Where does fuckboy come from?
The earliest use of fuckboy was in the 2002 song “Boy Boy” by rapper Cam’ron. The song includes the lyrics “Oh this cat over front? Fuck boy, boy.” Here, Cam’ron lists the boy’s traits and then calls him some type of boy after it. For example, “Yo, where you from dog? Harlem boy, boy.” In his song, he uses fuckboy to mean a guy who is a weak loser, who sucks, who isn’t conventionally masculine, or who “ain’t shit.”
After “Boy Boy,” more songs started to use this term. In 2004, T.I. and DJ Drama released a song called “99 Problemz (But Lil’ Flip Ain’t One) Freestyle,” which featured the word. In 2008 and 2009, two new songs called “Fuckboy” were released by Othorized F.A.M and DJ Paul, respectively.
In late 2014, fuckboy took off. On September 14th, Tumblr user rememberingsunday made a post detailing the traits of a fuckboy. These include “relies on his mom but doesn’t respect women,” and “askin’ for nudes when all u did was say hello.”
Then, on September 15th, the hip-hop group Run the Jewels released “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” which features the lyrics “That fuckboy life about to be repealed / that fuckboy shit about to be repelled.”
So, the question was what the fuck was a fuckboy? Killer Mike explained that fuckboys can be easily identified because they are “always doing fuck shit. Just the dumbest, weirdest, lamest possible shit ever...You know, the cops pull you over and ask if anyone has marijuana in the car. That one friend who says, 'Yes officer I do,' he's the fuckboy in that situation.”
But, fuckboy’s changed ... kind of. In 2017, a fuckboy is someone who doesn’t respect women, is a player who won’t commit, and is basic in his clothing choices and personality. Maybe he’s also a misogynist.
Who uses fuckboy?
We’ve all encountered fuckboys in our lives, let’s face it. In fact, it’s even been borrowed into other languages including Swedish.
Fuckboi has also been floating around online since 2014. Fuckboi (or fuccboi) is not simply a stylized version of fuckboy, although some people do use it that way. Fuckboi has a specific meaning related to fashion. He is someone who wears high-end clothing and wishes to be associated with fashion culture, without actually being a part of that culture. This is a guy who buys articles of clothing just for the logo.
And, then there’s the prison usage of fuckboy … yea we’re pretty sure you know what that one means. In prison, a fuckboy is a man who is “gay for pay” or for other services.
fuckboy logic: i'm not cuffing u but ur mine so u better not talk to other guys, but don't trip when i'm with girls because i'm single.
@nazri_psycho, March, 2017
pls god……don’t let him be a fuckboy
rememberingsunday, Tumblr, September, 2014
If there was a fuckboy major, I could have had my Ph.D. in high school.
Alex Browndorf, “How You Know You’re Ready to Give Up The Fuckboy Life,” Flocku, January, 2016