Respectable Hip Hop.

Last night, much of Twitter united to reclaim and rewrite our favorite less-than-progressive rap and hip hop lyrics.  It was a beautiful thing.

It all started when I was listening to 2 Chainz, which I do when there’s no one around to judge me for it, and I thought about the line “She got a big booty, so I call her big booty.”  I thought to myself, really?  You can’t find a more inventive nickname than that?  This is what’s passing for a rap lyric these days?  Then I thought to myself–how fucking rude.  You strip her of her name–her entire identity–and refer to her by her ass??  Inappropriate, 2 Chainz.  Not cool at all.  So, I revised it for him.


Then figured, why not help out some other misguided hippety hop rappers, too.  Thankfully, Twitter joined in on the campaign and what we got was a few of the most hilarious hours of tweets I’ve seen in awhile.  Not putting all of them here was tough, but here are some of the best.



You’re welcome, rappers!

Brokey McPoverty

Brokey McPoverty, aka Tracy Clayton, is a writer and humorist from Louisville, KY. She currently writes for BuzzFeed and lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter.

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  • G.D.

    You crazy for this one, Brokey!

  • Rocco

    still a hell of a lot of b**** and p**** for “respectable” hip hop

    • Brokey McPoverty

      this is true. we were going to have everybody tweet dissertations on every single thing that is wrong in hip hop/rap music, but thought this would be a lot more fun.

      • -k-


  • leonor (@strong_cookie)

    I love this so very much.

  • gravity508

    Kudos! This is one for the books!

  • Jordan

    All I wanted to do was check my twitter before I went to sleep…2 hours later I’m still on there. searching #respectablehiphop..dang on shame.

    soooooo part 2??

  • Sasha Feoktistov (@thisisdemocracy)

    I’m digging the trend, but I find that pointing out the obviously problematic lyrics in mainstream hip hop is a bit too easy. My contributions today have targeted some of my favorite “conscious” rappers like Common and Yasiin Bay:

    • G.D.

      Aren’t you a special snowflake, then?

  • T.

    this is all that and a bag of chips :)

  • Shae Robinson

    I live.