What Ray J's "I Hit It First" is Really About

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Current President of MENSA/musical artist Ray J recently released what has been described by every human with ears as a Kanye West diss track about Kim Kardashian, called I Hit It First. But former Rhodes Scholar Ray J insists that we are wrong and that I Hit It First is not about his sexual escapades with a pre-famous Kim Kardashian at all. If this is the case -- which it most assuredly is given Ray J's record for intellectual and moral decency -- then we must dig deeper and understand what Ray J truly "hit first." A close-reading of the lyrics to I Hit It First yielded a few possibilities.


See also: The Ballad of Kim Kardashian and The-Dream: A Speculative Musical

"She might move on to rappers and ballplayers/ But we all know I hit it first/ I hop in the club and boppers show love/ And I don't even put in work/ I hit it, I hit it, I hit it, I hit it, I hit it, I hit it first. I hit it, I hit it, I hit it, I hit it, I hit it, I hit it first."

These introductory lyrics to I Hit It First suggest that Ray J may have been the first (and greatest) player of the late-90's cult-toy-darling, Bop It!

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Ray J's reliance on words like "hit," "hop," and "boppers," as well as his claim that he can do it all without "even put[ting] in work" makes the Bop It thesis incredibly persuasive. Given the tactile nature of Bop It, in which one must "pull" and "twist" and "squeeze" and "bop" it, confusing Ray J's lyrics for a song about sex is understandable but ultimately misinformed. Ray J's repetition of "I hit it" at the end of the verse is a further shout out to Bop It and his mastery of it. He is proud of his Bop It skills and is challenging any and all listeners to challenge his prowess.

"I had her head going north and her ass going south/ But now baby chose to go West/ We deep in the building she know that I kill 'em/ I know that I hit it best."

Many of those in the I-Hit-It-First-Is-A-Kanye-West-Diss-Track Camp point to these lyrics in particular to argue that Ray J is referencing Kim Kardashian's decision to leave him and go "(Kanye) West." What these critics are overlooking, however, are the general themes of travel and abandonment that mark Ray J's ballad, and that completely transcend any current event or person. Rather, Ray J is reflecting on the earliest stages of American westward expansion.

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Ray J's references to all directions but east - -where the Atlantic Ocean lies -- as well as his mysterious existence in the bowels of an important building and his willingness to "kill 'em" suggests what Ray J hit first may in fact be the concept of Manifest Destiny. It would be a stretch to claim that Ray J is actually the reincarnation of President Andrew Jackson, but it is a far more realistic claim than I Hit It First being about Kim Kardashian and Ray J's misogynistic obsession with having sex with her "first."



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12 comments
dekitamoon
dekitamoon

This is an epic article, jay! These are definitely obvious reasons for his lyrics. I am now a fan of your writing. btw i like this article better than the song itself

arizonarick
arizonarick

the song is the best i love it he hit it first so you cant be mad at ray j for doin his thang tho

BOssyyyyy
BOssyyyyy

#smashed first I hit it I hit nit first

babygirls
babygirls

THAT IS RIGHT WHY DID HE DO THAT BUT THE SONG  IS NICE 


LoveMEhateMEnot
LoveMEhateMEnot

WOW you went really deep here!!! i dont think thats the case really. In recent interviews he said that people have never looked so deep into the lyrics of his songs and i must say you guys took the icing on the cake! He is an artist first and fore most. Like many of them they use words creatively that doesn't always have much to do with there lives but friends, and life experiences. I dont think he meant in literal words that he "HIT IT FIRST" i believe its just the concept of the song that was catchy and would grab peoples attention and give them something to talk about. In which case it is! I love the song and wait for the anticipation of the release of the video!!! 


Ray to go!!! Keep up the good work!! Cant wait to see what else is up your sleeve!!! 

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