Like many R&B performers, James Brown had a penchant for knocking out the occasional ode to the female form. Brown's most memorable entry into this arena is "Hot Pants," an entertainingly salacious track that marries lustful raps to a groove that is difficult to resist. Interestingly, the lyrics divide their time between ogling women who wear the title garment and admiring them for using "what they got/to get what they want." The music behind these sentiments focuses on groove instead of melody, pacing the lyrics to create a rhythmic effect (especially on the catchy, oft-repeated "she got to use what she got/To get what she wants"). James Brown's recording of the song further draws out this rhythmic style with an arrangement that builds itself on a scratching, infectious rhythm guitar riff and layers swinging horn arrangements over the top. It also works in some nice instrumental breaks that raise the song excitement level with staccato, ascending bass, and horn riffs. The song is topped off nicely by Brown's witty but soulful rapped vocals about the title subject. The combination of a timely subject and infectious riffing made "Hot Pants" a major hit for Brown, shooting to the top of the R&B charts and achieving a respectable Top 15 ranking on the pop charts. Brown later re-recorded the tune for the Hot Pants album in a version that upped the tempo to create a more frenetic feel. The song is pretty potent either way but many funk fans prefer the original single version, whose relaxed but swinging feel captures the lyrical feel perfectly.