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It’s been a few years since British singer Estelle has been in the spotlight, and when we last saw her in 2012 she was belting out ballads like “Thank Youand upbeat tunes with Janelle Monáe. But this time, Estelle has something completely different up her sleeve.

In the new song “Make Her Say (Beat It Up),” Estelle tells her partner exactly what she wants in the bedroom, and she doesn’t mince words, crooning, “Beat the pussy up,” throughout the song.

Peep the first verse:

I see that you want it/
I already know/
Impatient to show me/
Your love below/
Living the lust life/
I just want to see/
Come a bit closer/
Here take a peek/
Make my pussy say/
Heeeey…

The song features a driving, infectious beat that will no doubt have clubbers crowding the dance floor and singing along, but it’s quite a departure from the Estelle we’ve come to know.

While I don’t have a problem with Estelle—or any female artist—rapping or singing about being sexually empowered, I do wonder if some artists can only reinvigorate their careers and remain relevant if they sell sex.

Rihanna shot to superstardom once she made the switch from cute teenage singer to sexy vamp; Kelly Rowland also finally broke through once she stripped down and started to get explicit; and when I interviewed Michelle Williams (who was once a gospel artist) at this year’s Black Women In Music event, she indicated her next album would be a whole lot sexier.

As we get older and more comfortable in our own skin, women evolve and become more open with discussing their sexuality.

But is this latest trend toward sexier music an extension of our growth as women, or are female artists forced to peddle sex to move records?

Tell us what you think!

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