Song of the Day #2,243: ‘Bang Bang’ – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

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Billboard’s #8 spot belongs to Sia and ‘Chandelier,’ still one of my favorite hit songs of the year so far. And the ninth spot gives us repeat appearances by two artists — Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

‘Bang Bang’ is their collaboration with British singer Jessie J (of ‘Price Tag’ fame), who gets top billing here (the song will appear on her upcoming album).

The song is pretty catchy, particularly its chorus (which samples Wham’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’). Both Jessie J and Grande have legitimate pipes, and Minak adds her usual hyper-freaky rap performance.

What I don’t buy is the sexuality of the lyrics (and the video). Both Jessie J and Grande seem more like young girls playing dress-up than sexually confident women. Minaj is more woman than the two of them combined, though she generally scares the hell out of me.

[Verse 1: Jessie J]
She got a body like an hourglass
But I can give it to you all the time
She got a booty like a Cadillac
But I can send you into overdrive
(You’ve been waiting for that, step on up, swing your bat)
See, anybody could be bad to you
You need a good girl to blow your mind, yeah

[Hook: Jessie J]
Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute ’til you (ahhh, hey!)
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute ’til you (ahhh, hey!)

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
She might’ve let you hold her hand in school
But I’mma show you how to graduate
No, I don’t need to hear you talk the talk
Just come and show me what your momma gave, oh yeah
(You’ve got a very big shhh, mouth but don’t say a thing)
See anybody could be good to you
You need a bad girl to blow your mind

[Hook: Jessie J & Ariana Grande]

[Spoken: Nicki Minaj (over hook)]
You know what, girls?
Let me show you how to do it

[Verse 3: Nicki Minaj]
It’s Myx moscato, it’s frizz in a bottle
It’s Nicki full throttle, it’s oh, oh
Swimming in The Grotto, we winning in the lotto
We dipping in the powder blue, four door
Kitten so good, it’s dripping on wood
Get a ride in the engine that could go
Batman, robbin’ it, bang bang, cockin’ it
Queen Nicki dominant, prominent
It’s me, Jessie, and Ari, if they test me, they sorry
Ride his uh like a Harley then pull off in his Ferrari
If he hanging we banging, phone ranging, he slanging
It ain’t karaoke night but get the mic ‘cause I’m singing

[Bridge: Jessie J & (Nicki Minaj)]
(Uh, B to the A to the N to the G to the uh)
(B to the A to the N to the G to the hey)
See, anybody could be good to you
You need a bad girl to blow your mind

[Hook]

[Outro: Nicki Minaj] (overlapping)
Yeah, I said bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang, bang

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,243: ‘Bang Bang’ – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

  1. Dana says:

    I think that, as your older daughter becomes increasingly closer to the age of these young women (and you become correspondingly older as well), you are going to be increasingly disturbed by (and not attracted to) the sexuality of these young female stars. That’s normal, healthy and gives you the best chance of not becoming an old letch.😄

    Meanwhile, I don’t hear the Wham sample, though the notes of the chorus are the same as the verse of “Go Go.” Is that what you meant or am I missing the sample?

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    If he hanging we banging, phone ranging, he slanging
    It just doesn’t get better than that! 🙂
    Scared if Nicki Manaj? I love it…

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