In her remake of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” Britney Spears sings about keeping it real. And fittingly enough, Ms. Brit has just found herself in one of the realest places in the music industry: on a mixtape. Spears’ new joint has hit the streets.
If you check out the Real Tapemasters Inc.’s The Future of R&B, Spears is all the way down at track 12 with her new single.
“They can never take away your truth. But the question is, can you handle mine?” she sings in a few breaths above a whisper as the record begins. The track doesn’t have the hard thump of Brown’s New Jack Swing-era, bass-laden original, but Brit doesn’t deviate too far from Bobby’s original lyrics, just switching up here and there for gender’s sake.
“They say I’m crazy, I really don’t care, that’s my prerogative,” she sings. “They say I’m nasty, but I don’t give a damn/ Getting boys is how I live/ Some ask me questions, why am I so real?/ But they don’t understand me, or really don’t know the deal/ About a sista trying hard to make it right.”
And if her words hold true, it won’t be long before she wins her fight. It also won’t be long before we see the video for the song: According to her label, there are plans for the clip to air next week (see “Britney Makes Party-Crashing Her Prerogative In Next Video” ). In the clip, the singer drives into a swimming pool and gets married, among other activities (see ” Britney To Marry Kevin Federline In ’My Prerogative’ Video” ).
Britney, whose collaboration with the Ying Yang Twins, “I Got That (Boom Boom),” hit the mixtape circuit last year, also has her name ringing bells in the underground these days courtesy of Jadakiss’ recent street remix of “Why.” No, the headline grabber isn’t featured on the song, but she does get called out by track guest star Common.
“Why they hype Britney up? They know she can’t sing,” he raps.
“My Prerogative” is the first single from Britney’s Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, due in November.