It’s rare that I come busting into office on a Monday morning to ask if there’s room on our schedule to write a standalone pots about (checks notes) a single solitary TikTok video. But on Friday night a friend sent me Victoria Monét’s homemade promo for her verse on Summer Walker’s “Girls Need Love (Girl’s Mix).” I got as far as Victoria swinging an extension chord between her legs like it’s a strap while crooning “Pussy is power, come get you a charge” before I knew I was about to make an exception:
I know that I keep writing about Victoria Monét lately — when she confirmed that 2020’s sensationally hot “Touch Me” was about her ex Kehlani, the sexy androgynous tomboy vibes of her “On My Mama” music video, and that her latest album release Jaguar II is at the forefront of fighting for queer R&B’s life. But listennnnnn, no one is writing about queer sex like Victoria Monét and I don’t know what else it’s going to take to convince you, but hopefully “Imma need more than a handshake, baby go and get that strap” is a start.
Summer Walker was already onto a good thing with “Girls Need Love” — a tribute to the fact that girls, and more specifically Black girls, never get to be gleefully and flagrantly horny on the track. Bute original included a Drake feature, so updating the track with “Girls Need Love (Girls Remix)” featuring Victoria Monét, Tyla, and Tink is such a glow up. Each artist gets their own version of the song as a part of EP released on Friday. That Victoria Monét, who’s bisexual, used her version of the track to pay homage to the playfulness and intimacy of Black queer sex should not be a surprise, but it is oh so welcome.
Did I get to the part where she sings, “Look me in the eyes, so you can see how I react” — oh I didn’t? I rewound that part of the TikTok fifty-eleven times because… [the call drops]