Jerk Ribs

Album: Food (2014)
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Songfacts®:

  • The first single from Kelis' Food album, this was released on January 28, 2014, but it had previously been available to download for free from the singer's website since April 2013.
  • Food was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. Speaking about the album's title, Kelis told HipHollywood: "We recorded in a house. It was Dave's house and he lives really close to me. It was a huge band, so people were there, and people are hungry. So we were eating, and recording, and singing, and eating some more and it was a lot of that. It wasn't the plan but that's just what it ended up being because that's just who we are. It was really natural and it felt really good and it tasted really good too."
  • The Food title is thematically appropriate to Kelis' own skills. She trained part-time as a chef in the late 2000s, eventually graduating from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Her Saucy and Sweet show premiered on The Cooking Channel on February 25, 2014.
  • The eclectic video sees Kelis posing for photoshoots and performing at a garden party. "This song is the cornerstone of my album," she told Time magazine. "So I wanted the video to look like my life, my love - back to the beginning."
  • This was originally named "Call On Me" before Kelis reverted to the random placeholder title Dave Sitek used to describe the song in the studio.

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