“Lucky” by RuPaul
RuPaul’s Drag Race is a television show which apparently features transgenders, not transsexuals. The difference between the two is that a transgender is, say, a man who dresses like a woman, i.e. a “drag” queen. But a transsexual is someone who has actually undergone a procedure like gender-reassignment surgery or what have you in the name of internally altering their sex.
So with that in mind, it immediately jumps out as being kinda odd, for lack of a better word, that RuPaul refers to ‘p**sy being on fire’ in the chorus. In other words, he obviously isn’t referring to his own lady part, since he doesn’t have one.
Also he logically wouldn’t be referring to himself having vigorous sex with a woman – as such phrases are more commonly used in song – since he’s gay. But either way this “p**sy on fire”, perhaps of the audience themselves, is related to the addressee being “so lucky tonight”, as the title suggests, as RuPaul and co. are finna to put on a performance which apparently involves some impressive dancing and showmanship.
With the subsequent initiation of the first verse via Gottmik it appears that the addressee, at least in his/her passage, would be a fellow transgender or perhaps females in general.
And basically, what the vocalist is espousing, via dance, is the acceptance of one’s body image.
Before the verse closes out, Gottmik does a little bit of braggadocio concerning his/her notable makeup skills. And concerning the aforementioned reference to “p**sy”, it should be noted that this particular vocalist is in fact a trans man. That is to say that unlike any other prior contestant of RuPaul’s Drag Race, he was actually born a female.
Next Kandy Muse’s verse reads a lot like that being presented by your standard female rapper. That is to say that in addition to presenting him/herself as female, Muse also goes touting him and his as being superior to their female rivals.
The third verse jumps off with Rosé actually referring to himself, or at least his past self, as a “little Scottish boy”. And he was in fact born in a part of Scotland called Greenock, spending his first 10 years there.
But again, that is just a recollection or rather the premise for the artist’s personal come-up story. For coming from such humble beginnings, Rosé has since grown to be “the definition of the American Dream”.
So yes, s/he is practicing some self-exaltation. In fact by this point, it’s pretty obvious that the lyrics of “Lucky” are primarily braggadocious in nature.
And what the last vocalist, Symone, is most proud of concerning his/herself is his/her skills as a seductress – or “enchantress” as s/he puts it. Indeed, his/her cumulatively qualities consist of “fashion, beauty and the brains”, i.e. the complete package.
So it’s like with this track being from an actual ongoing competition, it would appear that the vocalists are using the opportunity to extol their personal virtues in the name of securing the bag.
It’s almost like that part of a beauty contest where finalists are afforded the opportunity to drop a short monologue, though in this case in a more self-centered and creative form.
And at the end of it all, as stated earlier this is intended to make you boogie. In fact “you’re so lucky” to even bear witness to this musical cypher. So conclusively we can put forth that this is actually a dance song. It is a dance song with a braggadocious or perhaps even genuinely-competitive undertone.
“Lucky” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
This track is from season 13 of a television program known as RuPaul’s Drag Race. RuPaul’s Drag Race is actually a long-standing, popular and award-winning competition, dating back to 2009. It centers around drag queens competing for cash prizes and other perks.
And it is fronted by RuPaul, who can perhaps be considered the first overtly-transgender superstar in American history.
Vocalists on “Lucky”
The four featured vocalists on this track are also the quartet of finalists on the aforementioned season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The song was actually initially together and apparently recorded prior by RuPaul, who holds down the chorus. Then the four of them were tasked to not only participate on the track vocally but also write their own respective verses.
As such, the four individuals are credited as co-writers. And they are in the persons of:
- Gottmik (L.A.)
- Kandy Muse (NYC)
- The Rosé (NYC)
- Symone (L.A.)
RuPaul himself did not contribute to the composition of “Lucky”. Rather the additional two authors, Leland and Frederick William Scott, are also the track’s producers.
Whereas RuPaul can be primarily considered an actor/media personality, she has also amassed a pretty-extensive discography throughout the years. She actually dropped over a dozen albums between 1993 and 2020.
When was “Lucky” released?
This song was released on 10 April 2021. That was the day after the airing of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 episode 14, upon which it debuted.