Shreveport , Louisiana has quite a few nicknames but one name sticks to the underground party culture of Shreveport , and that ’ s “ Ratchet City .” It originated in Shreveport with Anthony Mandigo , but later claimed fame through Torrence “ Lil ’ Boosie ” Hatch ’ s hit song “ Do Tha Ratchet .” The term ratchet is popularly used in hip-hop culture and is often misinterpreted in a negative connotation .
To gain clarification on the meaning of “ ratchet ,” we asked a few locals what song they ’ d recommend to translate the vibe of Ratchet City ’ s party scene and what the cultural celebration means to them .
STEVEN KNIGHT , RATCHET CITY EVENT BOSS “ Knuck If You Buck ” by Crime Mobb “ Ratchet City is all of the unapologetic hip-hop anthems that hype your confidence and the neighborhood you ’ re from . Periodt .”
JADA DURDEN , RATCHET CITY MEDIA MAVEN “ Do tha Ratchet ” by Lil ’ Boosie “ Ratchet City is uniquely ours . It ’ s the good , bad , ugly , and pretty in all of us . It ’ s how we stay well-rounded and grounded .”
ERIN SMITH , RATCHET CITY SOCCER MOM “ Karaoke ” ( feat . Lizzo ) by Big Freedia “ In Ratchet City , we get down to the nitty gritty of fun . We ’ re just bare bones about it . Frills are not requested or required .”
LASHINA MITCHELL , RATCHET CITY CREATIVE GENIUS “ Independent ” by Webbie “ Ratchet City is known to get you on your feet and on the dance floor , but even the shyest folks will do a little bop in their seats when the DJ drops this one .” ALEX RICHARDSON , RATCHET CITY ENTERTAINMENT PROMOTER “ Ay Bay Bay ” by Hurricane Chris “ Ratchet City is one of the few destinations that can guarantee carefree fun with the absence of judgement .”