Rap Genius Lines of the Week From 2 Chainz, Too $hort, Gucci Mane
Rap Genius is supplying The BoomBox with the top lyrics of the week and serving a meaning behind the raps in the process. Something must be in the water below the Mason-Dixon line these days, as the majority of our lines of the week come from the South. Gucci Mane, Curren$y and the now-ubiquitous 2 Chainz make up most of our top five spots. Also making the list is Too $hort who, while proudly repping Oakland, has made almost a second career of collaborating with southern artists, especially crunk mainstay Lil Jon. Brooklyn's Livin' Proof is our sole Northeast representative.
5. "You lying, n----, smoking that middle-class grass/ You ain't really high, is ya?" -- Curren$y, '#CruiseLife' Lyrics
New Orleans rapper Shante "Curren$y" Franklin has been affiliated with several of his city's most powerful rap moguls during his career, including Master P and Lil Wayne. But his career didn't really take off until he dropped both of them and found his own -- often weed-fueled -- voice. The EP he released this week, 'Here,' shows Spitta in full swing, making a variety of challenging beats his own. On '#CruiseLife,' he takes Kanye West's southern rap homage 'Drive Slow' and adds his own off-kilter feel. This line, full of internal rhymes and the hilarious "middle-class grass" description of inferior marijuana, easily makes our list.
4. "Like Rakim's hooks, the flow always amazing/I get the job done, call me Big Daddy Kane/No half-stepping, I'm about to be a legend/Smooth operating in the nine-oh-eleven" -- Livin' Proof, 'Lyrical Homicide' Lyrics