Milkshake

Album: Tasty (2003)
Charted: 2 3
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  • A "Milkshake" is a girl's sensual energy - what makes her stand out from the other girls. Taken more literally, it is about a girl who dances seductively and attracts the attention of boys in the club. Her "milkshake" is the way she shakes her boobs (the source of mother's milk). It can also be taken to mean oral sex. Bringing the "boys to the yard" could be about attracting boys like a dog in heat.
  • Kelis (last name: Rogers) was 24 when she recorded this, but it was still a comeback. After graduation from La Guardia High School, which was inspiration for the movie Fame, she signed a record deal and released her first album in 1999. The album was produced by The Neptunes - Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams - who went on produce hits for acts singers like Nelly, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Despite a hit single called "Caught Out There," Kelis was dropped from her label and waited years before Arista Records signed her and released Tasty. Williams and Hugo wrote this song.
  • In the December 12, 2004 Observer Music Magazine, Kelis said that Milkshake "means whatever people want it to; it was just a word we came up with on a whim, but then the song took on a life of its own."
  • Kelis performed this on Saturday Night Live February 14, 2004. Later that year, the song was featured in the movie Mean Girls, which was written by SNL star Tina Fey. According to Fey, the scene was written as the character Regina George's little sister giving a lap dance to a teddy bear, but the director insisted they change it. Instead, they had the girl dance to "Milkshake."
  • This was used in the movies Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and Norbit (2007). It was also featured on the TV shows The Simpsons, Nip/Tuck, and Ugly Betty.
  • In 2014, Kelis dropped the bombshell that she doesn't drink milkshakes. She said she has positive feelings about the song, however, telling Spin: "It played a huge part in where music went. I'm aware of that, I don't regret it or resent it at all."
  • The video was directed by Jake Nava, who did many of Beyoncé'a clips, including "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and "Crazy In Love."

    "Milkshake" was shot in a Brooklyn diner called Relish, with the signage changed to make it "Tasty's Yard." Kelis gave some hints to the song's true meaning with lots of provocative poses and dance moves in the video.
  • The Neptunes' production was inspired by Brazilian women. When Pharrell Williams of the duo was in Brazil, he found himself surrounded by beautiful girls and a type of music that he compared to as "booty shakin' music in Portuguese." Inspired, he created a dance all night feeling for this song.
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Comments: 23

  • George from Vancouver, CanadaThe remaining question is: who is she singing this to? Other girls? "The boys"?
  • George from Vancouver, Canadaas to the meaning of milkshake - look at the video, she's SHAKING her MILK jugs. . . could it also mean her heart is ice cold (turning the shaken milk into ice cream? i.e. she does this coldly, not from passion(heat)?)
  • Henry from Sanford, Florida, UsaIt's pretty obvious that milkshake is a metaphor for oral sex - where she is the object of desire who draws "all the boys to the yard," where they are symbolized as a pack of dogs. The boys say hers is better than another woman's because she's a professional (call girl who charges)...
  • Kent from Greensburg, PaThis was also the opening song for Date Movie.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaIs it "my milk shakes better than hers" or " my milkshake's better than hers"?
    The first suggests heavy breasts jumping around (yummy!)
    The second would lead me more to thinking handjob (od school, shaking the container of "cream")
    Perhaps it's deliberately ambiguous?
  • Tony from Tye, Txmy friend made me listen to this, now its stuck in my head and its sad, scary and at the same time a lil funnny that im a guy and i can perfectly sing this entire song.....
  • Mandie from Port Royal, Pai wouldnt mind being told everyone want s my milkshake
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, Njgreat dance song. i luv dancing 2 it! one time, my drunk cousin requested it at my other cousin's black tie wedding!
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiayes one of those all time classic songs like If I had a Hammer , Do a Dear , I'm dreaming of a white Xmas ...yes in 10 , 20 years from now , parents will be singing this song to their kids as they assemble around the fire on a cold winters night..sipping on eggnog
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiaactually Cat its about a victim of the holocaust getting (bleep).
  • Dustin from Lincoln, NePeter Griffin sings this song to a bunch of prison inmates on Family Guy Season 5 Episode 14. It's hilarious.
  • Cat from Chicago, IlThis song is actually a very deep reflection upon the holocaust. (Just kidding, it's about blow jobs, plain &simple.) I guess if you try hard enough, you could probably make sense out of both.
  • Caity from Frazer, PaOn the uncensored cd version, this song says "my deep throat brings all the boys to the yard."
  • Jonothan from Adelaide, AustraliaChad and Nathan. Guys, the song is clearly about blow jobs ... and more power to her.
  • Katerina from New Britain, CtThis song is so perverted but it hasa good beat!!!!
  • Chad from Kenedy, Txsong is about doing a strip tease routine
  • Cool Guy from Compton, CaI like getting milkshakes.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australialisten closely the song its about the benefits of milk..re protein content , pasteurisation, heating the milk in an evaporated state ,whereby keeping it rich in calcium and fructose

    thats whats she's singing about!!!!!!
  • Nathan from High Wycombe, EnglandI heard that milkshake was a synonym for masturbation, sounds likely when listened to in context.
  • Anders from Aalborg, DenmarkHer second album is "Wanderland".
  • Anders from Aalborg, DenmarkKelis made her second album in 2001. Virgin Records signed her.
  • Kristie from Bagley, MnI LoVe ThIs sOnG he he i think it makes Girls feel good about themselves :)
  • Anna from Philadelphia, PaKelis also did the lead female vocals in Ol' Dirty Bastards "I got your money"
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