The Other Side

Album: Heaux Tales (2021)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Jazmine Sullivan recorded this song for Heaux Tales, an album where she explores feminism, body-shaming and how some women use their allure to gain material wealth. Here, she sings of a girl stuck in a dead-end job, who is struggling to pay her rent. She dreams of a lavish lifestyle and concludes her only way out is to utilize her beauty to hook a millionaire.

    I'ma move to Atlanta
    I'ma find me a rapper
    He gon' buy me a booty
    Let me star in the movie


    Sullivan explained to The Guardian why she wrote a song about a woman wishing to use her body to fulfil her dreams. "I was surfing Instagram and seeing a lot of beautiful girls, and I was fascinated with their lives - and obviously, their physical appearance and what it brought for them," she said. "Me, I've never experienced that kind of attention for, you know, that particular thing. So I can't write about her enough!"
  • Heaux Tales is Sullivan's fourth album; its title is a slang word that refers to a female who sleeps around. The songstress explained to The Guardian she wanted to examine lust, desire and empowerment from a woman's perspective. "I want to kind of get to the root of why people do certain things," she said. "That's more important than the outcome. As a society, we focus on the outcome, and we label people based off that, but we don't really know the meat of the story of why people are the way they are."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Jimmy Webb

Jimmy WebbSongwriter Interviews

Webb talks about his classic songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park."

Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers

Bill Medley of The Righteous BrothersSongwriter Interviews

Medley looks back on "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - his huge hits from the '60s that were later revived in movies.

Al Jourgensen of Ministry

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.

80s Music Quiz 1

80s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

MTV, a popular TV theme song and Madonna all show up in this '80s music quiz.

Concert Disasters

Concert DisastersFact or Fiction

Ozzy biting a dove? Alice Cooper causing mayhem with a chicken? Creed so bad they were sued? See if you can spot the real concert mishaps.