn’t really think of anyone else. When I discovered that Ariana Grande wrote the single, this did make sense as one could definitely imagine those sweet little trills being uttered by Ariana as well. However this doesn’t take away from the fact that Normani did a marvellous job of making this song her own. I absolutely love her single Waves with 6LACK as well as Love Lies with Khalid, so I wasn’t surprised at her talent. But she did so much more beyond singing and dancing; she showed us all that she has that “it” factor, that drip, that complete and utter sauce. She left us with a total bop and no choice but to confirm the previous statements mentioned: Normani is that bitch, she was born Normani and she will die Normani. PERIOD *in my Meg Thee Stallion voice because Hot Girl Summer is not over yet*.