Froback Friday is a weekly feature of a music video from the platinum age of hip hop. 1998-2003, when rap was truly crossing over into the mainstream and I was regularly attending middle school dances.
“I’m a Thug” is a classic reimagining of Romeo & Juliet, replacing the ancient Montague-Capulet feud with class and respectability politics. The album this single comes from is Thugs Are Us, which was one of my favorite CDs when I was in seventh grade and I’ll never forgive the person who stole it out of my backpack. You know who you are. But I digress, as Trick Daddy is getting a call from his main chick and is set to meet her parents.
After handing out ice cream to children (Trick luh the kids) and telling his side chick he’ll holler at her later, Trick drives his green candy apple scraper to Star Island or something to pick up his girl from her parents’ mansion, greeting all the white children he passes. He pisses in their front yard and gives the woman’s younger brother an autograph before taking her shopping. All the while, her straight-laced parents hold hands, hoping the best for their daughter.
Inside the upscale clothing boutique, Trick’s companion tries on dresses as he gets seven digits from another fine young female. He goes to pay, the video slows to a crawl and dramatic opera music plays as the white inhabitants of the business fear Trick is reaching for a gun. A white-haired white woman shrieks and the security guard gets ready to pounce when Trick Daddy throws a stack of cash on the counter. That short sequence alone is better than most Key & Peele skits.
Finally, the two lovebirds arrive at the country club for dinner with the woman’s parents. Trick chugs the appetizer wine, sniffs and throws back a bread roll, and shakes his head, generally nonplussed at the French menu. So, like any reasonable picky eater might do, Trick Daddy orders some delivery hot wings from Wings ‘n’ Thangs (I still miss Broadway Wings ‘n’ Things [sic] on the corner of Alhambra in Oak Park). A man in a large chicken suit and a cape brings Trick’s order to the restaurant while the rich people surrounding him are completely appalled at the lack of decorum. Trick is unbothered. He tosses his discarded bones into some woman’s toasting wine glass and picks his gold teeth as the flickering Millie Jackson guitar loop fades away.