Ratchet Cook Out x Playlist

1. Future- Fuck Up Some Commas
2. Meek Mill ft. Big Sean & A$AP Ferg- B Boy
3. Future- Codeine Crazy
4. Rich Homie Quan- Flex (Oh Oh Oh)
5. Rich Gang- Lifestyle
6. Tk N Cash- Mind Right
7. Boosie Badazz ft. Rich Homie Quan- Like A Man
8. Nicki Minaj- Trini Dem Girls
9. Rihanna - BBHMM
10. Rae Sremmurd- Throw Sum Mo
11. Meek Mill- Big Daddy
12. Dej Loaf- Try Me
13. Rae Scremmurd- Up Like Trump
14.  Chris Brown ft. Tyga- AYO
15. Mark Ronson- Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars
16. Big Sean- IDGAF
18. J. Cole- Apparently
19. Jeremih- Planes
20. Juvenile- Back That Ass Up
21. Choppa- Choppa Style
22. A$AP Ferg- Shabb Remix
23. Migos- Freak No More
24. K Camp- Money Baby
25. K Camp- Cut Her Off
26. TeeFlii- 24 Hours
27. Yo Gotti- Act Right
28. Shy Glizzy- Awesome
29. Fabulous ft. Chris Brown- She Wildin’
30. Fabulous ft. Rich Homie Quan- We Good
31. Nicki Minaj ft. Jeremih- Favorite
32. Wale ft. Jeremih- The Body
33. NeYo-She Knows ft. Juicy J
34. Migos- Handsome and wealthy
35. PartyNextDoor- Thirsty
36. Remedy- Ride It
37. Beat King ft. DJ Chose- Throw That Ass
38. Bobby Shmurda- Hot N*gga
39. Webbie- Gimmie That
40. Trick Daddy ft. Trina- Nann N*gga
41. Trick Daddy- Take It to Da House
42. Trina ft. Killer Mike- Look Back At It

Play on shuffle on my Spotify

Twerkathon Playlist

DJ Taj- BBE Challenge Remix

Wale Ft. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J- Clappers

M.E- Dance Like A Stripper

Too Short- Shake That Monkey

Soulja Boy- Donk

YG- Pop It

Ying Yang Twins- Salt Shaker

Mike Jones- Drop Gimmie 50

Petey Pablo- Freak A Leak

Juvenille- Back That Ass Up

A$AP Ferg- Shabba

Vybz Kartel- It Bend Like Banana

Ying Yang Twin ft. Pitbull- Shake

Busta Rymes Ft. Nicki Minaj- Twerk It

Ty Dolla- Down On Me

K Camp- Money Baby

YG- Make It Clap

Tyga- Make It Nasty

Travis Porter- Bring It Back

Waka Flaka- No Hands

Big Sean- Dance (A$$)

J. Cole- Work Out

Jeremih Ft 50 Cent- Down On Me

Tyga- Do My Dance

Future ft. Nicki Minaj- Freaks

Rihanna ft. Chris Brown- Cake Remix

A$AP Ferg- Work

Yo Gotti- Racks

‘Be Nobody’s Darling’ – Alice Walker… with a little help from Nicki Minaj

“Be nobody’s darling; 

Be an outcast.

Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,”

I was reminded of Walker’s advice to us after reading some of the responses to Nicki’s statements towards Miley at last night’s VMA’s. Nicki snatched Miley’s edges, and I live for it! Most of the reason why I got so much life from that moment was the contradiction of it all. Here is a woman winning an award for best Hip Hop video, winding and twerking in a gold gown up to the microphone, encouraging other women to be independent, thanking her pastor, then calling Miley out of her name. The contradictions made me laugh and applaud Ms. Minaj.

Everything was out of place within moment in a way that embodied the kind of carefree Black girl that I can identify with. Hip Hop? That’s a man’s world…naw! Nicki was the only woman nominated in the category and took the trophy. Don’t even get me started on how women continue to keep Hip Hop relevant and profitable, but get none of the credit! Next, she was helped up the stairs by Rebel Wilson – and the visual of a Black woman draped in gold with a blond white woman as her assist struck me. Maybe because I am usually flooded with imagery of women of color helping white folks. Possibly because I didn’t even notice Rebel until rewatching the clip. Perhaps because I can’t recall a time when a white woman paled in comparison to a Black woman on MTV… whatever the reason it struck me.

Then, her winding and bouncing that big ole booty in that flowing gold gown. Respectablility exited stage left and Nicki celebrated her thickness and Rebel Wilson’s – patting her on her booty as the two danced. We’re not supposed to dance like that in front of people…and in a gown no less! This was especially legendary for me as a big girl, because at every turn Nicki has highlighted the ways in which girls with thicker asses, bellies, boobs, and thighs are shaded and snubbed by the industry. That booty pat to Rebel showed a moment of solidarity that intersectional feminism can allow for and that white feminism leaves out – yes, it is about Black girls who on average are a lil thicker, AND its about the girls who aren’t Black who too share in thickness. See how liberation of Black women makes space for all of us? Lastly, Nicki’s thanking her pastor right before callin Miley a ‘bitch’…chiiiiiile! I’m still not quite sure what it is about Black ‘church’, but it somehow creeps its way into every aspect of Blackness. In that moment I was reminded of the Deaconess in my grandma’s church who would ‘give thanks and glory to god’ right before shading the entire congregation for not tithing enough to get a new roof for the church. It functions as a ‘I still care about your soul, but Imma call that ass out for the shit you pulled too!’

She didn’t say it ‘nice’ – the way Miley suggested she should. She didn’t confine herself to any box people thought she should as a grown Black woman. She addressed bullshit onstage as she accepted an award, wrapping herself in contradictions. Nicki was impetuous, brave (because yall know the backlash will be real), and nobody’s darling!