Flo Rida’s “Can’t Believe It” Illustrates Changing Perceptions of Beauty and the Rise of the Booty

A few months ago, we posted this piece, an investigation of the rise of the booty and what American men’s new found fascination for women well-endowed in the behind department says about the changeability of society’s perception of beauty. Since then we’ve seen more and more evidence to suggest that America’s perception of what makes a woman beautiful is being influenced by its increasing diversity. First we had this video from Major Lazer, which found three white girls discovering the joys of booty shaking, and now we have a new piece from Flo Rida and Pitbull – an ode to that surest sign of increasing diversity, the white booty.

Both video’s are evidence of the same trend: the increasing popularity of a more full-bodied look, best characterized by the bootylicious action illustrated in each video. Perhaps not coincidentally, “Can’t Believe It” has inspired ire from Diplo, who has taken to Twitter to accuse Flo Rida of “ripping off my video” and has threatened to “toilet paper the trees in front of flo-rida mansion.” Check out the video and decide for yourself whether the similarity is a product of the big booty fad or straight up theft.

Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” video & the politics of the booty [via Largeup.com]

At MMXLII, we’ve discussed the new found love for the “booty” first celebrated in urban culture-, in our Perception of Beauty piece. Major Lazer’s  outrageous latest video “Bubble Butt” can be seen as a hommage to this newly accepted emphasis on womanly curves. Largeup.com put together a great comparison between the major Lazer video directed by Eric Warenheim and its predecessor that laregly changed the game: Six Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”.

The pioneer: Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 single “Baby Got Back”
The brown girls/big booties vs. white girls/flat asses debate has probably been discussed behind closed doors for as long as African and European people have been living side by side. But the Seattle MC’s homage to bubble butts brought discussion of the relationship between race and derriere proportions out into the open, and the mainstream. Not only did Mix-A-Lot’s tribute challenge social norms (“I’m tired of magazines! Sayin’ flat butts are the thing!”) when it comes to women, race and body type— you could convincingly argue that it altered them.

Flash forward to 2013, and butt injections are as common as breast implants. Butt size is practically a national obsession, but things are a little more complicated and nuanced now: the most famously round ass in the world belongs to a white woman. So while “Baby Got Back” has been the definitive musical statement when it comes to ass size for more than 20 years, it seems that the time was ripe for an update. Leave it to Major Lazer, the game-changing dancehall sound system led by the white, American man who gave us M.I.A. and Snoop Lion, to play around with these notions in a fun, yet provocative way that probably only they can.

Videos after the break.


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Major Lazer f/ Amber Coffman – Get Free [MUSIC VIDEO]

So let’s start off this Friday with a bit of music and travel in the form of Major Lazer’s new video.  Features Amber Coffman who makes an appearance as well as Diplo but the visual is mainly a look at current life in Jamaica.  Dancing, games, kids and more dancing.  Take a look and enjoy.

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Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion – La La La [MUSIC DOWNLOAD]

Today, international superstar Snoop Dogg officially becomes reincarnated as Snoop Lion with the release of  “La La La” – the premiere Single from his forthcoming album Reincarnated.  
Produced by Diplo and the Major Lazer production team, “La La La” was recently recorded in Jamaica and is Snoop Lion’s debut song. Releasing soon, Reincarnated sonically represents Snoop’s time in Jamaica where he was positively impacted by both the Rastafarian culture Read More


The band has decided to kick their series of webisodes off with the recording of the track “Push & Shove” which is a collaboration between No Doubt, producers Major Lazer and Jamaican artist Busy Signal. Of all the songs on the album, this is the only collaboration of it’s kind. Enjoy! – No Doubt