If anything – the late nineties and early 2000s taught me about a certain thing called Destiny. Namely that it came in the form of three women called Destiny’s Child.
It was 1998 and the world was a different place (granted almost twenty years later – girls pretty much dress the same.)
I was a mere youngin’ in Grade 2 when this superbly colour co-ordinated music video came out. I was baffled that the couches could move whilst one was singing along to a tune and promptly expected my couch to do the same. Years later, I am still disappointed.
Anyways, here’s my updated post-1999 understanding of the anti-cheatin’ anthem that served real sass on a plate.
1. “I would call, you would say, ‘Baby, how’s your day?‘ But today, it ain’t the same.”
Beyoncé highlighting the experiences of having someone stop giving a shit, allofasudden. Don’t front – we’ve all been there, when things are going swimmingly with a manperson (or ladyperson) and then it’s… not.
2. “Could it be that you are at the crib with another lady?”
Beyoncé asking the most vital questions here.
3. “First of all let me say, I am not the one to sit around and be played.”
The most important aspect of that there lyric/song/your life. Reasserting her authority and lyrical sassiness – Beyoncé has now warned you, dear fellow, that she, indeed is NOT THE ONE. *exits stage left*
4. “You actin’ kinda shady. Ain’t callin’ me baby.”
I’m honestly just in love with the accurate rhyming couplet involving ‘shady’ and ‘baby’. What. Up. (sidenote: babygirl is only cute being said by the right person – if ever)
And finally my ultra fave line within the entire song.
“Getting caught up in your game, when you can not – Say. My. Name.”
The precursor to Irreplaceable and all those sassy yet devastatingly effective anti-cheatin’, you been creepin’ anthems that still remains relevant over fifteen years down the line (yes, fifteen).
Thank you Destiny’s Child – for those catchy songs and overall excellent colour co-ordination.