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Leah Donnella. It's been 20 Radical Face - The Family Tree: The Roots since Destiny's Child released the band's second album, "The Writing's on the Wall.
But now you're Bug A Boo - Destinys Child - The Writings On The Wall comfortable, ain't doing those things you did no more. You're slowly making me pay for things your money should be handling. Well, that album's release was 20 years ago this weekend - I feel old.
Reason enough to have music critic Ann Powers and NPR's Leah Donnella tell us how it's aged and what they thought when they first heard these songs back in Can you pay my telephone bills?
Can you pay my automo-bills ph? If you did, then maybe we could chill. I don't think you do, so you and me are through. And so the first time I heard it, I was probably, like, sitting in the backseat of my mom's minivan. So I think Bug A Boo - Destinys Child - The Writings On The Wall was, like, listening to it and jamming to it before I could even really process, like, what the lyrics meant. I don't know. You trifling, good-for-nothing type of brother. Hey, hey, hey. For me, it was a very different experience since I was in my 30s when that song came out.
Everything was changing. And I think so many of the songs were very much like " You Drive Me Crazy," I'm so in love with you, like, women being in, I guess, lower status positions.
So many of the songs on "The Writing's On The Wall" were about being in a position of power and being like, oh, you're cheating on me, or you're not paying your bills, or you're calling me too much or any of those things, and I think that's terrible, and I'm going to leave you.
Say my name. When no one is around you, say Baby, I love you if you ain't running game. You acting kind of shady. It's not like, oh, I have a crush on this Alsvartr (The Oath) - Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk. Like, these songs are about money and independence.
And so it's kind of remarkable to me that these were year-olds singing about this stuff. The club is full of ballers and their pockets full-grown. And all you fellas, leave your girl with her friends because it'sand the club is jumpin', jumpin'.
Though he say he got a girl, yeah, it's true you got a man, but the party ain't gon' stop, so let's make it hot, hot. POWERS: To me, what makes Beyonce the remarkable vocalist that she is is her connection to hip-hop and her skill at singing kind of like a rapper, right? Like, obviously there's a melody, but she's saying them. And there's also so much, like, storytelling. She's laying out each thing that's happening in a very clear, precise way. I mean, there were obviously some kind of cheesy moments, and then there were some dated things, like, you know, using a pager or a beeper.
We don't have all of the computerized bells and whistles that got developed over the past 20 years. But the dramatic structure of these songs, the stories that are being told, the assertion of - I'm going to call it the feminist attitude and dedication to expressing young women's empowerment - it's fresh.
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