Hip-Hop's 10 Most Scandalous Music Videos
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Marlon Wayans' outrageous comedy Fifty Shades of Black, we thought this would be a perfect time to reflect on some of the sexiest and most scandalous hip-hop videos in memory. From 2 Live Crew's notorious "Me So Horny" to Nicki Minaj's derriere-laden "Anaconda," here are 10 of the raunchiest hip-hop videos ever. Be sure to check out the film when it hits theaters this Friday, January 29th.
2 Live Crew, “Me So Horny” (1989)
Uncle Luke (Luther Campbell) and his 2 Live Crew cohorts ignited a firestorm of controversy at the end of the ‘80s with the release of the group’s breakout single. Flipping a vocal sample from the movie Full Metal Jacket into one rap’s most enduring catchphrases, “Me So Horny” boasts an appropriately raunchy music video featuring a bevy of scantily clad video vixens. From the fantastically ‘80s fashions to the nonstop parade of flesh, “Me So Horny” set the benchmark for scandalous rap videos.
Nelly, “Tip Drill Remix” (2003)
A remix of “E.I.” from Nelly’s massive 2000 album, Country Grammar, for his spinoff group St. Lunatics, the “Tip Drill Remix” music video is legendary in the canon of scandalous rap videos. Luther Campbell’s influence is all over this wall-to-wall onslaught of women in bikinis frolicking on the grounds of an opulent mansion while Nelly and company make it rain with bottomless piles of cash. Nelly caps the clip by sliding a credit card between one woman’s buttocks. It doesn’t get more scandalous.
N.E.R.D., “Lapdance” (2001)
Long before he was judging singing competitions and making the world “Happy,” Pharrell Williams was one-half of rap production powerhouse the Neptunes with Chad Hugo and confounding expectations with his alt-rock outfit, N.E.R.D. The crew rolled out a sea of beautiful young (and seemingly quite willing) ladies for a full blown bacchanal where Williams is practically swimming in women, including singer Kelis.
Tyga, “Make it Nasty” (2012)
While the Compton rapper has become a tabloid fixture due to his relationship with Kylie Jenner, Tyga generated even more controversy via not one but two racy clips for this X-rated track from his #Bi**hImtheSh*t mixtape. Playing like an even dirtier update on N.E.R.D’s “Lapdance” clip, “Make it Nasty “ packs in more women in even less clothing writhing on the rapper in a stately manor with the added bonus of someone in a giant bunny suit copping feels in the fray. In the aftermath, three of the featured ladies filed suit against Tyga for not editing out some nudity and for the bunny-suited person getting a little too liberal with the grabbing.
French Montana, “Pop That” (2013)
If there’s a recurring theme in risque rap videos, it’s the plethora of beautiful women cavorting in minimal clothing around a palatial swimming pool. This clip is no exception. Montana and guests Lil Wayne, Drake, and Rick Ross are surrounded by playful playmates all partying poolside over a tense, high-energy Lee on the Beats production.
Drake, “Best I Ever Had” (2010)
Drake season was already in full swing by the time he moved the party into the gym with the clip for this single from the Thank Me Later album. Assembling a bevy of busty beauties for “Team Drake,” the video lovingly lingers on the bountiful physical assets of his varsity squad who pose and preen in the locker room and on the court, pausing to deliver a couple of fiery and inspiring speeches on the team’s way to a crushing and comical defeat, since according to one player, “all you ever taught us how to do is stretch.”
Migos, “Freak No More” (2014)
The current kings of the ATL go inside the city’s notorious Magic City strip club for this video from the No Label 2 mixtape. As expected, countless dancers work the marijuana smoke-filled room while generating a carpet of cash in their wake while the rappers explain in detail exactly why none of them can ever be considered wife material. In the meantime, though...
Ghostface Killah, “Stapleton Sex” (2009)
One of rap’s greatest storytellers, Ghostface gets extra explicit on this solo track, visualizing the song with an eye-popping video that’s awash in BDSM imagery. Women explore the inside of a well-stocked playroom that would make Christian Grey proud. The ladies are so steamy that Ghostface doesn’t even feel the need to make an appearance in the clip.
50 Cent “Disco Inferno” (2004)
The rapper born Curtis Jackson was still riding high on the breakout success of his Get Rich or Die Tryin' album when he released this single and video towards the end of 2004. The black and white clip features a United Nations of nearly naked women cavorting in the club like a rap fantasy come to life. The nonstop rear gymnastics go to great lengths to remind viewers that twerking was a thing long before it hit the front page of pop culture years later (thanks, Miley).
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda” (2014)
There’s a degree of subversion at play as Minaj re-appropriates Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 ode to big rears for her own celebration of the derriere. Taking the action into a steamy jungle setting, the rapper and her squad turn tail towards the camera and put their collective bounce on overdrive. As expected, the clip ignited an onslaught of chatter, controversy and so many memes fixated on Minaj’s big butt party. Her label-mate Drake makes a cameo, receiving the lap dance of his life, leaving him incredulous with his head in his hands at what just happened.
For more outrageously scandalous and hilarious scenes, check out the Fifty Shades of Black trailer below!