Big Butts Make The Music World Go 'Round
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

  • Posted by: Lily Trotta

Big butts and pop music go together like two cheeks in a pair of Spanx. Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Shakira, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj. The list goes on and on, and these are just the pop stars who have lovely lady lumps. Let's not forget about the artists who sing about them. Theres LL Cool J, Bubba Sparxxx, The Black Eyed Peas, Trace Adkins, Queen and, of course, Sir Mix-A-Lot. People love singing/talking/hearing about healthy heinies, but when does the butt talk become too much?

I know what you're tempted say: Never. Theres never too much butt talk because butts are hot and saying 'butt' is fun, plus everybody loves a good butt song. I can't deny that this is all true, but the derriere is no fine wine and, eventually, it does get old. Let's look at the example of Jennifer Lopez.

J.Lo is 45 years old. She's been a huge part of the pop music and entertainment scene since 1991. We've seen her through three marriages, the Bennifer saga, a not-so-consistent acting career, reality television, and a set of twins. Frankly, when I think of Jennifer Lopez I don't think about her butt anymore. So, last week, when Jenny released a music video for "Booty" with Iggy Azalea, hip-hop's new Ass Queen, I was taken aback. Im not going to explain what the song is about because you shouldn't need me to do that, but I will say that I lost count of how many times I saw J.Los butt after a mere 34 seconds.

Sure, it's a fantastic butt. Anyone with that donk is at perfect liberty to flaunt it, but I still have to ask: Aren't we done yet? Throughout the past twenty-plus years, hasn't J.Lo saturated the booty market at all? To me, she is the first generation iPhone of butts, and since we first learned about the junk in her trunk many moons ago, we've come across a whole slew of new models.

If, over twenty years after the start of her entertainment career, J.Lo is still singing about her tuckus, must we expect the same from her fat-bottomed successors? Surely, Beyonce has moved past her "Bootylicious" days, despite having inspired a movement so strong that the word ended up in the dictionary. Shakira seems to have grown beyond "Hips Don't Lie," too. She's a she-wolf now, and active in her charity for kids in Colombia.

The key difference between these women and the likes of Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj is their ability to live life beyond the butt. While still performing with Destiny's Child in 2001, it made complete sense for B to be a part of Bootylicious, which, more than anything, celebrates women of all shapes and sizes. "Anaconda" and "Booty" do no such thing. Basically, both songs exist to create hype and raise the value of their singers' asses. I mean, nine people are credited for writing "Booty." Nine. And the video for "Anacaonda" is just so... dumb.

Nicki and Iggy are creating music and videos not for the sake of creativity, but for attention and money, and maybe a little bit for fun. They're Kim Kardashian with a dash of talent, but, for now, more power to 'em. There will always be a place for butts in pop music and that place is among artists on the rise. That said, I pray to the gods of glutes (Sir Mix-A-Lot? Flo Rida?) that, twenty years from now, I won't have to sit through yet another video about Nicki Minaj's ginormous ass.

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