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Actress Laverne Cox, you know her for her work on Orange is the New Black and her overall fabulousness, makes music now, to which I say—how and why did this take so long?


On Friday, Cox premiered her club-ready single “Beat For The Gods” via Out Magazine, telling the publication the track (and it’s ‘90s-tastic video, below) is a “celebration of queer culture and LGBTQ club culture,” an homage to “the kids who vogue, the kids who drag, the nightclub scene.” One listen and view makes that abundantly clear, and it’s fun as hell.


There is some bummer news, however. Cox isn’t trying to enter the music game permanently. “I don’t want to do an album, I don’t want to be a pop star. People have been asking me to do music for years, and I don’t want to do music,” she told Out. When asked how the song came to be, Cox revealed it was kind of a fluke:

“‘Beat For The Gods’ happened because one day my makeup artist, Deja, who does all my makeup—she did my makeup for an event and I looked in the mirror and said, ‘Girl, I’m beat for the gods.’ I was living for myself. I was having a moment. You put your makeup on, and you feel flawless, better than you ever think you could have looked, and I was living. I was beat for the gods. And as a joke, I said, ‘Deja, that would be a cute song for the kids, ‘Beat For The Gods.’” It was a joke.”


Sometimes jokes make for the best songs, if you ask me, and I’m a professional. More, please!

Senior Writer, Jezebel. It's facetious. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out July 21.

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