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Some of my loyal readers objected to me calling elderly rapper Jay-Z "roughneck" in this post yesterday. Some of my readers are too young to remember when roughnecks were considered the ultimate symbols of male sexuality in the hood.

Roughnecks were desired because they weren't afraid to display their masculine pulchritude in wife beaters and jeans that sagged just so off their hips - not all the way down their thighs like today's boys.

Today, liberals call hunky male attributes "toxic masculinity."

Back in the day, roughnecks were so coveted, that rap icon MC Lyte paid homage to them in her 1993 hit song "Ruffneck".

Your mothers and aunties nodded in agreement when they heard Lyte express her honest and direct admiration for bad boys.
 

    Drink a beer, sittin' in his chair
    Hands in his pants fiddlin' with his d*ck hairs
    He's a rudeboy, a raggamuff
    Ready to bag another brother that he ranks not ruff enough
    'Cause if it ain't ruff, it ain't right
    And if he ain't right, well then he's all wrong for the Lyte
    I love my ruffneck and ain't nothing going down
    Or going up if my ruffneck ain't in town

 

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  • RICHIE_RICH

    Oh Sandy Mae with this write up! Lol ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I thought the 'sagging' came from male prisoners wearing their pants off their butts as a visual invitation to a top that he wanted to bottom.
    I guess you learn something new every day.

  • WinterIsComing

    Playing with his d!ck hairs? No thanks! ?

  • Topic Influencer
  • Coy little wink

    Cause if it ain't ruff it ain't right ?

    Oh my where is mister ?

  • Yoni7

    LMAOOOOOO She traded you in, Sis.

  • Topic Influencer

    Mine was right around the corner from this dumb ass JOB today and I couldnt even go eat lunch with him. *flings self to ground*

  • Topic Influencer

    I LOVE she. LAWD.

  • Applebum

    I need a ruffneck
    I need a man that's quick and swift
    To put out the spliff and get stiff
    Boxer shorts everything is fitting large
    Body ain't gotta be large to be in charge

    ???

    I blame MC Lyte for liking ruff necks/thugs growing up. Educated thugs. Tupac...Q from Moesha. ?

  • Ni Ni

    Drink a beer, sittin' in his chair
    Hands in his pants fiddlin' with his d*ck hairs
    _________________
    *clutches pearls* i must've heard the edited version.

  • Coy little wink

    Lol....what's that wrestling move you like to be put in ? I need that

  • NewNew

    ?Gotta who? Gotta have a what? ? This was my jam back in the day.

  • Bossy704

    I love how she rapped this song with perfect diction. The ideal man was masculine, muscular and misunderstood.

  • that_VA_thickchick

    I still can't believe she married a dude. *cries in bisexual disappointment*

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Best female MC ever, hands down.

    Cardi B and 'em should take notes.

  • SouthsideServesHerWell

    Those lyrics....lol....I’ll pass.??....Had one like that before years ago and he was a total loser.

  • Vegas1989

    you made me bust out laughing and walk away from my computer. I'm in tears for laughing and my neighbor was like I want to laugh...LOL

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    that song was my Jam...I was so young but it was my jam

  • Meme

    Adina Howard also said "i need a roughneck lover who can satisfy me"

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/dt01KgAjhAtny9AVox/giphy.gif

    im falling out @ bisexual disappointment

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    My momma popped me in the mouth when I was singing this as a pre-teen...I love MC Lyte her cadence is one of a kind...

  • LadiiJayeIsThiccLikeMsPiggy?

    Surviving The Ruffneck Era:Starring Me.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Just for me/
    If you are that kind of man/
    Cause Im that kind of girl/
    I gotta freaky secret everybody sing/
    Cause we dont give a damn about a thing...

    Yall know the rest thats my song!!!

  • Renee26

    Elderly huh??

  • Topic Influencer

    AH Half Nelson!

  • MsSapphire9800

    OFF TOPIC....I knew when I saw the picture of Beyonce's twins after 2 years in the dark something was up....Well...Well..Well her Adias line is coming out....And people say...she doesn't pimp her children...she is just like everyone else.

  • Renee26

    She didn't marry a roughneck tho...

  • that_VA_thickchick
  • Renee26

    I did too chile.... Not interested

  • Renee26

    Ewww at Q

  • Carla
  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Co-sign...My "ruffneck" still runnin around the same hood acting crazy in his mid 30's... he only buttons the top of his shirt and they call that nicca "El Pollo Loco" with his short azz...

  • Renee26

    Giggles

  • Renee26

    It did

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you down ther wrigglin' like Queen? LMAO!!!!!!!

  • Renee26

    ? he crazy huh

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    crazy as the day is long and only 5 ft 6...Chile...

  • Renee26

    Full Nelson

  • LadiiJayeIsThiccLikeMsPiggy?

    Sis..my ruffneck doing 30+ years...looking back I was suppose to be strung out on drugs, getting my asz beat, and some more sh*t....But God...!

  • Vonn

    The crazy chicken??? Lol

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i HOLLERED!
    LMAO!

  • NewNew

    You dodged a cannon ball

  • Ghost

    ???

  • Vonn

    Loved the song, but not a fan of ruff necks. Those nig nogs aint nothing but trouble.

  • oshh16

    LOL, my thoughts exactly.

  • Coy little wink

    The 90s were EPIC chile....

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Whew Chile! Saw that big ole pic of Lyte and thought she was gone. This here site is going to be the death of me. But I'll leave with a big ole smile omy face.

  • Yoni7

    Arrozo con pollo is my sh!t.......add shrimp.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ROFL!
    right! clearly, i only ever heard the radio version, LOL!

    that's like when The Chronic came out... 'nothing but a g thang' was all over the radio, and i was like, yo! that's finna be my afternoon walk tape! chile, went to sam goodie or the wiz (lol) and bought it, popped it in my walkman, and great day in the mornin'!!!!!!!!! i was NOT ready... https://media0.giphy.com/media/YVOGMB0wBJ4vYx6aEV/giphy.gif

  • KcoolMuziq

    Mc Lyte has aged like fine wine. Loved her as the boss on "Half & Half" & most recently "Power"..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    real tears.... LMAO!!!!!!!!

  • oshh16

    They were, I didn't really like this song though but it was out when I had the biggest crush on Clifford Smith.

  • Yoni7

    Didn't the title almost read like an obituary.
    Sunrise - Sunset (1993)https://media1.giphy.com/media/OAe0hWK0LnV5K/giphy.gif

  • Vonn

    I love it too. Adding shrimp sounds good!

  • Yoni7

    I won't eat it no other way.....o'an I forgot to add mushrooms.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Yes, Sandra. That was my song. You couldn’t tell me I didn’t look like MC Lyte back in the day. (I don’t though but that’s all I had?????)

  • oshh16

    I miss eating rice sometimes :-(

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Lol! I'll remove the date. ?

  • Guest

    Never liked ruffnecks. This was a jam though.

  • Wreckognize Game

    My ruffian from 15 years ago still has cornrows. I looked his brother up when I had Facebook to get a glance. So glad I left him in the Midwest ? and came back home.

  • IChosetheBrownDollbaby

    Yep but folks swear someone released the pic without her knowledge. Everything Beyonce does is calculated. Everything!

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    This is exactly what I almost did. Had to scroll down to the comments. That darn Sandra Rose almost set my defibrillator off. ??

  • Wreckognize Game

    Have you seen her Unsung? She really was and is the personality I thought that she was only portraying back then.

  • Vonn

    Now I'm hungry for it. I like shrooms too, something else that I'll add on. Thanks!

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    with the hyperventilation to go with it. ?

  • The Art

    She is a ruffneck

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So what the hell is Auntie talking about?

    Auntie, did you have something to drink with lunch before you wrote that post?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yup....they use to call him Chicken Little cause he always had his chest puffed out at adults when we were little kids...the older he got the crazier he got so we started calling him El Pollo Loco...25+ years later he still the crazy chicken smh...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Who you tellin!!!! I would have atleast 5 kids living in a dilapidated house waiting on my stamps smh....God works wonders Honey....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    The best era of Female MC's...Period...

  • Banka

    Lyte as a rock ...!! Lyte is a top 3 female MC.....

  • xenaD

    Just why do these boys sag down to their knees..

  • xenaD

    But u called jay z one? ??? missed it..

  • Jethro

    If Jay-Z's elderly, what's that make you? ?

  • Guess Who

    LMMFAO! Sandra...if you are anything, it's "something else".

  • Topic Influencer

    Yall know me so WELL. I am a nigra

  • deidre martin

    I been mackin daddy from the corner of my eye!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Meme

    No would like to catch it

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    They might as well not wear pants at all. Just walk around in they damn draws out in public. https://media1.giphy.com/media/cTk4ckoe2S0Cs/giphy.gif

  • Sha

    You said that right, the 90's was what was happening. Mc Lyte, Salt and Pepper.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Going off to google Clifford Smith.

  • Yoni7

    I'm such a foodie. LOL You're welcome.

  • Solstice

    Giiirrrrlll!!! I had the time of my life!!! ???????

  • Yoni7

    Please and thank you. LOL

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    It felt so good to see this video.

  • Yoni7

    Cauliflower perhaps?

  • Solstice

    LMMFAO!!!! She’s shady as hell with that one! ?????

  • Let them eat cake

    elderly rapper? lol girl...

  • Let them eat cake

    lmbo!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yes! ROFL!!!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I canNOT!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO!

  • Ni Ni

    Lmao!!!

  • Renee26

    Hot mess... He's an elderly ruffneck ?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I swear I pretty much see this on the SW streets of Houston.

  • Renee26

    She's just being her normal messy self ?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    the pants down to the thigh got me SO weak right now... and then the other fool lookin' like Chris Brown... i am fork done. ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carrington

    Lyte used to be handsome... I saw a pic of her with Janet the other day and couldn't understand the concept that some day, he'd end up prettier than Janet.

  • dru and neil

    “Hands in his pants fiddling with his d*ck hairs” sounds like a damn neighborhood pervert to me.

  • MoneyMillz

    BROOKLYN Stand up

  • Jordan’s Memory

    That's my girl!!!! Oh how I MISS the 90s when rappers actually rapped, Singers actually sang, and dancers actually danced. this shittt now? Chile please. Thank God XM radio is here to keep those Memories alive.

  • Sassie

    I SWEAR!!

  • Sassie

    I just laughed SO LOUD at this, LOL!!!!!

  • Sassie

    Lyte is actually very pretty nowadays....yep

  • Sassie

    LOL!!

  • Sassie

    That gif, LOL.....

  • Whirl

    Singing ~cha cha cha~

  • Whirl

    I’m a registered republican albeit a black one and I whole heartedly disagree with you broad brushing the views of liberals.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    It does sounds gross as hell! lmao

  • Renee26

    ? we had one we called "naked man" he was a flasher

  • Renee26

    ? that's a whole woman

  • Renee26

    Yum

  • Renee26

    Method Man sexy ass

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks, hun. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    A woman of a certain age.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    ???

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Pants sagging did not begin in prison. Men around the way wore jeans without belts and their pants naturally sagged a little bit below the belt. You only saw the tops of their boxers. Then the homosexual rappers came along, and the rest is history. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Read my response to Rod.

  • MrsSpice1

    Hey girl, u cute too.. ..?..

  • Star

    Preach! Exactly it was a compliment.

  • dru and neil

    See what I mean?

  • dru and neil

    It wasn’t the least bit sexy..

  • Karen Brady

    ALL DAY

  • xxxgracious

    Just finished cursing out Sirius just so they could lower my package lol. I argue with them every six months lol.

  • Rayscoty

    "Some of my loyal readers objected to me calling elderly rapper Jay-Z'

    Sandra.. You bring me so much joy...LMAO

    Always thought MC Lyte was rapping about herself

  • Daffanyrose

    Yess

  • Chicagowise

    Cappuccino is fly, but too fly for me! ??

  • Parent

    I need a ruffneck,
    I need a dude with a attitude,
    Only needs his fingers with his food,
    Karl Kani saggin' timbos draggin'
    Frontin' in his ride with his home boys braggin'....

    Damn that was my joint.

  • Parent

    lol

  • Parent

    Have some respect for the lady!

  • Parent

    lmao

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Oooooohhhh!!!! Thank you. LOL! I forgot his real name.

  • Renee26

    That ruffneck can get it... He looks even better now umm ummm ummm!

  • Jethro

    Shame the devil.

  • jujumanji

    I grew up loving that song but I was way too young to be listening to half of that. I blame my sister now for the reason why I see a guy in timbs and just have to say hi.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    gotta what cho, gotta get a ruff neck. Man, this was the ish. The track goes hard.

  • Chicagowise

    I really liked Mc Lyte

  • Malificent

    I need it and I want it so I gotta get a ruff neck!!! That’s my shiznit!

  • Brown & Proud

    Say it! People always say I'm stuck in the 90s, im guilty as charged! I cant stand the music and fashion of today its horrendous and lackluster. I miss the days when men looked like men in their saggy jeans and Tim's mmm!

  • Brown & Proud

    Shoot I still do! Haha that man is drop dead gorgeous!

  • B.Loveitt

    I love me some Lyte and Jay...begone you asses.

  • Brown & Proud

    What? Fredro starr is foine! And he is a dope rapper (onyx) ive always loved me some fredro (q) yum

  • dru and neil

    I loved it when her friend was describing how Adina took Brandy’s man because when Adina shows up its “on and poppin.” I felt bad for po’ Brandy!

  • dru and neil

    It’s good...

  • WhooCares

    Yaaaasssss! ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    I guess Adina was the 1st Superhead the way she described her sexual freedom. Also, I always wondered how old Brandy was when she got with Wanya.

  • Bonny

    Yes indeed

  • Bonny

    Naw.

  • dru and neil

    I know right, her own husband couldn’t keep up with her libido, bless his heart!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I read these comments to see if any one felt the way I did and then there was you! ? I always thought she was a lesbian so I was shocked when she announced she married a man

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ??????omg log off

  • pure_rachet

    MC Lyte IS THE Ruffneck she raps about... IJS but yep grew up with this. But she seems a bit rougher because of the year. I was in saggy pants and overalls but I am strictly dickly.

  • pure_rachet

    Wasn't she about to marry a girl a while ago? I'm sure of it. Before her husband though I think she was dating a woman for a while.

  • pure_rachet

    Thanks for the limited Nipsey posts today. I'm Nip'ed out. I'd gladly take a Tekashi 69 update...

  • Nik

    ????????????

  • Nik

    She was also on Queen of the South.

  • Nik

    To this Mardi Gras...

  • Tiff J

    Isn't it "I need it in the morning, so I gotta get a roughneck".... or have I been singing it wrong all these years? LOL

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  • Jordan’s Memory

    Yes Maim! OMG you just took me back. Don't forget about the Polo Boots too! lol

  • Renee26

    ?

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  • MoneyMillz

    U know

  • MoneyMillz

    ?

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  • SpiceGirl

    Team Lyte

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  • felicia

    Bk all day, is Brooklyn in the house!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I made this comment in the past maybe not on here but folks was like she was never gay! I was like huh? I thought she was and I thought I heard she was messing with a woman back in the day????? But I was told I was wrong

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  • Yetunde

    I loved this song back then and still do. I still remember all of the lyrics.
    This is back to a time when female rappers actually rapped.

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