Latto Pays Homage To This Major Throwback Hit With New Single, "Big Energy"
Latto is bringing the big energy!
When it came to the inspiration behind the “Big Energy” audio and visuals, Latto wanted to show her fans that she is evolving as an artist and as a woman in the industry. “I just wanted it to be a level up,” she said on Zoom, but not just about the song but her entire forthcoming project. “The next piece of content that I put out – visuals, the producers, the song itself – I wanted everything to be a level up because I haven’t really dropped this year.” Latto only dropped her “BeatBox” freestyle and releasing accompanying music videos from her debut album Queen of Da Souf, meaning that “Big Energy” has been the first inkling of new music that she’s given fans.
“I was like the first real piece of content that I put out, it need to be that sh*t. Period,” Latto said confidently. And that it is.
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Her new song samples Tom Tom Club’s 1981 eclectic disco-infused “Genius of Love,” which gives fans the old-school vibe that gives us a hint on what our parents would listen to. Surprisingly, the “Muwop” raptress wasn’t as familiar with the iconic Billboard charting hit as her fans will be. “You know what? I hadn’t even heard that song before in my life. So when they played it, I was like, ‘Oh this sh*t hard, this shit hard’,” she laughed.
Latto confided in Girls United that when she told her team that she wasn’t hip to “Genius of Love,” her team told her that her “age was showing,” but she didn’t take it as a hit to her ego. Instead, she used it to pivot her focus into embedding her sound with the well-loved melodies. “I loved the beat so much. I fell in love with it and I was like, ‘Hell yeah run that sh*t. Pull it up,” she explained. Thus, “Big Energy” was born.