Cruel Youth Wrestles With The Old & New Gender In “Portrait Of A Female”

60s nostalgia with a modern hip-hop twist

Photo: Courtesy of The Syndicate

NY artist Cruel Youth identifies an emotional and psychological problem that many women face today when it comes to their gender identity in her new single “Portrait Of A Female.” For Millennials and Gen Z who grew up with media that projected them with the orthodox notion of gender roles, it’s refreshing to see how those outdated barriers are coming down. But there’s also the guilty notion when nostalgia hits you with films and music that would be considered anti-feminist in today’s world. “Portrait Of A Female” is a classic 60s love song throwback where Cruel Youth makes fun of the hopeless romantic role that women have been boxed into in the past – but it’s also a confession of the guilty pleasure that she and many other women often indulge in:

“For a while now I’ve wanted to make a song that pushes that ‘Phil Spector meets Brian Wilson’ warm-buzzy-banging-audacious feel to the maximum. In my obsession deep-diving into some of the best songs by the Ronnettes and the Supremes (and all their peers of the time), I noticed the joy and desperation of the lyrics feeling more true to me now than ever before. But in examining the lyrics, I couldn’t help but notice how most of them would not pass in today’s times. These were songs that by today’s standards might be considered an anti-feminist message… And yet when I sing along to them at karaoke I too feel hopeless, helpless, and the despair of being alone without the one, or unrequited and left to my own devices in this world. Does that make me “a puppet of the patriarchy”? Does that make me “a scourge on the equality we have fought so long to have”? Or does that just make me honest about how I sometimes really do feel? You decide…”

Keep Cruel Youth under your radar as the gal will be dropping more beats soon.