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Monday, July 30, 2012

V-Nasty and Lil Debbie in "Gotta Ball": The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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Bay-by-way-of-L.A. these days, V-Nasty and Lil Debbie have just teamed up to drop a video for a two-minute song called "Gotta Ball," a little ditty about syrup-sippin' and cash-flippin' (and no, we're not trying to audition for the White Girl Mob). It's an improvement over past efforts for both ladies, but there's definitely some good, some bad, and some ugly happening here.

The good: L.A. producer Grizz Lee offers the ladies a snappy and well EQ'd beat laden with deep bass tones and men whooping and barking. There's a surprising and cool cameo from Snoop Dogg, whose only purpose in the video is to smoke.

Also, V-Nasty doesn't use the N-word in the song! We're choosing to look at as a huge victory rather than, you know, simply the right thing for a young white woman to refrain from saying.

We told her not to quit her day job earlier this year when she dropped a short song called "Brain Freeze," but Lil Debbie is much improved on this verse. Sure, "Bitch, I gotta ball with your bitch at the mall" will never win any lyrical accolades, but she actually outshines her White Girl Mob sister with her delivery. Visually, she's captivating, cutely menacing snarl all perfected even though V-Nasty is the one on probation.

The bad: V-Nasty has a tendency to lope slightly ahead of the beat, which can create a twitchy anxiety in listeners who digest it for too long.

As for the video, which should horrify the suits over at Sprite, we understand the huge homage to drinking cough syrup and its cultural significance in the rap world, but for God's sake, did y'all really have to keep the Styrofoam cup part of the tradition alive? In Los Angeles? How about some environmentally responsible leaning here? Sipping syrup from a bamboo cup would be swagged out.

The ugly: Confidence is a wonderful thing, but so is knowing one's place. And Lil Debbie unfortunately oversteps hers on her verse: "Last of the trill, man, the rap game need us." Um, no, Debbie, it doesn't.

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