American rapper Tamia Monique Carter, known professionally as Flo Milli, unreleased song titled “Pretty Black Cute” reportedly leaked online.
Flo Milli shares her inspiration behind her new single “PBC,” which was previewed on Thursday during New York Fashion Week as she signed a recording deal with RCA Records after her singles “Beef FloMix” and “In The Party” went viral on the social media platform TikTok.
Upon entering the historical Prince George Ballroom, where Tia Adeola hosted her Fall ‘22 show, guests were greeted with melodies strummed by a live harpist. For those familiar with Adeola’s previous work, the serene atmosphere seemed to be the ideal setting for her ethereal designs. However, although the details created a soft, elegant essence, Adeola presented a powerful message.
If you’ve been wondering what Flo Milli has been up to as of late, she’s been in the studio. On Thursday evening while she closed Tia Adeola’s latest fashion show at New York Fashion Week, she previewed a new bass-heavy single, “PBC.”
The “Beef FloMix” rapper known for her bubblegum bars told us directly following the show that the track is “about Black women finding their power, wearing their natural hair, everything that makes you pretty, Black and cute.”
Amidst the sheer fabric, feathers, and ruffle details was a silk slip dress that read, “You were supposed to protect us.” Adeola was referring to the End SARS movement in Nigeria (her native country), which she heavily advocated for on her social media and is now making clear that her activism is something that she continues to walk with. Rather than just showing pretty clothes, Adeola disclosed a piece of her mind. “I wanted this to be beyond apparel. I wanted this to be an experience,” she tells ESSENCE.
She also said one part of the song even addresses the saying “you’re pretty for a Black girl.” On this, she said, “You know how some people [say] you’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl, [the song shows] no I’m pretty because I’m that girl.”
Since Adeola did not present a collection during last season’s New York Fashion Week, this show was pivotal for her. Last night’s presentation at Prince George’s Ballroom featured a cast of nearly all-Black models.
Additionally, Adeola’s menswear debut was also rooted with a moving message. She reflected on the gender norms of society by stating, “The topic of toxic masculinity has been on my mind for the past year. A man could wear a shirt with frills and be called all types of names, but we had figures like Prince, who was one of my biggest inspirations, who wore shirts with frills and still got all the girls, so I’m just trying to break that notion.”
On a lighter note, a mini slip dress with ruffled straps read, “Business is business.” Marking Adeola’s sixth year since launching the brand, she reflects on some important business tips that she’s picked up along the way. “I’ve learned with time that you have to do things properly, having a team is important, and business is business,” she shared.
And speaking of business, Adeola has had a number of celebrities support her brand – including Alabama rapper Flo Milli, who appeared on the runway, while walking to her unreleased single Pretty Black Cute. The decision to introduce the track at Adeola’s fashion presentation shows that Flo Milli’s support runs deep. As Adeola continues to navigate the fashion space and grow her business, star-studded figures who wear her designs will naturally expand her outreach and help her find the men and women who identify with the Tia Adeola look.
In October 2018, Flo Milli recorded the original version of her breakout single, “Beef FloMix”, a freestyle over the instrumental of Playboi Carti and Ethereal’s track “Beef”. It went viral on Instagram and other social media sites, including TikTok, reaching number two on Spotify’s Viral 50 in April 2019. A fully-produced version of the song was released in July 2019, and received over 46 million streams on Spotify.
Flo Milli’s follow-up single was “In the Party,” released in October 2019. She performed at Rolling Loud Los Angeles in December 2019. By the end of 2019, she had signed to RCA Records.
In February 2020, she released the single “My Attitude”. Her singles “Not Friendly” and “Eat It Up” were released in March and April 2020 respectively.
In June 2020, Flo Milli released the J. White Did It-produced single “Like That Bitch”. A music video for the track was released in July 2020, alongside another single, “Weak”.
Flo Milli released her debut mixtape, Ho, Why Is You Here?, on July 24, 2020, to critical acclaim. She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards.
On August 10, 2020, it was announced that Flo Milli had signed an exclusive global co-publishing deal with Pulse Music Group. The company described the deal, which encompasses her entire catalog, as “a highly competitive signing situation”.
Singer Saygrace featured Flo Milli on the remix of her single, “Boys Ain’t Shit”, in August 2020. She appeared in the music video for G-Eazy’s single, “Down”, featuring Latto, in September 2020.
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, she began making and releasing music in 2015. After her singles “Beef FloMix” and “In The Party” went viral on the social media platform TikTok, she signed a recording deal with RCA Records.
In January 2021, Flo Milli released the single, “Roaring 20s”.