February 2, 2006, - 9:58 am

High-Class Oscars: Pimp Song Nominated for Best Original Song

By Debbie Schlussel
We noted that this years Academy Awards are the Terrorism (& Gay) Oscars. But we were wrong. It’s the Terrorism & PIMP (& Gay) Oscars.
In fact, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp“–the theme song for the pimp movie, “Hustle and Flow“–is nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Original Song” (full Oscar name: “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures”). Memphis rappers and Three Six Mafia members Juicy-J, DJ Paul and Frayser Boy co-wrote the song. Class comes to the Oscars.

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Check out the lyrics for this classy “song” coming soon to your kids’ “musical” repertoire (can they really call what’s in this a “chorus”?):
[Chorus 2X: Shug - singing] + (Djay)
You know it’s hard out here for a pimp (you ain’t knowin)
When he tryin to get this money for the rent (you ain’t knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain’t knowin)
[1] Because a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain’t knowin)
[2] Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain’t knowin)
[Djay]
In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets
Gotta couple hoes workin on the changes for me
But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night
Like takin from a ho don’t know no better, I know that ain’t right
Done seen people killed, done seen people deal

Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It’s fucked up where I live, but that’s just how it is
It might be new to you, but it’s been like this for years
It’s blood sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I’m tryin to get rich ‘fore I leave up out this bitch
I’m tryin to have thangs but it’s hard fo’ a pimp

But I’m prayin and I’m hopin to God I don’t slip, yeah
[Chorus]
[Djay]
Man it seems like I’m duckin dodgin bullets everyday
Niggaz hatin on me cause I got, hoes on the tray

But I gotta stay paid, gotta stay above water
Couldn’t keep up with my hoes, that’s when shit got harder
North Memphis where I’m from, I’m 7th Street bound
Where niggaz all the time end up lost and never found
Man these girls think we prove thangs, leave a big head

They come hopin every night, they don’t end up bein dead
Wait I got a snow bunny, and a black girl too
You pay the right price and they’ll both do you
That’s the way the game goes, gotta keep it strictly pimpin
Gotta have my hustle tight, makin change off these women, yeah

[Chorus]
(Thanks to reader UUnlisted, who wrote, “It will go in my ‘Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin and Oscar Hammerstein and Henry Mancini are rolling over in their graves’ file. Can’t wait for the some Symphony Pops to include it in one of their Hollywood concerts, or perhaps one with a ‘Valentine Love Songs’ theme?”)

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13 Responses

The hoes an’ pimps in the film seemed to prefer,”Whoop dat trick…whoop dat trick…whoop dat trick…”

jaywilton on February 2, 2006 at 11:12 am

This vomit is an “achievement” in music? I have to wonder where all those paragons of women’s rights from NOW are – and why they are not doing everything possible, using every venue, TV, radio, magazine ads, newspapers and the like to condemn this abomination against women.
Come on NOW, you had all kinds of horrible things to say about Sam Alito but are absolutley silent on this fetid garbage.
My the shame of the hypocrite be upon you.

Soc Et Tuem on February 2, 2006 at 12:51 pm

It’s really no different than like 30 other rap songs out about the same thing. As far as being nominated, the standards of the Oscars are “anything that the public and/or conservatives wouldn’t like is briliiant.” And it’s really gotten to where it turns people off who aren’t even conservative, because Hollywood mistakes everything with an agenda anathema to conservatives with quality. I’m not saying they should have an agenda one way or another, but they do have an agenda that gets in the way of recognizing what’s quality as well as what sells. For example, “Goodfellas” did not have any kind of political agenda one way or another and had a lot of material that many on both sides of the spectrum would find offensive, but I thought it was brilliant (unlike this idiotic song). It lost to “Dances With Wolves” which clearly had a political agenda but was not as good of a film technically. So Hollywood is not even apolitical or casually amoral, it’s very politcal and it very much has only one kind of system of values in its crosshairs.

KnightoftheImpaler on February 2, 2006 at 8:21 pm

Who wrote that trash, Kevin “Mr. Spears” Federline? That song sounds like something a 12 year old wrote…now I remember why I don’t listen to rap.
For some reason, I’d just like to slap those people in that picture alongside the movie poster. What are they looking so smug for?
Thank you, Hollywood. I love how these freaks are obsessed with killing their industry and becoming less and less influential every day.

The_Man on February 2, 2006 at 10:54 pm

The other reason I mentioned “Goodfellas” is because it’s a movie that “Hustle and Flow” and a bunch of other movies unsuccessfully try to emulate. The problem with “Hustle and Flow” is that it tries to make its subjects out to be sympathetic. Others like “Lord of War” succeed in making their characters despicable but come across as boring and preachy. But what made “Goodfellas” great (besides the camera work and music) was how good it was at showing completely unlikable characters for who they are, but still fascinating to watch. You’re drawn to them but not to where you feel bad when they get what they deserve. I often go to scummy-people-themed movies wondering if they’ll recapture the success of that one, but they never do. It’s a style that Hollywood should leave to Scorsese, because whenever anyone else does it it’s almost always crap.

KnightoftheImpaler on February 2, 2006 at 11:17 pm

This is the perfect time to remind everyone here that Eminem has won more Oscars than Martin Scorsese.

brickabrat on February 3, 2006 at 12:38 am

It seems that anything thrown at a mindless public is swallowed by much too many as what is hot and happenning, so it’s good, no matter how stupid, racist, discrimminatory (sp?) and devoid of morals it might be. The power is with the record companies and the co-relational power of the music industry as a whole to tell us that “this is great stuff, buy (into) it!

Rocco on February 3, 2006 at 3:41 am

If they’re serious about this,an alternative would be to give a posthumous Oscar to Curtis
Mayfield for ‘Superfly’.Regardless of what anybody
thought of the subject,there is a distinction-with a huge difference-between the above lyrics and Mayfield’s voice/music.

jaywilton on February 3, 2006 at 10:07 am

There’s no comparing “Superfly” with this garbage, I’d say the song is just as inferior to “Superfly” as the movie is to Scorsese’s gangster films. In fact, at least the movie was watchable, mostly just because Terrence Howard is a pretty good actor. But the song taken out of the context of the movie (which wasn’t great to begin with) is just garbage.

KnightoftheImpaler on February 3, 2006 at 11:56 am

I know it’s a different awards show, but to think that 40+ years ago the Grammies were criticized for ignoring popular songs of the day and concentrating on “old people’s music” (which finally did change in the very late 60s). My how the times have changed!

hairymon on February 4, 2006 at 12:06 am

2006-02-02 Something is rotten in the Academy http://inplainview.monitor.us.tt/comm.Cult.htm

InplainviewMonitor on March 6, 2006 at 4:16 pm

so sad you all are. sooo sad. :)
excellent movie, excellent soundtrack.
i am a 31 year old WHITE female who grew up in an affluent nj suburb AND consider myself a feminist.
recognize art, you ignorant bastards.
oh sorry, GO BUSH! right?

urclosemindedracists on September 8, 2006 at 3:12 am

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