Actress/singer Tisha Campbell Martin has dropped a startling new track — some are calling it an anthem — titled “Lazy B*tch (This Ain’t Gina),” and after fans took to social media expressing their bewilderment by the title, Martin released a follow-up video in which she explains the meaning behind it. She says the song was inspired by an old encounter with an actress on an undisclosed set. Perhaps the actress was intimidated by Tisha, because she says the young woman became jealous of the treatment Campbell received from the production staff.
“I can’t help that I’m nice to people and I can’t help that I’m professional and I like to have fun,” she explained about the meaning behind the song’s title.
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Vibe notes that the video begins with the Martin co-star putting the finishing touches on an untitled track, while producer/songwriter B. Slade shares “Lazy B*tch” with Tisha’s friends, including fellow actress Tasha Smith. Despite her efforts to stop the “unfinished” track from playing, she notices that it’s a hit with her crew.
“This ain’t Gina, b*tch,” she raps over the B. Slade-produced beat. “Now I am what I am and she is what she is and she is my fetus do you know who we is?”
Tisha references her iconic character “Gina” from the famed Martin show, in which she played Gina Waters-Payne from 1992-97. Her TV credits also include My Wife and Kids from 2001-05, as well as a guest appearances on Everybody Hates Chris. Campbell-Martin landed her TV break playing Marva on the short-lived NBC musical-drama series Rags to Riches (1987-88). Her most notable film role is starring as color-struck Jane Toussaint in Spike Lee’s School Daze. Last year, she began playing Damona on Dr. Ken. In the early 90s, she released her debut album, Tisha, which sold 40,000 copies. Last September, Tisha released the single, “Steel Here.”
While promoting “Steel Here,” she shared a secret about her past — that she was raped when she was 3, and received an apology letter from her rapist. The video for the song features the actress with lines of the letter written on her body, CNN reported.
“I knew as a child that I did nothing wrong and that this wasn’t my fault,” she said during an appearance on the talk show The Daily Helpline in August. “I have found forgiveness in the guilt that I might have had.”
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Tisha has contributed her vocals on the soundtrack of her 1997 film Sprung, and she appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, for artists such as Will Smith and Toni Braxton. She sang in the musical Little Shop of Horrors, and appeared in the 1986 film. Last year, Campbell-Martin told Hip Hollywood that her husband, actor Duane Martin, encouraged her to get back into the realm of music.
“My husband was very encouraging, like, ‘like you ain’t gonna look at me shoulda, coulda, woulda,'” she said. “‘You better go out there and sing again.'”
After she posted the video for “Lazy B*tch,” Tasha Smith shared an endearing message to her longtime friend.
“I love you so much and I’m so proud of the artist you are,” it read. “When I first met you at 15 years old you were singing and I’m so happy that you are going back to your first love. What’s great about being an artist is that you can do YOU!”
Check out the vivid video for “Lazy B*tch” below, and Tisha’s explanation behind it.
Tisha Campbell’s “Lazy B*tch” track may not receive honors on any hip hop Best Of lists, but it certainly serves as a reminder that one is never too accomplished in their decades-long career to engage in mediocrity.
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