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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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  • It’s a shame. It would be interesting to know who would still do ‘female empowerment’ songs if it didn’t sell or get radio play.

  • Anthony

    That song doesn’t sound good at all. Dirty is alright with me, but music should be good above all else. There is no hook or anything to hum, just dirty lyrics and a beat

    I feel bad for Estelle that she cannot find better material than this song.

    All I can say is that Janelle Monae and Esperanza Spalding are my two favorite female vocalists. Both put out great music while keeping their pants. I also love that Spalding is a monster bassist too!

  • SE

    I guess Estelle felt like she had to compete with Beyonce, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and the rest of them for attention. I bet you, this will sell more records than “Thank You” because it’s talking about sex.

  • I don’t care for the song, but I’m not surprised. Estelle had a song called “Freak” a few years ago that was very sexual, although this one is a bit more explicit.

  • MissTiny

    um, dang…what is up with a white cat between her thighs?…lol