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Destinys Child - Cater 2 U

"Cater 2 U" is a song recorded by American group Destiny's Child for their fifth and final studio album Destiny Fulfilled (2004). The song was written by group members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams along with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Ricky "Ric Rude" Lewis and Robert Waller, with Beyoncé, Rude and Jerkins handling its production. An R&B ballad talking about a woman's desire to cater to the male love interest of her life, "Cater 2 U" contains synthesizers in its instrumentation. A lawsuit filled by singer-songwriter Rickey Allen in 2006 claimed the group only recorded a cover of the song, which was originally his; however, the case was settled in 2009.

Destinys Child - Cater 2 U

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"Cater 2 U" was written by Destiny's Child members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, along with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Ricky "Ric Rude" Lewis and Robert Waller. The production was handled by Beyoncé, Rude and Jerkins, with the group members also serving as the vocal producers. The song was recorded in 2004 at Sony Music Studios in New York City with guidance from Jeff Villanueva and Jim Caruna. The audio mixing was done by Tony Maserati while the mastering was finished by Tom Coyne.[1]

Lyrically, "Cater 2 U" talks about females wanting to submissively serve their male love interests and take care of them as they admire their hard work and are inspired by them.[2][5] The trio further sings about the men of their lives and the way in which they will take care of them.[5] "Cater 2 U" was written as a continuation on the previous song on Destiny Fulfilled, "Soldier"; after the trio sings about finding a suitable lover in the aforementioned song, they express a will to cater to him in "Cater 2 U".[6] In the second edition of the book Introducing Cultural Studies, the authors argued that the song contained lyrics about objectification of women, which suggested that their gender role was to "'keep herself up', 'keep it right', 'cater to' their man by providing him with his dinner, a foot rub, a manicure, fetching his slippers, and much more, on demand".[7] An editor writing in The Times of India found a theme of feminine assertiveness in "Cater 2 U"; he noted that "the women come off not so much as lovers as full-service romantic servants".[8] J. Freedom du Lac, a staff writer of The Washington Post wrote that the song's theme was supplication.[9]

During an interview with MTV News, Beyoncé spoke about the meaning of the song: "It basically talks about how a guy inspires you... You want to make him happy and you want to cater to him. I know it's going to be surprising to a lot of people that the independent survivors are being submissive to their man, but it's important that people know that, you know, it's fine if your man deserves it and gives that back to you."[6]

When you come home late, tap me on my shoulder, I'll roll overBaby, I heard youI'm here to serve you (and I'm loving it)If it's love you need, to give it is my joyAll I wanna do is cater to you, boy

I wanna give you my breath, my strength, my will to you (yeah, yeah)That's the least I can do (yeah, yeah)Let me cater to youThrough the good, the bad (the bad)The ups and the downs (ups and downs)I'll still be here for youLet me cater to you

Some other fans, however, were against the cancelation. "Yall really out here tryna cancel Cater 2 U because it talks about taking care of your man????? Because it talks about showing him appreciatio for taking of you???" a confused fan wrote. "Nobody's trying to cancel cater 2 u. Y'all sound so damn silly people are just making jokes. Sensitive af. That's a forever bop." 041b061a72


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