FFAAVVEESS 2012: Rocky Rivera ft. Raven Sorvino, Plain Jane & Oh Blimey- GRLZ RMX
Original post here.
When I was trying to think of the best music this year has given me, this came to mind instantly. It is easily the top song of 2012 for me.
I only made a short mention of this song’s sample before, but now that I have a chance to write about it again, I’d like to talk about it a bit more. Let me just first say that I am a massive fan of the Beastie Boys, and I have been for most of my life. Still, “Girls” was never a shining moment for them. It is a long way from a more politically correct viewpoint they are better remembered for. As funny as the original song might seem, its context isn’t as cute. Which is exactly why it’s so impressive that Rocky took this and turned it into something that empowers women rather than degrades them. Intentional or not, it certainly makes it an interesting choice.
Not only that, but in a year of breakout female rappers where the only thing anyone can talk about is who has beef with who, it has been so refreshing to have a collaboration like this. If only it could happen more often.
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