MUSIC: BYE BICH x GUAYABA
In her latest single Bye Bich, Seattle based artist Guayaba dishes out a refresher on what it means to be unapologetically black.
"Black Doc's, black purse, black wrists, black hearse. Bye bich, bye bich, bye bich."
She starts off the track with no restraint, her deep, resounding vocals creeping over the bass bumping beat. And throughout the short, 1 minute and 45 second track, the restraints stay off. I listened a second, then a third time, thinking to myself "Damn, she's going in!" I was pressed when it was over. I wanted to hear more of this repurposed anger, laid down like a lit match to a candle wick, more of this angst that created a dope song rather than misplaced outrage.
I couldn't help but ask if a specific altercation spurred the making of this track.
Guyaba: "I actually made it because I really liked the song "Hi Bitch" by Bhad Bhabie, but I felt bad listening to it knowing it was made by someone whose entire image is a caricature of blackness. Granted, I have no beef with a 16 year old white girl, but I'm mad as fuck at the adults around her that allowed her career to happen. I wanted a guilt-free version of a song that is waaaaaayyyy too catchy for its own good so I made it myself."
And that is precisely what she did.
I don't believe that I have ever heard a Bhad Babie song. I thought this was an original Guayaba track. I even tried to listen to the original version and didn't make it through to the end.
In my opinion, this is an original. Guayaba took this track and bodied it in more ways than one. The depth of her voice is reflective of the content of her lyrics, and it packs a K.O. all in less than 2 minutes. I'm here for it. She's really spitting truth on this track. Don't just listen, but hear it.
"Often what we create doesn't get turned into profit until it is bleached up and softened..."
It's true. But we're not having it. Black is the new black. And we're not sorry about it.
Hear Bye Bich below.