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Groove of the Day/Janet/Kanye West/”My Baby”

Any true Janet Jackson fan knows that when it comes to her 2004 Damita Jo set there’s only one word to truly describe it…underrated. 

Released amidst the flurry of all of that Nipplegate mess, the sultry, steamy, record (her eighth at the time) started off strong on the charts, selling 381, 000 copies its first week out. But because the world was still throwing shade like the mighty oak toward Janet’s way, radio followed suit as well leaving the album to quickly fall from the charts and from everyone’s minds….and it’s a damn shame. 

Besides starring a Ms. Jackson who was cool, calm, relaxed and oh, so sexy, the record is stacked with delicious ditties like “Just a Little While” (one of her most grooviest singles), the dance floor ready “SloLove,” the tantalizing “Like You Don’t Love Me,” and of course “All Nite(Don’t Stop)” is loaded with all sorts of Janet truth. 

Of course, with producers Scott Storch, Sean Garrett, Dallas Austin, Cathy Dennis (!!) John Legend and Jackson’s longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis all on board, how could it not be one of the best albums that you (yes, you) clearly don’t listen to enough of. 

But perhaps one of the album’s strongest points is when a fresh on the scene Kanye West stops by to lend his flair on two tracks–the Jay Z sampling “Strawberry Bounce” and the coo-ey, “My Baby” where he serves up a fiery guest spit

Now, there might be a few of you kids out there who’ll have to wait, um, just a little while longer to see Mr. West after he postponed his show tonight at the Wells Fargo Center (he’ll be back in Philly on Dec 13th) to be with Kim after, well, you know, but after one romp with the savory flow of “My Baby” and a quick reminisce with Kanye when he wasn’t quite Kanye yet, you’ll be just fine. 

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5 Reasons Why the Beyonce vs. Everyone Argument Is Tired

With Beck winning the Grammy this past Sunday for Album of the Year over Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and yes,
Beyonce, the internet once again became ablaze with people outraged (and unsure of who Beck is) as to how Beck could’ve beaten Beyonce for that coveted award. Mind you, not the other artists, just Beyonce…again….sigh….
It’s no secret that I’m a super Beyonce fan, but this isn’t even about her, as much as everyone wants to make it that way.
Also, since no one likes to cloud any of the issues with facts or logic, I thought I might try to step in and make the world realize just how foolish they sound.
 
In the Buzzfeed article I read that got me inspired to do this piece today(you can read it right here.), writer Jack Shepherd goes off on a nonsensical rant about why Beck is better than Bey for Album Of The Year, so let’s make like our beloved dearly departed diva Whitney and take it step-by-step, shall we?
 
1) “His Lyrics”
 
Jack posts a tweet by Keaton Stewart (whoever that is) which posts lyrics from Beyonce’s “7/11” vs. Beck’s “Blue Moon.” Keep in mind, that one song is written about dancing in the club and drinking, and the other is a song about the introverted feelings of being left alone. Right off the bat this makes ZERO sense. I’ve seen this argument before, most notably pairing Beyonce’s “Run The World” vs Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (another nonsensical comparison) which doesn’t add up. Why would you not try to compare lyrics to songs with similar subject matter and frivolity… For instance, how many times has anyone marveled over the lyrical brilliance it took for Queen to write “Bicycle Race” with lyrics like  “I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride it where I like.”…? That song was a huge success for Queen, even if it’s frivolous and silly.
 
Maybe we should take a Beyonce song like “Dangerously In Love” for which she wrote lyrics about being heartbreakingly,
devastatingly in love with someone like…
 
“I know you love me, love me for who I am/Cause years before I became who I am, baby you were my man/I know it ain’t easy, easy loving me
I appreciate the love and dedication from you to me/Later on in my destiny I see myself having your child/I see myself being your wife and I see my whole future in your eyes/The thought of all my love for you, sometimes makes me wanna cry/I Realize all my blessings, I’m grateful to have you by my side
 
I am in love with you (in love)/You set me free/I can’t do this thing called life without you here with me/Cause I’m dangerously in love with you (in love)
I’ll never leave /Just keep loving me the way I love you loving me
 
Every time I see your face, my heart smiles/Every time it feels so good, it hurts sometimes/Created in this world to love, to hold, to feel, to breathe
To live you/Dangerously in love, yeah”
 
and perhaps put it up against rock gods Led Zepplin’s “D’yer Maker” with lyrics like… 
 
“Oh oh oh oh oh oh/You don’t have to go oh oh oh oh oh/You don’t have to go oh oh oh oh oh/You don’t Have to go.
Ay ay ay ay ay ay/All those tears I cry ay ay ay ay ay/All those tears I cry ay ay ay ay ay/Baby please don’t go.
When I read the letter you wrote, it made me mad mad mad/When I read the words that it told me, it made me sad sad sad./But I still love you so, I can’t let you go/I love you- ooh baby I love you.”
 
Ya know…Cause that really makes sense right? No. 
 
2) Beck has deserved a Grammy since Beyonce was 15 years old.
 
This has nothing to do with Beyonce at all. How this even made it into the article, I have no idea. I’m not at all doubting Beck’s talent or how deserving of a Grammy he actually is, but if he hadn’t won all those years, this (I repeat) has nothing to do with Beyonce, so why even mention it…? I’m guessing “5 Reasons Beck Should Win Vs Beyonce” didn’t have the same ring to it…
 
3 & 4) His “artistry” and His “artistry” again.
 
Why Bey gets singled out here again lacks any understanding… Yes, Beck wrote his whole album and that speaks to his talent quite a bit, but why do we have to tear down one artist to elevate another…and again, why is it always Beyonce?? Everyone thinks Kanye is a piece of shit for doing what he did and said to and about Beck’s win, but then we’re all gonna sit here at our computers and do the same exact thing…? Makes. No. Damn. Sense. Beyonce is a collaborative artist like so many others and yet she still gets shit on like this? I’ve gotta believe it’s just pure jealous hatred that motivates these articles and posts because none of them are founded in any kind of fact.
 
A short list of collaborative artists who also don’t always write, produce, play instruments (including some who don’t do any of that actually) goes as follows….Pink, Katy Perry, Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Sam Smith, Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson,  Bruno Mars,  Kiesza, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Elvis Presley,  Whitney Houston(R.I.P, boo), Olivia-Newton John, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin…and keep in mind, that’s  just the short list.
It’s a shame all of those people I just listed aren’t “real artists” and you should delete them from your iPod’s right away.
 
5) He notes how Beck threw a shoe during an interview
    …which is so dumb, I just can’t even comment on it. The bottom line is that you can’t define “artistry”. It’s completely subjective. If it wasn’t then 3rd Party would’ve had a huge hit with “Waiting For Tonight” in 1997 and not Jennifer Lopez in 1999. If it wasn’t then Bonnie Tyler would’ve had a massive success with “Don’t Turn Around” in 1988 and not Ace Of Base in 1993. If it wasn’t then Laura Branigan would’ve further catapulted her career with “I Found Someone” in 1985 and not Cher in 1987…this list can go on and on as well.
 
Think about it, comparing Beyonce to Queen is like comparing bobsledding to football, or comparing Beyonce to Beck is like comparing sewing to needlepoint.
 
In the end, both artists are deserving of any accolades that come their way because they are both so very talented in what they are doing. Both artists have had long careers and will continue to do so, so why do any of us feel the need to slight someone for doing what they love in order to lift someone else up…ergo, to “pull a Kanye.” Next.