With latest hit 'Wild Side' Normani set to be next Houston-raised global star
Normani arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.

To be clear, Atlanta is the place of singer Normani’s birth. However, the superstar-in-waiting (and not waiting much longer) was raised in the Houston area (Pearland), so we proudly and rightfully claim her as H-Town’s own and cheer on her success. And with her latest release, “Wild Side” featuring Cardi B, and an accompanying music video, that out of the stratosphere level fan love and appreciation looks like it’s coming sooner rather than later.

The singer’s new single comes two years after her popular 2019 hit, “Motivation.” She had been teasing the new track, which samples instrumentals from Aaliyah’s “One in a Million,” for months, keeping her growing legion of committed fans hyped and ready for a new CD to drop.

But it has been a minute since her fanbase last saw a complete Normani project. But finally, the wait is over very nearly over with the “Wild Side” release.

In her new video, Normani rocks various stunning looks throughout, including a leopard ensemble that featured leopard print platform heels. The former Fifth Harmony member also pulls off a number of dance sequences, which is unsurprising to those familiar with the multi-talented sister who reminds anyone willing to listen that dance was her “first passion.”

Cardi B, who appears solo about halfway through the video before she’s joined by Normani, celebrated the song’s release and its accompanying visuals on Instagram, dedicating her post to Normani. 

“Soooo proud of you @normani!!!” she wrote.“Deadass wanna cry for you!! WILDSIDE ON ALL PLATFORMS!”

Cardi B, however, was far from alone in showing Normani social media love. Here is just a sample of what Black Twitter had to say and Normani’s latest music and dance offerings.

At some point the rest of the country is going to learn what H-Town residents already know: that little some-some in the water, air and food here helps produce global giants. You better believe Normani is about to straight up walk, or rather dance her way into that status.

-HuffPost Black Voices