Me So Horny

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"Me So Horny"
Single by 2 Live Crew
from the album As Nasty As They Wanna Be
Released January 20, 1989
Format CD single, 7", cassette single
Genre Funk, hip hop, porn rap
Length 4:36
Label Life Records
Writer(s) Luther Campbell, Mr. Mixx, Brother Marquis, Ricardo Williams, Fresh Kid Ice
Producer(s) 2 Live Crew
2 Live Crew singles chronology
"Move Somethin'"
(1988)
"Me So Horny"
(1989)
"Yakety Yak"
(1989)

"Me So Horny" is a song by rap group 2 Live Crew on their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart and No. 26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1989, staying on the Hot 100 for 30 weeks, despite lack of airplay due to the controversial nature of the lyrics (and/or possibly because of the associated controversy). The explicit nature of the lyrics of this song and the album led to the initially successful prosecution of the group on obscenity charges and the album being banned from sale in Florida. This ban was overturned on appeal.[1][2]

The song samples music from the 1979 hit song "Firecracker" by Mass Production and dialogue from the Richard Pryor film Which Way Is Up? and the Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket.

Film samples[edit]

Lines from two different films are used in the song.

Which Way Is Up? (1977) - The "Gonna do that thing. What we gonna do? Oh sock it to me. [moaning]" sample heard at the beginning of the song (and occasionally sampled throughout) is from the scene in which Leroy (Richard Pryor) listens in on his father Rufus (also played by Pryor) having sex in another room.[3]

Full Metal Jacket (1987) - The lines listed below were sampled from the scene in which Private Joker (Matthew Modine) and Private Rafterman (Kevyn Major Howard) are approached by a Da Nang Hooker (Papillon Soo Soo). The exchange between Joker and the hooker is used at the beginning, while the "Me so horny. Me love you long time. Me sucky sucky" sample is used in the chorus and throughout the song. Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" can be heard underneath the samples at the beginning and end; that song appeared in the original scene in the movie.[4]

Da Nang Hooker: Well, baby, me so horny. Me so horny. Me love you long time. Me sucky sucky.
[later in the same dialog exchange]
Private Joker: What'll we get for ten dollars?
Da Nang Hooker: Every t'ing you want.
Private Joker: Everything?
Da Nang Hooker: Every t'ing.

The "Me So Horny" sample was also featured three years later, when Sir Mix-a-Lot included the sample in "Baby Got Back".

Music samples[edit]

Success and controversy[edit]

The song became a major hit for 2 Live Crew, topping the rap charts and going to No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989. As Nasty As They Wanna Be reached No. 3 on the rap album charts and No. 29 on the album chart. The album eventually sold millions of copies.[5]

The success of the single and the album led to concern over the explicit nature of rap lyrics both by 2 Live Crew and by gangsta rappers such as Geto Boys, Ice-T and N.W.A..[6]

Then-Broward County prosecutor Jack Thompson prosecuted 2 Live Crew on obscenity charges and persuaded a Federal District judge to declare the album obscene in June 1990. 2 Live Crew performed songs from the album including "Me So Horny" and were prosecuted for obscenity. Record store clerks who sold copies of the album were arrested.[5]

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. testified on behalf of the group during the trial. Sinéad O'Connor was one of the celebrities who supported the group on the grounds of the right to free speech.[citation needed] The decision was later overturned on appeal and the ruling was upheld by the US Supreme Court. The publicity from the trials led to further sales of the album.

In 1999, the group, minus former bandleader Luther Campbell, rerecorded the song as "Bill So Horny" during the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton for perjury under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.[citation needed] However, the remix failed to chart.

In 2008, it was ranked number 83 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989-1990) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[10] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[10] 34
Preceded by
"All Around the World" by Lisa Stansfield
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
February 3, 1990 (1990-02-03) – February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10) (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor

Music video[edit]

The music video mainly features the members of the band rapping while scantily clad women are shown dancing on a stage.

Two versions of the video were ultimately released. The original "uncut" version featured the dancing women in G-string bikini bottoms (with rotoscoped black squares placed over the women's buttocks) and sport brassieres. The MTV version featured alternate lyrics for the song (to comply with MTV's standards and practices) and alternate footage of the dancers in cycling shorts instead of bikinis.

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