Heather VanSaint – ‘F*ck Boi King’ (Single Review)

Heather VanSaint is a London based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music (as championed by the likes of 6Music and XFM) centres around story telling and gender politics. And nowhere is that more true than on current single ‘F*ck Boi King.’ It’s minimal hip hop style gives the lyrics space to breathe, while Heather laments being falsely accused of being a f*ck Boi- of womanising and sleeping around. VanSaint is already known for her unique perspective and for making people think when they listen to her pop songs. Usually it’s men being called f*ck bois, but here that concept is being turned on it’s head in an unexpected way, with the accused being female. The point being made is that these tribulations aren’t confined to the straight community, that such themes and experiences are universal.

In Heather’s own words:

I think it’s rare that songs like this are written whereby the main protagonist who is being accused of being unfaithful and is seen as a potential heartbreaker, is a female. All too often these songs are written about men, whose behaviours go unchallenged because they are seen as irreversible… …I see it as a butch anthem set to a hip-hop string section.”

lyrics:
I know what you heard about me that I’m some kinda legend
I know what you heard about me cause I read it on a bathroom door
Well I had a couple girls then I left them by the bar had a couple more
Well they been making lies up since internet was dial up, my conscience is free
I’m gonna take you out, then we gonna fight it out
Like Solange and Jay-Z

Baby they call me the Fuck Boi King
That don’t mean anything
Out on the corner with the headlights bopping
Lips in the wind and they don’t stop talking
I don’t know why, I don’t know why, I don’t know why
You believe these lies.

I know that you don’t like me cause I play in a covers band
Well I know that don’t dig me cause I don’t got a concrete plan
Parents paid a lot for college now they want her to meet a man
Well fuck whats in your way, I wanna live here in your gaze
Not just see you Saturday
All my pains subside, when I look in your eyes, you just make me come alive.

Baby they call me the Fuck Boi King
That don’t mean anything
Out on the corner with the headlights popping
Lips in the wind and they don’t stop talking
I don’t know why, I don’t know why, I don’t know why
You believe these lies.


I don’t know why I fall out, of favour with the world sometimes
I don’t know what it is, I’m doing with my life
But you seem like
The perfect place to start.


Baby they call me the Fuck Boi King
That don’t mean anything
Out on the corner with the headlights popping
Lips in the wind and they don’t stop talking
I don’t know why, I don’t know why, I don’t know why
You believe these lies.

Heather VanSaint – ‘F*ck Boi King’ is out now.

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