Every now and again you come across a song and you know instantly that you’ll love it, something about it sticks and you aren’t going to forget it any time soon. I’m The Baddest Bitch (in the room) is exactly that. With a funky, bongo filled beat, a simple yet effective bass line, a mild dab of xylophone, sax and an all-important sensual female voice, with a bad attitude and lyrics to match. This tune has everything you could want in a dance-floor filler. It had me hooked as soon as I heard it.
Coming out of Detroit in the late 1990’s, it was quickly given the seal of approval from one of the dons of the Detroit scene, Moodymann, who remixed the original with some Moodymann magic. Although, the fact that he changed very little in his own version shows that he liked what he heard. Remaining largely unknown to most of the UK , it has seen a recent rise as big names such as Oneman and Jackmaster have picked up on it. It has the stench of a classic about it, that kind of timeless quality you don’t find very often. It could have been released yesterday and no one would have said it was out of place. If you’ve never heard it, you are in for a treat.
1996. Norma Jean Bell – I’m The Baddest Bitch (Moodymann Remix).
– Martin Bavone