I’ve been high-key worshipping Ludacris since middle school. I learned every single word to “What’s Your Fantasy,” when I was 14, maybe 15. Questionable? Maybe. But I don’t regret it and I’m proud to say it’s one of my best secret talents. If you’re lucky enough, maybe you’ll see me perform it one day. But considering I was only 10 when some of Luda’s greatest hits were released (“Area Codes,” “Pimpin All Over the World,” and such), I’m confident I didn’t know WTF they actually meant. Beyond Luda’s songs, I remember proudly singing others in the same vein, word-for-word. From Big Pun’s “I Don’t Want to Be a Player No More” to Petey Pablo’s “Freek-A-Leek,” I shit you not, I’ve been memorizing songs about player life since I was on the school bus.
But now I’m a grown woman. And these songs take on a whole new meaning.
Do rappers preach about player life because they feel like they have to? I’m sure to some degree, endless amounts of women throwing themselves at these artists just comes with the lifestyle. (And if you truly have YOLO mentality, why would you turn that down? Not sure I would.) Either way, I’m not judging.
I don’t hate the player, or the game.
Takes one to know one, baby. And thankfully, songs like Nicki’s “Anaconda,” Missy’s “Work It” and even Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” have given females a voice about having their pick of men, too.
But I won’t lie, if I was looking for something serious, I’d be skeptical about a famous rapper being faithful. So, my curiosity got the best of me. I couldn’t not ask Luda, a seasoned vet who’s been in the business for years, what he thinks about it. A married man, it looks like he no longer has hoes in different area codes. But that’s not to say he didn’t at one point, which he admits. Because our conversation was so brief, I can’t say I’m fully convinced most rappers aren’t players at one point or another.
To continue this research or let our imaginations take care of the rest?…