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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Miss Keri Bay-bee.... Thinks We're Stupid

With the multitude of one-hit wonders and microwaved singers in the business, artists need to do whatever they can to make themselves stand out.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

For every Beyonce, there are about ten Teairra Mari's. (Who's Teairra Mari you ask? Ummmmhmmm.)

When Keri Hilson released "Turning Me On" and "Knock You Down" in 2009, I liked them enough to sing along when they were played on the radio. I liked her even more when I found out she had been in the business for a while writing songs for other artists.

"Okay," I thought. "She's got talent." So I put her on my radar....

...until I heard "Pretty Girl Rock." Sometimes a catchy hook is all that is needed to sell a song (and the song is quite catchy), but for a grown woman with a master's degree, I feel I would be disrespecting my professors, my parents and even my younger sisters who look up to me for liking that song.

"My name is Keri. I'm so very
fly oh my
it's a little bit scary.
Guys wanna marry.
Lookin' at my deri"

W....T....H....

Really? Do you think we're stupid? Aren't you a "writer?"

(Well, hey, everyone's a "writer" these days).

I think Miss Keri Bay-bee thinks we're stupid.

She thought putting the word "pretty" in a song and dubbing it an "anthem" would make EVERYONE jump on the Pretty Girl Bandwagon, despite the lyrics. (Can't you see those chicks now? "I'm pretty because Keri Hilson said I am! That's why I bought the song!")

You know what those lyrics amount to?

That's "1 fish, 2 fish, red fish, blue fish/green eggs and ham" rhyming right there.

So is that what happened?

Did Dr. Seuss help you write Pretty Girl Rock, Miss Keri Bay-bee?