“Who Let The Dogs Out” was the HOTTEST song on the radio back when I was in first grade, and listening to it now I’m reminded of how shitty music was back in the 00’s. Think about it, we had: Pitbull, The Pussycat Dolls, T-Pain, Nickelback, Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Ashlee Simpson and Soulja Boy – literally the decade where music went to die. But now, thanks to Sara Boboltz of Huffington Post, one of the decade’s biggest mysteries has been solved: what the lyrics to “Who Let The Dogs Out” mean, a question that no one has asked since January 1st 2001.
HuffPo interviewed Anslem Douglas, the man who wrote the original song titled “Doggie” in 1996 (who knew WLTDO was a cover?), and he said that the “dogs” in the song are badly behaved men:
“It’s a man-bashing song, it is,” Douglas told The Huffington Post, explaining how his former brother-in-law often used the phrase.
“He used to come in and say, ‘Who let the dogs out?!’ And one time he asked me, ‘Why don’t you turn this into a song?’” he explained. “And the rest is history.”(via)
You’d think that “dogs” would refer to busted chicks, but as Boboltz notes, the lyrics back Douglas up as the women are the ones calling the men dogs:
When the party was nice, the party was bumpin’ (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
And everybody havin’ a ball (Hah, Ho, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
I tell the fellas, “Start the name callin’” (Yippie, Yi, Yo)
And the girls respond to the call ― the poor dog show up!
As for who was the one to actually let the dogs out, Isaiah Taylor (the lead singer of the Baha Men), Douglas and S-Curve founder Steven Greenberg remained tight-lipped:
“I can’t answer that! If I answer that, people will stop asking,” Douglas said, laughing. “100 years from now, I will still not [have] answer[ed] that.”
Greenberg responded similarly.
“I think that’s a question best left unanswered,” the producer said. “Why ruin it? Why get people to stop guessing?”
Taylor, though, had a different answer.
“I always say that that our drummer did that,” he said, explaining how it became an inside joke among the Baha Men to accuse their bandmate.
“We say, ‘Hey, man, you let the dogs out!’”(via)
[Via Huffington Post]