damn that was so good, i wanna buy him a short set... 45 SCORE: 8.415 TOTAL POINTS: 252.45 2016: 61/113 (+16) | 7.12 (+1.295) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 7 ( @Ana Raquel, @Daniel_O, @soratami, @Purple, @godspeed, @klow, @Music Is Death ) LOWEST SCORE: 4.5 x 1 ( @Robert ) MY SCORE: 7.5/10 As a Real Housewives of Atlanta fan, along with Beyoncé herself, listening to Suga Mama immediately takes me back to a season 4 argument where consistent friend-of turned official housewife for Season 14, Marlo Hampton accuses songwriter extraordinaire Kandi Burruss of being a "suga mama". Kandi had written Bills Bills Bills for Destiny’s Child in 1999. That song was about being with a broke man who can’t afford to pay their bills, he uses their phones and maxes out their credit cards. A few years later, it seems like Beyoncé and Kandi have reached the same conclusion - they don’t mind being the suga mamas. “If I wanted to take care of every mother fucker in here, I COULD! I COULD!” - Kandi Burruss, Multi-millionaire, Housewife of Atlanta, Songwriter Supreme and noted Suga Mama. Anyway, back to the song. Suga Mama was written about a woman who is willing to give her man expensive gifts and pay large sums of money to keep her man happy in their relationship, mainly because that suga is just so good. Co-written with Rich Harrison and Makeba Riddick, the song is heavily influenced by 1970s funk and samples Searching for Soul by Jake Wade and The Soul Searchers, an American funk band. It felt modern for the time, mainly in its lyrical content where Beyoncé objectifies her man as she wants him to "take it off while I watch you perform". Like with many songs on B’Day, it’s a fun song, but suffers from being surrounded by absolute mega-bops. Nonetheless, it seemed like critics who didn’t like the album at the time all found Suga Mama to be an obvious highlight. Beyoncé shot a video for Suga Mama for the B’Day Anthology Video Album during that two week period where apparently Beyoncé couldn’t stop shooting music videos. Can we get that for Renaissance please? Directed by frequent collaborator Melina Matsoukas, the video is all black and white and features some great, albeit budget setups. I’ve said it before, and I'll say it again, Beyoncé has so much performance talent that you could watch her in any setup, budget or not, and you’d still be entertained. Unfortunately for Suga Mama, it has only been performed on The Beyoncé Experience Tour, where Beyoncé re-created a lot of elements from the video. Also, it was used as lip-sync song in Rupaul's Drag Race Season 14, where Jasmine Kennedie ate up the first heterosexual, cisgender male drag race contestant Maddy Morphosis.