Emmanuelle June makes a flashy, confident statement with the trap-driven “Badass Car,” an ode to loving yourself for who you are and knowing your value. In a time where digital media seems to be a sponsor of insecurity and society’s chaos brews up more fear than ever, “Badass Car” is all about unapologetically owning your individuality, making the lyric “I shine like a star” feel more like a prophecy predicting the song’s shimmer and energy.
“For me, it’s about us having the power to decide that we are ‘badass,’” Emmanuelle tells TREMG. “We are in charge of our own bodies as the body is the vehicle driving our soul. It’s about self-care and self-love, as well as about stepping into our own power.”
Alongside “Badass Car” comes a fun music video with two badass cars: Emmanuelle herself and a vintage red car that complements her fiery hair. Her performance is powerful and unwavering even when she’s hanging upside-down out of the car door, mirroring how you can be yourself and find your strength in difficult moments.
“The lyrics on their own are not written specifically about women’s bodies,” Emmanuelle explains. “The concept for the music video, on the other hand, I was certainly influenced by ongoing political warfare against the female body and entity.”
Emmanuelle’s vibrant musical world is one of confidence and ambition, pushing the boundaries of what society thinks to curate a new attitude and sound. She’s a pop star for a new era, unafraid to step outside the box (or car) to make a statement all her own that you’ll never forget.
You can find “Badass Car” on your favorite streaming services now, and get to know Emmanuelle June on Instagram and her official website! Keep reading for more from our interview with this rising Swedish star.
Congrats on your new single, “Badass Car!” How does it feel to finally share the song with the world?
Amazing, I’ve been looking forward to sharing it!
What does “Badass Car” mean to you?
For me, it’s about us having the power to decide that we are “badass.” We are in charge of our own bodies as the body is the vehicle driving our soul. It’s about self-care and self-love, as well as about stepping into our own power. I wrote the song inspired by A.I.
How did you come up with the idea to compare a woman’s body to a badass car?
The lyrics on their own are not written specifically about women’s bodies. The concept for the music video on the other hand, I was certainly influenced by ongoing political warfare against the female body and entity.
Is there a certain lyric on “Badass Car” that you’re particularly proud of?
I’m proud of it as a whole!
“Badass Car” has a really cool hip-hop vibe with a fun trap beat! Who were some of your influences on the song’s sound?
We (K.A.N.T,A. and I) didn’t really have any specific influences in mind while making this; only thing we spoke of and decided prior was that we wanted to make something that was fun, and dance-able, and empowering.
In addition to music, you have experience acting in plays! Is there anything you learned from acting that you carry with you into your music?
Many things I’m sure, what comes to mind immediately though is in the preparation to “get ready to work,” as in relaxation in order to focus. I may not do the actual exercises anymore, but it’s very ingrained in my instrument; like it’s psychosomatic.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with your music already, which of your songs would you recommend to them to get a feel for who you are as an artist?
All of them 😉 though “Snake Spit” and “Stellar Babies” for the storytelling aspect.
We at TREMG love getting to know new artists who haven’t gotten the success or attention they deserve. Who are some of your favorite underrated artists at the moment?
There are so many amazing artists – to mention one wouldn’t be fair.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention that the questions didn’t touch on?
Check out “Badass Car” 😉 and be a badass car!
Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, The Honey POP, Genius, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, as well as my own Melodic Musings blog. Find me on socials @madisonmwrites!