Lil Mama Channels Mary J. Blige + Madonna in “Sausage” Comeback Video
Lil Mama is back! Well, she hasn't just been sitting in her house maniacally globbing-on lip gloss since her 2007 hit — there was that "Scrawberry" video back in 2007, and she performed Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes' raps in VH1's TLC biopic and onstage with the group's remaining two members. But it seems clear that her "Sausage" video, which premiered today via WorldStarHipHop, is meant to spark a comeback for the Brooklyn-bred rapper.
Is the comeback successful? Well, it's certainly...busy. It's a stew of pop cultural references, seemingly piled on to increase the chances of its mass appeal. Do you like Slick Rick's "Mona Lisa" beat? Great, because she's rapping over it. Maybe you're a Mary J. Blige fan — Lil Mama bursts out in her take on the R&B singer's "Seven Days"...except she's dressed like MJB in her "Not Gon' Cry" video for some reason.
Yeah, we don't know either. But wait, there's more: She cites Chedda Da Connect's "Flick of the Wrist" and, presumably, the onslaught of Vines it wrought (I'm assuming this song was written back in March). Then she's co-opting vogueing just like Madonna did first back in the '90s, while simultaneously reminding us of Rihanna's "Rude Boy" video. It's truly a postmodern pastiche. Graduate school professors will be using this video as a teaching aid one day.
The meme she pegs the song's title to, though, is the #SausageMovement. "Eggs, bacon, grits and sausage" may make you crave Denny's, but it's another Vine trend that was popular earlier this year — Buzzfeed has a decent primer if all of this info hasn't made you want to lie down.
How do you feel about Lil Mama's new effort? What song/Vine/music video references did we neglect to mention here? Watch the video above, and let us know in the comments.