Bebe Rexha crafts a versatile anthem for all your summer excursions with her latest single “The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody)” featuring hip hop legend Lil Wayne. The 3 minute track’s title may send the message that a Whitney Houston sample is happening, but instead Rexha provides a crisp track that stands out amongst anything circulating on the radio. “Don’t matter who you are, just love me the way I are,” proclaims Rexha. “I just wanna dance with somebody.”
The song begins with a solemn beat as Rexha sings, “I’m sorry I’m not the most pretty/ I’ll never sing like Whitney.” A cigarette lighter clicks as Rexha takes a breath and the song begins to build up towards the chorus. Like any good pop song, the lyrics are easy to remember and they have texture. “Let’s let all heart bleeds till they turn to rust,” sings Rexha as the beat begins to pick up. However, the real fun arrives when she sings, “I just wanna dance with somebody/ It could be anybody/ Tell me are you that somebody.” It doesn’t hurt to know that “somebody” is an epistrophe in this case, thank you AP language.
With a yodeling reminiscent of Ke$ha in the beginning of the song, Rexha makes it clear that her voice is unique in the pop game. It can belt out a heartfelt chorus, rise above EDM beats, spitfire like a natural rapper, all while carrying a burning passion that make her a versatile artist amongst the polished and processed voices saturating Spotfiy and airwaves. “The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody)” is fun to listen to because along with the title that you’ll probably say, “What?” to, the lyrics and beat make the song perfect for all your summer excursions.
Yeah I be right behind her spinal,” sings, yes sings, Lil Wayne in his verse on the song. While Lil Wayne comes out of left field and makes the song lose some momentum, the playful lyrics to contribute to the feel-good nature the song is hoping to connote. You know I’m already calling my local radio stations making a request.
As someone who listens to pop music voraciously, another SAT word, I have realized that any good pop song has simple grammatical structures, coy lyrics, and strong repetition. After all, if pop music was written in iambic pentameter than who would listen to it? English majors? Bougie ivy school kids? No. Having been in the music industry for almost a decade now and writing hits like “Me, Myself and I” by G-Eazy, “Hey Mama” by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj or the unforgettable “The Monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna, Bebe Rexha clearly understands the formula for crafting a strong song.
Luckily, instead of simply writing and passing it along, Rexha has kept this track and made it her own.
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.