I’m a big fan of Ariana Grande. She was pretty funny on VicTORIous, has a beautiful voice, and has created some of the best music of the past few years with her big hit “The Way.” It’s a very good song, but it’s somewhat ruined by an absolutely dreadful Mac Miller guest verse. Don’t get me wrong, I like Mac Miller, but that verse is simply terrible. So bad, in fact, that Grande’s follow-up single features a guest verse from Iggy Azalea, and even that is better.
Yeah, Azalea actually manages a decent verse on this song. It fits the theme of the song and is even a little bit clever at times. Azalea might not be a good rapper, but she’s clearly a hip hop enthusiast. She manages to pack more wordplay and interesting observations into this 12-line verse than she did on the entirety of “Fancy.” And yes, I did praise Charli XCX’s voice in my review of that song, but you know whose voice is even better? Ariana Grande.
This song isn’t a simple break-up song. The main point of the song is the observation that Grande doesn’t actually like the guy, she just likes the thought of being in love. And she’s bouncing back from post-break-up depression by realizing that she never even really liked him anyway, that there are plenty of fish in the sea, and that ultimately, she has one less problem without him.
Some have wondered who is whispering on the chorus. Others have assumed it’s Iggy Azalea. Believe it or not, it’s actually Big Sean. Yeah, kinda weird that they’d have Big Sean come by just to whisper a line on the chorus. The song is produced by Max Martin, who came up with that horn part. It’s honestly one of the better songs he’s ever produced.
That being said, the song is a little too much like “Talk Dirty.” Don’t get me wrong, the subjects of the songs are practically opposites (“Talk Dirty” could easily be about the guy Ariana’s talking about), but the songs are set up exactly the same: brief intro, verse, pre-hook, hook, horn break, verse, pre-hook, hook, horn break, guest verse by terrible rapper, bridge before or after terrible guest verse, hook, horn break. That being said, and I mean all disrespect to both rappers, but…
2 Chainz’s verse is much better than Iggy’s. In fairness to 2 Chainz, it’s not that bad a verse. It has some wordplay, some internal rhymes, and in general is much more interesting than Iggy’s bland mush of cliches that belong at the beginning of rap songs, not in the verses. Just about any random line on 2 Chainz’s verse is better than the entirety of Iggy’s. I’m just going to come out and say it: 2 Chainz is in general a much better rapper than Iggy Azalea.
But overall, I give this song a B, mainly for Ariana’s vocals. It’s better than “Fancy,” though mainly because the less Iggy Azalea, the better. More stuff is happening. Like me on Follower @BreakingPOORLY.
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