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Lizzo rags on the haters with help from Cardi B on ‘Rumors’: Watch

Cardi B and Lizzo
Cardi B, left, guests on Lizzo’s new single, “Rumors.”
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Fame in the age of social media kind of sucks — but not even the troll-iest troll can get Lizzo down for long.

That’s the message of the singer’s new single, “Rumors,” which dropped Thursday night accompanied by a Greco-Roman fantasia of a music video starring Lizzo and her guest on the track, Cardi B.

“Last year, I thought I would lose it / Read s— on the internet,” Lizzo admits, “My smoothie cleanse and my diet / No, I ain’t f— Drake yet.”

In the chorus of “Rumors,” which rides an ebullient, horn-accented groove, Lizzo takes aim at the haters “spending all your time trying to break a woman down,” then reminds them: “Realer s— is going down, baby, take a look around.”

“Rumors” is Lizzo’s first single since 2019’s “Cuz I Love You” album, which after years of work on the margins of show business brought the singer fully into the mainstream. The LP made Lizzo the most-nominated artist at the 62nd Grammy Awards in 2020 with eight nods; she won three prizes, including best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts,” which spent seven weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100.

For Cardi B — who appeared alongside Lizzo in 2019’s “Hustlers” movie — “Rumors” follows her recent cameo on Normani’s “Wild Side” and comes nearly exactly a year after “WAP,” her smash collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.

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“We are aware that there might be some pushback, but I’m confident we will be on the right side of history” the Coachella and Stagecoach promoter said Thursday.

In a YouTube livestream before the “Rumors” premiere, Lizzo said the new song “has been a long time coming for your girl,” adding that she’d written the song in February.

“If you thought that I was ratchet with my ass hanging out, / Just wait until the summer when they let me out the house,” she sings in “Rumors.”

Lizzo is scheduled to play a number of festivals this fall, including a headlining appearance — the first ever by a woman — at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo in September.


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