The Sexist

Date Rape Anthems: Reader-Submitted Edition

Blame it on Jamie Foxx. Since I began outing popular date rape songs, the nominations for "rapey" tracks have been pouring in. At this point, I'm having a hard time finding a song that's not secretly about acquaintance rape. Below, your picks.

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Date Rape Anthem: The Music For Misanthropes blog suggests 50 Cent featuring Justin Timberlake's "She Wants It."

Relevant Lyrics:

She she, she want it, I want to give it to her
She know that, it's right here for her
I want to, see you break it down
I'm ballin', throwing money around

She work it girl, she work the pole
She break it down, she take it low
She fine as hell, she about the dough
She doing her thing out on the floor

Why It's So Rapey: Hmm, how does 50 Cent know "she want it"? Oh yeah, she's a stripper. Who flirts with you for money. Not the same thing, 50.

Date Rape Anthem: Commenter Cronin suggests Prince Paul's "Beautiful Night (Manic Psychopath)" [Watch the video at FunnyOrDie].

Relevant Lyrics:

Took this girl out to the movies you know
Dinner, the whole shit, you know
We had the lovely time, y'know..
Took her back to the crib, y'know
I spent a lot of money on her
I-I-I passed off, so I felt like she should pass off (mm-hmm)
Y'know? But she didn't.. so I took it!

Why It's So Rapey: This rape-theft-murder scenario is presented as a dream, egged on by a Freudian interpreter. It's actually pretty sweet. But as Cronin points out, it's also "pretty freakin' rapey."

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Date Rape Anthem: Rob of DCBlog43 suggests Ludacris featuring T. Pain's "One More Drink"

Relevant Lyrics:

If I take one more drink,
I'm gon' end up fuckin' you,
Is that watchu wanna do, shawty?
If I take one more drink,
I'm gon' end up fuckin' you,
You too.

Why It's So Rapey: This song, at least, asks shawty what she wanna do. Still, she's only asked her opinion after T. Pain announces he's "gon' end up fuckin'" her (anyway?). Plus, T. Pain is a repeat offender.

  • http://washingtoncitypaper.com Tricia

    I realize this makes me sound old, but: Rod Stewart, "Tonight's the Night."

    Stay away from my window
    Stay away from my back door too
    Disconnect the telephone line
    Relax baby and draw that blind...

    C'mon, angel, my heart's on fire
    Don't deny your man's desire
    You'd be a fool to stop this time
    Spread your wings and let me come inside

    And, finally:

    Don't say a word, my virgin child

    [Just looked up the lyrics and discovered that "time" is actually "tide," but I like my version better...5 percent more rapey.]

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist Amanda Hess

    my god. that is haunting. he is actually saying, "don't try to escape (through my windows or doors) or call for help (with my telephone)." TO A VIRGIN. (Stewart was 31 when the song was released).

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