If you are a fluffy girl and need an anthem check Lady Essence. The artiste told WEEKEND BUZZ the song, Fluffy Gal Anthem, is about empowerment. and the video, released last week Tuesday, garnered over a million views in two days.
“All these girls in the video are my friends,” she said. “I wanted to march out with a fluffy entourage. But people are misinterpreting the video to be about lewd and slack dancing.”
In it there are about six women, along with Lady Essence dancing and doing acrobatic moves.
Shaketa Clarke, known in the soca arena as Lady Essence, told WEEKEND BUZZ the song was based on her experiences as a big girl.
“I like to dance and split and wuk up and people look down on us big girls as unfit and unable to do certain stuff.
“I want to show my big girls that they can embrace themselves and love themselves. I also see criticisms about why there are young girls in the video. But the young girl at the end represents me when I was young and she went into a daydream to how my life is now. That is why she clapped at the end.”
While some comments were positive, such as: “Glad to see we getting past the stereotype in music videos. Go big girls”, many were negative, like: “I’m sorry but I really don’t see women big or small twerking as talent or empowerment. Yes, they are beautiful women but it’s still just ass shaking. Just my opinion.”
As of yesterday the video was at 2.3 million with over 6 000 comments.
At the interview Lady Essence was accompanied by three of the girls in the video who said they had no issue with the song or video.
“I spent a whole day answering critics on social media. I didn’t do anything that hasn’t been done in other videos. The dancing was not lewd or indecent,” said Tiffany Lynch, as Malissa Moore nodded in agreement.
Crystal Moise, who is a mum, said she has got some backlash about “all the skinning out”, and her boyfriend at first was sceptical, but he saw the video and was okay with it.
“If I had a problem with it I wouldn’t have done it. I am okay with the final video,” she said.
The song was written by Lady Essence, in a matter of minutes, after producer Hardware Muzyk told her he had a riddim.
“He told me to write a song about fluffy girls and it would resonate as you are a big girl. I told him I would write the song and when I got the riddim I am sure it would fit.
“I called him back in minutes and said I am finished. He was surprised I was done already.”
Lady Essence said she and Hardware went into the study and tweaked the riddim to suit the song.
Lady Essence, who also did a song last year with Mole called Ish, said she was now focused on the Crop Over season.
“I want to sweep Bashment Soca off its feet. I want to be the first ever Bashment Soca queen in 2017.”
This year, she also has a collaboration with Hardware Muzyk, and two songs called Get In Position, and Damage to release.
Last year she received some blows, along with fellow soca artiste Rameses, for their song Blows which many found distasteful on video. That song, however, took the duo to the finals of the inaugural Bashment Soca competition.
“Last year was an okay year to me. For certain performances it was great. I got to touch stages I hadn’t done before in my career. It was a good stepping stone overall.
“Last year I had a great experience in my first ever Bashment Soca competition and I was the only female, so it felt good to know I was part of history.”