Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Slap a Bitch

Song: Slap a Bitch
Artist: Macy Gray
Album: Slap a Bitch (single)

When Macy Gray first came out I really dug her first record. While I got tired of her mega-hit “I Try,” I really thought her debut, “On How Life Is” was a neo-funk marvel, albeit with Adult Contemporary leanings. In retrospect, Gray might have been frustrated with the soccer mom fans she got from “I Try,” because on her sophomore record she really let her freak flag fly. (Well, admittedly the first single, the Erykah Badu duet “Sweet Baby” was very “I Try” as well) I liked “The Id,” but it didn’t register with audiences the way her debut did.

Since then, I haven’t followed her music, despite her releasing two albums and a greatest hits album. Apparently, (according to Wikipedia) the albums were well received. Does anyone remember these? How are they?

Regardless, Macy Gray is returning to the stage for a new album this year. It is reportedly titled “The Gray Life” and for some reason she’s going by an alias… “Nemesis Jaxon.” And she recently released this statement about it...

“ladies and gentlemen. boys and girls. pimps and hos. my name is macy gray. i have decided to re-enter the real world and make my fifth album. it will be the biggest comeback you've ever seen. bigger than the big lies the american government has been telling us for eight years. not for the money and not for the fame, but friendship. yes. i miss my fairweather friends and the only chance i have of being in their company again is to write more hit songs and start getting my picture taken in trendy restaurants with other people who believe themselves to be stars. my very first contribution to my up and coming super success is a biographical ditty called: "SLAP A BITCH," written by Myself, Jared Gosselin and Phillip White - also known as Jared and Whitey. They are also the producers of this song. The great Dave Pensada, mixed and mastered. A quote from the song: "when i was 13, i slapped a bitch." for those of you who download songs for free, i've done you one better. i've made a video. for free and it is one of the most entertaining works of art that you will ever see. A Vma winner for sure. If I don't get an award for this video I'm gonna sue. Someone should sue mtv anyway for false and misleading network name. Anyway. Obama says...yes we can. I say... Boom shaka laka baby. Ladies and gentlemen Men and women Winners and losers, SLAP A BITCH. BY MACY GRAY. COMING SOON. VERY SOON.”

Umm… okay.

Well, my interest has been seriously tweaked because the first single, “Slap a Bitch” is bat-shit crazy and TOTALLY catchy. Subversive, brash, and a party starter. Not sure if this will re-spark her career, and I am certain it will NOT grab the soccer mom’s back… but it might pull in a new funk-hipster crowd that has either forgotten or never knew “I Try.”

What do you think?


I don’t know if this is the actual video but it’s as koo-koo-kaarazy as the lady that sings the song…

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