20 Years of Pimp Glorification in Pop Culture (2003)


In the '80s:
Too Short and Ice-T, and Big Daddy Kane releases included glorification of the pimp and sexploitation themes.

Too Short’s “Blow Job Betty” is the callous tale of a prostitute who chokes on semen and dies.

In the '90s:
The Notorious B.I.G. rapped: "Pimpin' ain't easy but it sure is fun."

In the new millennium:
One of Jay-Z's most popular songs remains the 2000 anthem "Big Pimpin'."

50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P” a major winner at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and is performed by rappers dressed as pimps while flashing money at women dressed like prostitutes.


The “Pimpin' ain't easy” slogan was adopted by a WWF wrestler known as the “God father” who appeared dressed as a pimp with his entourage of ‘hos’ and offered them to his opponents.

The movie "Pootie Tang" has been described as a pimp fashion show.

"Lil' Pimp," a cartoon movie about a child pimp is in the works.

Reference: “Pimp fast becoming the new gangsta of rap” By Nekesa Mumbi Moody 

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