My Neck, My Back (Lick It)

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"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)"
Khia - My Neck My Back single cover.jpg
Single by Khia
from the album Thug Misses
ReleasedApril 23, 2002 (2002-04-23)
Format
Recorded2001
GenreDirty rap[1]
Length3:42
LabelArtemis
Songwriter(s)Khia
Producer(s)
  • Michael "Taz" Williams
  • Plat'num House
Khia singles chronology
"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)"
(2002)
"You My Girl"
(2002)
Alternative cover
UK cover
UK cover

"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" is a song written and recorded by American rapper Khia. It was released in April 2002 as the lead single from her debut album, Thug Misses. Due to its sexually explicit lyrics, an edited version of the song was released to mainstream radio. The song reached number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top five in the United Kingdom two years later[2] and the top fifteen in Australia.[3]

Content[edit]

The song encourages both cunnilingus and anilingus.[4] While the original version of the song contained sexually explicit lyrics, a heavily edited version was used for radio broadcasting and the official music video.[5] Khia later stated in a 2002 interview for MTV News, concerning the song's big success: "I guess the world is just nasty and freaky like that[...] It's not even my favorite song, and I was kind of surprised that's the song that everybody jumped on. ... That song is just nothing compared to my other music. It's like, 'That's what the world is about today,' so hey, it works for me." [6]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song, directed by Diane Martel, was released during the spring of 2002[7] and shows Khia at a barbecue. In the United Kingdom, a different video was used, which did not feature Khia, instead depicting a group of bikini-clad models washing a Hummer H2 in a seductive manner while lip-syncing the words to the song.

Remixes and freestyles[edit]

The official remix of the song, the "Roc-A-Fella Remix", features rapper Memphis Bleek. The remix was released as a clean version.[8]

Saweetie did a freestyle of the song titled "Icy Grl".[9][10] The song was released on her SoundCloud in the summer of 2017 and later released a music video for it in October of the same year.[11][10] The visual, which went viral on the Internet, would go on to accrue ten million views on YouTube as of March 2017.[12][10]

Cover versions and samples[edit]

The song is featured prominently and sampled in the Girl Talk song "Non-Stop Party Now" off the album Unstoppable.

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine did a cover of the song on the 2010 album OK Bartender.

Track listings and formats[edit]

UK CD 1
  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Clean Radio Edit) – 3:20
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Clean Radio Edit) – 3:02
UK CD 2
  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Clean Radio Edit) – 3:20
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Clean Radio Edit) – 3:02
  3. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Tom Neville X-Rated Mix) – 7:22
  4. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (FNP Remix) – 6:52
  5. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Dirty Club Mix) – 3:24
  6. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Street/Club Version) – 3:43
  7. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Video)
UK 12" single
  • Side A:
  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Dirty Club Mix) – 3:24
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Friday Night Posse Remix) – 6:52
  • Side B:
  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Street/Club Version) – 3:43
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Tom Neville X-Rated Mix) – 7:22

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002-2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 4
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[15] 94
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[16] 30
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 42
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 20
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[23] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video Vultures: The Dirty South". Heave Media. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  2. ^ "Khia - My Neck My Back (lick It) - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Khia - My Neck, My Back (Lick It)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  4. ^ McNair, Brian (2013). Porno? Chic!: How Pornography Changed the World and Made it a Better Place. Routledge. p. 102.
  5. ^ Guins, Raiford (2008). Edited Clean Version: Technology and the Culture of Control. University of Minnesota Press. p. 153.
  6. ^ "Khia Shocked By Response To 'My Neck, My Back'".
  7. ^ "Diane Martel technician videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  8. ^ "Khia - My Neck, My Back (Lick It)". Discogs.
  9. ^ Fresh, Mikey (November 8, 2017). "Interview: Saweetie Turned Her "Icy Girl" Video Into A Career Springboard". Vibe. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c C.M., Emmanuel (December 1, 2017). "The Break Presents: Saweetie". XXL. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Fresh, Mikey (October 17, 2017). "Saweetie Is "High Maintenance" And She's An "Icy Girl"". Vibe. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Lyle, Ashley (February 14, 2018). "Rising MC Saweetie Talks Viral Hit 'Icy Grl,' Signing With Warner Bros. Records & the Value of Education". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Khia – My Neck, My Back (Lick It)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Khia – My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  15. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  16. ^ "Thug Misses > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  17. ^ "Musicline.de – Khia Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  18. ^ "Chart Track: Week 44, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Khia" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Khia Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  22. ^ "Khia Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  23. ^ "Khia Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – Khia – My Neck, My Back (Lick It)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 27, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type My Neck, My Back (Lick It) in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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