Newcomer Catey Shaw dropped her debut single "Brooklyn Girls" earlier this week. Publications have been comparing her to Rebecca Black, calling Catey the "hipster" version of the viral artist.
However, the public at large, especially the people OF BROOKLYN, absolutely despise her. Vice nicknamed Catey "The Rebecca Black of Brooklyn Gentrification." As you all may know, any cool city in pretty much any place in the world, is getting gentrified/on the verge of gentrification.
What is gentrification? According to Wikipedia, gentrification is "a shift in an urban community toward wealthier residents and/or businesses and therefore increasing property values." To sum it all up - the creative community comprised of struggling musicians/artists/etc. see an area that has cheap rent (AKA Brooklyn about a decade ago) and start flooding in. Creative people in one small space equals art shows, live bands, performances, which ultimately makes it a "cool" place to live. Then the bandwagon hoppers and rich kids with no budgets come flooding in.
You see where we're going? All these factors mean rent prices surge and inevitably push out the lower-income residents who have been there from the start. Take a look at east London, Oakland, downtown LA, B R O O K L Y N.
It's sad, but very true and very real. Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" is the epitome of it.
Here's what people on Twitter have to say about the video:
im seeing a lot of white hipsters who gentrified brooklyn complaining about the song brooklyn girls the irony is so delicious
— Calvin (@aurosan) July 17, 2014
Brooklyn Girls video is exactly what every girl in bk looks like to me what exactly is the problem here
— rich homie flan (@djhoneypaws) July 17, 2014
That "Brooklyn Girls" singer knew she was trolling us, right?
— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) July 17, 2014
To be fair, Catey Shaw does have a great voice, but this song and video are just utterly noooooo. What do you think? Do you like Catey? Hate her? Want to hear more from her? Never want to hear from her again? Share your thoughts in the comments section.