Hip-hop is probably my favorite genre of music, but goddamn, sometimes the lyrics can go and ruin a perfectly great song. Such is the case with T.I.’s collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “No Mediocre,” which musically is cool and catchy and would be super fun to dance to — if not for the lyrics being painfully sexist from start to finish. The song is all about how T.I. doesn’t want to get with any women he deems “mediocre,” specifically women who don’t do their hair, have “bush” (“I should see nothing but pussy when I look down there”), wear tennis shoes instead of heels, and don’t have pretty faces and a “fat ass.” In other words, the song is about how mediocre and unworthy the vast majority of women in the world are, according to T.I.
I get that in the grand scheme of things, with guys like Rick Ross rapping about slipping women roofies, this isn’t the worst song ever. But I’m bugged out that a song that will likely dominate hip-hop and Top 40 radio all summer, featuring one of the hottest female rappers right now, is essentially about shitting on women who don’t maintain some male idea of perfection 24/7. Rapper Azealia Banks was pissed about it too, and took to Twitter to diss T.I.’s wife Tiny as being “mediocre” herself, prompting T.I. to call her a “syphilis-lipped-rectum.” Too bad T.I.’s lyrics weren’t as … creative.