What is the real meaning of Gwen Stefani’s Light My Fire? Here’s what we think

Gwen Stefani is back! Stefani — the undisputed queen of red lipstick — has featured alongside Jamaican singer Shenseea on Sean Paul’s latest single, “Light My Fire,” from his 2022 album Scorcha.

The last time Stefani released new music was her 2021 song “Slow Clap” with Saweetie, and her last official album was the Christmas album “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” in 2017, according to Spotify (a deluxe edition of the album ). released in 2020). “Light My Fire” is the perfect return for Stefani at this point, as she has expressed a desire to return to her roots in ska music. According to Master Class, ska music is a derivative of popular Jamaican music, and Paul’s new song is heavily influenced by reggaeton and the related music genre rocksteady; Paul even called Stefani “The Rocksteady Boss”.

“‘Light My Fire’ is an epic dream come true,” Paul gushed to Rolling Stone. “I’ve always been a fan of Gwen Stefani. And Shenseea, I am so proud of everything she has accomplished in such a short time.” So what is the real meaning of this Paul Stefani venture and why has there been controversy surrounding the song?

Gwen Stefani and Sean Paul provide party atmosphere

Overall, “Light My Fire” has the typical Sean Paul vibe but with a Gwen Stefani twist. The chill beat along with the classic reggaeton drums puts you in a kickback with Paul, Stefani and Shenseea. Paul begins the song and sets the scene: “Set your body on fire, your body on fire / Me and you, baby, set your body on fire.” And we all know what that “set your body on fire” allusion means. You know… two people become intimate with each other. But that could also be inferred from the song title alone.

Stefani comes into the song for the chorus, “Baby won’t you light my fire? / Can you take me higher? / And when you rub it on me / You really kindle my flame / Baby, won’t you light my fire? Fire?” So here’s Stefani vibrating on the dance floor with a partner, and it’s getting hot and intense. Can you imagine her real-life husband, country singer Blake Shelton, dancing to this reggaeton kickback? That would be interesting.

Regardless, “Light My Fire” is an absolute Vibey song. It’s the track you put it on to sway to the unexpected yet melodic mix of Paul and Stefani. “BIG UP 2 Di’s talented and legendary woman…!!!” Paul wrote about Stefani on his Instagram.

Fans accused Gwen Stefani of cultural appropriation in Light My Fire

When the music video for Sean Paul’s “Light My Fire” was released on YouTube on July 13, Gwen Stefani’s look was sure to raise a lot of eyebrows. The video is set at a house party and Stefani, Paul and Sheneesa have a great time singing and dancing.

But the unsettling part of the music video – for some fans – is Stefani’s choice of hairstyle; she wears long blonde dreadlocks braided at the ends. Fans were quick to voice their concerns about Stefani’s cultural appropriation of the dreadlock hairstyle known to originate from African and other cultures belonging to people of color. While there’s been debate about whether white people (like Stefani) can wear dreadlocks, there are many people who are vehemently opposed to the idea, according to CNN. And this is definitely not the first time Stefani has gotten into trouble over cultural appropriation.

“I’m afraid nobody likes cultural appropriation like Gwen Stefani.” wrote a problem Twitter user, while another interfered“Gwen Stefani is back to her regularly scheduled appropriation.”

Overall, it seems like Paul was happy to welcome Stefani into this song and video, despite the potential for resistance. “‘Light My Fire’ is a rock song for big bad lovers and we had to portray it with a big bad video,” Paul wrote in a statement to the Daily Mail. “We retro-styled the clothes in the video and basically got ready for the party and some lovers are rocking.” It’s a vibe we hope everyone gets when they listen to the track – feels good and party lovers rock.”