Written for Kurrent Music
Published June 3rd 2017
I was a little worried when I saw the song title of Bebe Rexha’s new single and the obvious reference to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. Whitney’s been on my mind a lot lately, because I will be going to see a special showing of the documentary that was made about her life, “Can I Be Me?”. I’m positive that I will be blogging about it, but it’s already got me thinking about her story ahead of time.
Bebe’s song “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” luckily only refers to Whitney and her song. It doesn’t really use elements of it, nor samples. In fact it refers to more song titles. “The Way I Are” also made me think that she may have mashed Whitney with Timbaland’s song. And then there’s that “Are You That Somebody” line in the chorus. RIP Aaliyah.
Given enough reasons to assume I would feel differently, the song is actually a really nice, mostly original song. I was very happy to discover this. Bebe is an artist with many faces. Almost literally, but I actually meant musically.