I have a confession.
I got into a Twitter war over the original version of “Scream & Shout” with some of my followers about my general disdain for will.I.am and his songs. I thought “Scream & Shout” was phoned in, Britney really didn’t add anything, and blah, I thought the Black Eyed Peas went on hiatus and was hoping William did, too. But after a bunch more listens (partially to being deluged by it on the radio every 5 minutes), it grew on me. It became a guilty pleasure.
And then will.I.am made a a hood version and I got sucked in a little bit more.
Barring Diddy’s useless refrains and screams on this record, I do like this remix a bit. The video has a cool factor to it that I appreciate — even Britney doing her best “sista-girl” styled up robotic moves doesn’t make me hate the song any more. Her robotic voice, along with robotic presence, say a lot about her swag and stature. The sampling of her refrain of “Britney, bitch” really gives the song its life. will.i.am is not only trying to get that Z100 money, he’s also coming for that Hot 97 money, too. We see you, sir. We see you.
Out of all the newest guests added to the song, Lil’ Wayne kills it. Hit-Boy’s presence is more so for marketing of some sort I feel like, now that he’s trying to break into rapping fame. Waka is just purely there for energy level, obviously.
will.I.am is whatever to me, but dude makes catchy pop songs, and really, that’s what it’s all about in this day and age. Will this song age well? Naw. But for now, in the words of Diddy, “TURN UP BITCH!”
Did you like the original? Do you like this remix more?