After her fateful urge to crash Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ MTV Video Music Awards performance in 2009, the rapper’s career was put on ice. Nearly six years later and with a respectable homage to the late Lisa “Lefteye” Lopes under her belt, the 25-year-old is giving it another go with her new song and video “Sausage,” released on Thursday, May 28.
The “Lip Gloss” rapper, born Niatia Kirkland, brings forth a ‘90s hip hop influenced summer anthem that’s all about promoting safe sex. The lyrics in the chorus, “eggs, bacon, grits; you better use a condom if you taking that sausage” encourages listeners to use protection. She also manages to sneak in a few overdue jabs at her haters, telling them all to “hop off.”
In between showing off her acrobatic dancing skills on the steps of a brownstone, Lil Mama also pays tribute to Mary J. Blige, channeling her 1997 “Not Gon’ Cry” music video with oversized sunglasses and pitch black lipstick.
Not long after the video was released, Twitter users flooded timelines with reactions. While some reviews were harsh, a few (like Solange Knowles and rapper Azealia Banks) praised the comeback record.
lil mama officially popped off my summer.
— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) May 29, 2015
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) May 29, 2015