Problem - Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, Big Sean



The Experience: Baby, even though I hate ya I wanna love ya... I've got one less problem without you... Ariana Grande gives us a look at dysfunctional love...


Music video: The psychodelic color scheme and contortionist dancers reflect Problem's theme of a tormented relationship. The seduction theme is strong, especially in Big Sean's whispered refrain, but at the same time, Ariana isn't convinced. Right when the male dancers' jackets come off and it look like things are going to get heavy, Ariana pushes them all away. However, even then, Arianna still can't resist putting herself out there. There's only one moment of peace, only one time when Ariana Grande's black and white turntable stops: right after Izzy Agalea tells her to pack up and move on - 
I got 99 problems but you won't be one

The Meaning of Problem: The songs starts out very similar to Shakira's I Can't Remember to Forget You: a relationship where you're hurting instead of loving. But where Shakira admits that she can't bring herself to break it off, Ariana Grande, prodded by Izzy's rant, pulls out the girl power and dumps her "problem" once and for all. The message seems positive, but hides a deeper issue. There's only one point of view - Ariana's - and in Problem she treats her relationships like replaceable things and not like unique people: there's a million you's baby boy. Life definitely gets simpler when you don't have to worry about anyone but moi... but does it get better?

Ask yourself: Is love about using people?


LYRICS:

[Iggy Azalea]

Uh huh
It's Iggy Iz
I got one more problem with you, girl
Hey

Baby, even though I hate ya
I wanna love ya
I want you
And even though I can't forgive ya
I really want to
I want you
Tell me, tell me baby
Why did you leave me
Cause even though I shouldn't want it
I gotta have it
I want you

Head in the clouds
Got no weight on my shoulders
I should be wiser
And realize that I've got

One less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less, one less problem
One less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less, one less problem

I know you're never gonna wake up
I gotta give up
But it's you
Know I shouldn't never call back
Or let you come back
But it's you
Every time you touch me
And say you love me
I get a little bit breathless
I shouldn't want it
But it's you

Head in the clouds
Got no weight on my shoulders
I should be wiser
And realize that I've got

One less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less, one less problem
One less problem without ya
I got one less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less, one less problem

[Iggy Azalea]
It's Iggy Iz
What you got?

Smart money bettin' I'll be better off without you
In no time I'll be forgettin' all about you
You sayin' that you know
But I really really doubt you
Understand my life is easy
When I ain't around you

Iggy Iggy
Too biggie to be here stressing'
I'm thinkin' I love the thought of you
More than I love your presence
And the best thing now
Is probably for you to exit
I let you go
Let you back
I finally learned my lesson
No half-stepping
Either you want it or you just playin'
I'm listening to you knowing
I can't believe what you're sayin'
There's a million you's baby boy
So don't be dumb
I got 99 problems
But you won't be one
What

One less, one less problem
One less, one less problem

Head in the clouds
Got no weight on my shoulders
I should be wiser
And realize that I've got

One less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less, one less problem
One less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less problem without you
I got one less, one less problem

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