Despite what our resident a cappella expert Ellie Shechet will have you believe, I am not a unilateral hater of a cappellas—only the corny ones. A song I listen to at least three to eight times a year, for instance, is the a cappella version of Monica’s “Sideline Ho,” which uses gospel harmonies to elevate a seething missive to a sidepiece into heavenly territory. “Get your shit together, you’re making a fool of yourself,” she sings, destroying the poor woman, and yet it’s purposefully delivered in the tenor of praise—it’s a hymnal for main chicks:
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