Reneé Rapp‘s new album “Snow Angel”, is out now. The album contains a song that left cryptic messages across the city for which it is named–”I Hate Boston.”
In a press interview with CBS Boston, Rapp clarified that she might not hate Boston (despite placing the phrase on a billboard in the city’s historic North End), but she still hates an ex who was from there.
The 23-year-old made her foray into pop music last year with her EP “Everything To Everyone.” The actress-singer made a name for herself in the Broadway production based on the 2004 film “Mean Girls.” She will soon reprise her role as Regina George in the film adaptation of the musical, which has been delayed due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike.
Following her Broadway run, Rapp starred in Mindy Kaling‘s collaboration with HBO, “The Sex Lives Of College Girls.” The actress recently announced her departure from the production in favor of pursuing her music career. The album encompasses themes of heartbreak, anxiety, growing pains, and new relationships.
Fans of Rapp’s acting career felt apprehensive about the multi-hyphenate performer leaving her successful television run. Upon the release of “Snow Angel,” however, many felt that the singer-actress is here to stay in the music world.
the sex lives of college girls may have been temporary but renee rapp is forever. like this album is so serious omg
— tia witcher extraordinaire (@cursedhive) August 18, 2023
Rapp’s album offers a meeting of pop, rock, R&B, and musical theatrical melodrama. Rapp’s rising star status has some wondering if a future friendship with music industry queen Taylor Swift might happen. Swift has long been open about the misogyny she has experienced throughout her over a decade long, highly acclaimed career.
The singer continues to extend opportunities for young women artists to open her rigorous “The Eras Tour” and collaborate on songs with her. Among these young artists are Maren Morris, Gracie Abrams, GAYLE, Phoebe Bridgers, and more.
Others were quick to point out the brutally honest lyrics of “Poison Poison”, which allude to a breakup with a toxic friend. Rapp points to the ethical dilemma of fighting with another woman despite her feminist outlook and “girls support girls” philosophy.
she said let’s pause feminism for 3 minutes and 11 seconds https://t.co/7vjIcd0jol
— hot pink bitch named breakfast (@parispoetics) August 18, 2023
shakespeare or reneé rapp?
“you're the worst bitch on the earth, i hate you and your guts, i think you should shut the fuck up and die, you get on my nerves fuck you, you dumb bitch, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you” pic.twitter.com/ZOA9FQGi6W
— kay (@wlrdburn) August 18, 2023
In conjunction with the album release, Rapp additionally dropped a music video for the track “Pretty Girls”. Model and actress Cara Delevingne appears in the video. Rapp shared some behind-the-scenes snapshots from the video shoot. Delevingne also directed the music video.
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Fans widely applauded the music video, and even drew comparisons to other pop culture moments it might have referenced.
mila kunis & reneé rapp &
zoe saldana scarlett leithhold
in after sex in pretty girls
it’s the culture. pic.twitter.com/rH8ie6l4Vd
— kayla (@makaylam45) August 18, 2023
Rapp will soon embark on a tour in support of the album. It is unclear when production on “Mean Girls: The Musical” will resume amid the strike.