Michael Love Michael Releases New Single “6 Jaguars”

Michael Love Michael Releases New Single “6 Jaguars”

Michael Love Michael Releases New Single “6 Jaguars”

Queer pop artist sends a message about privilege.

Queer pop artist sends a message about privilege.

Photography: Ryan Mcginley

Text: Laura Sanchez

Through personal lyrics and synth-heavy beats, queer pop artist Michael Love Michael tells a story of a white woman hidden behind extravagant wealth and privilege, protected from the worst parts of systemic oppression in the new single “6 Jaguars.” Following a consistent messaging, Michael’s new single is part of the artist’s mission to call attention to issues affecting the LGBTQ community.

Produced by Rich Dasilva, the 80’s inspired pop song, is a catchy track that lures you in with its glittery beats while calling out the societal imbalances that marginalized communities have long endured. “For me, it is also a reflection of the idealized American Dream I’ve been taught to envision, with the realization that it remains elusive as ever for those who look a certain way, make a certain amount of money, live a certain way, are a certain way. I didn’t intend for this when I made it, but “6 Jaguars” somehow feels more relevant now, as the world shuffles during a pandemic,” Michael reflects on the new single. “Class and race disparities in America are highlighted even in the face of this deadly virus. Black and Latinx communities are disproportionately and negatively impacted by this. I hope that anyone listening to “6 Jaguars” can feel more inspired to stand up for and reach out to those struggling right now.”

As a Black child growing up queer and nonbinary in the Midwest, Michael didn't always feel encouraged to be themselves. Michael’s emotional sensitivity, effeminate appearance and artistic expression was shunned by those around them. The need to express and communicate with the world inspired the pop artist to start writing and storytelling at the age of 16. Today, as 2020 yields a new revolution for marginalized voices, Michael—free of societal restraints—is determined to give a voice to those who are still seeking to find their own.

Listen to Michael Love Michael's new single "6 Jaguars" here.

Courtesy of Sam Sparro

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