On My Own Payroll

from Lyricism Is Alive And Well by Kiña del Mar

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I don't listen to much mainstream rap music, but I do check in from time to time to see what's trending. During one such check in, I noticed that a LOT of rappers were rapping about women providing sexual services in exchange for designer handbags. Even though I support sex workers and their craft, I had to give the "purses for pussy" trope the side eye. I got the impression that it was less about empowering sex workers and more about portraying women as hypersexual opportunists.

The line "I ain't hoeing for no handbag" came to me, and I started writing from there. And I love the irony of using the beat from "Gorilla Pimp" to rap about a woman making her own way without a pimp or a John footing the bill.

lyrics

ON MY OWN PAYROLL

These cats out here talking bout
They’ll give you a purse for some pussy
Mane if you don’t get yo....really
Bruh!

I ain’t hoeing for no handbag
(Dig that)
This Yoni never had a price tag
(Dig that)
I pay for my own jet lag
(How?)
Digging up my own gold
On my own payroll

I ain’t hoeing for no handbag
(Dig that)
This Yoni never had a price tag
(Dig that)
I’m just being honest
I ain’t gotta brag (Why?)
I’m digging up my own gold
On my own payroll

Fully grown, got my own
Best believe that nobody
Can tell me how to move,
what to do with my body
Fucking for the pleasure
Not a means to yo ends
So I take my own Ls
And I earn my own wins
Get your cash how you like, sis
I ain’t here to judge
But I make my own bag
And I hold it like a grudge
To these dudes acting rude
Fuck you and yo attitude
(Outta be crowning me, crowning me)
I ain’t here for you to use
I think you got the game confused

I ain’t hoeing for no handbag
(Dig that)
This Yoni never had a price tag
(Dig that)
I pay for my own jet lag (How?)
Digging up my own gold
On my own payroll

I ain’t hoeing for no handbag
(Dig that)
This Yoni never had a price tag
(Dig that)
I’m just being honest,
I ain’t gotta brag (Why?)
I’m digging up my own gold
(Where dem dollaz at)
On my own payroll
(Where dem dollaz at)

My daddy put me on game
Won’t take a dime from a lame
I’m my own claim to fame
So you can keep yo last name
Fiery like a flame
The blaze is too big to tame
Yeah, I’m too hot to handle
Leave yo ego in shambles

Built up my confidence
Now I got dollars and sense
Rep both sides of my city
That’s that hood elegance
They be trying to fund ya
Turn around, try to run ya
Mane best run me my check
Don’t wanna bring Pat
up out the projects

I been real since the genesis
Fear, the only nemesis
I stepped up and stepped out
started so I’m gone finish this
With or without ya
Can’t be worried bout who doubt ya
Hustle hard for my business
Let the world be my witness

I ain’t hoeing for no handbag
(Dig that)
This Yoni never had a price tag
(Dig that)
I’m just being honest
I ain’t gotta brag (Why?)
I’m digging up my own gold
On my own payroll

So I ain’t hoeing for no handbag
(Dig that)
This Yoni never had a price tag
(I can dig that)
Yeah, I’m a little sweet with a lotta swag
Digging up my own gold, gold, gold, gold

I ain’t going
I ain’t hoeing
I ain’t going
I get that paper cause
I’m a money maker (x2)

credits

from Lyricism Is Alive And Well, released November 11, 2021
Lyrics: Kiña del Mar*
Vocals: Kiña del Mar
Additional Vocals: Azra Nawal, Jay Daskreet, Da Ladie, & Christopher Bonner
Vocal Arrangement: Kiña del Mar*
Track Remake: Christopher "Slim Pro" Jerry

*Samples music from "Gorilla Pimp" by Project Pat
Songwriter: Project Pat
Production: DJ Paul and Juicy J

*Samples lyrics from "Do Your Thing" by Isaac Hayes

*Samples lyrics from "Where Dem Dolla Dollas At" by Gangsta Boo

*Samples lyrics & music from "Mr. Big" by Eightball & MJG

*Samples lyrics from "Crownin Me" by Playa Fly

*Samples lyrics from "Super Early" by Teety Blue

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Kiña del Mar

Singer/songwriter from Memphis, TN, where the blues meets Rock, fuses with Pop, and gives birth to the Jazzy Soul of Hip-Hop.

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