Recently, a powerful video entitled “Oppressed Majority,” swept the web and sparked a lot of discussion. In this 11-minute short film directed by Eléonore Pourriat, gender roles were reversed to show what it would be like if men were the targets of sexism and rape culture and women were the perpetrators. The flip was very effective, and exposed how misogynistic people can be without even realizing it. Inspired by the film, I thought it would be interesting to take some sexist rap lyrics and flip the genders. Here’s what some popular hits would sound like in an alternate universe.
“Pregnant” by R Kelly featuring Robin Thicke, Tyrese, and The-Dream: “He’s more than a mistress enough to handle my business / Now put that boy in my kitchen”
“U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko featuring Rick Ross and Future: “Put Molly all in his champagne, he ain’t even know it / I took him home and I enjoyed that, he ain’t even know it”
“Talk Dirty to Me” by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz: “Any way, every day, I’m trying to get to it / Got him saved in my phone under “Big Booty”
“Show Me” by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown: “Boy let me put your boxers to the side / I’mma make you feel alright / ‘Cause I’mma give you what you need, yeah / Go on the floor like a doormat”
“Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna: “If he ever tries to f***ing leave again, Ima tie him to the bed and set this house on fire”
“Love Me” by Lil’ Wayne featuring Drake and Future: “He said ‘I never want to make you mad, I just want to make you proud’ / I said, ‘Boy just make me come, then don’t make a sound’”
“Timber” by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha: “He say he won’t, but I bet he will.”
If these lyrics sound horrible, it’s because they are. If they sound a little ridiculous, it’s because they completely go against the current climate of the genre, which is often very degrading and threatening toward women. So next time you hear a new rap song, try inverting it like we have here and see if it passes the test. Flipping the genders not only brings attention to how unbearably sexist lyrics can be, but will hopefully refresh us on the golden rule. What it comes down to is that we should just respect each other. Nobody deserves to be treated like this, and threats of abuse, rape, and murder need to get the hell out of hip-hop.