Ever since I first heard the song “Mean Girls,” I’ve been obsessed with queer rapper and singer Tiger Goods. In one simple hook, “I like girls that are mean to me, you don’t know what you mean to me,” she captured the entire dyke experience. And it’s a bop.
Now, the genre-bending, Cincinnati-based artist has released a new EP, titled Most Improved Award, that’s sure to be the official soundtrack to this year’s upcoming Hot Dyke Summer.
With lesbians, queers, and sapphics across the country getting vaccinated and dating apps, parties, and clubs and bars reopening, it’s going to be a summer full of hot looks, heavy flirting, lots of lesbian bonding, and lots of hooking up. And Most Improved Award provides the perfect soundtrack to all of those things.
The EP opens with “Reborn,” a disco-tinged track about personal growth and being your best self. It makes me want to go to queer night at the local roller skate rink so I can dance to Goods singing “self, self improvement is, is the movement,” with all my smiling friends. It’s been a tough year and we need songs like this to bring us out of it.
Here’s the thing: every song on this is a straight up jam. If “Reborn” makes me want to dance and skate with friends, the next song, “Just You,” makes me want to find a cutie that's there and flirt with her. “No Shade” is a hilarious callout post mixed into a song about loving yourself even when you still have work to do.
Other songs talk about internet relationships, love, and life, and each one is a vibe. With the endlessly repeatable hooks and clever, relatable lyrics, Goods knows how to set a scene and how to make you feel at home in it.
This music is so fun and so cool. It combines elements of lo-fi beats to chill to, disco, hip hop, r&b, and pop. If you like Dua Lipa, Carly Rae Jepson and Kacey Musgraves doing disco, why not listen to a Black gay artist who’s doing similar things? All the songs on Most Improved Award are great for skating, for hanging out poolside, for flirting, for getting high together with friends, makeouts in a dark room, sex, or whatever other queer activities you may want to do this summer.
When lesbian dance nights open up again, they better play the song “Mean Girls.” It’s one of the most accurate lesbian songs I’ve ever heard. This bitch is reading a dyke! I really do like girls that are mean to me, they really don’t know what they mean to me. If you’re not already listening to Most Improved Award, get on it today, and start your Hot Dyke Summer off right.
Most Improved Award is streaming now on Spotify and wherever you listen to music.