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What does the viral Go Go Muyani song mean on TikTok?

Shania Wilson April 14, 2022
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If you’ve been scrolling through TikTok lately, you might have come across a viral song where users are mouthing the lyrics ‘Go Go Muyani’.

It turns out that these lyrics are actually pretty problematic, and TikTok users are being urged to look up the meaning behind the song.

So, what is the Go Go Muyani song and what does it mean? We break down everything that you need to know.

PLEASE BE WARNED OF RACIALLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT AND STRONG LANGUAGE.

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What is the Go Go Muyani song on TikTok?

As you’ll know if you’re an avid TikTok user, videos usually only use a snippet from a song and, in this case, we’re only hearing the lyrics ‘Go Go Muyani’.

Those lyrics are actually from 6ix9ine’s 2018 song, TATI. The rapper released the track as part of his debut mixtape DAY69: Graduation Day.

The section of the song that you’re hearing on TikTok comes in on the second verse. Listen here.

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TikTok users point out problematic meaning to Go Go Muyani

Some TikTok users are creating videos and edits to 6ix9ine’s TATI, prompting others to point out the problematic meaning behind the lyrics.

In the comment sections of videos using the sound, some have identified ‘muyani’ as a racial slur and have urged others not to mouth or use the term due to its racist roots.

One person commented: “Please don’t use this, it’s really offensive.”

Another wrote: “Don’t say this.”

Somebody else pointed out: “This is a slur, don’t put this in videos.”

Origin behind racial slur explained

If you look up the lyrics for TATI, you’ll see that the 6ix9ine actually raps “Go, go, go muli**ane“, according to Genius.

The original term is a racially offensive slur, stemming from the Italian word for eggplant, Slangdefine reports. Although spelt differently, the slur is reportedly pronounced ‘mou-lin-yan’, hence TikTok’s misinterpretation of ‘muyani’.

As per Urban Dictionary, there are a handful of ways to spell the slur, including ‘mulanyan’.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.