With the recent popularity of referencing annilingus in music, we wondered how and if hip-hop's relationship with oral sex had evolved over the past two decades. We also wondered how these changes could possibly be connected to a larger cultural shift.
When Jhene Aiko nonchalantly stated that all prospective partners must, “eat the booty like groceries,” this, among other such odes to tongue-centric activities signaled that it was seemingly shaping up to be the year of unabashed annilingus. Aiko is of course not the first and certainly won’t be the last artist to lyrically ponder what dat mouf do. However, it is interesting to observe how sexuality and what sexual practices are deemed acceptable has evolved in hip-hop over the past two decades.
Throughout the ‘90s it seemed that many male rappers weren’t quite ready to cop to being "cunning linguists." In fact, quite a few lyrically decried the practice, but were nevertheless completely down for fellatio. Taking into account this mentality (which of course doesn’t apply to every artist), it’s not a stretch to say that many of them would have been even less inclined to consider the recent “booty eating” craze as acceptable. Since inception, hip-hop has often been characterized by aggrandized hyper-masculinity, and has also been repeatedly taken to task (and perhaps unfairly generalized) for being homophobic. It’s possible that the topic of annilingus, though sometimes broached, wasn’t as readily embraced because hip-hop was still fairly young in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Perhaps publicly admitting to such activities ran the risk of being perceived as borderline homoerotic, even if it occurred with a woman.
To see how far the practice has come, we take a look at the most notable instances over the past two and a half decades.
N.W.A - “Just Don’t Bite It” (1991)
She got nut all over her face
There’s a slight chance if I fuck she might burn me / And then I might have to shoot the ho’
Stick my dick in her mouth like a wet broom
Too Short - “Hoes” (1992)
Tried to get some head and she just kissed my dick
Don’t eat pussy and play these hoes
Kool G Rap and Mr. Polo - “Fuck You Man” (1992)
You couldn’t deep throat G Rap if you was a m*therf**kin’ giraffe
Now I’m not a deep-sea diver but I love it when my dick’s covered and smothered with saliva
I’ll go to a Chinese restaurant, b!*ch, if I wanna eat cats
DJ Quik - “Can I Eat It?” (1995)
You can keep that salmon sandwich to yo' self
Ain’t nothin’ fly bout’ the pearl tongue lickin’
Mase - “I Need to Be” (1997)
I never eat pussy cuz I’m too stubborn in my ways
Get down and dirty and lick ice down my butt cheeks
From the mid to late ‘90s songs about all manner of sexual escapades continued. However, cunnilingus didn’t stay a dirty little secret for long. Quite a few audacious women entered the rap game, and with them they brought the demand for oral sex; they also made it pretty clear you had to give it to get it. As time passed it seems that their male counterparts finally started to let their tongues loosen on the subject (figuratively and literally), too.
Lil’ Kim - “Not Tonight” (1996)
I don’t want dick tonight, eat my pussy right
The moral of the story is this / if you ain’t lickin’ this you ain’t stickin’ this
Suck my pussy till they kill me, you feel me?
Lil’ Kim & Notorious B.I.G - "Queen B!tch" (1996)
Although Lil’ Kim is credited as the artist behind this song B.I.G contributed tremendously to the lyrics. Peep the reference track here.
Got buffoons eating my pussy while I watch cartoons
Bet I wet cha like hurricanes and typhoons
Akinyele featuring Kia Jeffries - “Put it in Your Mouth” (1996)
Akinyele: I’m all about mouth-f**kin’ / only if you down for dick suckin’
Kia Jeffries: I’m always sprung once I feel your tongue in the crack of my ass
What do ya choose to lick? Pussy or dicks?
Big Pun(isher) - “Not a Player” (1998)
No booty but I eat pussy
I been eating cunts since pimps pushing pink caddies with the fish tank pumps
I ain’t a player I just f*ck a lot
Ludacris - “What’s Your Fantasy?” (1999)
I wanna li-li-lick you from you head to your toes
Whipped cream with cherries and strawberries on top, lick it don’t stop
By the time the new millennium rolled around cunnilingus, and oral sex in general, seemed to have lost most of its stigma - although to be fair, some artists still weren’t having it. The ones who were, though, were letting it be known with great gusto.
Trina - “Tongue Song” (2000)
Put ya face up in my cho-cha
Gimme that tongue, tongue, tongue
Put a feelin’ in my pussy while you smoke a blunt
Field Mob - “Cheating on We” (2000)
We have threesomes both like clit and dick in they mouth
She been licking me up / licking my dick and my butt
I call her Gargamale / she gargle male balls in her mouth
Ying Yang Twins featuring Methrone - “Tongue Bath” (2001)
In the tongue bath world we livin’ it up
Let me open up my legs show me what you got
Khia - “My Neck, My Back” (2002)
Suck it all ‘til I shake and cum…make sure I keep busting nuts…all over your face and stuff
Lick my pussy and my crack
You might have G’s but fuck that n!**a, get on your knees
Trick Daddy - “Sugar” (2004)
Orally I speak the truth / ‘cuz the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice
When they nice and ripe they best for eatin’
I’m about to go coo-coo to taste your cocoa puffs
Lil' Wayne - "Fireman" (2005)
She need her candlelit and I'm a wax that / I rekindle the flame / she remember the name
I'm hot but the car cool / she wet that's a carpool / been in that water since a youngin'
Come on mama let The Carter make ya / Toss ya like a fruit salad, strawberry crepe ya
As the 2000s progressed, hip-hop’s oral fixation only seemed to grow; Lil’ Wayne in particular soon gained a reputation for his love of both giving and receiving oral sex. Additionally, more and more allusions to annilingus began creeping into lyrics.
Lil’ Wayne featuring Static Major - “Lollipop” (2008)
That pussy in my mouth had me lost for words
The middle of the bed, giving getting head
Lil’ Wayne - “Pussy Monster” (2008)
Hi, I’m the pussy monster and you gotta feed me pussy
Baby, can I be the worm in your apple butt?
I hope she makes me eat my words ‘cause my words is pussy
Big Sean featuring Nicki Minaj - “Dance (Ass) Remix” (2011)
Nicki Minaj: Somebody point me to the best ass-eater
Nicki Minaj: Kiss my ass and my anus ‘cause I’m finally famous
Action Bronson and Static Selektah - "Time for Some" (2011)
You probably see me with an actress / getting my ass licked, while she driving...
Son at the flicks getting sucked in the back row
Lil B - “Ima Eat Her Ass” (2012)
Ass on my face today, I look like Mooney
Strap the hoe up to the wall and eat her ass
Kevin Gates - “Strokin’” (2013)
Eat the dick with a lot of spit
Get your booty licked while you make it clap
Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay - "212" (2014)
Now she wanna lick my plum in the evenin' / and fit that ton-tongue d-deep in / I guess that c*nt getting eaten
Cock-a-lickin' in the water by the blue bayou / caught the warm goo...
Plus your b!*ch might lick it
Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda" (2015)
Let him eat it with his grills and he tellin' me to chill
Pussy put his ass to sleep, now he calling me NyQuil
He toss my salad like his name Romaine
Fabolous - "Quiet Storm Freestyle" (2015)
Shorty mouth crazy disrespectful on the low / she like to spit on it disrespectful little hoe
Fridge ain't got no grub b!tch but it's eat the booty like it's Publix?
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil' Wayne and Chris Brown - "Only" (2015)
If I did, I did a menage with 'em and let 'em eat my ass like a cupcake
Drake: I like my girls BBW, yeah / type to wanna suck you dry and then eat lunch wit' you
The general attitude towards oral sex, and cunnilingus in particular, seemingly no longer holds even the smallest taboo. So much so, annilingus has perhaps become the newest topic that raises eyebrows and sparks discussion. Aside from that, the openness in which both male and female artists are able to discuss their various sexual preferences could actually be a signal that our attitude as a culture is shifting. For female artists to be able to declare their demands in the same manner as their male counterparts, and for it to be an accepted part of the hip-hop's larger dialogue, could be indicative that on a larger cultural scale we are moving towards greater gender parity.
To be fair, the music industry may not be the best place to find evidence of this shift. It has many times been the subject of scrutiny for the perception that it often objectifies women. However, for artists like Khia, Nicki Minaj or Lil' Kim, who not only boldly declare that they are sexual beings, but who also declare that they are very much in control of their sexual interactions, a certain amount of subversion takes place. Rather than merely becoming objects of the male gaze, they are agents of their own image. And though their lyrics are sometimes perceived as "raunchy" or "unladylike" --as is the label often given to women who choose to eschew the projecting of a demure image that some still believe makes them respectable -- they suceed in making it clear that their sexuality is theirs alone. This kind of raw subversion of gender expectations could only happen in a genre as gritty as hip-hop, and over the past two decades it has slowly changed the way sex and intimacy is projected.