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The Progression of the Bump and Grind

bump and grind A short tale of the progression of “bump and grind” over decades, genres and human sexes.

In 1972, T. Rex released the song “Children of the Revolution,” a track that did not bare the title “bump and grind” but began with sound advice regarding the act itself: “You can bump and grind, it is good for your mind / You can twist and shout, let it all hang out.”

Twenty two years later, R. Kelly released “Bump N’ Grind” in 1994. His mind may have been telling him “no,” but his body, his bodyyyyyy was telling him “yes.” Echoing the sentiments of T. Rex, Kelly confessed, “I don’t see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.” But he took it a step further (doesn’t he always), “See I know just what you want / and I know just what you need […] you need someone / someone like me, girl / to make love to you baby constantly.” OH! We see what you did there, Robert Sylvester Kelly. “Let it all hang out,” eh?

In 2011, 17 years after R. Kelly took it to a WHOLE ‘NOTHER LEVEL (read: Eugene Struthers), Swedish singer September shared bump and grind from a female perspective and all of a sudden it became land. YUP, LAND! September taught us that “even with a one-track mind,” you “got to get moving,” and “learn to let go…lose control” because in the land of bump and grind you can cross the line and stay the night (if you’re lucky).

Let’s recap: “bump and grind” went from a fun, liberating jig to some R.Kelly-involved activity  to a piece of land that we’re assuming is metaphorical, but who knows when a Swedish songstress named September is involved.

I guess that’s what happens when you “dance as though no one is watching“…

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