Lily Allen is back with “Hard Out Here,” her 8-years-later rejoinder to “Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” Allen’s been featured on a few songs recently, but it’s her first new material since It’s Not Me, It’s You was released in 2009. But you’ll have to forgive her for absence because, as she says in the video, she was busy having two children.
The song is a brutal takedown of the sexism in popular culture and its video lampoons popular music video tropes, featuring Allen surrounded by a group of scantily-clad video vixens. It makes particular satirical reference to Miley Cyrus‘ twerk-heavy and product placement-laden video for “We Can’t Stop” and Robin Thicke‘s date rape anthem “Blurred Lines.” It’s also certainly no accident that one of Allen’s dancers is a dead ringer for Nicki Minaj. It’s always been Allen’s specific gift to write a song with clever, biting lyrics and a catchy beat. This song is no exception.
After It’s Not Me, It’s You, Allen announced she had “no plans” to release another album, breaking the hearts of fans the world over. However, this year she went back into the recording studio and recently launched an official website suggesting new material was on the way. NME speculated that a long-awaited third album would be released next year. If that’s true, this could possibly be the first single.
Regardless, here’s some new Lily Allen. Enjoy! Lyrics for the track are now on Directlyrics.
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