"Doin It" by LL Cool J: An Anthem After My Own Heart

When I was a kid, few things made me more nervous than when a dirty song came on the radio while in the car with my parents.  If I didn't change the station, I had to sit in mortified silence as the song described the details of the sexual encounter while Ipretended to take in the sites of the soul-killing suburban terrain I was being carted around. If I did change the station, I was tacitly admitting that I knew what they are talking about in the song, even when the deeds were heavily cloaked in euphemisms.
Rapper LL Cool J Barechested Wearing a Crown

One song that always got the switch off from me in the car was "Doin It" by LL Cool J and that broad that never got credit for it. I will call her Doris for the remainder of this post.  For years, I have considered this one of the most explicit, raunchy songs every to hit mainstream radio. But a recent listen to the song revealed that despite its explicit nature, this is one of the most praiseworthy songs about sex in the history of pop. Let me break it down for you.


As we all know, safety first. And that is true all the more in this world of disease-plagued genitals and the continuing menace of unplanned pregnancy.   This song gives shout outs to safe sex not once, but twice!

Doris is all
"You use a rubber"
and LL is like
"Damn right"
and Doris only then declares
"You are my lover."
He's not like "Yeah, I guess." He is super into it.  LL, my Kangol hat is off to you on this condom enthusiasm.
The other declaration of safety goes:
"Safe sexin it, flexin it, gettin mad affectionate Chewin it, oohin it, all while we're doin it"
Now I am not going to venture a guess as to what "chewin" and "oohin" are. BUT, a second nod to safe sex and a shoutout to affection during the deed are a-okay in my book.   LL may be cool, but he is not above showing a little tenderness when he is with a lady.  But tenderness is not the only thing he has in store for Doris.  Let's move on.
The Lady's Pleasure

If I had a dime for every time I heard a song where the male performer is all about getting his and leaving the lady's pleasure behind, I would have enough money to buy a miniature hippopatumus that I would name Frederick and feed kale chips to.  In this song, LL is certainly concerned with his own pleasure but is absolutely intent on pleasing Doris as well.

LL croons

"I wanna knock your block off, get my rocks off Blow your socks off make sure your G spots soft"

Of four things he plans to do, only one involves his rocks. The others are all about her block (???), her socks, and her spot! A refreshing retreat from the male-orgasm-centric sexy songs we so often hear.

Bridging Cultural Divides

He represents Queens, she was raised out in Brooklyn. Enough said.


No Walk of Shame Required

Now if you know me, you know that instead of the so-called "Walk of Shame" post-coitus, I take "The Stride of Pride."  But many a young lass has been kicked out of bed unceremoniously to stumble her way onto a train home, staring deep into her iPhone to see if she'll get a reassuring "Had fun, good night" type of text.  So I've heard.  But with LL as your mate, no such walk is required.

He closes this song that is now evidently about respecting women and their needs by saying:

"Word life, I like the way the ep went down Go to sleep, tomorrow I'll take you back downtown"

Not only does he let her sleep over, he offers her a ride home.  The "back downtown" might be a euphemism for doing it again but I like to thing that she lives near the Fulton Mall or something and he is going to drive her there from Queens.  NO SMALL TASK.

This has been your regularly scheduled over-thinking of a song by Alana.  Be safe this weekend.