UK comedian Michael Dapaah first came to notice with his comedy skits in which he parodied UK gangster stereotypes and rubbish rappers. He then went viral with his "Fire in the Booth" freestyle on Charlie Sloth's BBC 1Xtra show which he rapped as "Roadman Shaq."
A "roadman" is a British slang term for a gangster, who is always wearing a big puffy jacket no matter the weather.
I tell her man's not hot, I tell her man's not hot
The girl told me, "Take off your jacket"
I said, "Babes, man's not hot" (never hot)
Shaq rhymes about keeping your coat on and getting annoyed when people say take it off.
As a result of the popularity of "Fire in the Booth," Dapaah decided to flip the freestyle into an official song titled "Man's Not Hot," which he dropped on September 22, 2017.
The song uses the beat of 67's "Let's Lurk" featuring Giggs, which is produced by GottiOnEm and Mazza.
The song is best known for its meme-inspiring gun sounds. They are a parody of a lyrical trend involving London rappers, who incorporate deliberately rhythmic gunshot onomatopoeias in their rhymes.
Asked by NME how he wrote the song, Big Shaq replied:
"Boom, basically – everywhere I go I wear my jacket babes – do you know what I'm sayin'? So it's like, it's just me telling my story. It doesn't matter where I am, what I do, whether I'm in the sauna, whether I'm on the beach, whether I'm with my girl at the spa – man's never hot. It's that simple. It's not really a story – it's a lifestyle."
The song's music video features cameos by DJ Khaled, Lil Yachty and Waka Flocka Flame.
Big Shaq told Genius
"I don't take off my jacket for no one. Man was on a date. With a girl. Hot girl. She tried to ask me to take off my jacket. So she can stroke my neck. I said, 'What the heck do you think this is babes? Man's not on some romance ting. What do you think this is? Pretty Woman? Think this is what, Scandal? The Office? Power? Who do you think I am? James St. Patrack?'"
Two plus two is four, minus one that's three, quick maths
British Labour Party MP Fiona Onasanya sneaked the opening line
from the song's first verse into a speech at the UK House of Commons. When she stepped up to the podium to debate the allocation of funds for the educational system, the Member of Parliament for Peterborough said:
"Beyond a small announcement on mathematics, there was no extra money in the budget for the education system. It is not as simple as 'Two plus two is four, minus three is one - quick maths.' This means real terms cuts and a potential continuation of the recruitment and retention crisis in our education system."
Big Shaq released a "MC Mix" featuring guest verses from grime rappers Lethal Bizzle, Chipmunk, Krept & Konan and Jme. The new version uses the beat of South London-based rap collective 67's cut "Let's Lurk."