Cynicism is a growing phenomenon in music. Real love songs are hard to find these days. Named after Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Yellow Diamonds is a lyric series in which VIBE editor Austin Williams celebrates songs that sound like love found in a hopeless mainstream.
In the past, this column has been a space for certain thought experiments. Exercises like unpacking whether heartache can exist in a love song, delineating the difference between love songs and chamber music, and contextualizing what it really means to give someone a chance to break your heart. In Tuesday’s (May 17) breakdown of Brandy’s “Angel in Disguise,” the song at the center of Jack Harlow’s debut Twitter drag, I came across another thought experiment — looking for love, attention and intentions hidden in dirty macking.
Dirty macking is hard to define, but you know it when you see it. Basically, I would say it’s a form of seduction underlined by something less pure than love, but not totally removed from it. Things like the jealousy one feels when one wants what another person has, the temptation to meet the right person at the wrong time, or even the regret that accompanies the loss of someone in the arms of another. partner.
“Angel in Disguise” was a particularly complicated case of dirty macking to investigate. Throughout the song, Brandy maintains a love for her ex despite seemingly taunting him for allowing someone else to break her heart. As she unmasks the fraudulent deity who tricked her man, she makes sure he knows his feelings are still true. The dirty macking in the singer’s 1998 single is certainly present but almost imperceptible if you don’t look for it.
Today, I’m here to compile far more obvious examples of romantic mischief. Below, check out the 9 best dirty love songs of all time.