There’s a reason why almost all rap album comes with a Parental Advisory “Explicit” sticker. Ever since its inception, Hip-Hop has been a culture of the raw and often violent inner-city environment. There is no room for niceties, euphemisms or vulnerability in this genre – you’re either tough and confident or you get fed to the piranhas. So yes, the music does consist of poetry and deep, piercing themes, but don’t expect to be serenaded by sweet loving verses and romantic haikus. In this article, we single out some of the rappers, both male and female, who tend to get overly X-rated and vulgar with their lyrics.
In the last few years, Nicki Minaj has established herself as the premier female rapper in the music industry. The combination of her in-your-face appearance, bold wigs, provocative outfits and amazing rap skills have made her a Billboard chart favorite and a multi-platinum selling mainstream artist. But make no mistake; the NYC rapper is also one of the raunchiest rhymers around. Nicki’s lyrics are certainly X-rated and when asked on The Ellen show whether she has any moral dilemmas about young fans hearing her music, she said, “I’m not their parents … I can only give advice and you guys know that I always give my young little ladybugs my most precious advice – which is – don’t rush to grow up.” She also mentioned that she always releases a clean version of all her albums.
Florida rapper Plies is another Hip-Hop personality with a dirty and lewd mind. He came on the scene in 2007 with a hit song named “Shawty” featuring T-Pain. The song was pretty much an X-rated love song and it put the rapper on the map. On the hit single, the rapper Plies proudly boasts about how he teaches women to become great performers in the bedroom, and quite shockingly, the song was popular mostly among women. Plies is still hanging around the Hip-Hop scene releasing albums and mixtapes, but he’s nowhere near as popular as he was when he first debuted on the scene.
2. Live Crew
For the next set of dirtiest rappers, we dip back in time about 20 years to the Miami rap crew, 2 Live Crew. This rap collective was known for making loud, club songs with rollicking beats and the dirtiest and filthiest lyrics you could ever think of. And what do you know – they got extremely rich and popular for taking this raw approach. What does that say about all the people who bought their albums? Their breakout 1989 album was titled As Nasty As They Wanna Be and here are just a few of the titles of songs on that LP: “Me So H**ny,” and “Dirty Nursery Rhymes.” Another hit song they had was from their 1991 LP, and the track was titled, “Pop that C**chie.” Don’t you just have the feeling that these guys and Howard Stern would have been really good pals if they went to high school together?
Before Nicki Minaj was the reigning queen of the rap world, there was Lil’ Kim. In the nineties, Lil’ Kim was the female face of the Hip-Hop industry. She also had the most popular crew at the time; her posse consisted of The Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy, two of the biggest personalities in rap at the time. To keep up a street image and not sound like she was just the cute little sister of the crew, she relied on a sexed-up persona and some pretty raw lyrics. On her debut album, Hard Core, she had a song called “Queen B***h” that contained some really rough and suggestive sexual lyrics. Years later, she had another song with popular rapper 50 Cent called “Magic Stick” that was quite crude too. Let’s just say she’s probably not the girl next door you want to bring home to meet the parents.
The rapper Too Short, hailing from Oakland, California has been in the rap game since the late ‘80s. At this point, he’s in his late forties but has still managed to say relevant. He was actually picked by Lady Gaga to appear on her latest album Artpop. For true followers of rap, Too Short is known as the “dirty old man” of the industry, and he’s never shy to talk about his pimp lifestyle and his countless sexual encounters. Too Short actually got into a media controversy in 2012, when in a video with XXL magazine, he offered fatherly advice that included teaching middle-school aged boys how to “turn girls out” – the video caused a major public outcry, and needless to say, the magazine took the video down promptly.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a formidable one-hit wonder. That prized accolade goes to Philadelphia-born rapper Khia who is currently based in Tampa Bay, Florida. In 2002, she put out her album Thug Misses and the lead single was the breakthrough hit “My Neck, My Back” which featured really lascivious and lewd sexual lyrics. She actually admitted to MTV that she wrote the song in 15 minutes and it ended up hitting #42 on the Billboard mainstream music chart and #12 on the Hot Rap tracks chart.
This song ended up being a gift and a curse for her, because she recently admitted that after that single, everyone that approached her wanted to do a song that covered those same sexual themes. In effect, with just one song, she pigeonholed her entire career.
Multi-platinum selling artist Lil Wayne is arguably one of the biggest rappers in the world. He is 31-yrs-old and has been operating in the industry since he was in his young teens. The recipe for Wayne’s success – exemplary rapping skills honed over decades in the Hip-Hop industry, a very unique fashion style, a knack for making radio hits and some provocative lyrics that are sure to catch a listener’s attention. One of his major breakout singles was “Lollipop” and it featured a ton of sexual innuendos. Over the years, Wayne’s lyrical content has been known to get him in some tight spots. Just last year he was involved in a controversy when he used a crude sexual metaphor that involved the name of Black Civil rights martyr, Emmett Till. The reference was made on a song called “Karate Chop” and it caused a huge public outcry – so much so that a major sponsor Pepsi dropped him for a lucrative endorsement deal.
Is Eminem the most well-known rapper in the Hip-Hop industry? The answer is probably “Yes.” When it comes to accolades alone, he has pretty much won them all: Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Brit Awards etc – the list goes on and on. He also sells millions and millions of records all over the world making him a bonafide global superstar. However, Eminem is no stranger to controversy for his lyrical content. He has been panned by the media for using homophobic slurs and the violence in his songs can sometimes go morbidly overboard. He also has songs like “Superman” on which he espouses sexual themes that may seem borderline misogynistic. But even though there are these blemishes on his record, the brilliance of his entire career, spanning over 15 years can’t be denied.
NWA was the group from Compton, Los Angeles which pretty much personified The Gangsta Rap era in Hip-Hop. The collective was formed in 1986 and consisted of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella. They were known for glorifying the gangster street life and for their sexual and misogynistic lyrics towards women. But controversy sells in the United States, the group soon became increasingly popular. NWA really had an irreverent approach to the music, and one of their songs “F*** The Police” even got them in trouble with the FBI. The group ended up disbanding in 1991 with most of the members pursuing solo careers. Presently Ice Cube is a hugely popular movie actor, Dr. Dre is an extremely wealthy music and tech mogul and the group’s founder Eazy-E passed away from AIDS in 1995.
The rapper Akinyele could be loosely classified as a one-hit-wonder, but he did have about three albums that had a decent enough following. His breakthrough came in 1996 with his debut EP titled, Put In Your Mouth leaves little to the imagination. The title track was an instant hit, and the debut EP peaked at #127 on the Billboard 200 chart and #18 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart. If you curiosity is still getting the best of you, google the song to experience the raw, uncut content for yourself.