The Sexist

Rap Sex Euphemism: Gucci Mane’s Gyros, Egg Rolls, and Tacos

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Cataloguing the sexual euphemisms of rap music is one of my favorite pastimes. So when a commenter requested that I parse Gucci Mane's lyrics for hidden sexual undertones, I was happy to attempt to smoke out some hidden naughty bits in the rapper's contribution to Young Problemz' "Boi" (Mane weighs in at the 2:55 mark).

Perhaps I am off my game. Because  for the life of me, I can't make out any clear sexual imagery in Mane's lyrical feast of gyros, egg rolls, tacos, and sting rays:

Extra lamb like a gyro / Wrap 'em like a egg roll
Beat up out the taco / Feed 'em to the octos
Fully fully auto / Shawty bout that good plate
Fuck around next they be sleepin with a sting ray

While the taco reference inspires an obvious anatomical comparison, that octopus shit is beyond me. So I turned to CP''s resident art staff for help:


Arts editor Sarah Godfrey was similarly tripped up by the taco:

After listening a few times, I'm thinking Gucci has mixed his metaphors a bit here. Although the taco thing and the sleeping with a sting ray thing seem like sex euphemisms, I'm pretty sure the extra lamb thing is about money, and the wrap 'em like an egg roll and feed 'em to the octos lines are about hurting people. But maybe I just have a hard time understanding his country ass.

Arts editor Ted Scheinman suspects that "extra lamb" refers to the size of Mane's dick:

Line 1: possible Christ ref. Also, isn't this, like, the weirdest endowment boast ever? Shoulda made it a half-smoke!

Line 3: I prefer to read this line as "meat up out the taco." Slightly racier. Though, let's be frank, the mixed-food metaphors are starting to make me nauseous

Line 4: Do octopi go for ethnic food?

Line 7: OK, Mr. Mane has now officially jumped the shark into full-on erotic-aquatic imagery. Or I guess this is a threat, like sleeping with the fishes. Either way, Shawty better not fuck around.

Listings czar Mike Riggs thinks it's ALL about the taco. And don't call it a taco!

1.) Lamb meat is an imaginative substitute for "roast beef," which was likely the most popular slice-meat parallel to vagina pre-Gucci. It would be worldly, perhaps even sophisticated, if comparisons to deli stuffs weren't pejorative.

2.) I hate taco references, thanks to the scene in "Me, Myself, and Irene" in which Jim Carrey commandeers the PA at a grocery store to harangue a woman who's buying Vagisil for her "cheesy taco."

3.) Then again, the "good plate" sounds, well, good! Like it's all tasty down there! And let's face it, the vagina is a tasty place, so it might as well be a tasty plate.

4.) I don't know about that whole stingray/egg roll/octo thing, except that octopus reminds me of Octopussy, the female lead from the same-titled 1983 James Bond movie, starring seafood connoisseur Roger Moore.

In closing, rappers can and should do better by the vagina. It's what they seem to live for, and yet they talk about it in terms befitting a so-so food cart. Jesus.

  • Sarah Godfrey

    The more I think about it, I think that "sleeping with a sting ray" line is Gucci's version of sleeping with the fishes. I'd be inclined to say this is a verse about fucking people up, rather than fucking, if it weren't for that puzzling taco.

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

    OR, it's about how Gucci Mane will kill his girlfriend if he cheats on her. Lovely!

  • TD

    This is about fucking, and only peripherally about fucking people up.

    I agree with Riggs that the extra lamb in line 1 is an extension of more common "meat" euphemisms, though it also has secondary link to lambskin and lanolin, the preferred condom material and lubricative product of sketchballs everywhere.

    "wrapping it up like an eggroll" is about making sure to use a prophylactic, furthering the lamb reference (which after all, was presumably inside the pita?).

    Ted's reading of "meat up out the taco" is probably better than "beat up out the taco," but really, both are equally suggestive of pounding the pussy.

    I am forced to conclude from the octo line that Gucci Mane has eight dicks. Alternatively, he could be referring to the dicks of an 8-member posse? A more realistic reading would be a reference to Brian Fantana's named phallic from the movie Anchorman: it's called the octogon. It also enmeshes his ongoing food metaphor with a more common metaphor of lust as an appetite.

    I'm at a loss on "fully fully auto." Does he fuck on autopilot? Does he automatically resort to fucking? I lean towards the former.

    I'm with Riggs on the "good plate:" the girl obviously loves to eat cock.

    I'm partial to your reading on the stingray line. Other possibilities courtesy of urbandictionary: "stingray - The act of pinching (or biting) a man's scrotum during intercourse," and "Stingray - Being blammed or repremanded for something that a member of your social group has done.
    Being stereotyped for the transgressions of your culture, generation, gender etc. and being punished for it."

    Somewhat less plausible: "stingray - During sex, you hit the back of the girl's head, flip her over, stab her eyes with a knife, ejaculate on her face, then fuck her dead body."

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

    Bravo, TD. Truly inspired. Just to be clear: Could this mean that if Gucci Mane's girl cheats on him, she just has to bite on his scrotum a little bit and she's out of the doghouse?

  • TD

    Apparently Gucci's syntax is so convoluted, it can mean anything we want it to.

  • Nikki

    Wow, this article just blew my mind. This is what kids listen to these days? Sheesh!

  • Andrew Noz

    I don't think there's a single sexual allusion in that verse. He's rapping about killing people and counting money.

    Egg roll/gyro is money rolls talk.

    It's not "beat up out the taco" but "meat up out the taco," which is a fairly common euphemism for beating someone until their brain spills out of their skull.

    Feed 'em to the octos / sleepin with the sting rays is sleep with the fishes stuff.

    "Shawty like that good plate" = women enjoy the diverse culinary platter I offer - I beat the shit out of people and have money.

  • Nikki

    Woah - Andrew, if this is about killing people and counting money than I'm thinking the fully fully auto part could be referencing an automatic weapon!

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

    ORRR, perhaps it is "meet up out the Taco," establishing the scene of the impeding Mane beatdown: outside of the Taco Bell.

  • http://twitter.com/nomchomspky Nom Chompsky

    I was about to write essentially what Andrew did; I agree with basically everything he said so there's no need to repeat it.

    However, I think that "wrap em like an egg roll" likely refers to either wrapping a body before dumping it into a body of water OR killing someone, and thus having them wrapped in a black body bag.

    About the fully fully auto, it does in fact refer to a weapon that continue to eject rounds until the ammunition is exhausted. The "Shawty bout that good plate", not only in keeping with well-established culinary metaphor (wordplay!) could also refer to the plate of a firearm which is (I believe) part of the mechanism that allows the cartridge to drop out (making it automatic). Don't quote me on that last part though. Or do, whatever.

  • http://washingtoncitypaper.com Mike Riggs

    I clearly do not listen to enough rap, nor have enough violence in my life, to appreciate Gucci Mane lyrics.

  • eh

    this is an exceptionally retarded article & naturally unnecessarily condescending. noz is right of course but he didn't even touch on the most obvious reference. "extra lamb like a gyro" is referring the make of car known as a "lamborghini" but i'm sure yall were too busy trading copies of the kid cudi album to realize that that one was staring you right in the face.

  • Mosdope

    The stingray line is a reference to the Godfather.
    "Sleepin with a sting ray" = "Sleepin with the fishes"

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