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 From fax machines to pagers, here are some of the best outdated rap lyrics!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
Sometimes we need a bit of gender segregation. Separate toilets are a perfect example. So are certain gendered greeting cards. Now I’m not talking about the ones that say ‘Happy Birthday Brother‘ with a picture of a motorbike. Your brother has probably zero interest in them, but hey, at least it’s manly. No. I’m talking about the ones like we make. You know – ‘Happy Anniversary‘ with two dickie bows to signify it’s not your regular Hallmark hetero relationship card. But I digress. Gender segregation has seeped into every crevice of society, and we’re lapping up it to the delight of marketing directors worldwide.
Even my childhood was not without basic gender segregation. Growing up I played with Polly Pockets and teddy bears, whilst my big brother played with toy guns and soldiers. He’s an actual soldier now though, so maybe that’s a bad example. He obviously really like those toys! And now that I think about it, I remember really loving those Polly Pockets. Perhaps I’m trying to find a non-existent fault here. Because playing with ‘girl’ toys made me pretty damn happy. Why though? Was it because television adverts showed me images of girls my age having the time of their lives playing with Polly? Well they certainly didn’t show girls running around playing toy soldier.
It’s too far gone to remember my rational from childhood. I didn’t know what rational was, so I doubt I even had any. In adulthood however, I’ve no excuse. Now when it comes to clothes, I don’t see a gender divide. I suppose that’s the gay in me. I’ll happily shop for a t-shirt in the man’s section, and shoes in the women’s. But if I’m buying a razor, off to the pink aisle I go. I remember wondering to myself what the difference between female and males razors is before. I think I settled on the colour and went ahead with my pink purchase. But now I’m wondering, is that it? Is that actually the only difference? What is the point?!
Oh how we fall so easily into the market traps. From female Lego to male eye cream, Australian show ‘The Checkout’ highlights the differences between gender specific products. Of which, there are basically NONE!
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!