A flute had by no means achieved any semblance of movie star till final Wednesday, when a flute named Sasha Flute launched her very personal Instagram page and promptly racked up 40,000 followers. During an AMA, she revealed the key to her success: “My physique is dipped in silver I got here out the womb shining.”
Yes, Sasha Flute is an precise flute. Her companion in crime is the singer, rapper, and flautist Lizzo. Last week, Lizzo busted Sasha out for a solo throughout two performances of her new retro-funk bop “Juice,” the primary on Ellen, the second the next evening at a Los Angeles strip club called Crazy Girls.
The creation of Sasha’s IG profile arrives on the heels of a handful of viral, flute-centric posts that Lizzo has disseminated in the course of the previous few months. Not surprisingly, the uptick in flute content material has coincided with a surge in Lizzo’s recognition. Last month, “Juice” turned her first single to crack the Billboard charts, and she or he’ll play the primary Coachella present of her profession this spring. (Plus, her ass acquired a full two-page spread in this magazine.) If this uptick is in any respect calculated, it’s not cynical; she is solely giving individuals what they need. And what they need is extra Sasha Flute.
Lizzo picked up the flute at age 10 and attended the University of Houston on a scholarship to check classical flute efficiency. On social media, she tends to make use of her flute expertise as a comedic prop. She exchanged friendly salvos with Ron Burgundy, and she or he has a running joke through which she performs a galloping melody earlier than crying out “Suck my dick!” with an operatic flourish.
Beyond these movies, her foray into flute content material has dovetailed neatly with the current development of flute-driven hip-hop beats. Two years in the past, her exquisite #MaskOffChallenge made it to the hallowed pages of the Shade Room. Last September, she simultaneously twerked and played A$AP Rocky’s “Praise the Lord” backstage in Seattle — a video that Rocky himself retweeted, to her delight. Her magnum opus, although, got here in October throughout a efficiency on the University of Iowa homecoming live performance; she flipped Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott’s “Big Shot” after which furiously hit the shoot in lockstep along with her backup dancers, the Big Girls. That clip garnered over 5 million views on Twitter and impressed a viral dance problem of its personal, the #FluteAndShootChallenge. Though Sasha Flute makes occasional appearances on Lizzo’s recordings, she is a considerably extra highly effective instrument when wielded throughout the overlapping spheres of social media and stay efficiency.
The flute historically connotes themes like spring, nature, and innocence; for instance, the flute represents a hen in “Peter and the Wolf.” Lizzo intentionally juxtaposes these connotations in opposition to her id as a vivacious, profane, self-loving lady. But she operates much less within the instrument’s musical lineage than in its cultural lineage. The fashionable flute Zeitgeist has roughly existed on an axis from band geeks, like Alyson Hannigan’s character in American Pie, and Villanova’s crying piccolo girl, to Ron Burgundy’s iconic try to seduce Veronica Corningstone with an impromptu jazz-flute efficiency in Anchorman. Lizzo suits on this framework — she is, in spite of everything, a music nerd, a sexual being, and a magnetic performer — however she additionally blows it up utterly. She, Sasha, and their Big Flute Energy kind the brand new middle of the flute universe.
Thanks to Lizzo, now we have entered a brand new epoch in flute historical past. What different well-liked singer or rapper can credibly play the flute, not to mention absolutely combine any wind instrument into their stay set and public id? Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and Moonchild’s Amber Navran come shut, however Lizzo is peerless, a real unique; the world has by no means seen anybody fairly like her, or her trusty companion Sasha Flute, who’s already en path to becoming a member of B.B. King’s Lucille, Prince’s Cloud, Bo Diddley’s rectangular Twang Machine, Dizzy Gillespie’s bent trumpet, and others within the pantheon of legendary devices.