Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

First Hit #1: August 4, 2001

Until now, Destiny’s Child has been pretty focused on making empowerment anthems as their singles. Now we have Bootylicious, which apart from expanding the English language is a step in a significantly more superficial direction – now it’s all about how hot Destiny’s Child is. That’s fine, but it would have been better if the song wasn’t quite so repetitive. There’s a guitar playing a couple notes that sounds sort of like a jackhammer in the distance, and the constant repetition of the line “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.” It just doesn’t know where to stop with these two elements – especially that incredibly annoying guitar – and that just makes the whole thing a weird kind of hypnotic drone, like it belongs in a dystopian future focused around three women’s butts. It is kind of a mesmerizing bit of repetitive nonsense, which probably explains how it could crest the top of the Hot 100 – it’s hypnotic and terrible all at once, but mostly hypnotic. I can appreciate that the group was trying to expand a bit, but they expanded in the wrong direction.

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One Response to Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

  1. RBerman says:

    Like numerous other sample based hits we’ve seen before, at least half of the fun is recognizing the old riff (in this case the guitar line from Stevie Nicks’ signature song “Edge of Seventeen”) which is being repurposed. This time around, they play with the rhythm, reversing the syncopation, creating a timing dissonance in the mind of listeners familiar with the original song. It’s a clever trick, and the best thing this otherwise forgettable track has going for it.

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