Self-love is difficult but fulfilling and beautiful work. Rapper extraordinaire Miss Eaves understands that delicate dance all too well. Through her music, she preaches the importance of confidence and the rejection of weight stigma, and she’s bringing that message to this “Devotion” playlist. Her playlist is full of songs about embracing your body as it is—haters be damned.

Track List:

1. The Cardigans - “Lovefool”

I’m a romantic, and I’m always endlessly falling into these unrequited-love situations. “So I cry and beg for you to love me” speaks so honestly to my feelings when I want someone who does not want me back.

2. Sia - “Pictures”

This song so perfectly sums up the sentiment of a person who makes shrines to their ex in their mind while their new partner begs them to move on. I am usually the one begging my partner to take the pictures off their wall, so I have found a lot of solace in this song.

3. Lizzo - “En Love”

I love this song so much because it is all about being totally in love with and devoted to yourself. Recently I have taken a step back from looking for romantic relationships for a while and have turned all of my love inward. “En Love” is the soundtrack for this part of my life.

4. Aesop Rock - “No Regrets”

I love that Lucy (the protagonist of the song) was so aware of who she was that she led a pure life completely devoted to being her true self: “Look, I’ve never had a dream in my life/ Because a dream is what you want to do, but still haven’t pursued/ I knew what I wanted and did it till it was done/ So I’ve been the dream that I wanted to be since day one!” Total zero-fucks track.

5. Bikini Kill - “Rebel Girl”

This is how I feel anytime I meet another woman who is totally killing it and I just want to sit in her presence and absorb her energy: “That girl thinks she’s the queen of the neighborhood/ I got news for you, she is!/ They say she’s a dyke but I know/ She is my best friend, yeah.” YAAS!

6. Ducky - “Work”

All I do is work—not in a dull way. When I’m working on projects I’m passionate about, it is easy for them to consume me. This track is a total banger and also speaks to my workaholic nature.

7. Junglepussy - “Bling Bling”

This is another self-love track and about being dedicated to doing your own thing. “It’s a full-time job fuckin loving yourself/ Niggas try to rob a bitch for her self-worth and her mental health,” Junglepussy raps. I love that it bucks the idea that women need to have a husband (or a man at all) to achieve fulfillment in life. Do your own thing.

This article was published in Devotion Issue #77 | Winter 2018
by Miss Eaves
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Miss Eaves is the feminist sound storm of Brooklyn based multimedia artist Shanthony Exum. Her fierce femcee electro-pop-rap-dance-explosions were born as a phoenix arisen from the hot fire of both a band and romantic break-up, and she has since spread her wings and played music around the world. 

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