Cuz I Love You

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Cuz I Love You
Lizzo - Cuz I Love You.png
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Genre
Length33:14
Label
Producer
Lizzo chronology
Coconut Oil
(2016)
Cuz I Love You
(2019)
Singles from Cuz I Love You
  1. "Juice"
    Released: January 4, 2019

Cuz I Love You is the third studio album and major label debut by American rapper and singer Lizzo. It was released through Nice Life and Atlantic Records on April 19, 2019.[6] The album features the single "Juice", which was released in January 2019, and the title track "Cuz I Love You", the video of which was released on February 14. Lizzo will tour in support of the record from April 2019.

Background[edit]

The album is Lizzo's first release since her 2016 Coconut Oil EP.[7] Lizzo stated at the album preview party at the Crazy Girls strip club in Hollywood on January 30 that she has been working on the album for three years. She also previewed a collaboration with Missy Elliott titled "Tempo" that will appear on the album.[8] Along with the lead single "Juice", the album will include the "empowering dance track" "Like a Girl" and a song dedicated to an ex titled "Jerome".[8]

Promotion[edit]

Lizzo announced the album in late January 2019, and on February 13, shared the album's cover art, on which she appears nude. Paper called the cover a "stunning glow-up, and a transformation for Lizzo", going on to say that "Fat, and especially fat and Black bodies are rarely treated with such care by photographers, let alone on album covers that will sit on Target and Walmart shelves."[9]

Singles[edit]

"Juice" was released as the lead single from the record on January 4, 2019.[10] The single became Lizzo's first commercial hit, entering component R&B charts in the United States, while also reaching the top twenty in Scotland.[11][12][13] The single was promoted with Lizzo's debut television performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and a later performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[14][15]

Promotional singles[edit]

The album's title track was released as the first promotional single on February 14, 2019, alongside the song's music video.[16] "Tempo" featuring Missy Elliott was released as the album's second promotional single on March 20, 2019.[17] The track uses a looped sample of electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott's recording entitled "Nescafé."[18] "Tempo" went on to chart at number 21 on the US Digital Song Sales chart, Lizzo's first entry on a Billboard Hot 100 component chart.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[20]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[21]
Clash9/10[5]
DIY4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[2]
The Independent4/5 stars[22]
The Line of Best Fit8.5/10[3]
NME5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork6.5/10[23]
Slant4/5 stars[24]

Cuz I Love You was generally well received by music critics, upon its initial release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 81, based on 20 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[20]

Praising the album in the review for AllMusic, Heather Phares claimed it was "Fueled by megawatt energy that never lets up, 'Cuz I Love You' is a triumphant showcase for every part of Lizzo's talent, physicality and sexuality."[21] Jumi Akinfenwa also gave praise in the review for Clash, stating that by "Offering up a mix of pop, hip-hop, R&B and a sprinkling of trap and neo soul for good measure, Lizzo covers all bases and serves the perfect introduction to her world for mainstream audiences. After all, this is Lizzo’s world; we’re just living in it."[5] DIY Magazine's Rachel Finn gave a positive evaluation of the album too, writing that "Lizzo’s vibrant personality and humour shining through a set of tracks that switches through elements of funk, pop and R&B with ease."[4]

In an artcile for NME, reviewer Natty Kasambala described the albums as being "as flawlessly genre-spanning as Lizzo herself: pop at its core, but with constant references to her jazz roots and historical love of twerking."[1] Claire Biddles at The Line of Best Fit shared similar sentiments, calling the album "Charming, addictive and seemingly effortless, Cuz I Love You is Lizzo’s declaration of superstardom." Slant Magazine's Zachary Hoskins concluded that "Lizzo’s talent has always been evident, but this album’s material, her strongest to date, allows her put it on full display. By the languorous, seductive neo-soul of closing track “Lingerie,” her enthusiasm is as contagious as it is well-earned."[24]

Some reviewers were more reserved in their assessments of the album. In a review for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis felt that "Lizzo has something to say, and a smart way of saying it ... but the potency of what’s here would seem more potent still if it had been allowed a little room to breathe ... Instead, Cuz I Love You keeps its foot pressed down hard on the accelerator for half an hour in an attempt to ram-raid the charts."[2] Rawiya Kameir was also critical in the review for Pitchfork, claiming that "Despite her obvious skill and charisma, some of the album’s 11 songs are burdened with overwrought production, awkward turns of phrase, and ham-handed rapping."[25]

Commercial performance[edit]

Cuz I Love You debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 with 41,000 album-equivalent units, of which 24,000 were pure album sales. It is Lizzo's first album to chart on the Billboard 200.[26]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Cuz I Love You"X Ambassadors2:59
2."Like a Girl"Oak3:04
3."Juice"
3:15
4."Soulmate"
  • Jefferson
  • Felder
  • Douglas
Oak2:55
5."Jerome"
  • Jefferson
  • Levin
  • S. Harris
  • C. Harris
X Ambassadors3:51
6."Crybaby"
  • Jefferson
  • Frederic
  • Thomas
  • Charles Hinshaw
  • Mercereau
  • Reed
  • Mercureau
2:55
7."Tempo" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  • Jefferson
  • Melissa Elliott
  • Thomas
  • Raymond Scott
  • Daniel Farber
  • Frederic
  • Antonio Cuna
  • Tobias Wincorn
2:55
8."Exactly How I Feel" (featuring Gucci Mane)
Sabath2:23
9."Better in Color"
  • Jefferson
  • Felder
  • Michael Pollack
  • Trevor Brown
  • William Simmons
  • Oak
  • Zaire Koalo[a]
  • Trevorious[a]
2:13
10."Heaven Help Me"
  • Jefferson
  • Levin
  • S. Harris
  • C. Harris
X Ambassadors3:22
11."Lingerie"
  • Jefferson
  • Frederic
  • Thomas
  • Mercereau
  • Reed
  • Mercureau
3:21
Total length:33:14

Notes

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[28] 38
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29] 103
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30] 164
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[31] 17
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[32] 68
French Albums (SNEP)[33] 179
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34] 44
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 42
US Billboard 200[26] 6

References[edit]

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