But It’s Got a Dope Beat! Ratchet Songs That Make You Wanna Shake Your Head And Your Butt
I’ll admit it, there were plenty of times I’d break out a sweat to a song that had a dope beat and a catchy chorus without really knowing what the song was about. As a young girl, “Poison” by BBD used to get me hyped! It wasn’t until one day I really listened to the lyrics – “never trust a big butt and a smile“…followed by “me and the crew used to do her.” I remember thinking, “that’s not very nice.” But I still found myself singing along anyway.
I may be dating myself with that reference, but since my “Poison” days, songs, particularly in hip hop, have gotten way more misogynistic – yet the responses to them by women hasn’t changed much. Some of the most “B____” and “hoe” laden lyrics get bumped the most in the club, and it’s not just men crowding the dance floor getting their two-step on. Songs that depict women in the worst way have women dropping it like it’s hot, and no matter how hateful the song is to our gender, some of us just can’t help but nod along. This post isn’t to debate misogyny in music, which is a valid debate to have. This post simply serves to list some of the most sexist, ratchet songs that women seem to know all the lyrics to just because it has a catchy little tune.
1. Put It In Your Mouth – Akinyele
Something about this song makes me feel like Akinyele should be a registered sex offender. Telling someone to put it in their mouth sounds a bit forceful, and not in a good way. Hey, some women may be into that sort of thing, which explains why some women may love the song so much. The hook is even sung by a woman in such a ladylike manner (insert sarcasm)…so I guess that makes it okay, right? Not. We don’t need your help Ak, if we want to, we will.
2. It Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None) – Snoop Dog Ft. Nate Dogg, Kurupt and Warren G
I’m not gonna front – I know every word to this song…and if this isn’t a straight up women-hating song, I don’t know what is. Damn that Nate Dogg and his smooth, sing-songy, g-funk self – RIP. But how many of you jump in and sing “It ain’t no fuuuuuun, if the homies can’t haaaaaaaave none”? Tell the truth. There is nothing even remotely nice about this song as it pertains to women, especially since women are portrayed to be disposable objects that you just pass around and share with your boys. It’s wrong. Dead wrong – but dangit, the song just grabs you and women bop their heads to it. I hate that I like this song. Sue me ***hangs head**
3. Oochie Wally – Nas & Bravehearts
I was kinda surprised, and disappointed, with Nas for this one. Men bragging on sex is not new, but “gettin’ up in ribs” and “bustin’ 3 times and throwing up the peace sign” just sounds a bit crass. The “lady” singing the hook talking about being turned out doesn’t help much. But hey, chicks were singing ‘oochie, wally wally, oochie bang bang” as if their lives depended on it – makes them wanna scream and shout I guess.
4. B_____ Betta Have My Money – Ja Rule
Ja Rule, a pimp? I know, hard to imagine since he’s an itty, bitty thing. But he’s telling us that if we want to make dollars, what’s between our legs is the product. You just want to tell him to go sit his little self down somewhere. He ain’t really about that life, so stop it.
5. I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown) – Luke
Nobody specializes in booty music quite like Luke Campbell – and women hit the floor as soon as he screams “don’t stop, git it git it!” But the music makes you wanna move, even if he is barking at you like a dog telling you to shake them t____ and take it off. The song is pretty ridiculous, and nobody’s saying it’s right. We just can’t help ourselves.
6. Pop That – French Montana Ft. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Drake
Speaking of Uncle Luke, Rick Ross gives him a shout out in this version of modern day booty music. Every single verse in this song makes you just wanna shake your head, but it’s got a cold beat that’s hard to ignore, especially with some heavy bass in the club. I can’t lie, I might bounce up and down to this one. Guilty.
7. Get Low – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
I will never forget when Chris Rock joked about this song during his “Never Scared” stand-up concert – because his comments about women dancing to this joint were so true. “Awww, skeet, skeet, skeet, skeet, skeet, skeet!” What the hell man?! But he ain’t never lied. Women chant that like an anthem.
8. Back Dat A– Up – Juvenile
This song has that crunk beat, but the only words I even understand in this song are in the chorus – other than that, I think I briefly heard him saying he wants to walk her like a dog or something. Huh? And what is “wobblety, wobble, wob, wobblety, wobble“? But sure enough, the ladies will call him big daddy, and then promptly proceed to back dat a** up. The video was straight hood.
9. B____ Ain’t S__ – Dr. Dre & company
I think the title of the song says it all, but in case you needed sample lyrics: “B***h, and it’s like that. This is what you look for in a ho who got cash flow. Ya run up in them hoes and grab the cash. And get your dash on.” Nice.
10. Tipdrill – Nelly
Nelly was banned from Spelman College over this song, so not EVERY woman accepts misogynistic or sexist music. He slid a credit card down a woman’s behind for crying out loud. The video for this song could be considered pornographic by some conservative types, yet this song was what was poppin’ in the dirty, dirty…and apple bottoms were swaying left and right to this one.
11. Shake What Ya Momma Gave Ya – Poison Clan
What if your mama didn’t give you much to work with? Guess you won’t making much money according to this little diddy. This is in the same vein of booty music ala Luke and 2 Live Crew. And women shake it like it’s going out of style.
12. Birthday Song – 2 Chainz Ft. Kanye West
“She got a big booty so I call her big booty.” Wow, that’s clever…did he think of that all by himself? Well, if that’s all he wants for his birthday, that should be easy, right? This song is just stupid, but it’s one of those songs that is so dumb that you actually like it. Bury him inside a Gucci store? Yeah, that’s just silly. But if Kanya lends a verse, it’s quite conceivable that you just might rock to it.
13. Bandz – Juicy J Ft. Lil Wayne
I don’t have any children, but I wish I WOULD see my daughter dancing to this song. The only thing that’ll make her dance would be my belt. The sad part is, someone out there has a toddler who knows all the words to this song. “Bandz a make her dance, these chicks clapping, and they ain’t using hands.” He even says he can’t turn down ratchet p_________. Yuck! This is one I simply can’t defend on any level. I understand that adults can listen to whatever they like, just please don’t play this one around the babies unless you want the stripper pole to be her income like the song says.
14. No Hands – Waka Flocka Ft. Wale & Roscoe Dash
Speaking of no hands….
Unless you have a knack for understanding country speak, this could easily fall under the category of songs you dance to, yet have no idea what the hell the artist is saying. But I figured it out, and while it may take some true talent to be able to remove your underwear with no hands, I’m not sure it’s something that should be made into a song and clapped to. But women drop it to the floor anyway, as the song instructs us to do. What is a Waka Flocka anyway?