“Rain drop, drop top…” is all I’ve been seeing and hearing on social media. My physical science professor can’t even talk about rain drops without someone finding a way to intricately weave in one of the most quotable lines on rap group Migos’s hit song Bad & Boujee. The song has literally taken the world by storm, having young women strutting around with scowls on their face instead of standing still like a mannequin. I heard the song when it first came out and I like it! Stylistically it holds true to what made Migos rap superstars in 2013: catchy lyrics, dope flow and a tight beat of course produced by Metro Boomin, arguably the top producer in the game today. Lil’ Uzi Vert showed a semblance of star power on the song as well.
However, my problem doesn’t stem from the song itself. My problem stems from the term “bad and boujee”, which is literally repeated over and over again in the 5:35 second track without any context. What does “bad & boujee” even mean? Boiling down to it, the song is about how “great” Migos is and how they can have sexual relations with your girl because she’s a “thot thot”. I expect a song of that tone from them after all. But, why are so many girls out of nowhere starting to identify with being “bad & boujee”? These girls are serious too! What is the allure of being “boujee” after all?
Since Migos and Uzi didn’t elaborate on what they meant by boujee, it’s up to us to decipher what they really meant. I must admit, it’s rather hard to search for an accredited definition of the word seeing that “boujee” is a slang term for “bourgeois”. So, I used Merrium-Webster to define what the word “bourgeois” meant. The definition of “bourgeois” is “marked by a concern for material interests and respectability.”
— micah. (@TheMicahSimone) December 31, 2016
Imagine going to college and busting your ass for 4+ years only to marry a man who expects you to stay at home to cook & clean for him
— Merima (@Merima_x) June 1, 2016
The definition and the origin of the word cites nothing about intelligence or skill yet only appearance and how other view the person that is “bourgeois” or “boujee”. To me, that sounds like an insult to all the girls grinding hard in college to make a way for themselves so they can be seen as more than a body or a pretty face. I ran across a viral tweet a week or so ago castigating men who even dare to think that a college educated woman would become a stay-at-home mom after four years of hard work for their degree. There are thousands of women that feel the exact same way!
Wouldn’t the more accurate depiction of what young women would aim for be “nice and educated”? Maybe “fine and educated”. We could even keep bad and rock with “bad and sophisticated”. Let’s affirm the skills and accomplishments that young women obtain. Let’s celebrate intelligence as an equivalent to beauty. You’re not anything if you don’t have your hustle on and your life in order!