Adding nursery rhymes to trap songs has been making a splash recently. In January, Ariana Grande flipped Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” for “7 rings” to marvelous effect, and Iggy Azalea strikes her own gold on “Sally Walker.” On her first release since last year’s Survive the Summer, the rapper interpolates “Little Sally Walker” into a vicious track filled to the brim with drags (she even includes a well-placed RuPaul reference). As the lead single for her long-awaited sophomore album, In My Defense, the track is guaranteed to make some listeners think twice about their previous grievances with Azalea.
Beginning with the seesaw melody of “lil’ Sally Walker walkin’ down the street,” the song takes a hard left when Azalea murders the sweet child by the end of the chorus. The rapper takes no prisoners from then on, calling out those beneath her tax bracket and anyone that has something to say about her body, all the while instructing her listeners to twerk it out. Producer J. White Did It plays her a bit dirty on the beat, which sounds strikingly similar to Cardi B’s “Money” (another one of his productions); while Azalea is sure to be blamed for some kind of plagiarism, the fault lies almost solely in J. White’s hands. Hand-me-down beat or not, “Sally Walker” continues to prove Azalea’s early successes weren’t some kind of fluke, and that’s something worth celebrating.