Not to be confused with the early 20th century abbreviation for “simpleton,” simp has a complex history in digital culture.
Long before Gen-Z TikTokers established Simp Nation—indeed, before they were born—the word simp was trending in urban rap culture. Take Three 6 Mafia’s hit song, “Sippin’ On Some Syrup,” for example, which dropped in 2000. Pimp C (R.I.P.) opens the first verse with this line:
“I’m trill working the wheel, a pimp, not a simp / Keep the dope fiends higher than the Goodyear Blimp.”
According to Know Your Meme, the earliest known definition was added to Urban Dictionary on January 20th, 2005: “A guy who tags along with hot girls because he thinks it will get him laid.” However, 15 years would pass before Google searches for “simp” skyrocketed. As of today, there are nearly 20 million search results. The driving force? TikTok.
The self-proclaimed “CEO of Simp Nation” is 18-year-old Marco Borghi (@polo.boyy), who has accumulated more than 2 million followers on TikTok. Videos tagged #simp on the social media platform have generated over a billion views collectively.
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