Both Drake and Lil’ Wayne make guest appearances on “Only,” Nicki Minaj’s latest track. But it’s Drake’s line about BBW – that would be Big Beautiful Woman – that has some folks in a tizzy.
Drake raps, “She says I’m obsessed with thick women and I agree. That’s right, I like my girls BBW. The type that wanna suck you dry and then eat some lunch with you. Yeah, so thick that everybody else in the room is so uncomfortable. Ass on Houston, Texas, but the face look just like Claire Huxtable.”
Apparently Twitter then lost its collective mind off this line and the never-ending argument about thick vs. fat began. Some men said Drake was doing it wrong because a woman can’t be thick and a BBW at the same time.
Over at Jezebel, Kelly Faircloth wrote:
On the one hand, there’s some overlap between the terms “BBW” and “thick,” and in that sense Drake’s just keeping it on-brand with the pro-ass glory that is “Anaconda.” On the other: Anybody who’s ever seen YouPorn knows it’s a term with a pretty specific connotation. And if Drake were having sex with a bunch of fat girls, surely we would have seen some photos on Instagram. Unless it’s all hush-hush, in which case thanks for the shout out but no thanks.
Well ok, I guess. I mean it’s hip hop. Exaggeration is allowed and usually expected. Especially nowadays. Maybe Drake does secretly like BBW’s like Malik did at the end of season 1 and start of season 2 of The Game. Or maybe he just thought the ‘suck you dry and eat some lunch with you’ was a hot line that he couldn’t say about skinny girls. No, per usual, Drake decided to go the “clever” word play route.
But we really know that BBW or thick, or whatever you want to call it – when Drake says it, when hip hop says it, it’s thick in the right places. Big boobs, small waist, fat butt, thick thighs. The usual. Will you ever see Drake with a real BBW? A real woman with curves and maybe a little jiggle? Doubtful. That would be considered blasphemous and a true violation I’m sure.
Since this song hit the streets yesterday, it has given regular, average, ordinary men the chance to take this line and break down what it truly means to be thick. For instance: Apparently you can’t have a big stomach and be sloppy and still be considered thick. So once again our standards of beauty continue to be at the mercy of men and they get another chance to weigh in and determine who’s a big woman and who’s thick – which then boils down to – which one is truly “worthy.”
What might have been a simple lyric, puts women’s bodies big and small, right in the thick of it.
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.