Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah-Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, and Lauren Jauregui’s highly anticipated single, “Bo$$” — the first off their upcoming debut album — is an upbeat girl-power anthem that features the fivesome demanding your respect, showing off their confidence, and unabashedly getting exactly what they want. Or, in other words, to quote the single, they’re on some ’Michelle Obama sh–.”
But the First Lady — who gets ultimate ’BO$$’ lady respect on their track with the line “purse so heavy getting Oprah dollars” — isn’t the only name Fifth Harmony drops in the song. The track opens with trumpets blaring over catchy hand claps as heavy bass sets in before the girls cleverly drop lines like “You’re talking to a lady, I want a Kanye and not a Ray J.”
With a message reminiscent of Destiny’s Child’s “Bills Bills Bills” and “Independent Women,” the “X Factor” alums proudly sing about the fact they don’t need a man as they “pledge allegiance to my independent girls in here.”
“I see you tryin’ to holla/ But that ain’t how I was brought up, next/ working for the money cause that’s what my momma taught me so your ass better show me some respect,” they sing.
“The whole point of this song is for girls who are our age to turn it on and feel confident and empowered because at this age being insecure is such a normal, common thing,” Camila told MTV News on the set of the “Bo$$” video. “So I think when you turn that song on, feel sexy and feel good about yourself, so the whole point is about being yourself and liking it.”
“As we grow, our music grows, and it’s very natural and organic and it’s nothing that’s forced, which is really really important to us because we don’t want to just do something drastic just to do it,” Ally said. “We want to do something that’s more real to us.”