Kehlani is killing it in her new music video for "Distraction". That body, ass shaking, and no fucks attitude is exactly what we're here for. Little back story: Before singing, Lani was into dancing and unfortunately injured her knee in Junior High. She's def making it known that if it wasn't for that, she'd be in these streets showing us a thing or two. We can't wait for her album "SSS" to drop. If it's anything like her past two projects, it's going to be a good one.
"Maybe it's really rough, maybe it's had enough, broken pussy." Issa Rae is what the hip-hop game has been missing. Ok, maybe not hip-hop but for sure television. She's the star of HBO's new hit show, Insecure. It's unapologetic, authentic, and woke af... If you haven't watched it, stop what you're doing now and catch up. Insecure is somewhat based off her award winning YouTube series, Awkward Black Girl. It's about a girl named J, dealing with her annoying co-workers and the day to day struggle of being awkward. We promise you'll be hooked. Issa Rae is everything and more. She is true to herself, her craft, and completely shameless about it all. Her goal with Insecure is to bring a new perspective to media. Opening the window for everyone to see how it actually feels to be 29, a woman of color, and the confliction within ourselves. This is what drew us in. She's really hitting it on the head, especially with her friendship with Molly on the show. We can't even count how many times we've screamed, yelled, and laughed so hard because of how accurate their friendship is. Growing up, Issa moved around a lot and struggled with not feeling neither black or white enough. She graduated from Stanford University and majored in African American studies. While at Stanford, she wrote and produced many projects on campus. Starting her YT series at school, she had no idea it would take her this far. She is truly inspiring and keeps us laughing every Sunday. From Issa telling Molly her pussy was broken to Molly mimicking a text saying "I'm not looking for anything serious" is why this show is so special. It's relatable af✨
Watch the first episode of Insecure RN:
Aleali May is literally the best thing that happened to us this year. We stumbled upon her Instagram and we've been obsessed ever since. Her effortless style, trillest taste in music, and rapunzel like hair has got us hypnotized. The moment we found her it was like we met our long lost sister. Her sense of style is clearly very LDYBY with lots of layering, oversized tops, and baggy pants. She's only 24, but killing the game and we can't wait to see what else she has in store. Raised in South Central California, Aleali knew at an early age she wanted to see the world. She mentioned in a previous interview her father always watching the travel channel, which inspired her to get out and experience different cultures. Growing up she was the tomboy, willing to play rough. In high school, Hula dancing broke Aleali's shell and made her become more comfortable with her body. She unknowingly started her career using Tumblr as a tool to repost her interests and began to post her outfits - causing a buzz that caught the of eye of RSVP Gallery co-owners Don C and Virgil Abloh. Since then Aleali has created her self entitled blog (which we'd really advise you to check out) and becoming a brand embassdor for Adidas. She's always on the move with her gal pal's Yes Julz and Otmara, surrounding themselves with ambitious like-minded woman. This girl is really out here showing us what hard work and some elbow grease can take you. We appreciate Aleali's graceful slay and encourage her to continue to pave the way for the rest of us!
🙏🏽Listen to her fire mix with DJOSH_KOSH 🙏🏽
It was only a matter of time that we pay homage to Ms. Janelle Monáe. Entering the music industry breaking all boundaries showing everyone who's boss! Literally. Going from an independent artist to signing with Bad Boy records in 2006 (Props to Big Boi) being granted all creative control. Puff respected her individuality and wanted to expose this multi-talented Queen. In 2015, she launched her own label, Wondaland. You may still have Janelle engraved in your head strutting in a tux, hair up to Jesus, and breaking down every stage she hit with her killer moves but she's gracefully breaking that mold. Growing up, cinema has always inspired her style of music and now she's taking over the big screen. Her film debut in the ground breaking, Moonlight, left us speechless. The film dives deep, focusing on the struggles of growing up a black man in the middle of Miami's "War on Drugs" era and coming to terms with his own sexuality. And of course, you may remember seeing Ms. Monáe's gorgeous face in last weeks trailer post of the highly anticipated "Hidden Figures", with cast mates Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer. Janelle Monáe is not only giving us soul, funk, and R&B but a message throughout all her platforms. From the topics she touches in her music emphasizing the power we all have to touch people in our communities to the meaningful roles she plays on screen. She's taken the responsibility to create with purpose. Empowering us all to love one another and and to challenge the issues we face in our society. Never conform to what is considered norm and be your very self to every extent.
In the words of Janelle, BE Q-U-E-E-N!
Click the link below for a playlist of Janelle's Essentials, provided by Apple Music
We've also linked the trailer to Moonlight below, because this film is a must! Everywhere 11/4.
*ques PTAF's - Boss Ass Bitch*
Taraji is on top of the world these day and we completely fuck with it! She's the ultimate boss ass bitch, taking over our television and cinema screens. Known lately for playing Cookie on Fox's hit tv show "Empire", lets take it back and school you on how long this woman has been hustling. During the mid 90's, Taraji made appearances on shows like Sister Sister and ER. Still making it work after giving birth to her son in 1994. In 2001, Taraji's breakthrough role playing Yvette in Baby Boy put her on Hollywoods map. Let's all be real.. Who doesn't love Baby Boy?!. (Oh, Jody!) Since then she's been apart of some successful films like "Hustle & Flow" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". Her skills are nothing to be played with, bringing emotion to every role she's been given. We see you girl! Ms. Henson also starred in 2012's hit film "Think Like a Man", playing Lauren - the very independent-too busy for a man role. A role we think every LDYBY has cross roads with. This is why we loved Taraji's character, because she was a successful woman building her own blocks and unapologetic about it. Very similar to her own life. Just this week, Taraji entered the world of writing and dropped her first book. Better yet a memoir, titled "Around The Way Girl". We are so excited to get our hands on this, in hopes of inheriting her boss ass ways! As if a hit tv show and launch of her book wasn't enough, Taraji is starring in the highly anticapted 2017 film "Hidden Figures". A story about a team of African American woman providing NASA with mathematical data needed to launch it's first successful space mission. The untold story of how when a group of intelligent women get together, shit get done ! Let's salute Ms. Henson for showing us ladies how a woman can do it all in any field we're in and slaying roles that actually empower us.
Check out the trailer to "Hidden Figures" below.
Get excited, we see this film being not only a box office hit but a huge inspiration for us gals! Did you see the cast? YAS Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe 👏🏽
Many of you may not be familiar with her. One thing you need to know about this beauty is that she is full of heart & full of soul 💖 A songwriter and singer with a nostalgic flow that can grab anyone's attention. It's hypnotizing. What stands out to us the most about SZA is how humble she is. Besides her style, it's what makes her a LDYBY. Although we have a tough exterior our hearts are big. And she reminds us, and we hope you all too, to never be afraid to express how you feel no matter what. Always be unapologetic. Growing up an Orthodox Muslim, dressing conservative and baggy was always a part of her lifestyle. You can catch her sporting a t-shirt, cargo shorts & a pair of chucks serving face like a LDYBY would. She embraces the fact that you don't have to sacrifice comfort to be cute and instead incorporates the two by adding a twist with her funky free-spirited energy! And that's what we love about her! Being an artist was never part of her plan, it kind of just happened. And luckily for us it did. Today, she is the first and only female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. She's showing us everyday that being the only girl with all the boys doesn't stop her from shining! ✨
Click here to listen to her album Z on Apple Music!
Watch this dope interview of SZA that inspired us to feature her as this week's LDYBYSWELUV !
Alicia's voice has soothed the hearts of so many around the globe. She sings with a passion and you can feel every emotion. She taught men how to love their woman and vise versa. Alicia Keys burst onto the scene in the year 2001, selling 12 million copies worldwide of her debut album "Songs in A Minor". Remember the first time you heard "Fallin'?" Psssh, that song can still give us goosebumps. Her sound was like no one else's at the time, giving us classic R&B with a bit of Jazz and Blues. Ms. Keys has since then dropped 5 albums, re inventing her sound each time but still staying true to her classical roots.This year she unknowingly started a #nomakeup wave, that shook the world. A quick "I don't have time for makeup" shoot, changed her view of how she saw herself. She encouraged everyone to love who they are, as they are. If you've been following her career, you would've seen this coming. She changed our perception of beauty kicking the pin straight trend to the side and instead braiding her hair. It was great to see someone on TV, that looked and felt familiar. Her authenticity and leadership in the music industry is what makes this women a #LDYBY! She's always given back and encourages her peers to use their platform for good. We thank you Ms. Keys, for not only giving us great R&B hits but for being such a great role model ✊🏾✨
Click the link below to listen to our fav tracks from the songstress via Apple Music:
If you don't have Apple Music, here's a tracklist!
1. Harlems Nocturne
3. So Simple
4. Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
6. If I Was Your Woman (Walk On By)
7. You Don't Know My Name
9. No One
10. Diary (feat. Jermaine Paul & Tony! Toni! Toné!)
11. Girl On Fire
12. Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)
13. Slow Down
15. If I Ain't Got You
16. Like You'll Never See Me Again
18. Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart
19. Wreckless Love
When it comes down to style, creativity, and authenticity - Solange is #1 on our list! Every award show or major event she is killing the red carpet. We can always count on her to show up and show the f*ck out! Solange was born in Houston, Texas and started her career young touring/writing with Destiny's Child. At 16, she debuted her first album Solo Star. Fast forward, she's written songs for a long list of artist and dropped three albums. As if music wasn't enough, her sense of style is nothing to be played with. We love that Solo isn't afraid to play with all different shades of colors, silhouettes, and textures. Her style is so effortlessly chic, yet she brings edge to every ensemble. In 2013, Solange debuted Saint Records and dropped a collaborative compilation album, "Saint Heron" featuring 11 independent artist telling their unique stories on an innovative platform. Trust us, this album will give you all the feels. Throughout the years Solange has never been one to hold her tongue, speaking out on cultural appropriation and racial issues we still deal with today. Encouraging everyone to speak out and be heard, no matter who you are. We appreciate Solange for her forward approach on life, jaw dropping sense of style, and her vibey tunes. Solo was born a LDYBY, never afraid to speak her mind, take risks, and allude confidence. That's what it's all about!
Listen to Saint Heron on Apple Music and let the vibes take control 🌊
Check out our Solange playlist below
(We included Beyoncé's "Why Don't You Love Me" since Solange actually wrote the song)
A creative director, DJ, designer, and cultural ambassador, it wasn't long until she owned the title as New York's beloved Downtown Sweetheart. The Albany native moved to Manhattan to attend The School of Visual Arts and the rest was history. She immediately immersed herself in the city's culture, working with the likes of Supreme founder James Jebbia and Def Jam, before venturing off to produce content on her own. She began directing videos for Solange, Kendrick Lamar, and Joey Bada$$. She recieved a bunch of buzz after directing Justin Bieber's hit single, "Baby". Oh, you thought that was it? NAH! In 2008, she released her own clothing line, Violette New York. Her style is truly one of a kind and has given LDYBY's around the world a platform for expression. With a swag so effortless, Puma couldn't resist and gave her creative control of her own capsule. We still can't get over those shiny gold kicks! She continues to create visuals for music, models, and DJ's all over the world. We look up Vashtie not simply because she's goals but we admire her work ethic. She shows us that somehow you can manage to do it all while maintaining your cool.
You can keep up with everything Vashtie on her site✨
Check out the playlist below featuring a young and wise Vashtie. We've also added a BTS of her shoot with PlayBoy (very tasteful) and some video's she's directed!
From eating bagels out of garbage cans to having a net worth of $280 million✨, this GIRLBOSS has proven that all you really need is a dollar and a dream. Founder of retail/online store Nasty Gal and author of NY Times best-seller #GIRLBOSS, Sophia built an empire out of creativity, passion and endless hard work Her story has inspired millions of girls around the world to truly follow their hearts and never hold their tongues. We at LDYBY admire her "take no shit" attitude and effortlessly bold style. She paved her own way to the top despite society's standards in true LDYBY fashion. She had us sold when she said, "Bad bitches are taking over the world." 💅🏽
We're patiently waiting for Sophia's new book Nasty Galaxy to drop! Here's the link to pre-order: http://www.nastygal.com/product/nasty-galaxy-signed-hardcover-preorder
And if you don't already have her NY Times best-selling book #GIRLBOSS - trust us, you need it in your life! Here's the link: http://www.nastygal.com/product/girlboss-book
Sophia didn't just stop there. She's even got her own podcast! Put your headphones in and let her words inspire you to do greatness. Click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/girlboss-radio-sophia-amoruso/id1041122387?mt=2
Watch Sophia in total LDYBAWSE action! Interview with Lewis Howes below:
They wanna know who's that girl? The one they call a pitbull in a skirt, that can spit just as many bars as the guys.. EVE's THAT GIRLLLL 🎶LALALALALA🎶 From Ruff Ryders first LDY to being the star of her own show, this LDYBY has put her paws on everything. C'mon, what other chick you know that can pull off that chest tat? Her bold personality and ever changing style isn't the only quality we admire. She's all about being true to yourself and letting these boys know who's really in charge. Eve's all about the ladies and empowering them in believing that they are capable of reaching their dreams without anyone's help, which is why we LUV Ms. E-V-E!
"At the end of the day, talent is talent and I think these girls can come up on their own. I won't believe you need a dude to co-sign"🙏🏽
We hear you Eve. Never believed that and never will!
Check out our Eve video playlist below:
Labeling #MELODYEHSANI as just a designer is underrated. This woman here is an artist of all forms. A visionary, creator, leader, and a role model 💖 Owner of the only Women's Accessories/Apparel brand on FairFax Ave👏🏽, we've watched her grow and become the mogul she is today. Her brand offers girls of all ages fun, dope, and bold pieces that emphasize on women empowerment and self love✊🏾 After realizing Law wasn't truly fulfilling, she decided to develop product and the rest is creative history. We are thankful for her presence and the influence she has on our culture. In the words of the #LDYBAWSE herself, "Love is the only nutrient in the world that can be expressed."✨
See exactly why we LUV Melody in the interviews linked below:
Not your average girl next door. A singer, dancer, model, and actress. The type of girl who could rule the world 🌍 That's what we call a LDYBY! Carried herself with class but still had a mean swag. Tommy down to her boxers (literally), sports bra, and baggy jeans. Her style is the epitome of LDYBY.. Cozy and Cool 💂🏽Princess of R&B with a whole lot of attitude but an even bigger heart. Although her life was short lived her presence lingers throughout our music and influences many artists today. She touched us in a way that was unexplainable. Her smile lit up any room and her voice was truly angelic✨ 15 years gone and we still look up to you..
🙏🏽 RIP BBY GRL 🙏🏽
This week we thought it was only right we make a video playlist!
Let us know what you think of our selection ❤️
How do we begin to dissect the brilliancy that is Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott? Her infectious sound made us all get our freak on😉 She's the creative genius who told us to rise above the minute man. No ones ever questioned Missy's talent, because she's undeniable one of THE best artist/writer/producers to ever live🎶 You can almost always recognize her work because it sounds like nothing you've heard of. Missy was relatable, showing us LDYBY's that we could do anything or better yet everything. Let's close it here and remind y'all shawty made a garbage bag look dope af✨
LDYBY salutes Missy for always being Supa Dupa Fly!
#LDYBYSWELUV #LDYBYSHIT #MISSYELLIOTT
Click link below for our Missy playlist!
We've added songs she's written/produced, so if you didn't know - now you know 🔥
(If you don't have Apple Music, scroll for full list of songs)
1. The Rain
2. Sock It 2 Me (feat. Da Brat)
3. Hit Em Wit Da Hee (feat. Lil' Kim)
4. All N My Grill
5. Hot Boyz
6. She's a Bitch
7. One Minute Man (Remix) (feat. Jay-Z)
8. One Minute Man Video (We had to add this because Trina's verse couldn't be missed)
9. Get Your Freak On
10. Gossip Folks
11. Work It (Remix) (feat. 50 Cent)
12. Bomb Intro/Pass That Dutch
13. I'm Really Hot
14. Lose Control (feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop)
15. WTF (Where They From) (feat. Pharrell Williams)
- Songs Missy Wrote/Produced -
16. 702 - Where My Girls At?
17. 702 - Steelo
18. Keyshia Cole - Let It Go (feat. Missy Elliot & Lil' Kim)
19. Monica - So Gone
20. Monica - Knock Knock
21. Fantasia - Free Yourself (feat. Missy Elliot)
22. Mary J. Blige - Never Been
23. Tweet - Oops (Oh My) (feat. Missy Elliot)
24. Tweet - Turn Da Lights Off
25. Mya - My Love Is Like..Wo
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN B ✨
Kim has inspired so many of us LDYBY's to embrace our sex appeal and take charge in any situation. The second I heard Kim, I instantly needed more. I was hooked on her raunchy lyrics, risk taking fashion, and feisty attitude. She changed the game for female rapper's and encouraged strong minded girls to voice their opinion. Her debut album, Hardcore, is easily in our Top 10. Say what you want but Hardcore is a classic. Growing up, I always felt different because I was (and still am) a short, curly haired Latina, who wore glasses and was OBSESSED with Rap/Hip Hop. One thing I never did was apologize or it. Kim's music and so many other female MC's reminded me that I wasn't different, but that my relationship with Rap/Hip Hop was just extra special. We here at LDYBY want to thank Kim for encouraging us to play the game better than the boys and to have fun while doing it.
So here's to Kim,
THE SUPREME B*TCH 💅🏽
Click link below for our Kim playlist!
(If you don't have Apple Music, scroll for full list of songs)
1. Queen B@$#H
2. Big Momma Thang
3. No Time
4. Crush On You
5. Get Money
6. Player's Anthem
7. Aunt Dot
8. Suck My D**k
9. Don't Mess With Me
10. No Matter What They Say
11. The Jump Off
12. It's All About The Benjamin's
13. Quiet Storm (Remix)
We wanted to pop off the #LDYBYSWELUV with an extra special lady. Paying homage to the late-great Amy Winehouse❤️ If you're already a fan, you might've noticed the providence of LDYBY... (🎶Listen to Stronger Than Me🎶) Not only do we praise her honesty in every verse but her "I DO WHAT I WANT" attitude has inspired us to do just that. She was fearless, courageous, and indeed a LDYBY. Amy gave us the words when we couldn't describe the crazy roller coaster we call love. Pointed out fuckboy activity and we appreciate her for it all. May she rest in peace and continue to give girls inspo to pursue our dreams ✨
Click link below for our Amy playlist!
(If you don't have Apple Music, scroll for full list of songs)
1. Stronger Than Me
2. In My Bed
3. F**k Me Pumps
4. Back to Black
5. Tears Dry On Their Own
6. Me & Mr. Jones
7. You Know I'm No Good
8. Like Smoke (Feat. Nas)
9. Half Time