After taking a four-year hiatus from the music industry, opening a clothing store with her sister, and having two children, Lily Allen is back with a powerful and light-hearted new single, “Hard Out Here”.
The song references the 2005 Oscar-winning song, “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”, by Three 6 Mafia, from the film Hustle & Flow. Since its release on 17 November, it has received critical acclaim, commercial success… and over 80 plays on my iTunes.
Lily Allen is no stranger to tackling social issues in her music. Her previous album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, deals with topics such as racism, ageism, drugs, and consumerism. Though “Hard Out Here” has more of a synth sound than her earlier work, Lily’s ‘fuck you’ attitude and lyrical wit perseveres.
The music video for the song went viral after its YouTube debut. Featuring liposuction scenes, twerking, and scantily clad back-up dancers, Lily states that “the video is meant to be a light-hearted satirical video that deals with the objectification of women within modern pop culture”. Though this is clearly portrayed when Lily Allen dances in front of balloon letters spelling out “LILY ALLEN HAS A BAGGY PUSSY”, a parody of Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines” music video, it also criticises the way that gender inequality has entrenched the English language, through lyrics like “Forget your balls and grow a pair of tits”.
Lily Allen has definitely mastered the art of the comeback. “Hard Out Here” is the lead single from her upcoming album, Is It Scary, and though the release date is under wraps, it is eagerly anticipated by fans of her cheeky humour, honest affirmations, and kooky pop sound.
Hometown: Hammersmith, London, England.
Latest album: It’s Not Me, It’s You, released 4 February 2009.
Sounds like: Kate Nash, Marina and the Diamonds
Say what? After attending 13 different schools, and dropping out at the age of 15, Lily Allen spent time clubbing in Ibiza and studying to be a florist before she broke into the entertainment industry.