#MusicMonday: An In-Depth Look Into “Trap Lust” By Lil Debbie (NSFW)

So last Fall I was just about finishing up my 4th year of college, super exciting I know. Although I was enrolled in an Advertising and Marketing program I was required to take two elective courses. My first choice was obviously film, which was a fantastic course where I was able to be my film-geek self in a judgement free zone. The other was titled “Pop Culture In Society”, the content was great but the professor was terrible in my opinion. I know, I know what does this have to do with music, or Queen D? Well, within the plethora of written assignments in that class we were asked to choose piece of media (song lyrics, and ad etc) and examine it. I chose Lil Debbie’s song “Trap Lust”, I tweeted about the assignment and was surprised to find a number of fans requesting to see the essay, but I had to wait until the school year was over to avoid potential accusation of plagiarism. So here it is, I kept any and all grammatical errors. Keep in mind I was restricted to a word count, and topics. I in the end received a 91 percent on the paper, not too shabby for the blunt, sarcastic chick who sat in the back.

Check it out:

Living in a world of consumerism, celebrity worship, and an absolutely terrible case of plutomania can be difficult;
Music, as a whole can express the feelings of it’s listeners, and reflect world issues. “Trap Lust” by Oakland native rapper Lil Debbie explores the relationship between sexuality, and currency as seen in the lyrics below:

[Intro]
Trappin trappin trappin trappin
Mackin I be mackin mackin mackin mackin
Stackin paper stackin stackin stackin stackin
Laughin I be laughin laughin laughin laughin laughin

[Hook]
I got lust for the money I be so turned on
My bank account give me orgasms
That money come fallin, that pussy be pourin
But no need to worry my towel Ralph Lauren

[Verse 1]
I’m learning new language
My currency foreign
Fuck (fuck) who you came with
Your crew is so boring
Focus on gaining this wealth
Hating is bad for your health
Fuck with me? You will get dealt with
My hitters is all on that cell
See, destiny, we gotta get it
You super mad, you need a cape
Your goons in your group could get blamed
In total you cannot escape
Bitch, I’m in the game, money on the table
Bustin, out the frame, watch me like cable
Bring the Colt 45, now that’s stable
You gon take flight out a ladle
We’re all on that Lean now I’m falling asleep
Fell in a dream tell you all that I see
I was dripped out in that luxury
Everything custom, I woke up by bed was the sea

[Hook]
I got lust for the money I be so turned on
My bank account give me orgasms
That money come fallin, that pussy be pourin
But no need to worry my towel Ralph Lauren
I got lust for the money I be so turned on
My bank account give me orgasms
That money come fallin, that pussy be pourin
But no need to worry my towel Ralph Lauren

[Verse 2]
Jokes on you mane
I need that money like Bruce Wayne
To these birds I’mma bat
I’ll turn into Dracula
Money flippin with the spatula
Black diamonds from Africa
Me not shinning is a conflict
Deb shooting out the passenger
Whatever I do is going up high
Get that money then it’s bye bye
All true no lie lie
Have your shirt like tie dye
Your whole fam cry cry
You go night night
While I party in paradise loving the lavish life
You said I’m a savage right? End your life with this savage night
Yeah I go beast mode, then I’m back in the streets, ho
Trappin trappin trappin trappin trappin”*

Utilizing current slang, this song takes a new approach to the exploration of plutomania, which as defined it is the term for someone obsessed, or addicted to money.; as well there is the tone of how money, and class plays into pop culture, and sexuality with the reference to luxury brand “Ralph Lauren”. Which brings up the question: is a higher class “sexier’? Lil Debbie alludes to money causing sexual arousal for her, leaving the lingering of the posed question.
Focus on gaining this wealth, hating is bad for your health” as taken from the lyrics showcases the desire for money, and a high class lifestyle. Furthermore in these other lyrics
Fell in a dream tell you all that I see, I was dripped out in that luxury. Everything custom, I woke up my bed was the sea” stating that the artist dreams of luxury to a degree of arousal. Even the title of the song solidifies this, ‘Trap Lust”, to “trap” is to sell, things, to hustle for money, and lust is a sexual desire. With a song like this it is difficult not to associate the discussions of wealth, and class to sexuality.
The sexuality of the song is from a female’s perspective, exploring a female’s sexual desires “ That money come fallin, that pussy be pourin”, this is made clear with the use of a slang term for the female body parts. It is often difficult for a woman to portray a position of power while being sexual, and not used as an object. Furthermore Lil Debbie discusses being a sole provider of wealth for herself, shattering the need for gender roles. Women can be the breadwinner, and be sexual.
Along with sexual desire for money, there is also a sense of materialistic worship towards it as well. Bringing forth the idea that young people today worship wealth, and luxury more so than religious figures. Some could consider this act a mammon of sorts, wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion.
Given the vocabulary in the song, I believe this song portraits an image of a younger, and more urban demographic. The use of slang paints a picture of the type of language used by youth today, especially within our society, and culture. As well, the lyrics and tone of the song are that of a more so black culture. This does not mean one needs to be black, or identify as an ethnicity that is black to enjoy, or produce rap music. Of course, money knows no ethnicity , especially when Lil Debbie states: “I’m learning new language, my currency foreign”.

As for my opinion on the media I feel as if the song, and lyrics lack depth which is not always a negative thing,. Ironically, one of the things I enjoy about this song is it’s lack of depth, the simplicity of a rap song about money, and raw sexual nature. This is not to say that I do not also have a passion for rap music that discusses political, and social justice issues.
I also enjoy the pop culture references riddled throughout the song, with mentions of Bruce Wayne, and Dracula which could seem irrelevant however both of those fictional characters are that of a higher class of wealth in their respective universes/stories. This may not be a media text that appeals to everyone, but much like money appeals to Lil Debbie, this song appeals to me.


References

*Lil Debbie (2014). Ttrap Lust. On California Sweet Heart 2 [Record]. LA, Label.

** Hensman, Savitri. “Face to Faith.” The Guardian. The Guardian, 25 Nov. 2011. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.

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