I’m Disappointed that Changing the Lyrics of “Brown Skin Girls” was seen as Disrespect – Maj

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Nigerians were agog with the release of Beyonce’s new album “Lion King: The Gift”. Notable was the fact that a hand-full of Nigerian singers were featured on the album.

“Brown Skin Girl”, the song that has kept fans talking, is the hype of the album for music lovers. JAGUDA reported how fans reacted to Wizkid’s feature on the track and how fans dragged Davido for not being able to secure a feature on the album.

Expected from fans, a lot of “Brown Skin Girl” covers were released. However, an upcoming act, Maj, trended when she released her own cover of the song.

Maj caused a stir after she changed the lyrics to Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ to ‘Light Skin Girls’, a decision many were not so cool with.

BET Style in an exclusive interview spoke to Maj to understand what inspired her cover.

See full transcript below;

“My inspiration for remaking Brown Skin Girl was to connect all of us black women through this song by including our more fair skinned sisters,” Maj shared with BET exclusively. “My intent was all about inclusion. I have great respect for Beyoncé and the message that she conveyed through the lyrics of this song, and I just wanted to feel more connected to the message and wanted others to feel the same.”

The singer continued saying;“I truly feel we all should be proud of ourselves as melanated women and my goal was to share the spirit of that pride.”

“My intention was simply to spread love. It’s all about love. The original song has a beautiful positive message about self-love and acceptance. In the spirit of that, I created my version…really talking to myself and affirming myself in Beyoncé’s message,” Maj expressed. 

“At the end of it all, we are all black women. We face the same struggles and have to overcome the same obstacles. Changing the lyrics to Light Skin Girl was never meant to be divisive…it was all about my desire to see myself in the celebration of melanated beauty.”

On the negative responses she received on Twitter, she said;
“I’m most disappointed that me changing the lyrics was seen as disrespect to the overall message of self-love and pride in one’s complexion,” she said.  
 “However, I am an artist, and if nothing else, this has blasted open the doors on the conversations about colorism and inclusion; self-hate and self-love. If I can ever be a part of something that brings dialogue to the forefront, I’m for it.”

“My intention was simply to spread love. It’s all about love. The original song has a beautiful positive message about self-love and acceptance. In the spirit of that, I created my version…really talking to myself and affirming myself in Beyoncé’s message,” Maj expressed. 

“At the end of it all, we are all black women. We face the same struggles and have to overcome the same obstacles. Changing the lyrics to Light Skin Girl was never meant to be divisive…it was all about my desire to see myself in the celebration of melanated beauty.”

On the negative responses she received on Twitter, she said;
“I’m most disappointed that me changing the lyrics was seen as disrespect to the overall message of self-love and pride in one’s complexion,” she said.  
 “However, I am an artist, and if nothing else, this has blasted open the doors on the conversations about colorism and inclusion; self-hate and self-love. If I can ever be a part of something that brings dialogue to the forefront, I’m for it.”

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