As hip-hop heads, we make it our duty to memorize our favorite lyrics. I can't remember what I had for dinner last night or where I put my keys, but ask me to spit City Spud's verse from "Ride Wit Me" and I will deliver like it's still 2001.
Memorizing all of the only City Spud verse in history is easy because, you know, you can understand what he's saying, but every so often there is that rare breed of MC who you have no f**cking clue what they are saying; they might as well be rapping in ancient Latin.
It's time folks. You had to know this was in the works when we started the What the Fuck Are They Saying series. It's time to break out the Young Thug translator.
Some love him, some hate him, but nobody understands what he's saying because he raps like his mouth is full of peanut butter coated marbles.
Honestly, I'd have a better shot at translating ancient hieroglyphics or The Torah, but DJBooth isn't a Hebrew head site, so I am stuck taking on the prophetic words of Trap hip-hop's Moses. Yes, I did just compare Thug to Moses—they both seem to be comfortable around burning shrubbery—so we are already of to a great start...
"2 B's (Danny Glover)"
Guess (:50): For the first 49 seconds, I could actually understand him. I was worried. Then right at that 50-second mark, he blows me away; I literally had to double take even though I was listening and not looking.
OK, this is why they pay me the big bucks.
Here it goes, "Who the fuck told you that Young Thug could fuck her go fuck on her bean".
Actual: Man, I don't even understand his first real line. It's ok, no chance you did either.
Guess (1:20): Clear as day. "I just eat soup on Girls Gone Wild."
Guess (2:27): "Una banana tat!"... One banana tattoo please!
Actual: I had trouble finding it, but it's the eighth line down in the second verse. It's hard to find something when you don't know what he's saying before or after.
Guess (0:35): "I just turned Verizon sales just like a boss." I know I'm wrong, it's clearly something about Hawaii, but the thought of Mr. Thug working at the Verizon store made me smile.
Actual: 35 seconds in and already I'm off, this is gonna be a rough outing. Even Hawaii was wrong.
Guess (0:49): "Ohh I'm a bad Shaolin." Of course, you are a bad Shaolin, nobody can understand you. While we are on the subject of Shaolin, you ever play Wu-Tang Shaolin Style? Great game. For the record, even the ad-lib guy inquisitively asks, "What?" after this line.
Actual: If ad-lib guy wasn't getting it, I had no shot. I don't even know if Young Thug knows what he said.
Guess (0:59): Okay, I know he says vapors, but I swear to God he sneaks one "I feel like Pitbull" in there somewhere. Perhaps we need a Young Thug "Timber" remix? The world would explode.
Actual: Well fuck. Turns out he doesn't even say vapors. I was so sure I had that down. I mean, I kinda knew Pitbull wasn't right, but I one hundred percent thought it was vapor.
Guess (2:35): "HOLIDAY! ÁNDALE! HOLIDAY! ÁNDALE!" Plus the little alien voice says "Hochuli" because aliens.
Actual: I got one (kinda)! I got one (kinda)! I thought Holiday was for sure right; you learn something new every day.
Guess (1:00): "Lemon meringue, lemon meringue, yes, oh lemon meringue." Nothing says Thug like a cup of lean, a chopper in the trunk, and a nice slice of lemon meringue.
Guess (1:10): "I can not hide it, they see all these puzzles." Finally, a gangsta problem I can relate too; hate it when people see my puzzles.
Actual: Apparently, the word "Bezzles" is a word. I thought I knew all the lingo, but I had to look that one up. I am so white.