Saweetie has delayed Pretty Bitch Music after promising fans her debut album would arrive before the summer. Taking to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday (June 30), the Cali rapper explained why she’s pushing back the project.

“Dear Icy Family, these past couple of years have been a growing experience for me as an artist, human, but most importantly a WOMAN,” she began. “I have realized my purpose with the platform God has given me which is why I have taken my time with releasing music this time around. Through hours of self-reflection I have realized that Pretty B.I.T.C.H Music is not an album – it’s a movement. It’s a culture. It’s a language. It’s a lifestyle.”

She added, “We not rushing art, we taking our time! This ain’t no microwave shit! It’s baking & it will definitely be worth the taste.”

The news arrives after Saweetie told Billboard in February, “I’ve put my foot down. I’m going to finally lock in to record this album,” before promising it will be out “definitely before the summer.” During a July 2021 interview with Vulture, she discussed her mindset going into the LP.

“This is the first time I’m releasing 17-plus songs,” she said at the time. “It’s a lot to live with. That’s a lot to consume. In an era of ‘When’s the last classic album you’ve heard?,’ music is like toilet water: flushed in, flushed out, flushed in, flushed out. It’s either ‘You shittin’?’ or ‘You done shittin’?’

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“When I put on ‘Love to Love You Baby,’ by Donna Summer, it immediately makes me feel sexy. It immediately makes me want to get naked. It immediately makes me want to pour glitter all over my body. The challenge that I’m setting for myself is that I want every song to make someone do something. That’s why I’m regrouping. I’m going to put every song under a microscope.”

She added, “When it comes through your speakers and when it enters into your soul and into your system and into your ears, I want you to feel something. I don’t want you to just want to twerk and hit a one-two step and do a TikTok challenge.”