We know Jay-Z is the man. He knows it, you know it and Cee Lo Green knows it. But that didn’t stop the “F*ck you” singer from producing a reclamation of the classic 1981 song “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, subbing Jessie’s nameless lover for the hip-hop icon’s wife and baby mama, Beyoncé.
It’d be a burn if it wasn’t so hilarious, and if we didn’t know exactly how Green feels. We all “need a queen in our life who starts with the letter B.”
The video features a young boy dancing around his room, blowing kisses at posters of his would-be-bride, Queen Bey — which we imagine more than a few boys have done in real life — and was released under Green’s new persona, Gnarly Davidson.
Gnarly is… an interesting fellow, but we’re digging this update. He apologizes to Jay-Z at the beginning of the song, saying “sorry Jay, but I love her too,” but we wonder if Jay-Z even considers this beef worthy. The lyrics are mostly silly and harmless. If anyone should be offended it’s Beyoncé’s sister, as Green croons “yeah she’s cute, but it just won’t be the same with Solange.”
Strip the new lyrics and Green’s voice away, though, and you’re still left with the awesome melody and premise to one of our favourite songs from the ’80s. It’s an original we don’t think will ever get old.