There's a new self-professed tomboy on the block, The Voice France contestant Diana Espir is dropping a new single stateside featuring the smooth songlike rap vocals of Nelly to introduce herself as all things Tomboy. But does she hit the mark?
I'm always interested in anyone who is talking about being a tomboy because it means so many different things to so many different people. Diana sings in her new single 'Tomboy' about everything from making donuts in parking lot to playing Madden football (and winning, she adds). She sings:
"Diamond pearls just to chill on the couch / Playing Madden just effin' around," and "I'm a tomboy / posted all day in the streets boys / riding around making mad noise."
Behind the scenes footage of 'Tomboy' with rapper Nelly (via facebook).
While the song features 'mad' star power with Nelly, and does eventually settle itself as a catchy beat and tune, the lyrics still kind of leave me cringing.
"I'm a tomboy / ever since I've been young boy / chopping it up on the corner / Momma ain't proud of her daughter, so I told her / I'm a tomboy."
The message however, is a good one. The lyrics are far preferred to all the songs out there that talk misogynistically about women, and continues to help break molds by telling girls they can just be themselves. If anything the song begins to explore difference of expression, and why that's okay. Even if the song lends itself just a little bit to just the latest formulaic pop song that we can all groove to. Nelly raps:
"Stay true to what you do / let your true be who you are." To which Espir's response is, "That's who I am, I've made my choice."
What do you think? Check out the song below and let us know in the comments below. And don't be afraid, because as the song starts, "People talk, let em talk, ask if I give a damn." Maybe Diana Espir is a true tomboy after all.