R.E.M.'s Peter Buck once described the band's then-new single, "Stand," as being a "big dumb rock song." It was not a criticism.
"In Da Club" is a big (really) dumb hip hop song. It's crude ("I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love"). It's ostentatious ("My flow, my show brought me the doe/ that bought me all my fancy things/my crib, my cars, my pools, my jewels "). It's defiant ("You mad? I thought that you'd be happy I made it"). To be sure, these are not criticisms.
It just goes to show that with the right beat and a catchy melody, all can be forgiven.
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