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.