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It’s almost Labor Day and the jury’s still out on exactly what song of the summer was. But if you ask Angel Laketa Moore, she’d argue that “One Margarita (Margarita Song)” is spot on — even if the title outside of traditional ascension is close to the title.
The song began as a freestyle response to a video by the TikTok evangelist Sister Cindy. In the clipNurse Cindy teaches college students about temperance and yells, “If you buy her a margarita, she’ll spread her legs.” Seeing the video, Moore felt reminded of a rap song, so she freestyled, “A margarita, I’ll open my legs / Two margaritas, I’ll give you some head / Three margaritas, I’ll put them in my pussy / “Four margaritas, I’ll put them in my pocket,” I knew the clip would get some traction . She ended up talking about margaritas and sex — two things that people generally enjoy. By the time Casa Di Music “One Margarita” released a remix on the app in late May and had received a lot of exposure, and since its official release as a song, two remixes have been released, a music videoa placement at Casamigos and a cameo by Cindy Crawford on the model’s infamous 1992 Pepsi commercially.
“I knew early on that it had a viral effect. When I heard the freestyle back, I thought: People will like that,, says Moore while sipping on a pomegranate margarita and eating chips and salsa on a hot New York summer day. “Then when they put the beat underneath, I thought: People will be twerking this summer.”
Moore is used to carrying many roles, but she didn’t expect to add a rapper to the rotation (she signed to one of the many interested record labels after the release of “One Margarita”). Online, she calls herself That Chick Angel and has been a content creator since 2009. Today she is also a comedian, actress and podcast host. Before she heads off to host a live podcast with her husband, Moore tells me we have to thank Kaia Gerber for including her mother in the video. (It was Crawford’s daughter who introduced the supermodel and wife of Casamigos Tequila co-founder Rande Gerber to step in.) As for Saucy Santana, Moore always planned on getting him on the remix.
“We were all fans and felt that his personality already fit the song. Not only is Saucy a really talented rapper, he’s also very funny, and I didn’t want to spoil the fun of the song,” says Moore. “When I spoke to him, he said: I think that’s what summer is all about. It’s about having fun. It’s about being outside. It’s about drinking margaritas.” It feels like summer 2023 to me.
That seems like the most appropriate first question: what’s your margarita order?
I usually love any fun fruit. Like pomegranate or maybe even raspberry or guava. sugar on the edge; I don’t like salt. And I prefer it on the rocks.
Where do you get your best culture recommendations from?
It’s a combination of my niece who is also my assistant and my supporters and followers. They know me well enough now and say, “You have to see this.”
You hop in an Uber XL and can take five celebrities (dead or alive) with you. Who comes?
If I don’t bring my husband I’ll never know the end so he must be in there. I only got four more spots and one will definitely be filled by Beyoncé. Hell, she could have all the seats. if she were like this “I don’t want anyone here anymore.” I’d say, “Well, sorry, nobody else.” However, if she allows me to use my other seats, I call Michelle Obama, “Chelly, get on the Uber XL. I don’t know where we’re going, but we’re going to have a good time.” Who else? Waka Flocka Flame: “Come in here with me, Beyoncé, my husband and Chelly.” Who’s last? I guess Martin Luther King Jr. Listen, that would be a party.
Where would you take them all if you were trying to impress them?
You come to my house. I don’t take them to these garbage dumps where people don’t know how to behave. We’ll go to my garden, I’ll have my husband grill for them so they have a home-cooked meal, and maybe we’ll watch a movie outside.
What was the last meal you cooked for dinner?
Oh, the last one was that frozen bag of food you throw in a pan. It was penne pasta with alfredo sauce and chicken, served with broccoli and carrots.
What’s your comfort rewatch?
The office. I watched it on planes and laughed so hard the stewardess would come over and say, “What were you watching?” I want to be able to laugh as hard as you do.”
What do you always do before you go on stage for your live podcast shows?
We do our VIP meet and greets beforehand, so it really helps me to get to know the people who have decided to spend their evening with us and spend their money on us. I like taking photos with them and asking everyone their name so I can thank the person. And then to be in a place of gratitude so I can empty the tank and give everything I have to the show.
Do you drink during your performance?
Absolutely. Before and during. We do a batch of crafts and cocktails, so I drink with the people who attend.
Do you get any insider gossip now that you’re in the music industry?
What’s the craziest gossip there?
I wouldn’t be an insider if I told you. Hear. I’m good at keeping secrets. Especially when it’s juicy.
What kind of music do you listen to when you’re alone?
Well, two of them were already in my car. I love Beyoncé and I love down south trap music. I love Waka Flocka Flame, Megan Thee Stallion and Three 6 Mafia. Most of the time when I’m listening to music, I’m working out, so I need something to get me going to war with those weights.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
That what other people think of me is none of my business. Sometimes, especially when we’re younger, we make it our mission and then we feel like it’s our responsibility to help them form opinions about us and get them to think that way about us how we want them to think of us.
How can it happen that someone is blocked by you?
It’s nuanced, but say anything crazy about my kids, I’m done. My kids can never justify anyone’s bad energy.
What’s the worst thing to do at a dinner party?
Criticize the food negatively. Be so, “That could use more salt.” Well, just stick your finger in there, because you’re a salty person.
What would your last meal be?
Something with seafood or shrimp. Probably some kind of Caribbean food.
Which game do you like to play the most?
Taboo. That is my favourite.
This interview has been edited and abridged for clarity.