Flo Rida’s 2007 hit “Low” was the rapper’s first single. It was co-written by T-Pain, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and was featured in the movie Step Up 2: The Streets. Point being, we’ve probably all heard it a few million times.
But take one more listen.
In the song, the “shawty” seems to be wearing two pairs of shoes and two pairs of pants. First, she’s wearing “apple-bottom jeans” and “boots with the fur,” then she’s in “baggy sweatpants” and “Reeboks with the straps.”
This leads to only one possible conclusion: She’s a centaur.
The girl Flo Rida sings about in Low was wearing apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur, baggy sweatpants, AND reeboks with the straps all at the same time so we must conclude that she was, in fact, a centaur. In this essay I will— Splenda Pappy (@caroline_oreo) March 26, 2018
To be fair, @caroline_oreo wasn’t the first one to point this out. A user named @forclosers said the woman in the song was wearing either double pants and shoes—or she had four legs.
But @caroline_oreo was the first one who proposed the centaur theory that neatly explained everything. At first glance, it seems undeniable. People even started making fan art, of both the cute variety…
…and the more risqué.
Of course, this is Twitter, so alternate theories started being thrown around.
Huh… I’ve always thought of this as two performers taking turns as the story’s narrator and not as two separate characters talking about the same girl.— Social Justice Oreo (@_grim_piece) March 27, 2018
Is it possible that Mr Rida simply referred to her footwear in general terms initially as the 'boots with the fur' then again specifically by brand and styling? Not sure a Centaur has the opposable grip to 'work that pole'— Paul Senter (@PADSenter) March 26, 2018
And naturally, the whole how dogs/horses/centaurs wear pants debate got drug up.
These are the only options. pic.twitter.com/zUQAmX3aOO— Robert Aln Wendeborn (@rawbbie) March 27, 2018
Luckily, T-Pain himself jumped in before things got too out of control. He confirmed that, yes, the two-narrator theory was correct.
The first girl is dressed how Flo Rida likes. Second girls is dressed how I like. Flo likes a classy lady. I like a lazy bitch.— T-Pain (@TPAIN) March 27, 2018
You would think that would be the end of the debate, but people were not about to let Mr. Pain off so easily.
I think that distinction is unclear in the song. Maybe you should have said, “a second shawty had baggy sweatpants…” otherwise, it’s a kerfuffle. The third one in a row concerning your lyrics. Tighten up sir!— Ayoka (@ayokayejide) March 27, 2018
Why does TPain hate Centaurs.— The Bubba Sparxx of Discourse (@Chef_Lu_Bu) March 28, 2018
Some days you just can’t win.