When the word ‘savage’ comes up, you probably won’t think of her first. You would probably think of the male bravado rapper, wissa knife tattoo on his forehead and Google image results of mug shots from different angles.
That’s okay. She doesn’t brandish her knife on her forehead, her weapons are concealed but boy, do they cut deep and clean.
It did not start when Beyonce sat us down and calmly explained to us that girls run the world. However, it might have started when Beyonce became Sasha Fierce. No. When Beyonce became Foxy Cleopatra. Or when Missy Elliot and Janet Jackson addressed that ‘Son of a Gun’. Or when En Vogue elaborated that “No. You’re never gonna get it.” .
Whenever it started, whoever it started with- the black femme fatal has been a cultural staple in music for years.
She is not to be confused with the carefree black girl, The black femme fatale is just as whimsical as she is sinister. It’s Rihanna in ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’. It’s Sza in ‘Love Galore’. Kehlani in ‘Distraction’.
The black femme fatale is not to be taken lightly, She is the proverbial woman scorned that hell hath no fury like. She will use and discard you with an angelic smile on her pretty face, with no apology. Do not, I repeat, Do. Not. Cross. Her.
Key features of the archetypal female include:
-Mischief, boredom or hunger.
-Leather or latex.
-Past or present scorn that she emerged from the ashes of like a Phoenix.
-Quentin Tarantino heavy breathing.
Dej Loaf summed it up pretty well back in 2014:
The black femme fatale is the female praying mantis devouring her lover post-coitus. She’s emotionally needy and insecure and fiercely independent at the same time. Affectionate and emotionally unavailable. Warm and inviting, cold and cruel. She is the reason hurricanes are named after women.
Here’s a playlist for the next time you’re feeling devious and maybe a bit violent too:
- Serena – Dreezy ft. Dej Loaf
2. Son of a Gun – Janet Jackson ft. Missy Elliot
3. Never Gonna Get It– En Vogue
4. Pull up– Abra
5. Distraction – Kehlani