"People who review albums and don't make music themselves should be unemployed"
Lizzo has sparked debate after arguing that only musicians should be permitted to review albums.
The ‘Juice’ singer released her third album ‘Cuz I Love You’ to critical acclaim last Friday – including a five star review from NME.
However this week, she argued that reviewers should be out of a job if they haven’t recorded their own record.
“People who review albums and don’t make music themselves should be unemployed,” she wrote on Twitter.
Writer April Reign was among her immediate critics, claiming that the comments risked alienating her from fans.
“This isn’t the way to go, sis. You have a tremendous career in front of you. Don’t alienate folks with something you can’t support. Just about every single industry that is publicly critiqued has folks who don’t create what they’re critiquing (food, film, fashion, TV, music),” she wrote.
Another added: “Love you but I vehemently disagree. This is the same argument douche-bro directors use against critics of color, who are often women. Furthermore, many of us want to make music/movies/art but life didn’t allow for it. So we support this way. Doesn’t mean we deserve unemployment.”
Responding to her critics, Lizzo wrote: “I honestly feel this way about everything… like don’t criticize my mac & cheese if you burn rice… period.”
She also invited music journalists to appear on her next album, before promising to “take my temper off the internet.”
This comes after NME hailed Lizzo’s latest record for proving that she is “the electric, complex pop star that the world needs.
“Sonically, the production is as flawlessly genre-spanning as Lizzo herself: pop at its core, but with constant references to her jazz roots and historical love of twerking. The perfectly dramatised ‘Cry Baby’ harks all the way back to the blues, and sits next to what is arguably the most twerk-friendly single from the record: ‘Tempo’, which features rap veteran Missy Elliot,” our review stated.
“At the album’s crescendo, on ‘Heaven Help Me’, Lizzo finds the strength to cope with the pain of love, and also showcase her impressive vocal range. By then, it’s become clear she’s not only the electric, complex pop star that the world wants – but also the one it needs.”