She Belongs To The Streets
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She Belongs To The Streets, also known as She Is For The Streets, is a slang expression taken from the book NIGGALATIONS: The Lost book of Ghetto Philosophers, and later popularized by the rapper Future. The phrase is typically used to accuse women of being sexually promiscuous. If a woman “belongs to the streets,” she isn’t sleeping with just one person. This slang commonly appears online as a catchphrase or copypasta in memes as captions, in video commentaries or in comments and replies.
The most commonly seen form of the copypasta is pulled directly from the 2018 book NIGGALATIONS: The Lost book of Ghetto Philosophers by Derrick Mingo. In the book, the verse comes from Niggalations 14:28, seen in this form:
“From the streets did she emerge, and to the streets she will return. And I say unto you, she is for the streets. So be not weary, when she must return from whence she came.”
In September 2019, the rapper Future can be heard uttering the quote, “She belongs to the streets,” in a video from social media, which helped spread the expression. On September 3rd, 2019, the YouTube account jaleezy uploaded the clip to their channel (shown below), receiving over 500,000 views, 12,000 likes and 452 comments.
After initially being spread by the video of Future, the phrase began appearing online in various tweets, memes and videos on social media. Redditor styles_P posted an example on October 23rd, 2019, to the r/BlackPeopleTwitter sub, under the title, “She belongs to the streets” (seen below), receiving over 6,700 upvotes and 159 comments.
The term was added to Urban Dictionary on November 4th, 2019, by user Just a simp, where it received 752 likes for the definition, “Underhand way of saying she is a hoe that participates in hoe activities that involve hoeing herself around like a hoe.”
Another commonly seen meme combining the book’s quote with a reference to Future appears online numerous times, typically as a reaction image to describe such promiscuous actions. On December 3rd, 2019, one such example was used by Twitter user @supafly__tnt (seen below), which received over 3,800 likes and 521 retweets.
December 3, 2019
On February 14th, 2020, Instagram user thereald1.nayah uploaded a video with the caption “She belongs to the streets.” The video (shown below) received nearly 96,000 views and 23,000 likes.
On February 26th, 2020, Redditor I_Require Sustenance posted the excerpt from the book to the r/copypasta subreddit, receiving 127 upvotes and 10 comments.
YouTuber WesSideLive frequently references the book’s quote in several of his videos where he portrays the fictional character “Misogyny Moses” while “sending thots back to the streets.” On April 19th, 2020, he uploaded a video discussing the CallMeCarson and Katerino Cheating Controversy to his YouTube channel, where he reads the excerpt and uses the catchphrase. The video (seen below) has since been viewed over 328,000 times, liked 34,000 times and commented on 2,700 times.
 Google Book – Niggalations
 YouTube – She belongs to the streets
 Reddit – r/BlackPeopleTwitter
 Urban Dictionary – She belongs to the streets
 Instagram – thereald1.nayah
 Reddit – r/copypasta
 YouTube – WesSideLive
May 22, 2020 at 08:50PM EDT
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