Come 4 Me
Just drawn blood, blade in hand, she surveys her attackers and dares them to “Come 4 Me.”
Throughout the year, I continue to delve into music that means a lot to me. “Cleopatra Jones” a track from David Banner’s “The God Box” album grabbed me from the first time I heard it.
Cleopatra Jones is the modern day evolution of Cleopatra. She was a warrior who battled for her people no matter what, and who dared people to cross her, the Soul Sista version of James Bond. The title is the first thing that hits you. Cleopatra Jones. Then the track comes to life. The beat itself provides a powerful backdrop to the story, whilst Banner’s lyrics explore the woman, the queen, the goddess whose essence radiates greatness. The more I listened to it, the clearer the image of Erykah Badu as Cleopatra Jones became. To me, Erykah Badu is like Cleopatra Jones in the flesh because of the way she carries herself and the strength of her voice in her music.
Come 4 Me portrays Erykah Badu as Cleopatra Jones. After defeating the enemies of her people, she goes for a walk seeking respite. While on her walk, a enemy jumps out and attacks her. With swift, sure movements, she eliminates him without even fully unsheathing her sword. As more attackers emerge from the bushes surrounding her, she gazes at them with a defiant look that dares them, “If I didn’t send for you, then you better not come 4 me.”