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.