Lizzo is basically everywhere right now, and for good reason: Her music, simply, slaps. She is incredibly adept at churning out songs that are exuberant and funky, perfect for dancing when you need a boost or if you're just feeling yourself. Almost all of her work is laced with the idea that she and, by the transitive property, you, the probably-female listener, are beautiful, powerful, confident, and good enough all on your own without approval from a man or society at large. In "Juice," for example, the refrain goes, "If I'm shinin' everybody gonna shine." On "Good as Hell," her ode to self-care, she sings, "If he don't love you anymore, just walk your fine ass out the door." She also reflects that in public persona. Her must-follow Instagram is filled with celebratory content, including numerous twerking videos. (The account for her flute, @sashabefluting, is also a delight.)
Lizzo told The Cut that she wasn't trying to be the "body-positive rapper" or attach herself to any trendy label: "All these fucking hashtags to convince people that the way you look is fine. Isn’t that fucking crazy? I say I love myself, and they’re like, 'Oh my gosh, she’s so brave. She’s so political.' For what? All I said is 'I love myself, bitch!'" She added: "Even when body positivity is over, it’s not like I’m going to be a thin white woman. I’m going to be black and fat. That’s just hopping on a trend and expecting people to blindly love themselves. That’s fake love. I’m trying to figure out how to actually live it." It just happens that Lizzo's personal themes dovetail well with the message seen in a lot of female-fronted entertainment today (even if the people being portrayed are sometimes a lot whiter and skinnier than Lizzo is). As women in our movies and TV have gotten rowdier and less defined by the men around them, using Lizzo for their adventures only makes sense.
In the first draft of her screenplay, Robinson was going to have Jenny rapping along to "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" by UGK, but ultimately decided she wanted that moment (and her entire soundtrack) to feature largely women's voices. (Lizzo also shows up later on when the trio enters a club to her and Big Freedia's "Karaoke.") "For me, Lizzo is not only a beacon for women and for inclusivity and for visibility, her music and her presence and her everything embodies the spirit of what I hope people feel when they watch Someone Great," she says. "I hope it feels like listening to a Lizzo album." And, sure enough, playing Lizzo on set for lip-syncing purposes makes for a good time. "When you get to bump Lizzo over and over and over again and that's what you're shooting it's really hard for that not to be completely infectious," Robinson adds.