Popular culture sure does love a good song about a woman's rear-end.
Nicki Minaj's Anaconda, which sampled Sir Mix-a-lot's Baby Got Back, and Sisqo's Thong Song would undoubtedly be the two mainstays of the sub-genre and, in a recent interview with HuffPo, Sisqo explained the more intricate meaning behind the song.
"Fast forward 16 years later, and when you listen to it, you open up a time capsule,” explained the former boyfriend of Samantha Mumba. “I was thinking about that when I made it. That’s why we use those classical strings in the beginning. Much like the Renaissance period of art and music... that music and art is still appreciated today. I thought, let’s put a little classical air in this music. Hide some music within the gimmick, so the music will last longer than the gimmick."
As well as this, Sisqo also clarified a salient point on the song's lyrics - specifically, the line "dumps like a truck" and its possible interpretations. Believe it or not, there's actually been a debate on the meaning behind this line for years. Some people think it refers to junk in the trunk, i.e. a large rear, whilst others think it's about... well, taking a dump.
Over to you, Sisqo. "What I was really referring to was - a dump truck when it backs up, it’s like, ‘beep, beep beep.’ So, ‘she had dumps like a dump truck’ is, like, when girls do a booty dance move and they look back at their butt. She’s like a dump truck back-back-backing it up."
Mystery solved. Now let's hear that song again.