Lil Wayne (Weezy) is famous for his exaggerated similes/metaphors/analogies often comparing two vastly different objects or actions. He famously calls himself a Martian. Similes and metaphors are integral components of rap songs and it is something Weezy particularly excels in.
As a part of my pet project Rapalytics, a site dedicated to text analysis of rap lyrics, I am currently working on a lyrics based rap song recommendation application. While I was coding, high on caffeine, I came across some Vine video that spoofed a peculiar pattern Lil Wayne often uses. Have a look at the video below.
This video hysterically spoofs Lil Wayne puns. Here are some that are too good to be ignored.
- Cross the street, wearing J's, call that Jay Walking
- Took a picture of a spider, call it web-cam ....
Notice how he takes some word and then gives it a weird and exaggerated pun? Its ridiculously funny. Having heard quite a bit of Lil Wayne myself, I could easily recognize these puns although I had never thought about it as much. After listening to this, I simply had to investigate and see how much of this, he has actually used!
I already have a clean corpus (set of all rap songs) with individual verses linked to Lil Wayne. There were about 500 different pieces. It was now a matter of simply writing a program (python) to look at each line and search for patterns like "call that", "call it", "call her" etc. and behold, I present to you, most of Lil Wayne's puns of this pattern. Surprisingly there weren't as many as I thought, but I have listed below what I extracted. Some of them are good and some are well.. meh! Enjoy!
- Play with me, you in hot water: tea bag, All-black Maybach, call it decaff
- Cause Wayne win, and they lose, I call 'em April babies, cause they fools
- My homie T roll up my blunt, skinnier than Rex Ryan, I'm countin money I'm smokin plants, call that shit math and science
- Pus*y ass nig*a, I don't want your gonorrhoea, Yeaaah, I call it how I see ya
- It’s Tunechi Li, you bitch you, you hot as a igloo, Kick back on that Glock, call that Jiu Jitsu
- Loaded like a semi, semi-naked pictures, She knows my d*ck, she call that ni*ga Richard
- I'm fu*kin her good, she got her legs on my neck, I get pussy, mouth, and ass, call that b*tch triple threat
- I get head in the strangest places, two at the same time, call it changin faces
- All my ho*s pretty, all my ni*gas Brazy, We sell that white, sell that brown, call that rice and gravy
- What? This shit is hard, any yard where we are, We call that cocaine rice, I got that Condoleezza
- And yes I know the rules, never marry Robin Givens, Mice'll run all over b*tches, so we call them b*tches cheeseheads
- Hammer in my pocket, you know I'm a bomb first, All black Bentley, I call that b*tch finest words
- Hey, T, looks like we at the N to the O, Drop a fo' in a twenty ounce, and call it 24
- I like my girl thick, not just kinda fine, Eat her 'til she cry, call that "wine and dine"
- I need Rihanna's "Umbrella" for this purple rain, Hurt to wayne, call it Wayne's World
- My lil brother got piff on them campers, We call him the N.O. capo
- Damn (damn) but I thought you was tough though, We carry choppers on our necks, call it cutthroat
- She on that Molly, I'm on that Mary, I'm on that Mary like Joseph, Man I'm married to this shit, you can call it Shit Carter
- Yeah, what y'all wanna do? I'm all ears, Smokin on that head band, call that shit that Paul Pierce
- She wake up, eat this d*ck, call that breakfast in bed