Written by Marvin Rashad
After a few years of commercial success, the former Disney star and Pop starlet Christina Aguilera wanted a make over. Dissatisfied with the direction of her career, she decided to get gritty, better yet dirty and change her image to something that suited her better. This lead to her iconic and most highly praised album ‘Stripped,’ released in November 2002, with the lead single “Dirrty” featuring New Jersey rapper Redman.
Aguilera created and chose the song “Dirrty” as a way as a way to escape her Pop image with a “dirtier,” more Urban sound and image to match. Christina approached Hip Hop producer with the idea of a vision of a song with Redman’s “Let’s Get Dirty (I Can’t Get in da Club)” in mind, so it made sense to have him on the track. The David Lachapelle directed video features Xtina in ass-less chaps, dirty fight rings and other kinks. The ass-less chaps look has been reimagined and copied by many, especially for Halloween- most notably Kylie Jenner.
Though the video was banned by many video stations, it managed to peak at #1 on MTV’s TRL and reached #49 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her first single to not hit the Top 20. The record still garnered critical praise worldwide, receiving platinum and gold plaques worldwide. The single included album track “Make Over,” produced and co-written by Linda Perry, and the non-album track “I Will Be.”
Today, Christina Aguilera has a residency in Las Vegas after releasing her 8th studio album, ‘Liberation,’ last year. Aguilera stated she wanted her residency to serve as a safe space so fans can “take off their masks,” according to People Magazine. Check out the music video below from the iconic Christina Aguilera featuring Hip Hop star Redman below.- @MarvinRashad_