Hit The Back by King Princess (2019)
The Power in Getting Your Back Hit, by Harry Lindsey
Artist's Pronouns: She/Her
There is power in submitting to a lover. It is a power that lies, with arched back, in sexy contradiction.
Submitting yourself to another’s domination is a sacrifice. While not a loss, you sacrifice the performance of your own control. Sometimes enabled by the theatrics of props or sex toys, sometimes communicated only through body language. Whichever way it is expressed, a suggestive dynamic is pursued; you are the sub and they are the dom. But things are never quite that simple.
While the dom may be in the driver’s seat, the sub has put them there, they call the shots. The dominator may be the “motor” that “run[s] you till I can’t go further,” but the sub is the divine vehicle driving the pleasure. King Princess perfectly explores the twists and turns of this dynamic on the truly anthemic Hit the Back. She begins by addressing her lover with intention, “I need you to search my clothing, pat me down and feel the molding.” This initial flirt with domination cascades into a disco-fueled exclamation of her own desire, “I’ll let you throw it down, hit the back!” By the chorus, she is the confident director of her own submission.
Reveling in the inbetween of submission and dominance, it is clear to see why King Princess declared “this one’s for the bottoms” upon Hit the Back’s initial release. The song seems to understand a positive sub and dom relationship intimately.
King Princess casts herself as the sub and revels in the power of her role. Her lover is "staring at my fingers while I talk to you," as if to communicate the seedlings of possibility such body language can plant. King Princess recognizes the unspoken desire and ushers in her own submission with ease and control. Expressed through disco theatrics, King Princess relishes in the performance of both submission and dominance. She adorns these roles with clarity, warping the binary of sub and dom by suggesting that beneath this performative dynamic something is shared, something honest. Perhaps best expressed in the line, “and I don’t care if you degrade me, ‘cause after all, you are my safety,” Hit The Back declares an honest want for degradation and care to coexist. King Princess achieves this masterfully. While submissive, she not only retains control, but suggests that her control is imperative to the pleasure of both the sub and dom in question.
In an interview with Zane Lowe, King Princess expressed she “feels [Hit the Back] in her bones,” a feeling shared with many a listener upon its release. Such bodily depth is achieved in the crafting of King Princess’s brilliant songwriting. By delving beneath performance and ignoring the simplistic language we have for a sub and dom or top and bottom dynamic, King Princess has tapped into something more generative. She writes from within the body language of submission and dominance, confidently exercising the power it takes to really ask someone to “throw it down [and] hit the back”, and then expressing the powerful feeling of having those desires met. Hit The Back swaggers in disco-fueled confidence for the bottoms, for the subs, and for those who have granted themselves honesty in their desires. And we are all a little sexier for it.