Sunday , July 21 2024

New Playa Gets Jiggy With Textual Analysis

I have mixed feeling about taking lyrics out of their musical context and analyzing them line by line: most songs sound stupid, trite, simplistic, etc., when approached in this manner. Music and lyrics are inextricably bound and offer commentary upon each other. All nuance, inflection, mood, and tone are lost in this technique.

However, it can also be funny and revealing, and Seamus Hughes of Rap Truth seems to be good at it:

    “Shake it Fast”

    Mmm! Mmm, mmm, mmm

    Mystikal becomes the new Campbell Soup Spokesman…


    Oh, I only see good things from this song already…

    Shake ya ass, but watch yourself

    Take a bath, wash yourself…

    Shake ya ass, show me what you workin with

    She’s working on a term paper…

    I came here with my dick in my hand

    Spare no detail, Mys.

    Don’t make me leave here with my foot in yo’ ass; be cool

    Mystikal is the ultimate of cool.

    And don’t worry bout how I’m rippin this shit

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    When I’m flippin what I’m kickin nigga, that’s just what I do

    That’s just how he rolls, playa……

Rap without the rhythm is like a day without sunshine, or something, but there is a lot of weird shit in there.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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