“We Don’t Understand Rap Lyrics, or How To Make Fun of Them.”

08/12/2009 3:39 PM |

This single-serving blog Snacks and Shit (and other ridiculous rap lyrics) was recently brought to my attention, and while I’m all for holding rappers accountable for the dumb/offensive/ignorant things they sometimes say, the two Los Angeles-based writers behind Snacks and Shit (Chris Macho and Chris D’Elia) are terrible at it. They regularly isolate half a rhyme that makes sense so that it appears nonsensical, as with the Nas line “I got my eyes glued on” from “New York State of Mind Part II,” which continues “… whoever walk in or leave.” It’s not a surrealist joke, he’s talking about being vigilant while gambling at an illegal craps table. The writers also aren’t funny, even when working with excellent material, for example:

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Our own Mike Conklin had funnier things to say about this line in a recent Pop Scene: “while I’m less into that part, I think it would be really cool if that could really happen. Or if that had happened on Degrassi, I should say.” But their inability to write funnily — Macho is a writer, D’Elia is a comedian and a writer — isn’t the worst thing about Snacks and Shit.

They regularly (try to) crack jokes about really canonical hip hop lyrics, thereby revealing how little they actually know about rap (or humor, for that matter). Making fun of something you don’t understand isn’t funny, it just makes you look dumb. For instance:

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Also:

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And here a bad joke about a great line is made worse by the lack of any research:

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Do they not have Peter Pan buses in SoCal?

It’s not all bad, though, just mostly. Sometimes they pick a great rhyme and kill it with the punchline. For instance:

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So, I guess you should read Snacks and Shit very selectively, and not hesitate to call them out when they say things that are dumber than the rhymes they’re trying to ridicule.

4 Comment

  • “Every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
    Uh, no–certain atoms make up your body, while other atoms make up my body. Unless this is some kind of gay come-on. No homo? Or what?

    “mossy scabs of the worm fence, heap’d stones, elder, mullein and
    poke-weed.”
    You’re just making up words now. No one knows what the hell you’re talking about. Way to write the most meaningless sentence ever written in the history of English.

    “A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
    How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more
    than he.”
    Dude, are you seriously high or something? Grass is that green bladey stuff that grows in dirt. How did you become a poet if you’re retarded?

  • I think the website is fucking hilarious. Granted not every single entry is perfect, but you have to appreciate for everything, from calling out the line (in or out of context) to the commentary to the tags.
    They know and love rap, and they clearly don’t actually think that every rapper they quote is as idiotic as one line may make them appear.

  • chris macho is just way funnier than the other dude. if you jsut read his parts, you wont be disappointed

  • “If I could rule the world, everyone would have a gun.”
    Wyclef, Ready or Not by the Fugees

    Good thing you don’t. Jesus.

    Filed Under: Don’t vote for Wyclef for anything