Some of these songs are down right classics and we can’t fault them. We can however, have a laugh at how old they sound now in 2014. From fax machines to pagers, here are some of the best outdated rap lyrics!
1. ‘They get jealous when they see you with your mobile phone.’
2Pac – Changes (1998)
Mmmhmm. So jel.
2. N***a get the phone book look up in the yellow page, Lemme tell you how we finna get paid’.
Dead Prez – Hell Yea (2004)
Are phone books are still made? Anyone?!
3. ‘Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, when I was dead broke man I couldn’t picture this’
Notorious B.I.G – Juicy (1994)
Well no one can picture this anymore.
4. ‘I got this young chick, she so immature, She like, “Why you don’t buy me Reeboks no more?’
Jay Z – Girls (2001)
Ain’t nobody buy Reeboks no mo.
5.‘I go to TRL, look how many hugs I get’
Eminem – White America (2002)
Well I’d imagine none, seen as MTV don’t even play music anymore.
6.‘Actually, anything you got to ask me, Fax me’
Mase – Wanna Hurt Mase? (1997)
Ok cool. Let me know in a couple of days if it comes through?
7. ‘And although it seems heaven-sent, We ain’t ready to see a black president’
2Pac – Changes (1998)
Oh contraire Tupac.
8. ‘You make me wanna throw my pager out the window, tell MCI to cut the phone calls’
Destiny’s Child – Bug a Boo (1998)
I’d imagine the girls have found other ways of venting their anger by now.
9. ‘Beep me 911 or call me on my cell phone, I’ll call you back to see what you gon’ tell me’
This week we’re keeping it local again with Ireland’s very own twin duo, Heathers. These Dublin girls wrote their first album whilst studying for their Leaving Cert. Most of us barely manage to tackle the exams alone. In this tune they also tackle a topic close to many people’s hearts. Have a listen to their upbeat and inspiring track ‘Forget Me Knots‘.
Depression has hit the news most recently due to the recent death of loved actor Robin Williams. And while this has been a devastating blow to many worldwide, the suffering which he endured is still an everyday struggle for countless numbers of people. When we hone in on LGBT mental health in Ireland, the stats are hard to ignore. A whopping 25% of girls, and 15% of boys have tried to end their own lives at least once*. Being a good friend to someone can be challenging at the best of times. In recent days, many people have felt the need to address the subject. I read something that hit home, ‘it’s the hardest thing in the world to be a friend of someone with depression. But it’s also the most rewarding.’ It is damn hard. But it should be harder to do nothing. Don’t do nothing.
You can’t walk away from this song and not have ‘it’s alright not to feel ok‘ swimming around in your head. Never a truer word spoken.
(*supporting LGBT lives study)
For support or information on LGBT depression, please contact BeLonGTo
And look, it’s Wednesday already. A bit of home grown talent for you this week. Dublin singer-songwriter Chloe Jac is currently gigging her way through London, and making some serious tunes while she’s at it. Go ahead and lose yourself to the her touching track, ‘Lost To You’.
Chloe takes her inspiration from many artists, including Laura Marling and Paolo Nutini. It’s an energy rollercoaster watching Chloe perform. You hear her eclectic personality in her music, so you get soft tunes and absolutely high enegry tunes in the same show. It’s wonderful. There’s a distinctive French flare to her music and personality too. This no doubt stems from her multi-cultural upbringing with a French father. As a result, artists like C2C and Brigitte have also made an impact on the singers’ style. I’ve known Chloe since early school days, so perhaps I’m a little bias when I say that she’s one of the best singer-songwriters around. Make your own judgement I guess. But I stand by what I said!
For more music and info on upcoming gigs, check out chloe.ie
What happens when a legendary rap artist collaborates with an equally legendary reggae artist? You get this week’s choice of mid-week tune of course. These lyrical geniuses worked together to create a unique studio album, Distant Relatives, which they released in May 2010. We’ve taken our favourite track off the record for you to experience this Wednesday. Here’s the thought provoking ‘Patience’.
Overall, the album is pretty inspiring. And I love nothing more than an inspirational track. From Band Aid to a musical ‘Coach Carter’ speech, I buy completely into them. NAS has tried his hand at motivational records before. Some of his iconic tracks include ‘I Can’ and ‘Just a Moment’. I’m not exactly from the hood, but at 14 years of age I took a lot from hearing those lyrics. And now at 25, I again take a lot from the lyrics in this album.
Take from it what you will. Take nothing if you like. But you gotta admit, it’s a tune.
We’re taking a break from electro this week to bring you a little soulful tune from Northern Irish singer-songwriter, SOAK. Take some time out of your Wednesday to sit back and listen to this beautiful acoustic rendition of ‘Sea Creatures‘.
The LGBT artist has already played alongside Snow Patrol, and her Dublin gigs are sold out before you even hear that they’re happening. Not a bad position for this 17 year old to be in. In fact, she’s just gone and signed herself up with iconic Rough Trade Records. If ever there was an appropriate time to say that ole cliche ‘watch this space’, this is it.
Keep up with SOAK‘s goings on over on her more often than not high-larioustwitter account. You are welcome!
Dublin festival goers had the pleasure of seeing this brother/sister act live at Longitude last Sunday. And as expected, reviews have been nothing but stellar for the New Zealand duo, Broods. If like me you didn’t catch them live, have a listen to what we missed by wrapping your ears around their beautiful track ‘Bridges’ – our choice of mid-week tune.
They’ve been penned by many as the ‘one to watch’. From touring with Haim, releasing their EP ‘Evergreen’, and preparing for a tour with Sam Smith, Broods are giving us plenty to pay attention to. The siblings, aka Caleb and Georgia Nott, have been performing together since early childhood. At just 21 and 19 years of age, they add to a rising number of young entertainers to recently emerge from New Zealand. Most notably is 17 year old singer-songwriter Lorde. We could take some of that credit thanks to her surname ‘O’Connor’, but it’s most likely down to their shared producer Joel Little who has managed to help put both acts on the map. If Lorde’s success is anything to go by, the talented duo are only going to get bigger. And well deserved we think.
Half way gone, half way to go. Happy mid-week one and all! Looking back on previous posts, it seems we have a preference for electronic and rap tunes. We literally mixed them together once with Jay-Z and Passion Pit! So in continuation of our unintentional theme, this week we are giving you London electronic duo, Simian Mobile Disco. Have a little listen to their massive hit, ‘I Believe’. We’ll leave a link below to their SoundCloud, because trust us – you’re gonna want more.
Simian Mobile Disco are well highly respected for their own material, but they’ve also ventured out by remixing and producing for others. They’ve popped their own stamp on songs by artists such as Klaxons and Peaches. They’re known for intense live shows with all of the strobe lights. All of them. Years ago I saw them in Dublin, except I didn’t really see them. There was some divine light separating us. But hey, the tunes made up for it. The duo recently played another gig in Dublin’s Twisted Pepper. There’s no shortage of appreciative fans here it seems, so enjoy their SoundCloud and prepare yourself for their next gig!