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"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" is a song written and recorded by American rapper Khia. It was released in April 2002 as the lead single from her debut album, Thug Misses. Owing to its sexually explicit lyrics, an edited version of the song was released to mainstream radio. The song reached number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top five in the United Kingdom two years later[3] and the top fifteen in Australia.[4]

"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)"
Khia - My Neck My Back single cover.jpg
Single by Khia
from the album Thug Misses
ReleasedApril 23, 2002[1]
Format
RecordedGrooveland Studios
(Clearwater, FL)
GenreDirty rap[2]
Length3:42
LabelArtemis
Songwriter(s)
  • Khia
  • Edward Meriwether
Producer(s)
  • Michael "Taz" Williams
  • Plat'num House
Khia singles chronology
"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)"
(2002)
"You My Girl"
(2002)
Alternative cover
UK cover
UK cover

Contents

Background and meaningEdit

The song encourages both cunnilingus and anilingus.[5] While the original version of the song contained sexually explicit lyrics, a heavily edited version was used for radio broadcasting and the official music video.[6] Khia later stated in a 2002 interview for MTV News, concerning the song's big success: "I guess the world is just nasty and freaky like that[...] It's not even my favorite song, and I was kind of surprised that's the song that everybody jumped on. ... That song is just nothing compared to my other music. It's like, 'That's what the world is about today,' so hey, it works for me."[7]

In 2018, NPR ranked the song as #184 for their The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women list, saying: ""My Neck, My Back" is the most enduring erotic pleasure procedural of this era, and rightfully so. Underscoring the dirty in Dirty South, Khia raps simple demands as to where she wants to be licked (short version: "all over"), with explicit suggestions towards technique that span two dedicated verses. It's a delightfully nasty club classic where a woman's pleasure is presented as a debt owed her."[8]

Recording and compositionEdit

"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" is a dirty rap song,[9] and India Mae Alby of Keakie.com described it as a "low beat Club song".[10] The song is noted for its chorus, in which Khia raps "My neck, my back, lick my pussy and my crack".[11] The song was written by Khia herself and Edward Meriwether.[12] During a studio session, Khia recorded "My Neck, My Back" at Grooveland Studios in Clearwater, Florida.[13] Additionally, Khia quoted the hip hop duo OutKast with the infamous lyric "so fresh, so clean".[14]

Music videoEdit

BackgroundEdit

The music video was shot in Khia's hometown Tampa, Florida and was directed by Diane Martel. It was released during the spring of 2002.[15] In the United Kingdom, a different video was used, which did not feature Khia, instead depicting a group of bikini-clad models washing a Hummer H2 in a seductive manner while lip-syncing the words to the song.[16]

SynopsisEdit

The music video begins with Khia dancing in a half-bikini dress at a party infront of various people full of arcade games. It later shows scenes of Khia at a pool receiving a massage by a dreadheaded man. Khia is also seen dancing at a barbecue. There are also scenes showing Khia in a house wearing a polka-dot shirt and heels surrounded by men. Khia can also be seen sitting on a bed in the same look she had on in the beginning of the video right next to many other various people.

Remixes and freestylesEdit

The official remix of the song, the "Roc-A-Fella Remix", features rapper Memphis Bleek. The remix was released as a clean version.[17]

Saweetie did a freestyle of the song titled "Icy Grl".[18][19] The song was released on her SoundCloud in the summer of 2017 and later released a music video for it in October of the same year.[20][19] The visual, which went viral on the Internet, would go on to accrue ten million views on YouTube as of March 2017.[21][19].

Usage in mediaEdit

In 2015, American pop singer Miley Cyrus performed a cover of the song at the Adult Swim's New York City upfront party.[22] The performance later caught the attention of Khia herself, who later praised the singer-songwriter for performing the song.[23]

The song is featured prominently and sampled in the Girl Talk song "Non-Stop Party Now" off the album Unstoppable.

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine did a lounge/swing styled cover of the song on their 2010 album OK Bartender.

Track listings and formatsEdit

UK CD 1[24]

  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Clean Radio Edit) – 3:20
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Clean Radio Edit) – 3:02

UK CD 2[25]

  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Clean Radio Edit) – 3:20
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Clean Radio Edit) – 3:02
  3. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Tom Neville X-Rated Mix) – 7:22
  4. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (FNP Remix) – 6:52
  5. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Dirty Club Mix) – 3:24
  6. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Street/Club Version) – 3:43
  7. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Video)

UK 12" single[26]

  • Side A:
  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Kardinal Beats Dirty Club Mix) – 3:24
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Friday Night Posse Remix) – 6:52
  • Side B:
  1. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Street/Club Version) – 3:43
  2. "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" (Tom Neville X-Rated Mix) – 7:22

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] 2× Platinum 270,000^
Australia (ARIA)[46] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[47] Gold 5,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[48] Gold 7,500^
Netherlands (NVPI)[49] Gold 40,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[50] Platinum 140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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