Video Review: Grace & G-Eazy “You Don’t Own Me”

Inside the recording studio, Grace shifts from right to left at the microphone. She thinks of all the guys she’s dated who told her what to do.

Behind the glass, G-Eazy adjusts the settings on the sound board and then raps. She moves her head to the music, waiting for her cue. The pianist sits down at the bench and starts to play.

While singing, she closes her eyes, focusing on getting the emotion out as the drummer bangs lightly in the background. She gives a defiant stare. During the chorus, she puts her hands up, telling the guy she’s seeing in her mind to back off.

Behind the glass, two people greet each other and listen to Grace record. G-Eazy approaches the second microphone. He twists his hands and rolls his eyes to the lyrics.

Grace eyes the guy in her mind, daring him to order her around. G-Eazy moves his hands downward to the beat. Meanwhile, the guitarist begins to play

After recording, she sings the song one more time with G-Eazy. She sits next to him by the sound board, joking.

G-Eazy looks at her while continues with the chorus, her eyes closed. With the final line, her direct gaze challenges every guy in the room.


Rating: 5/5

Grace believes every word she sings while her gesturing and steely looks add to it. She’s a tough young woman and can hold her own. Whether or not it’s a coincidence that she is surrounded by men in the video, it does work to her advantage. With it being in a work atmosphere, it provides the song with a feminist subtext. The men in the video, including G-Eazy, treat her as an equal, not as some random hook girl.

With Grace, the lyrics hold more power and are stronger. She turns the song from a desperate plea to a declaration. The simplicity of the video puts the focus on her and her voice alone.

Director: Taylor Cohen  Year: 2015

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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