There’s something about wedding rap speeches that’s simply irresistible. Maybe it’s the sight of bridesmaids in pretty dresses with perfectly coiffed hair acting as newly minted MCs and trying to act tough. Maybe it’s the incongruity of the love story lyrics spat over beats originally meant for raunchier tales. Whatever it is, we present you with a shining example from a recent Texas wedding.
“Rapping my maid of honor speech to ‘Fergalicious’ was definitely one of the highlights of the wedding,” Madison White, 16, says of the performance of “Brittanylicious” for her sister’s wedding, posted to Twitter on Sunday night. White is a high school student from Forney, Texas, and a member of her school’s color guard. But she’s also the self-proclaimed “weird one” of the family, so someone might have guessed she’d do something like this.
“It started off as a dare,” Madison tells Yahoo Style. “My sister and I were talking about how I was going to give my speech, and she was like, ‘You’re the goofball of the family. You gotta do something funny.'”
It took White three days to come up with the lyrics, which begin with a rather standard, “Listen up y’all ’cause this is it, it’s the love story of my big sis,” but gets much more personal as she talks about how the newlyweds met at Target. The Chick-fil-A sweatshirt that appears in the middle is an inside joke for the four White siblings, because Madison knew how to play to her target audience.
She isn’t the first little sister to twist Fergie’s hit into a wedding toast, and she did watch some of those who did it before her for inspiration. There was the bridesmaid group that called itself the Lil Sistas, and wowed a crowd with “Kelsielicious” in 2016. Their version has a special surprise guest spot by the bride.
That same summer, Danielle Ricci’s three bridesmaids took to the stage with “They’re the Riccis,” yet another “Fergalicious” parody with a little more polish.
But we’ll also give a tip of the hat to Lindsey Coleman, who wrote in the YouTube description of her “Gausden Wedding” version of the song that she worked on for 10 months before her sister Erin’s reception in 2014. She also provided her lyrics, so copycats are clearly welcome.
Why is the Black Eyed Peas singer’s 2006 homage to her own tastiness a favorite among wedding parties? Two possible reasons: 1) Fergie isn’t all that masterful as a rapper, so her talking style is easy to imitate; and 2) you can fit a lot of different names into the four syllables of “Fergalicious.”
After receiving a standing ovation for “Brittanylicious,” Madison has some wise advice for future wedding party MCs: “Reach down deep inside and write from the heart,” she tells Yahoo Style. “And think about making people laugh and don’t bore them to death, because no one wants to be bored.”
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