Track 1: “Marilyn Monroe”
Butta: OK, I dig the opening strings.
D-Money: That’s about the only thing about this song I dig.
So...given the recent Twitter controversy over the lack of Black women (or, more specifically, identifiably Black women) on the album’s cover, I think it’s telling that he doesn’t name check any Black women in this song.
Oh, wait. He says Cleopatra. I guess that makes it better. *rolls eyes*
Butta: Oh, it’s like that, Pharrell? *cue Black girl unimpressed face*
But yeah, that cover is problematic. I guess it could be worse, though -- he could have had the cast of HBO’s Girls on it. Now that would have really been vomit wrenching.
D-Money: Don’t count your blessings too soon. There’s always the video.
Butta: *looks at D-Money with Black girl disgusted face*
I do like the change on the bridge, but overall this did nothing for me. And Lord, please bless Pharrell’s struggle singing at all times. Amen.
D-Money: The beat is just OK and Pharrell’s (lack of) vocals here kills it for me.
*claps hands like RuPaul* Next!