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Analysis of “Love Me” by Lil Wayne From a Feminist Standpoint

Published on April 25th, 2017 at 12:50 am

Music Analysis

By Lea Toubian

“Love Me” is a song by the American rapper Lil Wayne, released on his 2013 album I
Am Not a Human Being II. In this track, featuring popular artists Future and Drake, the rappers
describe being surrounded by women who want to please them, claiming that they do not need
anything more in life. On par with other contemporary rap music, this song embodies the
subjugation, sexualization, and objectification of women in modern culture. Through his
degrading language in the song “Love Me,” Lil Wayne contributes to the pattern of
dehumanizing women to little more than objects for his sexual satisfaction as well as the double-
standard in which women are shamed for being sexually active, while men are adulated for such
a thing.

Lil Wayne’s belittling view of women is evident throughout the song. In the hook,
Wayne claims that as “long as my b*tches love me / I can give a f*ck 'bout no hater” (5). In this
line, he does not even refer to the girls as women, but instead dehumanizes them with his
language. He repeatedly refers to the women surrounding him as “b*tches,” a derogatory term
used to demean and subjugate women. By calling them “his” he is portraying that they are his
possessions. These women are subordinate and belong to him to do whatever he wishes them to.
He does not care about anything else; he is solely interested in the affection of his sexual
partners. Their adoration feeds his ego and allows him to disregard his “haters.” This line is
repeated in the hook every time, which emphasizes his sense of ownership over the women, who
are his objects. Later, when talking about one of his girls Wayne claims that “all she eat is d*ck;
she’s on a strict diet” (14). This example of hyperbole expresses Wayne’s emphasis that a
woman’s only purpose is to provide sexual gratification. He exaggerates that her diet only
consists of giving oral sex to men, reinforcing the idea that she is subordinate and exists to
pleasure them. Furthermore, Wayne reinforces stereotypes by mentioning a “strict diet”; women
in modern American culture are held against unrealistic body standards which lead many to
excessively restrict their diets in order to lose unhealthy amounts of weight. Once again, the
women in focus are being stripped of their humanity, turned into objects just used for their

Lil Wayne discusses how the women around him admire and adore him, perpetuating that
women exist as servants and dependents of men. He states that “these h*es love me like Satan,
man” (12). Firstly, by referring to the woman as h*es, Wayne once again diminishes their
humanity. In his eyes, they are so beneath him they can only be considered as sexual objects.
Furthermore, he uses simile to display how deeply they worship him. Although he is ultimately
evil, like the Biblical allusion to Satan, and does not really care about them, the women continue
to give their attention to him. When Wayne says “man” he is likely referring to a friend,
implying he is bragging about this situation. In a world where disgraceful and objectifying
language is appropriated as “locker room talk,” men are often respected based on the number of
sexual partners they have, whereas in contrast women are shamed for promiscuity. This double-
standard is apparent as Wayne is able to gloat about his women, yet the women are degraded as
“h*es” and “b*tches.” Women in rap culture are consistently portrayed as sexual objects that are
subordinate to men. Lil Wayne once again uses simile when he says “these h*es got pussies like
craters / can’t treat these h*es like ladies” (37). He repeats the use of “h*es” which emphasizes
their hyper-sexualization, and compares their womanhood to craters. Wayne is implying that the
women have had a lot of sex, causing their genitalia to become like this. They have been used for
their bodies to the point that they are physical changing. Lil Wayne moves on to state that these
women do not deserve to be respected as ladies, but instead as “h*es.” He creates and supports
the idea that these women, although he is at least just as sexually active as them, are dirty and
less dignified than “ladies.” In society the perfect lady is supposed to be innocent and pure, a
virgin waiting for the right man to take her. However, holding true to the double standards
present, women are also hyper-sexualized and objectified. The women who are subjugated and
fall into the trap of becoming sexually active are then shamed for being “easy” or impure, while
virgins are chastised for being “prude.” While men are praised for their sexual endeavors,
women are chastened and apparently lose their humanity.

American popular culture contributes to and normalizes the subordination and hyper-
sexualization of the women; this is especially predominant in the rap genre. Women are
characterized as nothing more than objects that exist for the sexual pleasure of men. Lil Wayne
captures and reinforces this pattern with his song “Love Me.” By analyzing his lyrics one can
clearly see the paradox evident in society: while the male narrator of the song is praised for his
numerous sexual partners, the women are disgraced with demeaning slurs for being sexually
promiscuous. This song vividly depicts the phenomenon of women servicing and worshipping
men and striving for their approval.

Works Cited

Lil Wayne. “Love Me.” I Am Not a Human Being II, Republic Records (Young Money), 2013.
Wayne, Lil. "Love Me." Genius. N.p., 18 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Feb. 2017. <https://genius.com/Lil-
wayne-love- me-lyrics>.