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The cataloging of sexual euphemisms in rap songs continues. This time:
SEX EUPHEMISM: Sushi
LITERALLY: According to Wikipedia, sushi is “cooked vinegar rice which is commonly topped with other ingredients, such as fish, or put into rolls.”
UNDERLYING MEANING: Urban Dictionary floats several bizarre sexual interpretations of the term, from a threesome, to “rough sex,” to “more than 1/4 cup of semen produced in one ejaculation.” But the most widespread sexual connotation of “sushi” is surely “vagina.”
DEFINING MOMENT: The vaginal sushi reference most recently popped up in Young Money’s “Bedrock,” in which Drake announces, “I Love your sushi rolls / hotter then Wasabi.” The term has not always been employed in a sexual context, however. In 2006’s “Killa Cam,” Cam’ron uses “sushi” to play off the idea of “sleeping with the fishes”: “Ass cap, put em in the river / I’m the sushi king / And I’ma keep ya fresh / Let the fish eat ya flesh.”
Perhaps the most overtly sexual use of “sushi” came in Funkdoobiest‘s 1995 song, “Pussy Ain’t Shit” (above). While Young Money’s “BedRock” attempts to takes a softer, less explicit approach to the sushi roll, Funkdoobiest’s use of “sushi” clearly situates the term in a violent and denigrating sexual context. In a song dedicated to why female genitalia, and by extension, women, “ain’t shit,” Funkdoobiest drops several lines comparing women to consumable (and therefore disposable) objects. “Pussy ain’t shit, give it to me in a frying pan,” the track insists, before listing off the menu: “brothas in prison doing time for the coochie / the tuna, the shrimp, the snatch, and the sushi.”
Despite Young Money’s attempts to convert “sushi” into a sweeter sexual euphemism, the term will perhaps never recover from Funkdoobiest’s more explicit interpretation.