No new music was released by Kesha since 2013 and this is due to the on-going court case against Lukasz Gottwald that she is involved in. Gottwald, known as Dr. Luke, is the song-writer and producer that shaped Kesha’s career and is now accused of sexual and emotional abuse by the pop singer. As of March 2016, the only main advance made in the case was that of freeing Kesha from her contractual obligation – she can now record music under different labels other than Dr. Luke’s.
Like most Kesha songs, We R Who We R was co-written and produced by the same Dr. Luke. Its message is directed to the gay community and the purpose is that of empowering them. 2010 saw an increase in the suicide rate among the community and it is no coincidence that both Katy Perry and Pink also had anthems dedicated to the same audience in that year. Kesha called the song “an anthem for weirdos – for real people” and expanded on its meaning: “I was really affected by the suicides that have been happening, having been subject to very public hatred. […] Just know things do get better and you need to celebrate who you are. Every weird thing about you is beautiful and makes life interesting. Hopefully the song really captures that emotion of celebrating who you are.”
We R Who We R is part of the Cannibal EP released in the same year as Kesha’s universally successful debut album, Animal. And although eclipsed by it, the EP managed to score another top-10 hit, Blow. The songs on Cannibal were originally planned to be added on the deluxe version of Animal, but Kesha eventually decided to release the EP separately: “The songs on Cannibal were made to inspire people to ignore any hate or judgment and be themselves unapologetically. It’s the perfect companion to Animal and I hope you guys like it.”
We R Who We R spent 1 week at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Rihanna’s What’s My Name? (featuring Drake).