rap music's memorable banalities

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"Cuz I choose to use my infinite potential"
-Jeru the Damaja

Patrick Leahy, (D)-VT (deej), Saturday, 13 September 2008 01:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

this may have been a terrible idea for a thread, but for some reason this lyric was stuck in my head tonite and could figure out no earthly reason why it would be

Patrick Leahy, (D)-VT (deej), Saturday, 13 September 2008 01:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

i said a hip hop the hippie the hippie
to the hip hip hop, a you dont stop
the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie
to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat

PappaWheelie V, Saturday, 13 September 2008 03:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

"I've got a bungalow" - Dr Dre

spaghetti, Saturday, 13 September 2008 03:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

at least 70% of the group home album

ciderpress, Saturday, 13 September 2008 04:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

I go to St John's University
And since kindergarden I acquired the knowledge
After 12th grade I went straight to college

m coleman, Saturday, 13 September 2008 13:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

A pen and a paper, a stereo, a tape of
Me and Eric B, and a nice big plate of
Fish, which is my favorite dish
But without no money it’s still a wish

Camille Pagliacci (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 13 September 2008 14:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's not about a salary, it's all about reality.

Bushwick Bill Clinton (Euler), Saturday, 13 September 2008 15:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

We demand sanitary food

...is pretty good in context, but it got pulled out by a friend in high school as an example of how Wu-Tang Forever was a step down into wackness, and I've never been able to shake that reading of it.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 13 September 2008 17:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

but that's the point isn't it?

Everything is Highlighted (Hurting 2), Saturday, 13 September 2008 18:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

best rap banality ever:

Super Nintendo Sega Genesis
When I was dead broke man I couldn't picture this

Everything is Highlighted (Hurting 2), Saturday, 13 September 2008 18:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

lemonade was a popular drink and it still is.

ian, Saturday, 13 September 2008 19:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

the early 90s was so full of filler raps like this

Patrick Leahy, (D)-VT (deej), Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

ILM's least memorable banalities

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

are you looking for the 'whats on your ipod threads'

Patrick Leahy, (D)-VT (deej), Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

take 2

are you looking for the 'whats on your ipod' threads

Patrick Leahy, (D)-VT (deej), Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

i am looking for the exit, sir

;_;

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'll get me GOAT

HOOS clique iphones fool get ya steen on (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

And when my dishes were dirty, I got Cascade.
I got it MADE.

Joseph McCombs, Sunday, 14 September 2008 04:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

wow, that song... that whole verse is amazing:

I'm kinda spoiled
Cuz everything I want I got made
I wanted gear - got everything from cotton to suede
I wanted lead - I didnt beg, I just got laid
My hair was growin' too long, so I got me a fade
And when my dishes got dirty, I got Cascade
When the weather was hot, I got a spot in the shade

I'm wise because I rise to the top of my grade
Wanted peace on Earth, so to God I prayed
Some kids across town thought I was afraid
They couldnt harm me - I got the army brigade
I'm not a trader - If what you got is greater, I'll trade
But maybe later cuz my waiter made potato -n- alligator souflee

I got it made

I mean, it has it all - abuse of the passive voice to make the rhyme work, flat out self-contradiction ("I'm not a trader [...] I'll trade" (unless there's some "traitor" pun that I'm not getting), statements that would probably be true of anybody and don't really prove that he's got it made (wants peace on Earth). The only question is, which is more banal: that he sits in the shade when it's hot, or that he washes his dishes with Cascade?

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 14 September 2008 05:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like how his waiter is the one making the fancy dishes though - that actually does kind of suggest he's got it made.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 14 September 2008 05:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have to honestly thank you for turning me onto Special Ed. "Would you join the Navy if you didn't like the gravy and rice? Think about it."

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 14 September 2008 05:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'd rather bust a nut than bust a cap

The Juan MacCain (The Reverend), Sunday, 14 September 2008 10:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

the early 90s was so full of filler raps like this

Come on and dance guys grab a girl don't wait make the twirl
It's your world and I'm just a squirrel
Trying to get a nut to move your butt

Pillbox, Sunday, 14 September 2008 11:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I put too much sugar in my Kool...Aid

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 05:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

and it gets warm, take off your hot sweater

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 18:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

if you're tired, then go take a nap

Granny Dainger, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

dood ya can't knock Special Ed!!

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

(many x-posts)

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

My DJ is warm, he's X. I call him Norm Ya know.

Still makes me laugh everytime.

Sven Hassel Schmuck, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 21:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

maybe X should take off his sweater.

Granny Dainger, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 21:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

And in the off season we vacate in the shade.

P'zone, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 21:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

and it gets warm, take off your hot sweater

― M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:35 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

if you're tired, then go take a nap

― Granny Dainger, Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:37 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

haha these were exactly what i meant

choom gangsta (deej), Saturday, 27 December 2008 05:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'll get me GOAT

― HOOS clique iphones fool get ya steen on (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, September 13, 2008 5:46 PM (3 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

lol

choom gangsta (deej), Saturday, 27 December 2008 05:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Buy a half price sweater new

ichard Thompson (Hurting 2), Saturday, 27 December 2008 06:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

you cant help me if you cant help yourself
you better make a left

choom gangsta (deej), Saturday, 27 December 2008 11:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'M GETTIN SLEEPY
I NEED SOME COFFEE

BIG HOOS is not a nacho purist fwiw (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 27 December 2008 17:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

it don't matter if radio say its a hit
real niggas consider it miscellaneous shit

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 January 2009 07:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ ^ ^ Requesting source pls. ^ ^ ^

brightscreamer, Monday, 19 January 2009 21:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Saigon on "Say It" from new Termanology mixtape If Heaven Was A Mile Away

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 January 2009 21:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

I knew a guy like you
his name was Felipe

WavyNDaLazDayz (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Monday, 19 January 2009 21:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

And if you're dirty, then go take a bath.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 19 January 2009 22:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

first of all I'd like to thank god

Edward III, Monday, 19 January 2009 22:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

a pound costs six in new york
but it's half in Miami

WavyNDaLazDayz (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Monday, 19 January 2009 23:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm just vanishin' with the vanishin' cream - Masta Killa

I woke up this morning and had that line in my head. I never noticed it until just then. Weird.

brightscreamer, Saturday, 31 January 2009 15:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Letters makes words
and sentences makes paragraphs

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

this be the drama
i'ma cause like a comma in sentence
paragraphs indented

fuck bein hard, BIG HOOS is complicated (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

early in the mornin' jump out my bed
grab some afro sheen and I comb my head

鬼の手 (Edward III), Monday, 16 March 2009 03:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've posted this before, on a similar thread, as it is my favorite example of this sort of thing:

You lied about the lies that you lied about
You even lied to your aunt when you went down south

2 ears + 1 ❤ (Pillbox), Monday, 16 March 2009 03:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

All the way to Africa, a.k.a. the Motherland
Stick out the left, then I'll ask for the other hand
That's the right hand, Black Man
Only if you was noted as my man

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 16 March 2009 13:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

smh @ u

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 4 February 2014 03:48 (three years ago) Permalink

haha damn

raggett neds of your summer dress (The Reverend), Tuesday, 4 February 2014 05:28 (three years ago) Permalink

I can't believe we built this large pizza pie together, no pepperoni
Yeah you wanted extra cheese, sometimes I gave you extras

Spottie, Friday, 14 February 2014 21:23 (three years ago) Permalink

haaa, yeah

Doctor Casino, Friday, 14 February 2014 22:36 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

in ya brain i'm guaranteed to have you thinkin and feeling things

een, Thursday, 13 March 2014 22:13 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Fellatio's amazin', make grilled cheese for you the best

slam dunk, Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:01 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm a lover not a fighter. I can't find my lighter

nova, Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Listen to me now, or listen to me later

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:09 (three years ago) Permalink

came just to add "lemonade was a popular drink and it still is" and of course it's taken

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:06 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I represent, set up shit like a tent, boy
You're paranoid 'cause you're a son, like Elroy

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 4 May 2014 16:16 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Listen to me now, or listen to me later

― Doctor Casino, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:09 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh man, I've had this wrong for years, it's actually "Listen to me now, don't listen to me later."

The rhyme: "I eat the fuckin' pineapple Now & Laters."

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 8 June 2014 19:41 (three years ago) Permalink

condo in miami, that's my favorite pad
watching rondo vs miami, he just made a pass

- jim jones

― J0rdan S., Monday, May 16, 2011 12:20 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I think about this line as a representative of dipset's entire 00s output

troy na'vi (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 8 June 2014 20:27 (three years ago) Permalink

along with

goonie goonie moony juney purple spoonie killa noonie

― and what (ooo), Wednesday, May 17, 2006 11:42 AM (8 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

troy na'vi (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 8 June 2014 20:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Not banal in content, but Drake's delivery of "Last night I tried some raw oysters" really puts it in this category IMO.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 14 June 2014 16:44 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"And when I was five, my favorite movie was the Gremlins / Ain't got shit to do with this, but I just thought that I should mention"

-Lil Wayne

am0n alb4rn (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 29 June 2014 17:46 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the memories

bernard snowy, Sunday, 29 June 2014 18:56 (three years ago) Permalink

when i was 5 my favorite movie was the gremlins
ain't got shit to do with this but i just thought that i would mention

― one yankee sympathizer masquerading as a historian (difficult listening hour), Sunday, July 21, 2013 11:05 PM (11 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oops

am0n alb4rn (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 29 June 2014 19:31 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Never popped a molly
but when I'm on coffee I feel as if I done just tried it

slam dunk, Monday, 23 February 2015 21:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Niggaz in the Bronx call me Lex 'cause I push a Lex.
And I rock a Rolex.
And I lounge on Lex.
And I love sex.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 23 February 2015 21:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Never popped a molly
but when I'm on coffee I feel as if I done just tried it

― slam dunk, Monday, February 23, 2015 3:19 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

looool

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 01:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Never drank a coffee
but when I eat too much toffee I feel as if I done just tried it

rip van wanko, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 01:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Eminem: "I should download her audio on mp3"

unknown pleasure zone (uptown churl), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 04:31 (two years ago) Permalink

coining this thread title was my professional peak IMHO

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 21:20 (two years ago) Permalink

it's really good, yeah

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 04:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Watching movies like damn that Vince Vaughn is a funny cat
Fred Claus and the Kelly up in your closet
Belly full of smog again, ciggys just make me nauseous

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:46 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

EPMD are the kings:

"Sit back and recline
watch the sun shine
take a stroll
listen to rock n' roll
catch a flick at the movies
dance so bold"

good life advice too

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 11 May 2015 16:02 (two years ago) Permalink

EPMD OTM

Doctor Casino, Monday, 11 May 2015 17:06 (two years ago) Permalink

i ordered enchiladas and i ate 'em

clikbait ikatowi (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 11 May 2015 17:47 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Phife Dawg on Tribe's "Buggin' Out":

"I float like gravity / Never had a cavity"
"I sport New Balance sneakers to avoid a narrow path"
"Drink a lot of soda so they call me Dr. Pepper"

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Monday, 17 August 2015 20:01 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

keep a couple hand torches in the jansport
i'm from pebble beach, that's a historic landmark
- mozzy, beautiful struggle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUfuEgAp8FI

mods = chickenshit idiots (D-40), Monday, 31 August 2015 20:29 (two years ago) Permalink

three course meal
spaghetti fettucini and veal

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 31 August 2015 20:31 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

It's how son became a big man from a black boy
To name names, a really big fan of Dan Aykroyd

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 17 September 2015 03:22 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

"Feelin kinda great, got change for the toll" on Run-DMC's "Ragtime." Though, the whole cut is kind of a deliberate goof, with lines like "I rhyme when I am sleeping, I rhyme when I'm awake / When I was nine I said a rhyme by putting candles on my cake."

Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 14 November 2015 17:06 (two years ago) Permalink

that sounds kinda like the one Cosby episode where he was walking around talking in rhyme the whole time a la "how do you do/welcome to the zoo/i told you I could rhyme/I do it all the time"

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 14 November 2015 23:13 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Yeah right, my bear hugs air tight
New Yorkers know no turning on a red light

- Redman

Doctor Casino, important war pigeon (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Serengeti frequently works the "memorable banalities" vein, e.g. I skateboarded and hurt my knee / I sat right next to a willow tree.

regular ass terrestrial radio (bernard snowy), Thursday, 14 January 2016 21:49 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

DMC, "King of Rock" - "I walked on ice and never fell."

Wise Intelligent (Stetsasonic) "Uda Man" - "Purple is the opposite of brown."

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 15:14 (one year ago) Permalink

he's talking about weed obv

ejemplo (crüt), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 15:27 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"So many successful entertainers with tax problems"

-- Rick Ross, "Ghostwriter"

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 14:06 (one year ago) Permalink

that is brilliant

The bald Phil Collins impersonator cash grab (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 14:52 (one year ago) Permalink

There are at least a few lines on the record about taxes, tax shelters, accountants, etc.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 14:54 (one year ago) Permalink

"Grinding until my new accountant is fully at ease"

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 14:57 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"No school lunch next week/I'm brown-bagging it" - Young MC, "Bust a Move"

Pull your head on out your hippy haze (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:16 (one year ago) Permalink

I got a color TV so I can see the Knicks play basketball

mike a, Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

oops - taken already

mike a, Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

"There was a few times I needed your support
But you tried to play me like an indoor sport
Like racquetball, tennis, pool, whatever"

niels, Friday, 27 January 2017 21:33 (ten months ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Not long is how long that this rhyme took me

competitive shooter - - - - (Spottie), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 18:25 (one week ago) Permalink

haha yeah, good one

relistening to early Wu tracks through the poll, and there's a lot of classic memorable banalities and old school playful lyricism in there, in my mind Wu where always very different from fx De La but I guess maybe they weren't always as far apart as I thought

niels, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 19:03 (one week ago) Permalink


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