About

“Popped a Molly, I’m Sweatin” is a lyric from the 2012 rap single “All Gold Everything” by Trinidad James, indicating that the speaker has taken a dose of MDMA and is beginning to feel the effects. The line is typically used to caption images in which the subject appears to be perspiring or dancing to music.

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Origin

"All Gold Everything" was released on Trinidad James" debut album Don"t Be S.A.F.E. on October 16th, 2012. On the following day, the music video was uploaded by YouTuber TheTrilllMusic, which received over 5 million views and 11,500 comments over the next four months.

Etymology

"Molly" is a slang term for a powder or crystal form of the drug methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA), which implies a higher level of purity to the pressed pill form known as ecstasy. On December 18th, 2003, Urban Dictionary<4> user Eckstahsee submitted an entry for "MDMA," which used the word "molly" describing pure MDMA in capsule form.


Spread

On November 30th, 2012, YouTuber stoopehdfresh uploaded a six-minute looped clip featuring the lyric from "All Gold Everything." (shown below, left). Within two months, the video accumulated over 700,000 views and 1,400 comments. On December 9th, YouTuber stoopehdfresh"s video was highlighted in an article about Trinidad James on Gawker.<2> On December 13th, YouTuber victorxinhere uploaded a five-minute looped clip of professional basketball player LeBron James mouthing the lyrics "popped a molly, I"m sweatin" (shown below, right), which received over 680,000 views and 1,100 comments within the next month.


On January 2nd, 2013, YouTuber fon ducci uploaded a video of a shirtless man dancing to the song "All Gold Everything" (shown below, left). The same day, YouTuber Dillon Francis uploaded a looped clip of himself singing the "popped a molly, I"m sweatin" line for over six minutes (shown below, right). Both videos received over 50,000 views within the next month.


On January 27th, Tumblr<1> user fr3sh-lik3-dougi3 posted an animated GIF of the dog Jake from the animated television series Adventure Time bobbing his head while wearing a pair of headphones with the caption "Popped a molly im sweatin" WOO!" (shown below). Within 24 hours, the post received over 390 notes.

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Notable Examples

The song has also inspired a series of image macros based on the lyric, featuring various photographs of celebrities or advice animal characters in which the subjects appear to be perspiring.

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<1> Tumblr – fr3sh-lik3-dougi3

<2> Gawker – Popped a molly and confused about sweating?

<3> Wikipedia – MDMA

<4> Urban Dictionary – mdma



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