Although I foresee a shit ton of
complaining venting on this blog (sorry I’m not sorry), I do hope that thepostcollegelife.com will also be a source of encouragement and inspiration for anyone who reads it. I was definitely raised by supportive parents who would never let me stay sad for long. Since I aint yo’ mama or daddy, my contribution to lifting your spirits will come in the form of music!
My friend posted this song on my Facebook wall tonight because we were one of those people who listened to Janelle Monae before she wore tuxedos. On this track, she joins chocolate British singer Estelle for a toe tapping, tambourine shaking, self-esteem boosting anthem called “Doing My Thing”.
This kind of uplifting music always gets me a different kind of hype, because as much as I love post Graduation Kanye, I just can’t relate. No, this jacket isn’t Margiela. It’s from Target. The clearance rack. There’s nothing glamorous about my post-college life right now, so Estelle’s song is really giving me the message I need. I forgot how beautiful her voice is, because even though I follow her on Twitter (@EstelleDarlings), I really don’t keep up with her projects. I know she was in Austin recently, but that’s about it.
She really lays the “ima do me” sentiment on thick and proud industry weirdo Janelle Monae follows up with the same idea a la Tightrope.
The song’s full of quotables to tweet and make into those corny hipster signs on tumblr:
Both artists can’t really check the “typical black female singer” box, and they address it in this song. I’m currently stuck on @2:06-2:32 for the snarky way Estelle & Janelle (hey that rhymes) break it all the way down — fiyah!
When I dance, I dance to the beat of a drummer you don’t hear and you can’t see. So if I look off beat to you, well the problem must be you – not me.
Hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.