What does ‘pushin P’ mean and why are people saying it?

TikTokers are all about “pushin P” these days. But no one can really figure out what it means. 

For maybe the first time ever, the P emoji is getting a lot of play. People on social media are all “pushin P” and pushing the P emoji along with it. Even Kim Kardashian used it to describe her “Beach Party” on Instagram. The phrase became popular thanks to rapper Gunna’s song of the same name. So here’s how to decipher its highly fluid meaning. 

What does “pushin P” mean on TikTok

Gunna released the album DS4EVer on Jan. 13, 2022, which went on to top the Billboard charts at No. 1. One of the album’s most viral songs is called “pushin P” featuring Future and Young Thug. 

The chorus of the song is:

Pushin’ P, I’m pushin’ P, pushin’ P, I’m pushin’ P, yeah (Yeah)

Pushin’ P, I’m pushin’ P, pushin’ P, I’m pushin’ P, yeah

Pop a P, I’m paranoid, I can’t just sleep

My pockets deep, got racks on me

Why they watchin’ me?

I’m pushin’ P, I’m pushin’ P, pushin’ P, I’m pushin’ P, yeah

The phrase “pushin P” has since entered the internet’s lexicon. When written in text form the capitalized “P” is presented as the P emoji in a blue or black square. The slang phrase is regional and hails from the south. 

The “P” usually stands for “player” or “paper” (as in money) but it can be used to represent any word that starts with “P.” However, the meaning of the phrase is essentially a way of attributing someone with authentic qualities like loyalty or ambition. On TikTok, the song “pushin P” has been used in over 277,000 videos. 

TikToker Ryan Price interviewed people at a shopping mall to ask them if they were “pushin P.” The answers were mixed. 

The user @tucashyyt suggested women were mad that men had claimed the “pushin P” trend for themselves. 

Meanwhile rapper Lil Yachty became upset when white users tried to define “P” for themselves. A TikToker claimed that ranch veggie straws and lash extensions were “P.” 

Gunna explains what “pushin P” means

Gunna explained that the “P” stands for “simply player” but could be used more fluidly to represent whatever the speaker intended. 

For example, Gunna tweeted, “Now… putting your people in position is P.” 

When IHOP tweeted, “We’re always pushing Pancakes,” (using the P emoji), Gunna responded, “IHOP Pushin P.” 

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