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 From fax machines to pagers, here are some of the best outdated rap lyrics!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’
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.
It’s a scorcher in Dublin today, so this mid week tune is just as upbeat as our moods. Welcome a little mash-up of Jay Z and Passion Pit to your Wednesday, and have a listen to the glorious creation of ‘99 secrets’. Who knew the living King of hip hop would blend oh so well with the indie sound of this Massachusetts band?
The man needs no introduction, but for those of you who don’t know, Jay Z is one of the most successful hip hop artists of all time. Sure he’s only gone and sold over 75 million records. He started releasing music back in the early 1990s and I guarantee you know more of his songs than you think. I guess I’m of the age where I can’t remember a time that I didn’t know who Jay-Z was. And as a middle class white Irish girl in the 1990s, that’s really saying something. He trickled down the layers of society and became a household name. Even more so when he married the Queen that is Beyonce herself. These two are literally hip-hop royalty.
I’m happy to say that Jay-Z is also pro-LGBT. On the topic of equal marriage and homophobia in America, he said that it’s “something that’s still holding the country back. What people do in their own home is their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.” You tell ’em Hova.