"Woman to woman"
Barbara, this is Shirley"
Back in 1974 is when this classic, soulful joint was released by Shirley Brown. Shirley finds out her man could potentially have a side chick after finding a number in his pocket. Shirley wastes no time and immediately calls Barbara to address the situation.
I don't know how you're gonna take this.....
....But it's only fair that I let you know that
The man you're in love with
From the top of his head
To the bottom of his feet
The bed he sleeps in
And every piece of food he eats"
As the song continues, Shirley expresses more to Barbara on the matter. She is not rude or reckless with her comments but more so tries to get Barbara to sympathize with her. She tells her "if you have ever been in love then you know how I feel". Shirley does not want trouble but she is not about to let the side chick mess up her happy home.
"I'm talking to you
Woman to woman
You should be woman enough to understand
That man, I love that man
Woman to woman, he's mine
And I ain't gonna give him up
My baby, I ain't lying, now"
Shirley takes the classy approach on "Women to Women". She does not disrespect Barbara at all. She hopes that Barbara understands where she is coming from and that the depth of her love for her man is enough to make the side chick fall back. Something else to note is that Barbara remains silent throughout the entire track.
"Listen, don't hit my line
Asking why my number in yo n*gga sh*t
You wasting ya time
Probably shoulda' asked that n*gga b*tch..."
Right off the back we see the difference in the songs and times from the first few bars. Kash Doll raps both verses but instead addressing the side chick first, when the phone call is made, the side chick is the first to speak. She makes a few opening statements dogging men in general (with the key one being "these n*ggas for everybody") on her first verse but the side chick gets personal on the second one.
"I suck and fuck when I want to
Run his pockets when I want
Run his check up at Saks and Fifth
That's what this good pussy do...
....I seen him in Houston with Lexis
When he leave you he gone text me
And I'ma ask him what that mouth do
I can't help it that I'm this sexy"
No wait...there is more.
"The type of nigga you pursuing
Is the type that ain't gon' love you back
He love what you do for him
But he know I ain't doin none of that...
...See, me and my bitches don't save em
We catch his ass and we throw it back
Break his ass down like a pound
When I'm done you can have him back
Bitch don't play yo self ain't nothing bout that nigga golly
He ain't just for you, baby, he for everybody"
Clearly times have changed and you see and hear it with this new joint. Unlike Barbara, this side chick has A LOT to say. She goes on and on for two verses attacking the main chick for coming at her sideways. Eventually the main chick has had enough and decides to put her in her place.
"You say you'll never be his wifey
As if you ever had the option
The way dem tittes sag
Milk that gon' bad b*tch, I promise he ain't coppin...
...Talking that shit but bae must I remind you?
I am that b*tch, I will pull up and find you
Everything got my name on it
Ring finger got his rang on it
Don't nothing move til' I sign shit
You might as be my side b*tch"
Kash Doll's main chick perspective goes off. She boasts about herself, her position in the man's life, and insults the side chick. This is no Shirley right here. The best line might just be she asks the side chick does she even know what the guy really looks like because she never sees him in the daylight. She goes on to claim what she feel is rightfully hers. Oh and she is willing to put them paws up if needed be as well.
Kash Doll's main chick perspective is definitely more aggressive than Shirley. She kind of has to be though because before she could get a word out, the side chick comes at her neck. We do not know what Shirley might have said if Barbara would have responded.