I thought he was saying "Wake up nigga, gotta get the K-Cup nigga". Like he has to get up and make coffee in his Keurig machine. I'm completely serious, and a bit unwilling to believe it could be anything else now.
EDIT: I don't know if anyone is still paying attention, but /u/roymedina pointed out that Travi$ already says "Wake up nigga, smell the Folgers" on '16 Chapels'. If 'Pornography' is supposed to be sort of an intro/narration to the Travi$ "character", it would make sense that he's moved up from Folgers to a Keurig machine in the time since Owl Pharaoh was released.
This song Rap God won the Guiness World Record for Most words in a hit single: 1,560 words into its 6 min 4 sec runtime.
The song is FILLED with metaphors and references to dozens of previous legendary rappers that even the strongest hip hop fan would struggle to recognise all of. RapGenius has broken them all down (click on a line and an explanation appears on the right) . When he switches flows, its usually him paying homage to another rapper
Does that really say "living longevity to the destiny"?
It's like a shitty random phrase generator.
edit Oh, it's rap lyrics: http://genius.com/175913/Nas-if-i-ruled-the-world/Strictly-living-longevity-to-the-destiny
i can't believe this took almost a week lmao. the sample of the short ass reference track is sooo cheesy
edit: lyrics for everyone who couldn't understand it those genius boys are quick
For the curious:
>N-n-n-now, my flow
>Is in the pocket like wallets, I got the bounce like hydraulics
>I can't call it, I got the swerve like alcoholics
>My freshman year I was going through hella problems
>'Til I, built up the nerve to drop my ass up out of college
>My teacher said I'se a loser, I told her why don't you kill me
>I give a fuck if you fail me, I'm gonna follow
Flippers up, flippers up, watch me do the seal strut.
Got a couple sea-bitches, but a couple ain't enough.
Flippers up, flippers up, throw your flippers up.
Tell the guy with the club, we gon' club this bitch up.
Flippers up, flippers up, pockets filled with anchovies.
Human girl, I love it when you sit under me.
> DeMarcus Cousins. He received this nickname from his former coach at Kentucky, Rod Strickland. He got the name because despite being a big man, he was able to do finesse moves that many guards couldn't even do. This led to Coach Strickland telling him he had a lot of “Boogie”, and the name stuck.
>Most Trees Are Blue
>School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth
>If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society
>When The First Animal Went Extinct That Should've Bin A Sign.
And of course, the phrase that will define a generation:
> How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real
In an interview with New York Magazine in March 2014, Hozier stated,
> ‘Take Me to Church" is essentially about sex, but it’s a tongue-in-cheek attack at organizations that would … well, it’s about sex and it’s about humanity, and obviously sex and humanity are incredibly tied. Sexuality, and sexual orientation — regardless of orientation — is just natural… The song is about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love.
> But it’s not an attack on faith… it’s an assertion of self, reclaiming humanity back for something that is the most natural and worthwhile.
All the anecdotes can be found here, and this one about "Stronger" is my favorite:
>Later on, we were planning a tour after that and we were pulling up samples and things to add over songs in the live performances. I pulled up the acapella for “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and he just looked at me like “There’s an a-capella?” And said “Yeah, it’s on the 12-inch, everyone has it.” He said, “Do you know how much we struggled to mix that fucking beat because I sampled it with the drums in it from the breakdown? You mean to tell me that there was a fucking acapella?” In the Daft Punk original, there’s a breakdown with just the little compressed drums and the vocals. He sampled that and put his drums over it. The big challenge was how to work his drums around the drums in the sample. That was funny.
Not sure whether this might still belong here, but it's actually a lyric from an Immortal Technique song, so you can't really bash them on "neurological nerves".
This is a huge song for Yela, I reckon he's about to get the recognition he deserves.
*Em also kills it on this track, he seems back on form lately. If he were to drop an album with verses of this calibre, I think he'd be back on top. That flow at the end:
"Fill up a syllable clip like a refillable script, cock and I shoot"
Is insane. One of the best Eminem verses I've heard in years.
"We're all self concious, I'm just the first to admit it"
Something along the lines of this is a lyric on a song on College Dropout.
edit: Kanye West - All Falls Down
what's a line that a rapper uses that basically sums him or her up?
I would go with Drake's line on Over My Dead Body:
>Oh, you wanna be a motherfucking funny guy?
>Don't make me break your Kevin Hart, boy
it's missing a reference to Toronto but Drake's the only dude who's gonna threaten another guy with breaking his heart
also, all I could think of during that Suge Knight thread was Reese Witherspoon so I made this
The lyric is "I heard you fucked your girl, is it true?" It is intended to be a parody of the ridiculous questions the media ask rappers and celebrities in general.
Even a Drake diss song sounds sentimental as shit.
Edit: Rap Genius, in case you want to read into the levels and shit. Also, I don't think this was a diss, this was a warning shot right next to Meek's ear.
Unlike Cosby, though, Dr. Dre hitting women has been public knowledge for some time and I don't think he's ever denied it. I mean, he and Eminem have flat out rapped out about it - it's not at all a secret.
Holy shit, it's not even an actual freestyle. She wrote this out in advance.
Actually, I read his book and he Decodes this line very thoroughly. He was given an interview with Complex magazine and while wearing a chain that used to belong to Biggie and wearing a Che Guevara shirt. The journalist wrote:
"When he rocks his Guevara shirt and a do-rag, squint and you see a revolutionary. But open your eyes to the platinum chain around his neck: Jay-Z is a hustler."
Basically the journalist never bothered to actually ask about why he was wearing the contradicting outfit but according to Jay, he keeps Biggie's chain on at all times during the recording process of his albums. He wore the outfit during his MTV Unplugged performance.
I think it's just that he's not very comfortable smiling. He was in a really bad car accident and had to have reconstructive surgery on his jaw (his first hit single was about that experience, originally recorded while his jaw was still wired shut). That's why his jaw and chin look a little puffy.
Kanye is admittedly self-concious and I've heard elsewhere that he doesn't smile often because he doesn't like the way he looks when smiling. Combine that with his strong personality and he probably just has an angry-looking resting face.
This started with Jay's verse on 'So Appalled'
>I lost 30 mil, so I spent another 30/Cause unlike Hammer, 30 million can't hurt me
MC Hammer went pretty broke in the 90's, for you younger kiddos here. MC Hammer calls Jay a Satanist, Jay pretty much said he wasn't even worth responding too. All pretty pathetic if you couldn't tell.
If skills sold, truth be told, I'd probably be / Lyrically Talib Kweli / Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense / But I did 5 mill' - I ain't been rhyming like Common since
Had the same faces when I heard that.
Ever since then I understand why rappers make thay lyrical flip after they are signed to a Major label.
>I bomb atomically
>Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses
>Can't define how I be dropping these mockeries
>Lyrically perform armed robbery
>Flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me
>Battle-scarred Shogun, explosion when my pen hits
>Tremendous, ultra-violet shine blind forensics
>I inspect you, through the future see millennium
>Killer Bees sold fifty gold, sixty platinum
>Shackling the masses with drastic rap tactics
>Graphic displays melt the steel like blacksmiths
>Black Wu jackets Queen B's ease the guns in
>Rumble with patrolmen, tear gas laced the function
>Heads by the score take flight incite a war
>Chicks hit the floor, die hard fans demand more
>Behold the bold soldier, control the globe slowly
>Proceeds to blow, swinging swords like Shinobi
>Stomp grounds and pound footprints in solid rock
>Wu got it locked, performing live on your hottest block
Triumph- Wu Tang Clan
Right now, about 0.35% of words in rap are 'nigga'. In comparison, 'the' is a little bit more than 10 times as common. There's a 'nigga' for approximately every 10 'the's in rap.
He talks about washing xanax down with cough syrup to fight off thoughts of suicide. Im not sure if you would classify that as deep, but he has some serious problems and raps about them a lot.
Quick sidebar- Tech N9ne is definitely not Muslim (although his stepfather was), and clearly Christian, even if he's not a Christian Rapper (verse 3)
(I hope primary sources are acceptable ;) )
The thing is, you can't really compare it to poetry. It has some elements of poetry and is heavily influenced by it, but the fact that it's music makes it a whole 'nother animal.
If you want some "poetry" type stuff, then I'd recommend the following lyrics (the links are to Rap Genius, which is a site that breaks down the lyrics and explains them to you):
Lupe Fiasco - Prisoner
Jay-Z ft. Eminem - Renegade --> Notice the difference in style between Jay-Z's more poetic lines and Eminem's, which are more focused on the technical aspect of rap while delivering a direct message
Kendrick Lamar - Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
There's a million more examples, but go through those 3 and you'll hopefully have a better feel for things.
I'd also recommend giving the albums these guys mentioned a try. You'll see what style you (perhaps) like and take it from there.
I think part of it was the swagger she brought to the track despite being a female newcomer (relatively new, anyway) featured on a track against Jay-Z and West. Whenever you have a 'collaboration' on a rap track, they're actually trying to outdo each other, and listeners are always going to compare and decide who did best.
Jay-Z did his standard braggadocio thing, and West was never really known for lyrical ability to begin with. Minaj, however, did the verse with accents, voices and characters, while addressing her doubters (in the form of counterargument, no less) and staying true to the concept of the track, complete with a vicious attitude and confidence not usually heard from newcomers. It sounds like the other two are featured on her track, rather than she being featured on West's track (which is also the reason her verse featured last; even the typically arrogant West admitted that Minaj outrapped him).
But I'm not particularly well-versed in hip hop (pun intended), so maybe someone else can give a more thorough explanation or point out somewhere that I'm wrong. You can also look up the song on rap.genius.com to get line-by-line explanations of the lyrics if you think you missed some references, but be warned that some commenters get carried away with symbolism and wordplay and give the artist more credit than is due.
> I ain't even gonna lie, I got a million dollar chick
> With a billion dollar pussy
>Every time I cum, I swear to God I feel like I be rich
Big Sean - Stay Down
his guest verses? Oh man. There's a really good Grantland piece (I'll find the link) where the author advises against EVER letting 3 stacks do a guest verse, because when he's done, it's no longer your song. It's his song. On 16 ain't enough by Rick Ross, Rick does a respectable 32 bars, then Andre comes in and rattles off like 60 bars over 4 minutes.
I should've probably given some context. I remembered his name from a Beastie Boys song:
Cey City in the house, what'cha gonna do?
Home-one, what'cha gonna do?
Captain Pissy in the house… what'cha gonna do?
Dust Brothers in the house, what'cha gonna do?
Mike G in the house, what'cha gonna do?
Mookie in the house, what'cha gonna do?
Hollis Crew... what'cha gonna do?
Jarvis in the house, what'cha gonna do?
When Killa Cutty in the house, what'cha gonna do?
Jazzy Jay in the house, Bad Brains in the house
Original Concept in the house!
Yo, good night Amsterdam
On the other hand, you can do it as much as you want, and still remain a virgin. Oh wait...that's something else.
I unsubscribed from the Washington Post due to their biased coverage of what has happened on reddit recently as well as a general concern that a press outlet seems to favor (politically inspired) censorship over free speech.
I hate coontown as much as the people crying for its ban, but I stand with Christopher Hitchens on why even the most despicable ideas need to be discussed in open forums.
They send you a question in return, with a multiple choice question as to why you will not pay them anymore, and there is an option for "editorial decisions".
Or this golden lyric from lil bosie :
> (Now) If you love yo nigga, Hug yo nigga (hug yo nigga)
> Look em' dead in the eye
> And tell yo nigga
> Tell that nigga you love em' (you love them)
That's the closest thing we're going to get to "Homies over hoes" in real life I think.
Obligatory Loaded Lux vs. Calicoe post. Rone is solid, this is legendary.
Edit: Shout out to /r/rapbattles.
Edit2: Breakdown courtesy of RG.
This makes more sense than I want it to.
I remember another thread on KTT where somebody said that a lot of Graduation was ghostwritten by Big Sean, which isn't that far out of the realm of possibility, especially since it's already confirmed that Big Sean worked on at least part of the album, and a lot of the album (ESPECIALLY Champion and Good Life) sounds like stuff Sean would do.
Kanye referenced him in the College Dropout, lol
I feel like there are way too many people that underestimate how influential Beck is.
I mean it's pretty blatant what it's saying.
TinyMixtapes and Genius have pretty alright explanations.
When Eazy-E was beefing with Dr. Dre after Dre left Ruthless Records, he released an EP called It's On ~~Dr.Dre~~ 187^um Killa. He took a couple shots at what he saw as Dr. Dre's hypocrisy about weed on this album.
On the song "It's On" (which parodies "Nuthin' But A G Thang" he says "Smoke a little sherm now you call that shit the chronic"
And he sampled the line that you're talking about from "Express Yourself" on his song "Down To Tha Last Roach" (and then proceeded to call Dr. Dre a bitch.)
I get what you mean, the delivery of that line is awkward, but it's a reference to a Biggie line which, if you listen to the original song, is with the exact same delivery ("so don't...go there").
I thought overall his verse was dope. Laid back deliver went with the smooth ass beat, the typical Soulo wordplay with things like "And if that tech jammed you better have a toast too" (jam & toast, toaster=gun) and "I've seen lost angels, I even found demons" (los angeles), and then the way he says the last line to end the verse about his dad's death was just...damn.
Its up there too. 6 hours after Reddit though, they can't even get the rap before Reddit.
i made this beat a long time ago. Kendrick used it and we talked at SXSW. we performed together that night (i think that’s online somewhere) and chatted afterwards. then i got sick from a taco.
From the rap genius page of the song
His username is actually a reference to a song which discourages infidelity. It's about a woman suspecting her boyfriend of cheating on her and demanding that he let her smell his dick to determine if he was using it for sex.
Why you comin' home 5 in the morn'?
Something's going on, can I smell yo dick?
Don't play me like a fool, cause that ain't cool,
So wat u need to do is lemme smell yo dick (x2)
Yep. The most ignorant shit I've ever heard. And we used to BUMP to it too. I was in high school when the song came out. That entire album is smooth g music at it's finest.
The start of verse 4: http://genius.com/Warren-g-whats-next-lyrics
Yes, it's just a service called rapstats that searches rap genius lyrics for phrases and then shows you the frequency with which they appear, you can search for your own phrases (up to 3 words) here.
That is kinda the premise for a Lupe Fiasco song called All Black Everything.
YouTube Link to the verse (2:04)
Rap Genius link to the verse
Atmopshere's Yesterday. When the song is getting near the end you're already emotional, but nothing prepared you for that last line.
Lupe Fiasco's The Cool is a story about a few characters.
All three being a personification of various things. Life styles, corruption, temptation, deception, etc.
Here's a post that breaks it down pretty well.
If this can't make you a fan then I'm not sure what will... haha
edit: there's hella other shit that you can interpret to be related to each character that the post doesn't point out but it does list the main ~~ones~~ songs on the bottom so make sure to listen to those!
edit: my friend pointed out Pharaoh Height 2/30 is a play to Fahrenheit and 1/15.
Was it only me that missed that?
Eli Porter is still active I believe... Yup. https://twitter.com/edolla1100
Edit, didn't Kanye reference him in a song too? ... Yup here it is! http://genius.com/93018/Kanye-west-ham/Like-eli-i-did-it
Well, what do you know. This is my first time using the argument:
"Think of the children!"
There are some words that are taboo in society. Those three are good examples. Whilst I agree that in adult conversation we should not shy away from using the words we are discussing- that we should hold them up to the light, if you like - that's not what's happening here.
Spotify, broadcast television etc all have a duty of care to their audience. This can include young people who aren't fully aware of the power of those words and the consequences of using them. If my fictional 6-year-old child was listening to the radio and an unedited version of Straight Outta Compton came on, he or she might start to use the words in it in the same context they do- freely.
But that's not great for the child. But that's OK, because I'm there and I can explain that there are some words we don't use and the reasons behind that.
What if I'm not there? Spotify can't know that. So it's right for them to let me do the parenting and decide when Child is ready to have that discussion and understand the complexities of language use.
> Police are the most well funded gangsters around
KRS-One called it
I've heard a couple rappers refer to older white actresses as cocaine.
"You see us scramblin, selling Susan Sarandon" -Action Bronson
He contributed Crew Love, Shot for Me, The Ride, Practice, and Cameras/The Good Ones Go. This interview goes more in depth. He was a pretty big influence on the record.
>"'Broken household name usually said in hostility'
>Um... what is MF? You silly
>I'd like to take "Means to the End" for two milli'
>Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! That's a audio daily double
>Rappers need to fall off just to save me the trouble, yo
>Watch your own back. Came in and go out alone, black
> Stay in the zone - turn H2O to Cognac
> On Doomsday!
>Ever since the womb ‘til I'm back where my brother went
>That's what my tomb will say
>Right above my government, Dumile
>Either unmarked or engraved, hey, who's to say?"
-MF DOOM on his breakout, "Doomsday"
Read through the breakdown of this on RapGenius while listening to the track - it's truly incredible.
"I'm a alien, I hope you aint the Prince of Bel Air" Literally saying that he thought/was worried that Pusha was going to murder him.
What line did you initially not realize was an homage/borrowed/taken from another song?
For me it was Kendrick's "I got 25 lighters on my dresser" line from "Backseat Freestyle". Hadn't heard the Z-Ro track until after.
Edit: Which I guess goes back to an 8Ball & MJG song and even further to a DJ DMD song. So I really didn't know shit about the history of that line haha.
I'm usually one that doesn't understand lyrics and this response confused me at first, until I looked them up.
Here they are if you were wondering. Pretty dark.
I'm going to guess he was talking about Yeezy's line in a cypher:
I sold my soul to the devil thats a crappy deal, least it came with a few toys like a Happy Meal
It's a verse from a song featuring Nicki Minaj.
It's hard to understand without context but that link will help explain it.
Basically, she's bragging that she's very valuable and/or desirable (in part due to her sexual prowess or attractive genitals).
Award winning novelist Michael Chabon annotates the lyrics on Rap Genius
In the words of Salt 'n' Pepa
> He may fiend and have a wet dream
> Because he seen a teen in tight jeans
> What makes him react like that is biological
> But scheme of gettin' in those jeans, is diabolical
As the rest have said, an attractive person is an attractive person. Being a rational adult you can realize that this is just a biological response and you can choose to ignore it. Obsessing over or following through on these urges is where problems arise.
Was Foxy Brown present when Zip gave the Glock to Keffe D in Vegas and if so, did you (Greg), the LAPD, and/or the LVPD ever interview her about that night to corroborate Keffe D's story? If so, what did the interview(s) reveal?
Also, do you believeThe Notorious BIG was aware of Puff Daddy's involvement in Tupac's murder prior to his death? If so, when did he become aware? If you believe he was never aware, how do you reconcile that belief with the lyrics of "Long Kiss Goodnight" and the allegation that Biggie's wife, Faith Evans, knew all about it?
Not him but if you want to understand the poem, genius is a relatively new and good service aimed at this.
It's about innocence.
Clinical pharmacists: YES. We work with Roseman University here in Vegas to get resident and attending pharmacists into our huddle. Re: lyrics, I enter them myself into the videos as captions, but recently discovered Rap Genius and am beginning to annotate lyrics there: http://genius.com/artists/Zdoggmd
If you want my opinion here goes
He's so damn corny! There was one point in time when I was a "backpacker" and I wouldn't listen to any hip-hop unless it was "deep" and one of those deep rappers was Hopsin. I though he was so cool for going against the norm of hip-hop, but after listening to some other rappers and actually going through and listening to the classics, I realized how corny he was. I just saw how he took himself way too seriously and how judgmental he was, most conscious rappers bring up the topic of violence, drugs, sex, etc to the listener for them think for themselves and let them develop their own thoughts on these topics. While Hopsin just pushes his preachy tone, his lines always talk about how he's way better than everyone else because he doesn't do drugs or drink or some other thing that's considered bad. He never stops to think "I wonder why people get addicted to drugs or join gangs" he blurts out how all these things are wrong. In a way I'm glad that I listened to Hopsin because he really made me realize that I was being closed minded and taking myself way too seriously.
Edit: A good example of his preachy lines 1
Fantano also did a pretty good review of one of his tracks
What? "Uptown Funk" directly used the hook from Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything"
All Gold Everything
> Nigga nigga nigga
> Don't believe me, just watch
> Don’t believe me, just watch (come on)
> Don’t believe me, just watch
> Hey, hey, hey, oh!
Not sure how anyone can have a strong feeling either way on it. Smallest verse on the album and I bet if she went JK Rowling on y'all and called herself Jessica Empolon, no one would be crying in their soup.
No, a big part of her hate is plenty of other stuff including racist tweets or changing Kendrick's lyrics that referred to himself as a slave to refer to herself as a slave master.
The Boy is the son of Rick Ross and due to his fathers money, he doesnt have to work so he spends his time trolling people on the internet. The Boy's mother died when he was young. The Boy has friends that he feels only hang around for his money. Cant really get into too much detail without ruining the Because The Internet story. I suggest you give it a read, RapGenius has it with annotations to help out http://genius.com/2522266/Childish-gambino-because-the-internet-screenplay-part-1/
I think the change from "Weirdo" to "The Boy" happened due to a rough break-up he had with a girl, him trying to kill himself, having people close to him die and feeling lost. This interview is a pretty good read(The audio for it is on this subreddit!)http://noisey.vice.com/blog/donald-glover-childish-gambino-interview
Rick Ross rapping "MMG Untouchable":
> When you get a lil' paper, get ready for haters
> They standing in line, they all suffer from vapors
J. Cole raps in characters and openly states that he is telling stories from different perspectives. In the song "No Role Modelz" that these lyrics refer to he is rapping from his own perspective as a rich succesful black person. He is speaking a very red pill message in this song.
> I want a real love, dark skinned and Aunt Viv love
> That Jada and that Will love
> That leave a toothbrush at your crib love
> And you ain't gotta wonder whether that's your kid love
> Nigga I don't want no bitch from reality shows
> Out of touch with reality hoes
> Out in Hollywood bringin' back 5 or 6 hoes
> Fuck em' then we kick em' to the door
> Nigga you know how it go
> She deserved that, she a bird, it's a bird trap
> You think if I didn't rap she would flirt back
In his second verse he talks about how he wants true love but all the girls these days are shallow with their pussy just wanting to give out alpha fucks basically and that trying to secure these women is a complete waste of time. He understands they are equivalent to hoes and he reminds his audience towards the end of this verse these girls are only interested in him because of his fame and that without it they would be chasing another alpha fux.
Charlamagne is very vocal about his dislike of Drake (think the same way BigGhost does, for being soft and all that) and Funkmaster Flex apparently sided with Meek during this whole beef. So I guess this is Drake siding with the enemy of his enemy and showing his #1 hater that he really is all that.
From Rap Genius:
> This is a direct allusion to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. The unnamed narrator is walking down the streets of New York City when he smells yams, which triggers memories of his hometown in The South.
> Yams are a key ingredient in African cuisine and have significance in some parts of Africa as a sign of social status. In his novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe begins by documenting how a man’s worth in Ibo society was largely determined by his yearly yam yield. When Kendrick says he “got the yams,” he means he has attained money, power and prestige.
> In a certain moment in America, the closest analogue to yams was arguably crack, thanks to its boom in the 1980s. Crack also has a distinctive smell which lingers. To expand the metaphor, Kendrick can “smell” that the government (“the power that be”) had a role in the crack epidemic that destroyed black neighborhoods in the 80s.
I can't believe that I have to keep posting this every single time this infographic keeps coming up, but I'll do it again: "just killed another career, it's a mild day" is a reference to a Kanye West song called Monster
Unless you can tie some song lyrics to something as proof of her using the lyrics to celebrate ruining someone's career, I would caution against using that particular tweet as proof of her impropriety.
"I treat the cash, the way the government treats AIDS: I won't be satisfied til all my nigga get it, get it?"
Kanye's body of work and his expressed views are actually pretty anti-establishment when you look at them subjectively. He's very flawed though so it's easy for people who dislike him to point out all of his instances of hypocrisy, like when he showed up to Occupy Wall Street in one of his $10,000 outfits or whatever. But his heart is usually in the right place. Check out the lyrics to All Falls Down, the message is great (http://genius.com/Kanye-west-all-falls-down-lyrics). That song dropped when the kind of gangster rap that everyone talks down on was dominating the genre. Kanye can be a shitty person sometimes and he can't usually express himself too well outside of music, but I doubt any of us are perfect ourselves.
According to Rick Rubin's annotation of Black Skinhead, Kanye went on a rant and said something like "I turn on the radio and nothing speaks to me, and I don’t want to have anything to do with it, and I don’t want my music on the radio because I don’t like what the radio is.” So that sounds like he didn't want it on the radio.
Outkast - Hey Ya
This song is about a couple who want to split up - who should split up - but are too afraid of the consequences. And yet it's constantly played at weddings!
>So why oh why
>Are we so in denial
>When we know we're not happy here?
And André knows you weren't paying attention, he knew it when he wrote the song:
>Y'all don't want to hear me, you just want to dance
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
This song is about a massacre, but it's so damn upbeat and catchy that people seem to just ignore it.
You could also say the same for Mike Tyson, he was out of control but he was destroying anyone in his path. But everyone has a cracking point somewhere. As Jayz says
Bright lights is enticing but look what it did to Tyson
All that money in one night, thirty mill for one fight
But soon as all the money blows, all the pigeons take flight
Here is an ed-op from Yale that talks about how it's not really about free speech.
There are two issues at hand that touch on free speech; Halloween costumes and Erika Christakis' email.
The first issue is dumb. The email that was sent was reminding people to be sensitive toward others for their Halloween costumes-- essentially a public service announcement that some costumes can hit on racially charged lines and maybe worth a second thought. Christakis and her husband took the email as an affront to free speech (it really wasn't), and issued a defense of potentially offensive Halloween costumes in a very tone-deaf and over-privileged manner. Here is a point-by-point genius annotation that looks at the implicit biases and faults with the letter. The claim that discouraging shitty Halloween costumes prevents a creation of an "intellectual space" is a laughable claim, and should be ridiculed for the "freezepeach" defense of offensive speech that it is.
The second issue is the email itself. The email sent was taken poorly by Yalies, as expected. Many felt that the Christakis' had failed in their duty to provide a good learning environment for students of color. The email issued encouraged offensive Halloween costumes, ones that students of Silliman might not be happy with. As such, many people want them to step down/be sacked from their position as master, because they fucked up their duty to their residents, and instead pushed for some free speech ideal over the safety and wellbeing of their residents. And I can't really fault them for that. This again, isn't a free speech issue. The Christakis' can issue any sort of statement they want, but they don't deserve a position in charge of the wellbeing of students when they view that goal as secondary to providing an "intellectual space."
looks at all their most viewed songs, complex songs dont have a lot of views, popular songs do.
people come to rap genius to understand references and slang more than actual song meaning
ex: hot nigga
You on some tag-along, flunky, yes-man shit
Do me a favor and please get off the next man's dick
Edit: I am confused. Enjoying the music of Big L is a bad thing?
The tupac line from logic's new song "city of stars" has everyone on Instagram going wild. People defending the line and others "denouncing" their logic fanboyism can't wait until the discussion thread I have a lot to say about the album.
What are your thoughts on the tupac line?
http://genius.com/8189283 there is the line if you haven't heard it yet.
Can someone link the absolutely ridiculous eminem reach about how the number of rapes, murders, suicides etc. the media pinned on him represented his album sales, careers he ended etc?
Conversely Hiiipower has some really good annotations. heres my favourite although im sure people will say its reaching.
Aint hard to tell has this too
Think you're really righteous? Think you're pure in heart?
Well, I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art
I'm conflicted. On one hand, yikes.
On the other hand, you really have to respect her for being so up-front and giving fair warning about her issues. She deserves props for doing that. Most people wouldn't, and she probably saved some guy a lot of unexpected suffering thanks to that thoughtfulness.
Also, you just know some guys are going to call her anyway, because she's got a piercings and she's not fat.
Yes he is. He scored 48 goals last season for club + country and he's only 23. So why can't he score 45-50 goals when he's in his prime for Barcelona?
Edit: here's the list of his goals
It doesn't say how many matches he played though. I'm assuming it's around 55 matches.
This sounds similar to Know Yourself: https://soundcloud.com/quentinmiller/04-thanks-from-toronto-prod-nick-miles#t=0:03
Q.Miller is credited multiple times in IYRTITL http://genius.com/Drake-if-youre-reading-this-its-too-late-credits-lyrics
He isn't credited in another Drake project (not that I can find) so this might be a new connection. It's possible that's he R.I.C.O verse could be ghost written, but who knows...
My thoughts on this beef;
I have come to a conclusion that Meek Mill has a big mouth, but we know that already. I respect Drake and I respect Meek Mill. They are both talented in their own way. I feel like Meek is becoming pussy whipped by Nicki though, hence why I believe he didn't put the track "Contagious" on the album. (In the Hook of that song he mentions fuckin' bitches). But that's just my opinion. He probably got butthurt because "I never fucked Nicki cuz she got a man, but when that's over I'm first in line." Drake is always going to be bigger than Meek in his own way. Nonetheless, having a ghost writer isn't a big deal, as long as hits are being made and history is being written. I would like to hear Drizzy's thoughts on all this, as well as Quentins as well.
Oh, and that video of SGP allegedly punching Drake: that isn't Drake.
His clothes are explained here. He basically rocks the same shit all the time but still looks dope imo.
The force of gravity is the force that the earth, moon, or any other large object attracts another object towards itself.
I defy gravity.
I am stronger than any force.
I am Brooklyn.
Gravity, Why you wanna be mad at me?
Like 9.803 pulling down at me.
Meters per second squared;
I’m pushing back up (you know thats called) determination!
Gravity wanted to battle, said he had forces.
Of course I took the battle, had to show him who the boss is.
Now I’ll start to show you what the three newtons laws is.
Move in line, stay in a line till a force is on it.
Newton found gravity when an apple fell from a tree.
The battle is over, in physics class I learned your history.
Give me a minute let me describe Acceleration.
Its the rate that an object suddenly-- changes motion.
Gotta give it time-- seconds, minutes, hours.
Let me break it down, I’m stronger than Austin Powers
Gravity ain't got nothin on me or my force.
You know we from Brooklyn so we holdin it down of course.
I got a Hypothesis-- an educational guess.
Who winning this rap battle, y’all know who is the best.
At the end of the day we putting gravity to a test.
Hope my hypothesis is nothing but correct.
Gravity-- are you still mad at me?
You know Newton’s law told you that
You can’t handle me.
Your actions of holding me down are battling with the constant force of energy.
Edit: I did not write this, wish I did though! Source
Check out his annotation on Genius, so vicious:
" I’m aiming at the moguls. Y'all niggas aiming at the locals. “And rap niggas broke like them.” Them rap niggas that are broke like the locals, yeah, they mere hopefuls. And they’re still wishing on a star, they the last ones to find out that Baby owns the cars that they’re driving.
It’s all coming to fruition. It’s on TMZ.
I just feel like it has been vaguely said through online like, “Oh shit, this shit going crazy, this ‘Exodus’ shit going crazy.” We’re watching it all unfold, and it’s just real. This is just real talk man, we’re watching it all unfold. It done went from, stunting like they daddy, kissing my son, to damn near a murder plot! You don’t even know what’s going on! And all I’m saying is, I’ve been said this shit! "
During the early middle ages, at least, one of the biggest war crimes was failing your lord. If you let him go into battle without you, or if he died while you fled, you would become a social outcast – at the worst an outlaw (as in, there was no law to prevent someone from murdering) and at the best a mercenary.
The poem Beowulf gives us both sides of this coin. Wiglaf complains on Beowulf's behalf as he is deserted by the companions he had favored with gifts. And after Beowulf's death, his former companions mourn their impending poverty exile.
War crimes as we think of them went largely unpunished. Charlemagne executed thousands of prisoners of war, barely raising a comment. And his biographers praised him when he enslaved his captives and redistributed them throughout his lands or sold them onward to English or Mediterranean markets. So I think we need to flip our concept of war crime to focus more on the demands of duty to one's allies rather than limitations of violence to one's foes.
Nothing wrong about finding the "deep hidden meaning in songs". Take Wings for Marie and 10,000 days - the fact that it is about Keenan's mother's 27 years anguish in paralyzed state until death ("Ten thousand days in the fire is long enough"). Or the brilliant, hidden mathematics in Lateralus - It's amazing stuff, and adds a lot of depth to the song. It's being pretentious assholes about it that make it seem like a bad thing.
I don't think even Flex understands how a reference track works. They go both ways; an artist can write a verse and have a writer help them perfect the flow of the verse or it can go the other way around.
Drake has literally rapped about asking writers to balance out his flow.
Flex is an older hip hop guy who's upset that Drake recently stated that new artists don't need New York anymore to be stars and it seems like he is out to ruin his reputation. It also may be that Drake is a part of the Beats 1 radio station that is aiming to put the declining radio industry out of business.
From Rap Genius;
> Nas has gotten wiser with age; he used to spend money for immediate pleasures like getting drunk, now he thinks it best to plan for the future
>Instead of wasting money, he realizes every dollar could be saved or invested. Although participating in the lottery doesn’t seem like a sign of maturity, Nas is simply using this image as a metaphor for his growth. It all connects to the theme established at the beginning of this verse—the reverence for being alive.
Someone else mentioned Graham Chapman's funeral and John Cleese's eulogy. Here's a quotation from it that I particularly like:
> Well, I feel that I should say, "Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries. "
> And the reason I think I should say this is, he would never forgive me if I didn't, if I threw away this opportunity to shock you all on his behalf. Anything for him but mindless good taste. I could hear him whispering in my ear last night as I was writing this:
> "Alright, Cleese, you're very proud of being the first person to ever say 'shit' on television. If this service is really for me, just for starters, I want you to be the first person ever at a British memorial service to say 'fuck'!"
> You see, the trouble is, I can't. If he were here with me now I would probably have the courage, because he always emboldened me. But the truth is, I lack his balls, his splendid defiance. And so I'll have to content myself instead with saying 'Betty Marsden...'
Mine has to be from The Smiths, "And when I'm lying in my bed, I think about life and I think about death. And neither one, particularly, appeals to me."
Or the lyrics to All Of Me Wants All Of You by Suffy
And The World At Large by Modest Mouse
According to genius.com (http://genius.com/898112), "Tennessee Williams wrote ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ In the play, Stanley, in a drunken mess, goes to Stella’s place and proceeds to scream her name. Anyway, Julian can’t do what Stanley does because he expects his girl to let him down".
I would ask Julian what he meant by "I feel so different now, we trained at AVA" in The Modern Age.
Lyrics from the song:
> I am a god.
> Even though I'm a man of God.
> My whole life in the hand of God.
> So y'all better quit playin' wit' God.
Kanye isn't saying that he's God. He's saying that he is a god. From genius.com:
> According to a Kanye interview in W magazine, the song was inspired by a serious diss from a major fashion designer (Hedi Slimane). A few days before Paris Fashion Week in Autumn 2012, West was informed that he’d be invited to a widely anticipated runway show only on the condition that he agree not to attend any other shows. “So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ ” West says. “Cause it’s like, Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.”
Addendum - From another interview:
> "If you're a Kanye West fan, you're not a fan of me. You're a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I'm just the espresso. I'm just the shot in the morning to get you going to make you believe you can overcome that situation that you're dealing with all the time."
Kanye may exude egoism on Yeezus, but that egoism is meant to be infectious. That's how I feel when I listen to it, anyhow.
>"You know what I noticed? Nobody panics when things go according to plan. Even when the plan is horrifying. If tomorrow I told the press that, like, a gang-banger would get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics. Because it's all part of the plan. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everybody loses their minds!"
>It isn’t the nature of a death that upsets people, it’s how expected it is. Gangsters and soldiers are expected to die early deaths, so threatening to kill one of these people wouldn’t draw any reaction. But no one expects a mayor’s line of work to put them into mortal danger, which is why Joker’s attempted assassination of Mayor Garcia put the city into a frenzy. Joker believes people can accept tragedy, so long as it’s expected.
Sad, but true.