Posts Tagged: loyal

These Hoes Ain't Heard: On the Women Who Remixed "Loyal"

If there’s a genre of song more insidious than the Song For Women, it’s something like the Song For Men About Women. The Song For Men About Women is a song that tells men what is wrong with female behavior, in language that the majority of men, one would hope, would never dream of using in front of the woman whose behavior is being criticized.

In this week’s New York Times, music critic Jon Caramanica takes on The Song For Men About Women, in a piece that admittedly tries to go beyond the Man Explains trope, but ultimately falls victim to it. (Criticism of The Song [...]


Why Would a Hoe Be Loyal? Tink Has the Answers

It’s approaching the end of May, and a shittily perfect Chris Brown song that came out in December (largely neglected in the shadow of a glorious Beyonce release) is still dominating radio, club, strip club and bodega air play. I’m not going to labor over why this song is perfect: I’ve spent too many nights thrusting a glass of prosecco into the air in sync with the words “THESE HOES AIN’T LOYAL” as the DJ wound it back for a fifth time to even question the validity of this track.

There is, of course, a tension in enjoying this song as either a man who isn’t a total [...]


Strawberry Switchblade, "Jolene"

Gorilla vs. Bear posted this amazing video a couple of months ago, of the Scottish goth-pop/new wave duo Strawberry Switchblade covering the evergreen "Jolene" live on Japanese television in the '80s, and seeing Dolly Parton's new album Blue Smoke streaming on NPR's First Listen has prompted me to re-watch the magnificence. Lykke Li's latest is up at NPR as well, and if you need something more high-octane to get you started this week, may I recommend the female version of Chris Brown's "Loyal," coming at you courtesy of Keyshia Cole, Mila J, K. Michelle, Lil Mo and Da Brat.