Man's Not Hot - An Analytical Essay

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The author delves into the deep and complex nature of one of the most popular internet trends of 2017 - the song Man's Not Hot by Michael Dapaah.

Submitted: January 14, 2018

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Submitted: January 14, 2018



Throughout history, people have always hidden deeper meanings into artistic works that aren’t directly related to the subject. For example, in James Cameron’s popular sci-fi movie Avatar, which is sometimes referred to as an “all purpose allegory,” the main character infiltrates an alien community on the planet Pandora using computer operated genetic hybrids called Avatars. A plot like this would almost immediately register in someone’s mind as one of a typical summer blockbuster action movie, but underneath the main story, Cameron tells a tale of environmental advocacy about man’s treatment of the natural world. Like Cameron, Michael Dapaah, or as he is better known, Big Shaq, also hides a deeper meaning about the violent, erratic nature of man within his popular comedic rap song, “Man’s Not Hot.”


Dapaah points out man’s deplorable characteristics of ignorance and deceit in his song. Starting from the beginning of this complex example of “lyric,” Dapaah provides many insightful remarks about the contemptible nature of man. The colloquial phrase, “two plus two is four ... quick maths,” begins the soon to be classic of literature. This utterance, which is often associated with elementary school teachings, reveals the speaker’s inner thoughts about the state of man’s intelligence. Dapaah says this plain phrase to directly highlight man’s naiveté and lack of knowledge. Verse one concludes with the mocking comparison of a person’s “nose [to be] long like [a] garden hose.” This derogatorily references the lying ways of Pinocchio, a character whose nose grew with each falsehood told in a 1940 Disney movie by saying that people lie and cheat often. Connecting the negative aspects of Pinocchio with mankind, the speaker repeats his claims about human nature’s many faults. The speaker then describes the cruel act of “Tak[ing] man's Twix by force” in the second verse. The image of taking “Twix by force” is an analogy for the evil and cold-hearted act of taking candy from an innocent baby. Dapaah points out how mankind is wicked and remorseless by stealing the valuables of those who are morally impeccable.


Man’s Not Hot also addresses and comments about the temerity and cowardice of humanity. These observations are given throughout the entire song, from the verses, chorus, refrain, and bridge. The rather simple observation “Everyday man’s on the block,” follows after the first line in the song. A statement such as this appears unassuming to the untrained eye, but obviously describes how man is constantly out in the public looking for ways to fill his savage desire for blood. Being “on the block” can be associated with mutual parties looking for protection. When Dapaah sadly observes that “man’s on the block,” he tries to emphasize the frequent problem of gang violence. The speaker then recalls the horrid image of when the “ting went quack-quack-quack.” The animalistic words “quack-quack-quack” are a direct copy of the common sound of a duck, an animal with a history of committing violence ( and other bad tendencies. The speaker emphasizes the violent nature of weapons, or in this case, “tings.” He extends this intense image once the speaker comments that “man [was] ducking.” The cowardly act of physically “ducking” can be interpreted from this quote, but also, the smart wordplay with “quack” and “ducking” can also indicate that the speaker is comparing human nature to “tings” and their aggressive duck-like mannerisms.


Also, Dapaah’s song concludes with ingenious statements concerning the overall general negative and chaotic nature of man. These intuitive remarks are most frequent in the refrain, chorus, bridge, and outro of the song. This visionary speaker provides creative comments about the ting, which was proven in the previous paragraph to be a comparison to mankind, going “skidiki – pap – pap and a pu-pu-pudrrr-boom,” The erratic diction of “skidiki – pap – pap” can be associated with unpredictability and primitive language. This extends the argument of humanity’s chaotic and savage nature. The brilliant onomatopoeia, “pu-pu-pudrr-boom,” describes the destructive sound of an explosion, and since it was caused by manmade “tings,” the speaker reminds listeners with this subtle reference to history of the importance of stopping violence. This illustration once again echoes Dapaah’s message of addressing man’s faults. Dapaah concludes by strongly emphasizing that “Man’s Not Hot,” and even goes to the point of saying, “Man can never be hot.” The diction, “hot” extends the speaker’s point once again because its definition means very good. Because “man’s can never be hot,” man is not just bad, but can never be good.


This powerful message given throughout this entire obvious choice for 2017 song of the year reveals to listeners the crucial need to improve the quality of humanity. Dapaah provides a call to try to improve ourselves from greedy (Insert story of bad working conditions because people didn’t want to pay for it here), ignorant (Insert picture of author here), and bloodthirsty savages (Insert quotes from LOTF here) (“I can sing C sharp”). The state of our world today once again extends his argument as more and more blatant human rights violations appear in the news (Insert Martin Shkreli, #MeToo movement, and here). The song, “Man’s Not Hot” tries to address these obvious faults of humanity to hopefully wake up its listeners and motivate them to create a better world where man can be good, or in this case, hot.  





Works Cited

Avatar. Dir. James Cameron. 20th Century Fox, 2009. Film.

Dapaah, Michael. “Man’s Not Hot.” Island Records, 2017. Song.


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