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Ciara meets the Ghost Town DJs: Body Party/My Boo comparison

Ci-Ci is back!!!

You can keep your hands on me, touch me right there, rock my body
I can’t keep my hands off you, your body is my party

Princess Ciara has returned to reclaim her throne. These lyrics are one of many reasons why we welcome her with open arms. The sassy Atlanta native has been dancing and singing her way into our world since her 2004 debut and Crunk and B classic Goodies.

Released on April 9, 2013, Body Party is a down-tempo R&B song that speaks about how Ciara’s body is a party for her man and features “seductive moaning” and “playful bedroom talk.” The first verse introduces the concept of the song: “My body is your party, baby/ Nobody’s invited but you baby/ I can do it slow now, tell me what you want.” In other words it speaks of Ciara promising her body to her man.

Body Party could possibly be her best slow grinder since 2006’s Promise from her album Evolution. Another thing that attracted me to this song besides its suggestive lyrics was the familiar beat that backed it.

Body Party samples the 1996 hit My Boo by 90s hip-hop group Ghost Town DJ’s. The song was released on Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label, on the album So So Def Bass All-Stars I & II.  The song is belted out by lead singer Virgo Williams and tells the story of an invite by a female to a male suitor, to spend time together.  The song blended R&B style vocals with a high-tempo Miami bass beat.

The song first obtained radio airplay during the week of April 9, 1996 and became a radio hit during the spring and summer months of 1996. (I wonder if the release dates of each song was intentional.) It was the most played hit at numerous influential Top 40, Urban and Rhythmic stations such as WQHT (Hot 97) New York, WPOW (Power 96) Miami, and KPWR (Power 106) Los Angeles.

Many times great hits are crafted from one’s own brain, other times they are crafted from great samples. No matter which route she takes, Ci Ci has a way of making each style one of her very own.

   

 

Ashly is a freelance writer and poet from Baltimore, MD.

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