A GREAT SONG WITH A MESSAGE is “Whatever You Like” by T.I. This is my favourite part:
My chick can have what she want
And go in any store for any bag she want
The message of the song is basically this: “I will buy you handbags if you have sex with me.” T.I. explains:
Yeah I want’cho body, I need yo body
Long as you got me you won’t need nobody
You want it I got it, go get it I buy it
Tell ’em other broke niggas be quiet
I like this message because it courts controversy. T.I. is basically saying that deep down, gender relations are still based on the ability of a man to provide resource advantages to a woman. The relationship, for all our talk, is simple: sex in exchange for consumer goods, in particular handbags. In the end, T.I. is suggesting, we are all animals, built with evolutionarily programmed imperatives. It’s like Lord of the Flies, but in four minutes.
The music video should show T.I. buying hundreds, no thousands, of handbags, and just throwing them out onto the street and boning bitches left right and centre. But it’s still a good video. In the opening, T.I. establishes himself as an individual of wealth and class, placing an exorbitant order in a fast food restaurant: hot wings and fries. He hits on the cashier, deploying Cary Grant charm: “She like pickles.”
The music video reinforces the idea that a relationship is about women surrendering their bodies in exchange for riches. That night, the awed cashier calls T.I., whereupon he buys her shoes, a diamond necklace and a car. . . . But it was all a dream. She snaps out of her reverie and finds herself still serving chicken wings. The message is clear: without T.I., we cannot have shoes, diamond necklaces, or cars. We will have to serve chicken wings for the rest of our lives. He is our only hope.
Even though a lot has changed, it is still a man’s world. More specifically, T.I.’s world.
My favourite line is this: “Brain so good (good) / School you went to college”. This has helped me in my conversations with women. “You brain good. School, you go college?”
Keep it simple, stupid.