Bumpin my MUZIK!

Lyrically Speaking

Remember when I got all nostalgic about music?  This is another one of those.  You’re welcome.

Today while my reflective ride home from work, my iPod decided to play a song Fall Out Boy’s From Under the Cork Tree circa 2005.  I turned the music up to an obscene level and shouted the lyrics to “Dance, Dance”.  If I were a teenager in 2005, this angsty music would have been everything I was about.  But I was in my quarter-life crisis then and poetry was the thing to go sit and listen to and if you wanted to pretend to be deep, you had a good line or two.  Fall Out Boy had a whole CD worth.  “This is the way they’d love if they knew how misery loved me”. “We’re the therapist pumping through your speakers, delivering just what you need.”  “I’ll keep singing this lie if you’ll keep believing it”.   Even the song titles were angsty. “Get Busy Living, Or Get Busy Dying.”   Damn yeah!

Let me give you a brief history on my tumultuous love affair with Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z.  In the mid 90’s when Rap City The Basement on BET was a 3 hour block of East Coast hip hop videos Jay-z-vol-3-life-and-times-s-carter (which included like 15 minutes of West Coast music) Joe Clare introduced my brain and ears to the sounds of Jay-Z.  Hard Knock Life was a great CD.  But Life and Times of Shawn Carter, Vol 3.?! And he’s like “I know you ripping the packaging off your CD right now.  If you like me you’re probably reading the credits?!” he had my heart.  Because that’s exactly what I was doing when that line played.  (I still buy CDs to read the liner notes). I mean he had UGK on a song.  The only thing better to me than Jay-Z was UGK.  Don’t be surprised. This is real life.  So of course I got The Blueprint the day it was relased.  And I listened to it and when I heard the line “nigga repspect the game, that should be it.  What you eat don’t make me shit.” I couldn’t wait until I could say that to someone.  Anyone.  ANYONE?!  How perfect of a line is that?  What can top that? Nothing could.  Then I kinda was meh on Blueprint 2 (don’t question me) and after that I just don’t even know what was released and after the Notorious B.I.G.’s super underground mixtapes were released and I really realized how much Jay-Z just totally lifted about everything in his life? I felt betrayed.  Like “I thought The Takeover was better than Ether, Shawn! ETHER! It wasn’t you lying bastard!” Then American Gangster was jammin and now this Kanye shit that I can’t really get with.  I mean we’re cool but clearly there are still hurt feelings.  I’m sure Shawn won’t talk to y’all about it too much.

My favorite singer in the world is Nikka Costa.  A tiny, tiny, white woman with a giant shock of flaming red hair.  She is phenomenal.  I fell in love with her in 2001 watching MTV2.  When it was first invented and they only played music videos.   “We only try to remember what we chose to forget”  “So I stand before you now/Faulty but not broken/Fragile like the break of day/And sometimes sad like the words unspoken”. “Somebody waits for you with a crown.  Somebody else wants to take you down.”  I could go on.  I have written these lyrics thousands of times.  I love them all.  Still.

And since I’ll never get rid of my teen angst or my 20’s stick-it-to-the-man-eosis I will always love my rock music.  I’ll leave you with these perfectly written lines from some of my favoite bands. “I’m sacking the man, cause the man is a thief.  I’m kicking the plan before the plan kicks me.” – Jet.

“I wanna forget how convention fits, but could not get out from under it.” – Spoon

“You got no fear of the underdog, that’s why you will not survive.” – Spoon (again)

“Evil hides/In dark places/But now I see it/In familiar faces.” – The Black Keys

“One thing I can tell you is you’ve got to be free.” – The Beatles

“RIP we just kilt the club!” – Young Jeezy.

Ok I just wanted to see if y’all were still paying attention.  That new Jeezy is my shit.

Favorite lyrics anyone?  Anyone?


8 thoughts on “Lyrically Speaking

  1. “I’m the only guy, that knows why, the Golden Eye, was stolen by, 5 Soviet Spies, they told me a lie, but they don’t wanna hear the god spit, chop my arms off at the armpits, but I regenerate limbs like starfish, comin’ at you with the hard shit, swallow my beeper and page myself so I can communicate with a dolphin, lyrically awesome…” – A+ … former child singer turned hardcore rapper

    “Ain’t these stakes high? Lookin’ in the snakes eyes, but tryin’ not to bite the apple / Adam I feel you / Ass naked hoes in my face, I ain’t thinkin’ clear too…” – Jon Connor

    “Are you a hot girl? If not girl, I don’t want ya or need ya / gotta girl livin’ single like Queen Latifah and Khadijah..” – Chamillionaire

    “Took the G out of yo waffle, all you got left is yo ego” – Childish Gambino

    “Splatter the brain matter of my enemies with the same bullet trajectory as the bullet that murdered John Kennedy.” – Canibus

    “I want ya satisfaction / I need a demonstration / I got the joystick / you got the playstation” – Lil Keke

  2. It’s something about that Nina Simone’s piano flow
    It’s like a Michaelangelo painted a portrait of Maya Angelou
    And gave it to a sick poet for they antidote
    If music get’s you choked up this is the tree and a rope – Kanye

    The entire Stakes is High song

    Yo, I speak at schools a lot cause they say I’m intelligent
    No, it’s cause I’m dope, if I was wack I’d be irrelevant – Talib

    The whole Roc is jumpin’, we reached our zenith
    Got fiends throwin’ up on themself like Willy Beaman [giggle]
    Any given Sunday gunplay’s optional
    However niggas want it like Soul II Soul
    Whoever got hops get blocked go to the hole
    Dikembe Mutumbo of this rap shit
    Plus the jab is sick, and it’s that quick
    Left hand’ll lean ’em like a little past six
    Now run along wit’cha little ass hits
    Read my rap sheet nigga, THREE CLASSICS
    Shut ya bumba’ got A-Rod numbers
    All you muddaskunks get buried in the trunk
    When I blast the pump, I leave you relaxed
    In the hospital lookin’ at M*A*S*H for months
    Then I dumps dough on the D.A. desk
    And the fleece got free and pee-pee on the steps…
    We’ve got no respect
    No law or governin’ why you fuckin’ wit’ him?
    Matta’fact, why you fuckin’ wit’ them?
    All ya’ll need is the R-O-C baby
    – Jay Z, All I need

    and though its a out of place on this list….this is still dope

    He went away but He’s coming back like boomerangs
    Until then all of creation groans in pain
    Cause sin’s got the world locked like a ball and chain.
    I get the hunch like Notre Dame. – Da T.R.U.T.H

  3. I can give jay and nas quotes for days but just a few of my favorites are:

    “Aint you afraid to go to jail god
    Use your brain, ain’t you sane?”
    But like Dale Earnhardt, the game is racing through my veins
    And I crash every time, but I never hit the wall.
    I need the K’s like Pedro so it’s back to pitching raw
    And when the base is unloaded and cops try to squeeze play
    The game ain’t cold enough to ever freeze Jay
    I need the green like fiends need yay
    And they say it ain’t right, but it’s the game of life
    -Hov (The whole verse deserved recognition)

    Nas, I analyze, drop a jew-el, inhale from the L
    School a fool well, you feel it like braille

    How does it feel to be
    One of the beautiful people?
    Now that you know who you are.
    What do you want to be?
    -The Beatles

    The entire “Put You On Game” song by Lupe Fiasco

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