The-Dream + Grizzly Bear | Tracks
Two drastically different pop acts loosen up and get a spring in their step. Guess which one is singing about bitches?
Published: June 14, 2012
It’s maddening enough when a catchy pop melody burrows in your brain. You catch yourself subconsciously humming along as you chop carrots or soap your arms in the shower and you stupidly get angry at your own memory. But self loathing truly sets in when instead of going doot-doot-doot-de-doot-doot you cheerily chirp, “Dope bitch. A dope bitch. Gotta dope bitch. A dope bitch.” Damn you, The-Dream! The good news is that the producer-crooner is at last moving onward from his robotic Prince aping. Every midtempo drum beat the Atlanta lover cranked out tried to make doves cry. “Dope Bitch” has a wonderful ’90s bounce in its step. The happy rhythm new-jack-swings in the manner of Bel Biv Devoe, if BBD had ditched the sensitivity training of the MCA Records human resources department. Dream skips along to a perky piano like a boy with an ice-cream cone. Seriously, you don’t hear women singing, “I got a sexy douche.” Oops, did I just give Ke$ha her next hit?