Ke$ha Works Both Sides Of The Pop Aisle

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This morning brought the release of "Sleazy 2.0 (Get Sleazier)," the all-star remix of Ke$ha's Dr. Luke/Bangladesh banger about men who are a bit too impressed with their wealth "Sleazy"; the new version contains the quietly gut-punching verse that Andre 3000 added to the original remix, as well as contributions from Wiz Khalifa (decent), T.I. (Coming To America-referencing!), and Lil Wayne (2010-retro thanks to the name-drops of Black Swan and Kings Of Leon?). While the braggadocio on the new verses clashes somewhat with the don't-need-your-money declarations of the original track (Three Stacks, perhaps unsurprisingly, got what Ke$ha was going for with his contribution), all three of the new verses sound pretty fantastic over the booming beat. Then again, it's so undeniable that me reading the phone book in a fake British accent over it might sound not-half-bad as well. Clip below.


Ke$ha feat. Wiz Khalifa, Andre 3000, T.I., and Lil Wayne, "Sleazy 2.0"

(NB: Segueing this track into and out of Azealia Banks' "212" is highly recommended. I did it multiple times this morning.)

As if to prove that she's well-rounded, though, another Ke$ha track surfaced earlier this week—a version of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice (It's Alright)" that drops the sass and snap for a delivery that makes her sound sort of like an American Idol contestant singing for her life:


Ke$ha, "Don't Think Twice (It's Alright)"

"I didn't want this to sound like a pop version of a Bob Dylan song... That's the last thing I wanted this to sound like," Ke$ha told Rolling Stone. She also added that her first take of the song resulted in her weeping in front of her laptop, and capped off her description of the song with this: "I'm so lucky and blessed, but there are moments that are just so incredibly lonely that it's indescribable. And I've never written a song that's admitted that. Singing Bob Dylan's words and feeling my own emotion through it—it was a very intense moment for me."

I got a bit worried by the anti-pop and "realness" rhetoric going on in Ke$ha's statements here—after all, what's more real than telling a guy where he can stick his wads of cash?—although part of me thinks that she's tailoring her message to the outlet she's speaking to very carefully. Well, hopes, really. Because if Ke$ha abandons the glitter and dancing with Mister Penis for the purposes of giving herself an Adele makeover and getting in with the rock snob crowd that only tolerates women when they're making themselves subservient to the canon, we've all lost.

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Jordan Aire
Jordan Aire

Thaye's right! (go Thaye!!) People trash talk this girl just because it's somehow, inexplicably, the "thing to do"....they do it blindly (or deafly, depending on the insults we're talking about) and cruelly and incessantly! That kind of treatment doesn't just roll off someone no matter how tough or strong they might be. Here we see (and hear!) some of the wounds this girl obviously has underneath all the schtick, humor and glitter. She's a real person. And a real talent. I love this version of Dylan's angry "f you" song he wrote at only 21 years old himself. I am a lifelong massive Bob diehard and knowing all I know about him, I'm just CERTAIN he loves this track both for its raw interpretation, its different approach from his own, and because of the surprise value because of who it is who did this track. I got the 24-hour stream of the Chimes of Freedom collection when it was available and I have to say, Ke$ha's version of this song is by far the most arresting, surprising and visceral of all the approximately 70 tracks that make up the collection. I am sure people will hate on it and on her without really listening or giving it a chance, but it's their ignorance and loss. What unfair morons we as a society can be!

Thaye
Thaye

"Because if Ke$ha abandons the glitter and dancing with Mister Penis for the purposes of giving herself an Adele makeover and getting in with the rock snob crowd that only tolerates women when they're making themselves subservient to the canon, we've all lost."

Don't worry. I as an avid fan (actually stan, not one of the nasty kind though) am sure that this is never going to happen. Ke$ha is hiding a very sensitive side behind her pop persona and hateful criticism and insults don't just bounce off her. And that's exactly the reason why, as far as I know, she decided a long time ago to not read comments on articles and Youtube etc. any more and is active herself on just Twitter. She's not paying any attention to judgemental music snobs any more and will certainly not try to appeal to them.

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