“Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna (2015)

Because of this:

But also this:

and even this:


“Billy Jack Bitch” by Prince (1995): I knew from the lyrics that “BJB” was directed towards someone, but didn’t know specifically who it was until after Prince died. Apparently, Prince wasn’t feeling a specific Minneapolis-based gossip columnist who apparently wrote negatively about him on a regular basis (and cracked wise about his name change, calling him “Symbolina”, which was one of the less insulting appellations bestowed upon him in his 0—|—-> days.)

Prince performed a portion of “Billy Jack Bitch” on the 1995 American Music Awards. He was receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award (probably something cooked up by Dick Clark and Prince as a stipulation of him appearing on the show considering he’d received their Award of Merit five years before). You couldn’t hear the lyrics because of all the fans screaming, but I remember being taken by that synthesizer line and that groove even then, although I had no idea what the song was until nine months later when The Gold Experience hit stores. And I didn’t know until I started researching this song for this particular entry that Lenny Kravitz performs background vocals on the chorus. Prince, Lenny, and the Fishbone “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” sample that loops throughout the song? It’s like a Black Rock ‘n Roll summit!

“The Birth Of Christ” by Boyz II Men (1992): I’m not a Christian anymore, although I still appreciate a) Christmas and b) good Christmas music. Although I cringe when malls and stores start playing Christmas music in November, there’s still a healthy amount of holiday songs I enjoy. I also appreciate good singing. And this might be the best of Boyz II Men’s forays into acapella vocalizing. It’s certainly not as depressing as “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”. It appears on the Very Special Christmas 2 compilation album, and it’s fucking glorious. It beats the pants off of anything on BIIM’s own Christmas Interpretationsalbum from 1993. Throw on a good pair of headphones, sit back and close your eyes, and that vocal arrangement is so good it’ll almost make turn a non-believer into a…eh, that won’t happen. But you will love it.

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