Published Dec 12, 2007In an age where kids are growing up faster and experimenting with sex, drugs, violence and who knows what else, its pretty damn refreshing to see a hip-hop artist defy the norm and deliver a hot single about lip gloss, of all things! Lil Mama (aka Niatia Jessica Kirkland) is a pint-sized 18-year-old who comes from a family of 13 in Brooklyn and, believe it or not, acts her age. Well, maybe even a bit younger considering shes a legal adult now. Whats impressive though is how this girl developed her skills through poetry and dance, and evolved into a hot-steppin rapper as a logical next step considering her dad is connected to the music industry. She admits her music is for her mom to dance and listen to, which is pretty sweet, actually, but clean, fun music only goes so far before it either expires or reinvents itself. "Lip Gloss is the kind of contemporary, carefree schoolyard jam that can speak to kids, get people dancing and sell cosmetics (notice the shout outs to MAC and LOreal). The foot-stompinnclappin hybrid beat is killer too, with the same vivacious intensity as Keliss "Milkshake. That said, it unavoidably carries the novelty tag thanks to the superficial subject matter; it must be asked: who the hell actually wears lip gloss these days? Seven-year-olds trying to be adults. But its no doubt a cool, unused product with retro cred and visual presence that rules the video. Extra gold stars awarded for Mamas diva flow, spitting a chorus that adorably points to her locker and how all the boys keep stoppin, as well as the last verses bit about her principals jonesin for some of that poppin gloss.
And heres what we learn from the "Lip Gloss video:
1) Lip gloss can transform you from geek to chic.
3) Lip gloss can earn you the title of class president.
4) Lip gloss can make you jump higher with a skip rope.
5) Lip gloss can magically give you an entire new wardrobe.
Lil Mama-Lip Gloss
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