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Lizzo (Feat. Cardi B), 'Rumors'

All the rumors are true: Lizzo has returned with a bop. "Rumors" works a familiar formula into a groovy, deep-bass synth and triumphant horns as Lizzo clears haters with a smile: "If you thought that I was ratchet with my ass hangin' out / Just wait until the summer when they let me out the house, bitch." Fresh off Normani's "Wild Side," Cardi B elevates "Rumors" with biting wit and unbothered flippancy.

Obviously, a collaboration so monumental demands a visual of epic proportions. In an accompanying Tanu Muino-directed music video, Lizzo and Cardi embody the original objects of ire: Greek gods. Adorned with gold and casual confidence, the duo channel the Muses, goddesses of the arts, while twerking among celestial clouds.

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LaTesha Harris is NPR Music's editorial assistant. A relentless jack-of-all-trades, she takes turns writing, editing and producing music coverage. Invested in the culture behind pop, hip-hop and R&B, her work highlights the intersection between identity and history. Once in a blue moon, Harris moonlights as a talking head with no filter.