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I rarely listen to mainstream radio these days, choosing instead to roll through L.A. blasting NPR, Oprah Radio, or my own mix of classic hip-hop, jazz, and R&B. But when I heard Future’s new song, I Won, featuring Kanye West, I got to thinking.

In the song, Future, who’s engaged to singer Ciara, croons:

I just want to take you out and show you off
You already know that you the perfect one
Girl when I’m with you, feel like a champion
Ever since I got with you I feel like I done won me a trophy
A trophy, I won me a trophy
I won, I won, I won
A trophy
I just want to take you out and show you off
You already know that you the perfect one
Girl when I’m with you, feel like a champion
Ever since I got with you I feel like I done won me a trophy
Trophy, I won me a trophy
A trophy, I won me a trophy
Trophy, I won me a trophy
A trophy

I almost said awwww, and was about to give Future props for infusing a little love back in hip-hop (no fisticuffs or arguments necessary), but then I remembered the idea of a “trophy wife” is extremely problematic.

While the song appears to be a sentimental ode to his boo, the reasons Future gives for “winning”—his partner’s looks, her sex game—are purely superficial. Though he could have mentioned his fiancé’s dedication, her openness, her intelligence, her business savvy, he defaulted to the most well-worn praise—her body.

And then there’s Kanye.

Instead of telling us why (yes, for the jillionth time) he loves his boo, Ye asserts that he “won” because he beat out NFL and NBA players to impregnate Kimmy K.

Yes, seriously.

You the number one trophy wife
So it’s only right to live the trophy life
You grew up on J. Lo, Timberlands by Manolo now
Till one day I put an angel in your ultra sound
I wanna dip that ass in gold, I wanna dip that ass in gold
I made it over NBA, NFL players
So every time I score it’s like the Super Bowl
Baby, we should hit the south of France
So you could run around without them pants
I put that glacier on your little hand
Now that’s the only thing without a tan
My trophy on that Bound bike, I gave you only pipe
If people don’t hate then it won’t be right
You could look at Kylie, Kendall, Kourtney and Khloe
All your Mama ever made was trophies, right?

Yeah, no. That’s not the type of compliment I’d pen for child’s parent and future spouse.

I have no doubt many will sing along to this joint, wishing their partners considered them “trophies,” but Kanye and Future missed a big opportunity. But, okay Ye.

Though hip-hop has a long history of love songs—Andre 3000’s Prototype; Common’s The Light; Black Star’s Brown Skin Lady; ATCQ’s Bonita Applebum; Kendrick Lamar’s Poetic Justice; The Roots’ You Got Me; LLCoolJ’s I Need Love; Lost Boys’ Renee, et. al—lately most mainstream artists have only viewed women as objects deserving of little more than “hard d*ck and bubble gum.”

Future and Kanye could have written a beautiful tribute to their other halves, infusing some much-needed honesty and vulnerability into their lyrics, which is nearly absent from rap today. But instead we’re left with yet another hyper-macho song about being the best to bed their respective boos and the first to knock them up.

Everybody sing?

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  • Renee

    The dynamics of KimYe are so exhausting. Imagine fetishizing Black men so heavily you don’t even realize that your Black fiancées hypermasculine aggression set to music is actually unhealthy. The Kardashians treat Black men like pets and court jesters but I refuse to feel bad for Kanye when he’s out here trampling over Michele Obama and every other Black woman except his late momma.

  • Sistahsecret

    There rap was awful besides the auto tune voice (whatever you call it) all I saw was white women rolling around i sand as they kept repeating the word trophy. I was never a fan before he got with kim k and after, but I recall he was a household name,but after kim k I hear more disappointment then praise.

  • Toya

    Our music is in a sick sad state right now.

    • Kai26

      Our?

  • shellyTheGreat

    You complain, and yet, ya’ll are still gonna listen to this trash.

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