8 Things in Destiny's Child's "Bug A Boo" That Just Aren't Things Anymore

Fourteen years ago, our cultural landscape was blessed with the musical masterpiece that is "Bug A Boo," by Destiny's Child. The song emerged as the indisputable voice of a generation, and for that it has our eternal gratitude.

But alas, some things weren't meant to last forever. And that includes almost everything referenced in this song or music video.


Here are eight things about "Bug A Boo" that, frankly, just aren't things anymore:

1. Pagers:


Lyric: "You make me wanna throw my pager out the window…"

Seriously people, if you’re still doing the pager thing, I don’t know what you’re doing. It was hot for awhile (especially if you were slanging dope), but now it’s time to join us in the 21st century.

2. MCI:


Lyric: "Tell MCI to cut the phone calls…"

MCI, or "Microwave Communications, Inc.," was making big moves in the telecommunications game for a minute. But after a 1998 merger, they changed their name to MCI WorldCom, then just WorldCom in 2000. Then they were bought out my Verizon in 2006, and that’s all she wrote for MCI. Oddly enough, they still have a website and retain rights to their original name. There’s your little history lesson for the day.

3. AOL:


Lyric: "Have AOL make my emails stop…"

Yes, AOL is technically still around. But if you’re still on it, I’m guessing you just retired and are waiting around for your next "How to Use the Internet" lesson with your grandkids. Gmail is the name of the game, my friends. It’s time to conduct yourselves accordingly.

4. Afro Kobe (Video 2:08): 

Kobe Bryant Then:


Kobe Bryant Now:


Enough said.

5. Beyoncé’s Lease:


Lyric: "Break my lease so I can move…"

I could be wrong about this one, but I’m guessing Beyoncé’s no longer about that "lease" life. Her net worth clocks in at around $350 million, and she’s married to Jay-Z. My assumption is that they own some sh*t.

6. Wyclef’s Dreads (Video 2:21): 

Wyclef Jean Then:


Wyclef Jean Now:


Enough said.

7. Every single outfit in the entire video:


There’s a lot going on here, and frankly, it’s a problem. Platform flip-flops, capris, shiny gold cowgirl hats the list goes on. If any of these are still part of your wardrobe, please: you need to do better.

8. The term "Bug A Boo":


Lyric: "'Cause you a bug a boo. You buggin’ what? You buggin’ who? You buggin’ me!"

These days, we call it something else: "stalker." If you or anyone you know behaves in a manner befitting "bug a boo" status, you really need to step your game up. If they don’t want you, they don’t want you. Stop calling and keep it moving.

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Zak Cheney Rice

Zak is a Senior Staff Writer at Mic.

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