Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
handguns are still produced, but the word gat comes from
Gatling gun, a kind of machine gun used during the Civil War. There must
be something in the air - this is the second gun related question I've
gotten in the last week! Read on for another one.
A fo is a 44 Magnum handgun, which ought to convince her Nelly is right. On the other hand, given the preceding lyrics, it seems as likely that Nelly is saying "with a pole in the basement" - like a stripper's pole.
The more difficult
question is about "Jason." Jason Epperson is Nelly's frequent
producer. However, since he's talking about someone hiding in the basement,
it could be a reference to the character Jason in the horror movie series
Friday the 13th. In at least one of those movies, the evil Jason
waits in the basement for his victims to arrive.
Note: Since originally answering this question a few months ago, I've gotten a lot of mail about it, primarily concerned with the identity of "Jason." One reader suggested that "kidding like Jason" is a reference to basketball player Jason Kidd. However, an important fact that I learned later is that producer Jason Epperson has a massive recording studio in his basement, called Basement Beats (where there may or may not be a stripper's pole). Nelly doesn't have lyrics available on his site, but more internet users think he's saying pole by about two to one.
Get Rich or Die Trying * Big Girl Panties
* Does the Carpet Match the Curtains? *
The Shocker *
Double Clicking the Mouse *
Nice Ride! * Bulldagger *
Where's the Beef? *
Scissor Sisters *
Skeet! Skeet! Skeet! *
Get Your Eagle On *
On the Down
* Does God
* Frontin' & Trippin'
What's a Home Run?
* Sell the Sizzle and not
* Hair of
* That Sucks!
* What's Gaslighting?
* My Boyfriend Called Me a Bitch
* Help! I Can't Understand Friends
* Glocks & Gats
I Get my Freak on?
* Queef Problems
* The Cat's Meow