Posted March 14, 2002 -- In the present day climate
of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and downright immoral conduct, songs like IMX's "First Time" and videos like
B2K's "Uh Huh" put an entirely new perspective on the topic of child discipline. Simple and plain, these little kids need
their butts whupped.
IMX sings, "In the house, on the couch, in your
parent's bedroom, remember? My very first time." For all those over the age of 23, doesn't it just make you want to pull your
belt off and start swinging like you were in a turbo-tennis match? "See, some of you might have started early, but some of
you started late. But I know when I started, I thought it was great." Look at IMX. I may not be a big time advertising executive,
but I know a commercial for doing the nasty when I hear one. Also, take a look at Lil' Bow Wow's video for "Take You
Home." There's half-buck-naked women running around willy-nilly when they should be helping frail Lil' Bow Wow put his clothes
on! I know I'm embellishing, but not that much when you really think about it.
And check B2K's chorus in "Uh Huh:" "I know that
you wantin' this, uh huh/Tell me can you handle it, uh huh/Show me how you work dem hips, uh huh/And maybe you can roll with
it." If you knew some little perv was kicking verbiage like that to your daughter, wouldn't you want to wear his little hot
behind out with a broomstick? And check these lyrics from the same song: "Told me you were lookin' for a guy like me, so I
said, Hold on, I don't want, unless shorty really wanna have some fun. Then she said that you told her I was what you want,
when I call you don't try to front." Really wanna have some fun? Is this guy saying that he doesn't want to see this girl
unless she's giving up the goodies? Where's Joe Jackson when we need him?
Asked whether or not songs like these promote sexual
activity to an impressionable young audience, BET.com users seemed surprisingly shocked that anyone could even make it an
issue. Taijah, in BET.com's "Teen Summit" chat room felt that "the lyrics say to make sure it's the right girl. You have to
know if you're ready or not. If you say you're ready and you're not and you get pregnant, you have to face the consequences."
Vjers expressed that the hormonal homies are just mimicking the stuff they already see. "I think it would be hard for a kid
to be a role model, but you know that their image is determined by others," she types. "I think they [the artists] make it
sound like it's a norm ...that everyone's doing it, when that's not neccessarily true. When you start believing something,
it can seem more acceptable." Freedomchild was a bit more scathing when he commented how "in the hip-hop vein, you see thugs
becoming more and more bloodthirsty, and in R&B you see prepubescent girls getting seduced." He continued, "It's a downward
spiral, and I think that the kids are thinking whatever way they are told to think. Hell, even adults do." Another interesting
perspective is that the horny anthems may not even register with young folks. "I work with kids at an afterschool program,
and they sing these songs but are not all that aware of what's being said," says Richinpain237. "It's like with the Tweet
song ["Oops (Oh My)", a song about masturbation], they really don't catch the underlying subject matter."
In my opinion--and you did ask for it by reading
this column in the first place--there's no justification for youngsters making three-minute commercials for pubic ping-pong.
There's enough out there already in movies and magazines to make it difficult to keep your pants on. I'm not saying that dialogue
about sex is a bad thing, but more responsibility needs to be taken in the delivery. A song about trying to decide whether
or not to take a sexual step is one thing. A song about doing cartwheels up and down a sexual staircase is downright dumb.
I'll say this, though: all young people who listen to these songs should have their parents put a lawyer's phone number on
speed dial. Just imagine the babies that will be made from such records. Someone may have to pay child support, so why not