Woooo-Hooooo! The Hip Hop Nerd in me is giddy right now. I have discovered a new site to waste mad time on or umm I mean learn me stuff about rap lyrics. Hmm, I guess that doesn’t really sound any better.
ANYway, yesterday I stumbled across http://rapgenius.com/. Perhaps some of you were already familiar with this internet awesomeness but I. Was. Not.
I was looking for some lyrics to cut and paste into an instant message I was sending to a friend. Not gonna get into the “who’s” and the “what’s” specifically BUT I will tell you the song – Drake’s “The Motto” - which I fully admit is one of my favs right now. The song, not the video, just the song. The video is typical – yawn:
So I do a search, this site comes up and I’m like “oh what is this with all this extra ish going on? I just want to cut-n-paste some d*mn lyrics!” And then I discovered the coolness. Instead of ME doing a google search on whatever nonsensical ish these cats are saying in their lyrics and feeling like a lame because I’m not up on the latest this site provides ALL OF THAT RANDOM INFO FOR YOU!!!
All you gotta to do is click once on a highlighted section and a window pops open with a full breakdown. Well as much of a breakdown as they have but man oh man do I feel so much more in the know. I already admitted that I was a nerd in the first paragraph so shut it.
For example, I kept hearing Lil Wayne* say the word “Tunechi” at the end of his verse and my incessant need to know random ish had me on a mission to figure out what the hell he was talking about. AND VIOLA!! One site, one click and I had my answer:
The line: “Oh my God, Becky, look at her butt! Tunechi“
Lil Wayne’s grandmother nicknamed Wayne “Tune.” Wayne added the “-chi” so it could be shouted out with “Gucci.” They even include a video of LW sort of explaining it!
Supremely ignorant and a total waste of my time and brain cells? Yes. But am I really pleased with myself right now because I know this random a*s information? YES!
It’s the simple things in life really.
*disclaimer re Lil Wayne - I will give him credit on dropping some hot ish every now and then but generally speaking he drives me crazy and I could happily go a full year without hearing his voice on EVERY track on the radio. I’m just waiting for him to show up on a Dolly Parton record. #shudder
I grew up with hip hop. I LOVE HIP HOP but I was never that person who knew ALL the lyrics to ALL the songs and knew exactly what they were talking about. I could figure out most stuff but that real insider ish was always lost on me. I usually chalked it up to some street ish I was never gonna understand so I just nodded my head to the beat, pretended I was in the know and kept it moving. Until now…
Better example than above: WU-TANG
I LOVE Wu-Tang. I mean who in their right mind doesn’t right? Right. But damned if I knew wtf they were going on about. Until now…
I really could spend the rest of the day looking up lyrics from every song on the “36 Chambers” album but I have ish to do so I’m just gonna highlight one song: “M.E.T.H.O.D. MAN”
Just in case you want to revisit your “younger” days, here is the video:
The line: “Who be gettin flam when they come to a jam?” Granted this is not a particularly significant line - like at all- BUT I always wondered EXACTLY what he was talking about.
Explanation: “Flam has 2 meanings; a trick/deceiving someone, or a drumbeat of two notes in quick succession. So Mef is possibly describing his rap style as quick in succession with trickery added in, and his challengers only realize they’ve been tricked when the real jam hits”
AND they include a disclaimer of their own: “This explanation hasn’t yet been reviewed by the Rap Genius editors.”
YES, I realize there are – and probably have been for a while – other sites that provide the same (or similiar) information but I like how THESE guys do it so once again – shut it.
It is “Hip Hop Wikipedia” - their words not mine (see top image). Specifically:
“Rap Genius is your guide to the meaning of rap lyrics (basically the internet version of the nerd-ass “rap dictionary” dorm-mate you had in college).”
But make no mistake re their intentions:
Bet. I’m sold.
THANK YOU “RAP GENIUS!”