With her solo career, Normani is getting to explore aspects of herself that she never got the chance to as part of the pop girl group Fifth Harmony.

In a new cover story for Allure, the singer says that she “didn’t get to really sing in the group” and felt like she was “overlooked.”

But now, with songs like “Wild Side,” featuring Cardi B, Normani finally feels like she’s becoming the artist she was meant to be.
 
“A lot of people aren’t expecting this [song] and that’s why I wanted to put it out first,” she says of “Wild Side.” “I went to [songwriter Starrah] and said, ‘I want something really sexy.’ I just felt this sense of me coming into my own. I feel like a woman now. That’s the record I need to also feel like a bad b****.”

Normani’s music also speaks to a higher purpose.
 
“My purpose in this work that I do is for other people that feel like they have Black women figured out. There’s so many layers to us, there’s so many textures, there’s so much that we’re capable of doing,” Normani says.
 
Normani is currently working on her debut solo album.

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