It all comes down to the infamous credit card swipe.
Earlier this year, Twitter had a field day comparing the careers of Nelly and Drake. If that discussion taught us anything, it's that the generation who grew up on Country Grammar hold the massively successful St Louis rapper's canon in high regard. As we've learned with the release of YG's wildly explicit "Pop It, Shake It" today, that high appreciation also extends to Nelly's controversial BET Uncut video for "Tip Drill."
YG's video takes place at a pool party in Miami filled with women in various states of undress, and it instantly brought many viewers back to a time when Nelly shocked the world with a very similar video for his 2003 single.
According to Twitter, at least today, "Tip Drill" has become something of a classic. Many have cited the similarities between Nelly's video and YG's, and while some are ready to call "Pop It" the "Tip Drill of this generation," others are more hesitant. One large point of contention in the debate came with the infamous "credit card swipe" scene in "Tip Drill," which is nowhere to be found in YG's tribute (though fans did come up with some interesting ideas about what that transaction would look like in 2017).
The "Tip Drill" video inspired criticism for its objectification of Black women at the time. In 2004, a bone marrow drive organized by Nelly's 4Sho4Kids Foundation set to take place at Spellman College in Atlanta was protested by students. The school's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance named Nelly "Misogynist Of The Month" for the video, and the drive was ultimately canceled by the foundation following the backlash. The drive was being held in aid of Nelly's sister, Jacqueline Donahue, who was suffering from leukemia.
The similar objectification present in YG's video may mean that he will also face criticism. If this is truly 2017's "Tip Drill," he most certainly will.
Check out what Twitter had to say about all this below.
YG made our generation of the Tip Drill video pic.twitter.com/y9mzx5sDN6— 7 GOD (@iiBreakNecks) May 13, 2017
Tip drill is still the best to ever do it on BET Uncut.— Sad & Boujee (@katangilee) May 13, 2017
I saw YGs Pop Shake video and had to rewatch TipDrill— Natural Glam Goddess (@Chaantellie) May 13, 2017
People are so disrespectful by even mentioning YG's "Pop it, Shake it" being in the same category as "Tip Drill."— Mide (@Midesworld) May 13, 2017
Y'all real life got Nelly black balled back in the day, now y'all saying Tip Drill a classic.. y'all romanticize nostalgia 2 much 🤦🏾♂️— Facts Kellerman B (@Wade23Marcus) May 13, 2017
the energy between YG video & Tip Drill just different— 💾 (@trapmoneyperm) May 13, 2017
YG ain't swipe no credit card down none of bootys in that video soooo don't compare it to Tip Drill.— Daddyish (@_Lavon314) May 13, 2017
if YG was really tryna make "the new tip drill" he should've inserted a credit card into a girls butt like it was a chip reader— Rikky! Rikki! Rikkè! (@rwxoxo) May 13, 2017
"YG made our generation of the Tip Drill video"— DAMN (@PrinceMarcus_24) May 13, 2017
Me looking for the credit card swipe pic.twitter.com/5HdCl1RKwz
Nelly's credit card swipe in Tip Drill wasn't only an important moment for hip hop history, but American history as well. Truly iconic.— eazy raheezy 🇵🇦 (@rah33zy) May 13, 2017
tip drill had stretch marks. you can't top that.— Persland😈⚡️🔥🤘🏾 (@PersianDev) May 13, 2017
Lol YG made the "new" tip drill" with no card swipe pic.twitter.com/EFs0B3pKXc— Jodeci fan account (@AcidxTariq) May 13, 2017
you can't do a remake of Tip Drill with a bunch of plastic IG models with Dr. Miami bodies....don't disrespect Nelly like that.— baesha. (@LondonAffair) May 13, 2017
"that video's not the new Tip Drill, there's too many fake butts" is the rap version of "Star Wars prequels have too much CGI"— Al Shipley (@alshipley) May 13, 2017
that new yg video is actually better than tip drill . don't @ me— Danco James++ (@ThatBoyCurtis) May 13, 2017
Here's one thing that's not up for debate -- it's great to hear YG and DJ Mustard working together again. YG's Just Re'd Up 3, which will be executive-produced by Mustard, is expected to be released later this year.