Nasty Girl (Destiny's Child song)

"Nasty Girl" is a song by American recording group Destiny's Child from their third studio album Survivor (2001). It was written by Maurizio Bassi, Naimy Hackett, and its producers Beyoncé Knowles and Anthony Dent as a response to the criticism Destiny's Child faced for their on stage costumes, and features a distinct vocal interpolation of Salt-n-Pepa's 1987 song "Push It" and Baltimora's 1985 record "Tarzan Boy."[3]

"Nasty Girl"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Survivor
ReleasedMarch 25, 2002 (2002-03-25)[1]
RecordedJuly 2000[2]
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Anthony Dent
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"8 Days of Christmas"
"Nasty Girl"
"Lose My Breath"

The track was released as the album's fifth and final international single in early 2002, with its Maurice's Nu Soul remix serving as the second single of the group's remix album This Is the Remix (2002), following the Rockwilder remix of "Bootylicious".[4] A moderate chart success in comparison with previous Survivor singles, its reached the top ten of the Australian Singles Chart, as well as the top 30 in Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland.[4] A music video for "Nasty Girl" was directed by Sanaa Hamri.[5]

Music video

The video starts out with close-ups of the girls chanting the opening lyrics. It transfers to a woman (Sara Ramirez) in a pink fur jacket with thin and tight pants, high heels and strawberry blonde hair carrying bags walking down a neighborhood sidewalk with women turning their heads to look and men pointing at her and talking amongst themselves. She trips and falls when Knowles sings the lyrics "Change don't come your way it will come back to you". After the chorus, it changes to two women walking out of a corner store and past a man eating a sandwich. Two guys standing there try to push their friend into the girls, but he slows down and starts to talk to one of the girls. The girl starts to wrap her gum around her finger but gets tangled in her hair and a piece of weave comes out. The screen changes to a woman dancing with a man in a club, but he dislikes the way she is dancing. He tries to calm her down but she accidentally elbows him in the face and upon seeing what she did, she shows apathy and walks away. It switches to a room full of the previous girls and more in a line waiting to be put in a machine called the "NastyZapper" which transforms them into women with better clothes and hairstyles. Destiny's Child are also in a room with brown and gold tiles and a gold wall in the back. They are also seen sitting on a couch eating popcorn in Dark Blue and gold dresses watching each of the women in the video. The previously transformed women join the girls in the brown and gold room in the end.

The music video was sent to European and Australian music channels in two versions: a video with an edited "Album Version" and another video with the "Maurice's Nu Soul Remix Edit", which also uses other scenes at some parts. The original clip is featured as an enhanced video on the European CD-Single release and is not available on any other compilation or release.

Formats and track listings

Charts and certifications


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