Bessie Smith – “He Treats Me Like A Dog” (mp3)

Bessie Smith – “He Treats Me Like A Dog” (mp3)

As the “Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Mae Smith’s strong vocals shines through in “He Treats Me Like a Dog.” With a history of poverty and other socioeconomic struggles, Bessie Smith was able to let go and express her pain threw song. “He Treats Me Like a Dog” showcases Smith’s ability to not only sing, but to put the listener through the same experiences for the time being. Both beautiful and defiant, Bessie Mae Smith’s crown as the “ Empress of the Blues” proves appropriate.