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Article by Emma Saletta and Megan Vineberg
The highly anticipated remix of “34+35” is here! Over the last few days, singer/songwriter Ariana Grande has teased her Arianators on social media about who would be featured in the remix. Fans have guessed artists such as Nicki Minaj and Chloe x Halle. However, some were able to guess both musicians featured correctly. Those musicians were Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion! After the song’s release on Jan. 15, it was shocking to see that it did not go to iTunes number one spot. Although the remix is solid and full of personality, there may be reasons why this is the case.
It’s essential for people to remember that “34+35” is the most sexually suggestive song on Grande’s album Positions. In a way, this song is the song that reminds everyone that she’s no longer a Nickelodeon starlet. Going into the remix, it’s important to remember that based on the lyrics sung by both guest artists. Now, back to the important part, how did the song do?
First off, the song kept up the pop genre vibes of the original version sung by Grande. However, it also kept in the vibes of both Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. The best thing to see in a collaborative song is each artist staying true to themselves within a song. If musicians don’t stay true to themselves, the music will just be weird! Although they did stay true to themselves, this song still has some downsides.
The biggest downside is that this version of “34+35” is more sexually suggestive than the original version. In a way, I’m not surprised. Each artist has released songs that include explicit content in less than a year and a half. Megan Thee Stallion grew in attention because she was featured in the Cardi B hit “WAP” last year. For those in the age 20-30 demographic, this song is a perfect dance tune for girls who want to stay in or go out. However, it’s highly suggested that this song not be played for children of young ages. All around, this remix is catchy, authentic, and a fun dance beat. However, it is also a catchy, authentic, and fun dance beat that shouldn’t be heard by children of all ages.
Just by the looks of the featured artists, I knew the remix to this song would be a bit dirtier than what you usually get from her. I do like the little electronic bits! Even though that’s not Ariana’s “brand” — I know she is, like me, much inspired by the legend who is Imogen Heap. As far as the lyrics go, one can only expect so much to be clean on this track. I like the beat, although I’ll admit 34+35 was not my go-to on Positions, POV was. The record charted as well as to be expected. While the youth of today likes a dirtier, more explicit lyric, it will not get as much radio play for that reason alone. It works the same way on television—there are certain things you can’t say or do on television due to viewership. Still, this remix is a solid effort put in by all parties. The lyric video outro I really liked as well. Candid clips of the artist talking are always cool to add in for some flavor.