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The cataloging of sexual euphemisms in rap music continues. This time:
EUPHEMISM: “Baby Leg.”
DEFINING MOMENT: I swear I heard a rapper threaten to hit a woman with his “baby leg” in a song on the radio last night. I couldn’t find the track to confirm that, but I did find Sporty Thievz‘ “Fuck I Look Like,” which employs the turn of phrase this way: “I get crazy head, on the crazy reg. She say my dick thick like a baby leg.”
LITERALLY: According to Wikipedia, a “baby” is a “term used to refer to the very young offspring of humans,” while a “leg” is defined as “a weight bearing animal structure used for locomotion.” In other words, it’s an extremely, extremely gross anatomical feature to convert into a euphemism for . . .
UNDERLYING MEANING: . . . a large penis. Urban Dictionary defines “baby leg” in terms both sexual and non. A “baby leg” can apparently signify a “really, really big joint,” but the euphemism’s central interpretation is “a large penis or dick.”
Aside from “Fuck I Look Like” and the elusive radio jam, I can’t find any other songs that employ the term “baby leg” to refer to either genitalia or marijuana. English pop singer Jonatahan Pop Levi‘s song, “(A Style Called) Cryin’ Chic,” does make reference to a “baby’s leg”: “She made him whimper, made him beg/ I had to shoot my baby’s leg,” he sings. But the meaning here is quite different from that of Sporty Thievz: The leg in the lyric is literal, and the “baby” is used not to gauge the size of one’s penis, but rather as a “term of endearment, usually used by people having sexual intercourse with one another.”