Rap Genius Lines of the Week From Bun B, Action Bronson, Ludacris, Ras Kass
Rap Genius is supplying The BoomBox with the top lyrics of the week and serving a meaning behind the raps in the process. This week saw the unveiling of XXL Magazine's ever-controversial Freshmen List of the best up-and-coming rappers. But if we tear our eyes away from that blatant ploy to sell magazines and spark angry blog posts, there was plenty of amazing music happening.
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Bun B shows his superiority, Ras Kass shouts out television's greatest comedienne, Common shills for the phone company and Action Bronson gives us a grammar lesson. In addition, Ludacris reveals more than we care to know about his movie-viewing habits in a verse so filled with amazing puns that it could have been a top 5 all by itself.
5. "Know that I'm chosen, one of the few/ Staying on top -- at least, one up on you," -- Bun B, 'Problems' Lyrics
Bun B is at this point a well-respected legend. A member of pioneering Texas duo UGK, he's been putting out superb music since 1988, and has several stone-cold classic albums to his name -- 1992's 'Too Hard to Swallow' is our oft-overlooked favorite. But sometimes his legendary status obscures what actually makes him great -- the dry wit, the fatalism, the hidden smarts. This couplet has it all. It manages to be at first boastful, then self-depreciating and, finally, wryly funny, all in the space of a few words.
4. "Plasma on the wall/ Write my name on your heart like I'm Lucille Ball/ But love changes, a thug changes/ And best friends become strangers," -- Ras Kass, 'I Wave' Lyrics
We at RG have a special fondness for 'I Love Lucy.' The physical comedy, the songs,