Cock-A-Doodle-Doo

Kinksters, arise. Wake up. Know that my world has been turned on its ear an so might yours after you read this.

So the word “cock” has long been my go-to word for that flower of manliness, the penis. I like the sound of “cock”. It’s short and full of hard consonants, which makes it forceful, dirty. The word evokes the kind of powerful feeling that should be associated with such an instrument. So imagine my surprise when, reading Ben Westhoff’s article in a recent LA Weekly, about rappers using “cock” to mean “pussy”

Thought I knew about hip-hop. Turns out, not so much. 

Apparently “cock” meant vagina to rappers of the 80s and 90s, when hip-hop was first going mainstream. Westhoff quotes the lyrics of such luminaries as Ice Cube, Li’l Kim, and of course Grandmaster Snoop, whose single “Gin and Juice” is touted by Westhoff touted as being to hip-hop as “Satisfaction” is to rock. There are enough examples that the article leaves no doubt as to the veracity of this claim.

This usage apparently came from the postbellum South when the french slang coquille was used for poon. Or it might have been derived from the male usage of cock in the same way we use Kleenex to describe any tissue or Xerox for any photocopier. Cock might just have been about genitals, period. This is born out in colorful phrases from the region such as “Cock’s cock, even on livestock.” However, as hip-hop’s embrace of “cock” as a designation for guy parts grew, the usage of vadge-as-cock declined to the point where most people who hear the word now are unaware of the meaning it bore a few decades ago.

Fascinating stuff for a rap aficionado, not to mention a cock-lover in all senses of the word.

Featured image: The Cockfight, by Jean-Leon Gerome

2 responses to “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo

  1. I’ve been around a few years and I had NEVER heard this before. ‘Coquille’ are scallops, so I get the ruffly scallop shell equating with the labia. I guess us uptighty Whiteys from the 70s only ever used cock in the rooster sense. Hence, ‘le coq’ is all male in my eyes.

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