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FEMINIST ANALYZES AT LUDACRIS’ AREA CODES

March 17, 2008

This originated at Strange Maps:

“I’m a female and a feminist. I dislike the usage of the word ‘ho’. However, as a geography major, I find this song hilarious, and had to map it,” says Stefanie Gray, referring to ‘Area Codes’ by the rap artist Ludacris.

Rap, for those less familiar with the term, is a genre in which the rhythmic delivery of rhyme and wordplay constitutes the main element of the music. Rap relates to singing as racewalking relates to running – but that’s just my inexpert opinion.

Rap music has been criticised for its content, which often consists of crude and ludicrous bragging about the rapper’s lyrical, financial, criminal, physical and sexual prowess. ‘Area Codes’ could be considered as an example of this phenomenon, sometimes referred to as gangsta rap:

“I’ll jump off the G4, we can meet outside/So control your hormones and keep your drawers on/’Til I close the door and I’m jumping your bones/3-1-2’s, 3-1-3’s (oh), 2-1-5’s, 8-0-three’s (oh)/Read your horoscope and eat some horderves (sic)/Ten on pump one, these hoes is self serve/7-5-7, 4-1-0’s, my cell phone just overloads.”

“In this song, Ludacris brags about the area codes where he knows women, whom he refers to as ‘hoes’,” says Ms Gray, who plotted out all the area codes mentioned in this song on a map of the United States. She arrived at some interesting conclusions as to the locations of this rapper’s preferred female companionship:

  • “Ludacris heavily favors the East Coast to the West, save for Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Las Vegas.”
  • “Ludacris travels frequently along the Boswash corridor.”
  • “There is a ‘ho belt‘ phenomenon nearly synonymous with the ‘Bible Belt’.”
  • “Ludacris has hoes in the entire state of Maryland.”
  • “Ludacris has a disproportionate ho-zone in rural Nebraska. He might favor white women as much as he does black women, or perhaps, girls who farm.”
  • “Ludacris’s ideal ‘ho-highway’ would be I-95.”
  • “Ludacris has hoes in the Midway and Wake Islands. Only scientists are allowed to inhabit the Midway Islands, and only military personnel may inhabit the Wake Islands. Draw your own conclusion.”

Ludacris is not deterred by clever and/or strong women? The concept of Ludacris’ song reminds me a bit of ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ by Johnny Cash, which, come to think of it, probably shares some subtext with ‘Area Codes’.

Map kindly provided by Stefanie Gray.

The video tells a different story:

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Yaggy permalink
    March 18, 2008 4:24 pm

    women should be banned from thoughts

  2. Brooklynsexy permalink
    March 18, 2008 5:54 pm

    NOT THAT SERIOUS!
    IT’S A DAMN SONG, NOT NEEDING ANALYSIS.
    LEAVE LUDA ALONE.

  3. MilkMoney permalink
    March 18, 2008 7:37 pm

    U cant deny the truth tho…

  4. shepmpls permalink
    March 18, 2008 7:45 pm

    man WTF she has nothin better to do but anal-ysis a dope ass song. She must be from one of the UNNAMED area codes……man she needs to get a life.

  5. Jay King permalink
    March 18, 2008 8:47 pm

    Thats some funny shit. especially the last comment. Ha ha ha

  6. bruthaforeal permalink
    March 18, 2008 9:22 pm

    Damn now that we actually see the map I have to admit she points out some very-very interesting points. But nonetheless he is a rapper so we can only expect but so much. Now if he was an MC he would have been much deeper than hey I know some area codes! LMAO!

  7. 215 permalink
    March 18, 2008 9:28 pm

    Ludacris has hoes in the Midway and Wake Islands. Only scientists are allowed to inhabit the Midway Islands, and only military personnel may inhabit the Wake Islands. Draw your own conclusion.”
    Ludacris is not deterred by clever and/or strong women?

    That’s clever and strong woman right there scientists and military chicks… Hey I got an Idea tell you sistas or woman to stop being hoes stop running to men with the money or fucking rappers thinking they gonna get something out of it choose one man and one only and do everynasty porno thing with him and you don’t have to worry

  8. March 18, 2008 10:28 pm

    I thought her analysis was absurdly accurate.

    Hilarious.

  9. Nadia permalink
    March 18, 2008 11:29 pm

    All songs can be analyzed. Hopefully Ludacris isn’t writing songs just for the sake or writing rhymes. There is something in it. But this wasn’t a very good analysis. Anyone can look up the area codes, what are people like there?

  10. March 19, 2008 3:00 am

    Dope.
    -M

  11. March 19, 2008 4:44 am

    it could be this…or it could be that Luda just shouted out Area Codes that rhymes with the rest of the lines…iono…this sounds like an angry woman who should be more angry with the hoes in the area codes than Luda…stop bein hoes and he’ll be forced 2 just have 1 lady in the 404..simple (or not so) solutions 2 simple problems

  12. March 19, 2008 4:56 pm

    I took offense to the 313 reference in the song at first…then I remembered that rappers dubbed Detroit Home of the Best Rap Groupies… not the MOST, but the BEST…

    We are also the home of 2 Flavor of Love winners and going for 3…

  13. Megaton permalink
    March 24, 2008 6:27 pm

    LMAO… that shit is too funny though.

    “Ludacris has a disproportionate ho-zone in rural Nebraska. He might favor white women as much as he does black women, or perhaps, girls who farm.”

    In regards to this comment, I know at least two really sexy black women from Nebraska… and I live in ATL, Draw your own conclusions. Honestly, I think her analytical prowess could be better served than investigating Luda’s many hoes. However, I would tend to think that list has grown some what since 2001… Midway and Wake Islands watch out!

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