Guilty Pleasures: “Drop It Low” by Ester Dean


There’s a chance that you don’t know exactly who Ester Dean is, and if that’s the case then you should make a point to figure it out. Primarily a songwriter, you’ve heard her songs on the radio from leading female artists Rihanna, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, and many more. The list of artists that she has written for even includes hip-hop superstars Usher and Chris Brown. She also had an acting role in last year’s movie Pitch Perfect. Her first album, Story Never Told, is set to be released this year.

Drop It Low was Ester Dean’s first single as an artist and was originally composed for the movie More Than a Game, but the official single features a verse from Chris Brown and peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A classic hip-hop/rap song, it starts with a deep vocal bit that spans the whole song, intermittent shouts of “Hey!” completing the get-off-your-feet-and-dance beat. The really good stuff starts when Dean begins to sing, her rough and breathy voice adding an unexpected layer of melody, rock solid pitch and inflection that is reminiscent of her friend Nicki Minaj. Not to mention the fact that the lyrics are solely about girls moving their booty’s. You couldn’t get more classic than that.

Mostly this song is just fun to listen to, and it will always make me think I can dance like I’m a professional backup dancer in a Beyonce music video. I can’t count the number of times that my friends and I have played this song on our car rides and ended up doing outrageous and hysterical things. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t drop it low when they hear Drop It Low.



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