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10 Rap Lyrics People Always Get Wrong

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10 Rap Lyrics People Always Get Wrong

Yes, we've all done it. Drunk in the club rapping along to hip hop classics and getting lyrics completely wrong. DJs and rap purists have cringed at this for years, but who cares? No one is perfect. However, for the sake of peace on Earth, Hip Hop Karaoke has partnered up with MTLBlog, in advance of their upcoming event Thursday April 17th at Belmont, to set the record straight on ten of the most misquoted lyrics in hip hop history.

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Outkast, "Ms. Jackson"

What people rap:

"You can paint a pretty picture, but you can't predict the weather"

Actually lyrics:

"You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather"

Words of wisdom from the one and only Andre 3000. In this case, the common misquote is not too far off as it would somewhat make sense and still be a good lesson to learn from the Atlanta duo. You can paint a pretty picture without predicting the weather, but we are talking about a picnic here guys. Oooohhh....

Notorious B.I.G, "Gimme the loot"

What people rap:

"When I bust my gat, motherfuckas take dirty hats"

Actual lyrics:

"When I bust my gat, mothafuckas take dirt naps"

C'mon guys, let's not sell the man short. We can all agree that Biggie had iconic style and would never sanction anything below a clean top hat or crisp Kangol. Although dirty hats might have been laying around the streets of Bed-Stuy in the mid-90s, when Biggie takes out his gat, what you are about to do is take a long nap six feet under, with or without your hat.

Jay-Z and Kanye West - N*ggas in Paris

What people rap:

"Ball so hard, motherfuckas wanna find me."

Actual lyrics:

"Ball so hard, motherfuckas wanna fine me."

Jay-Z is not inviting you to a "Where Is Waldo?" challenge of finding the biggest baller in the club at All-Star weekend (although that sounds really fun). What he is suggesting is that his level of balling has reached such heights that it should almost be deemed illegal. He has exceeded the legal limits of balling and now motherfuckers want to fine him for his excesses.

2pac feat. Dr. Dre "California Love"

What people rap:

"Now let me welcome everybody to the wild wild west, a state that's untouchable like millionaires."

Actual lyrics:

"Now let me welcome everybody to the wild wild west, a state that's untouchable like Elliot Ness."

The first line of this West Coast anthem might have come off as a one-percenter boast but don't get it twisted, this is a song for the people. The G-Funk architect is referencing Eliot Ness, the prohibition agent that went after big time gangsters in Chicago in 30s including Al Capone, and who was portrayed by Kevin Costner in the movie "The Untouchables".

Drake feat. Lil Wayne "The Motto"

What people rap:

"Spanish girls love me like I'm on Twitter"

Actual Lyrics:

"Spanish girls love me like Aventura"

If you always thought Drake knew something about Spanish girls and Twitter that the rest of us didn't, stop wondering. He is either talking about Aventura, the Bronx-based Dominican bachata-group beloved by the North-American latino community or Aventura mall in Miami, where a number of Spanish girls love to shop. Now, that's real love.

The Beastie Boys, "Intergalactic"

What people rap:

"You've got corn, you've got Kyle"

Actual lyrics:

"You've got gall, you've got guile"

This Beastie Boys classic is full of misquoted lyrics, white people everywhere are jumping around in their basements butchering the entire song trying to recreate it's unforgettable video. One of the most obvious mishaps is in the first verse, where MCA declares that anybody stepping to the rapophile has a lot of gall and guile. Sorry bros, no one is talking about corn. And who the hell is Kyle?

Jay-Z, "Big Pimpin"

What people rap:

"Big Pimpin' onto bigger ladies, it's just..."

Actual lyrics:

"Big Pimpin' on B.L.A.D.Es"

Jay-Z and UGK created this landmark track celebrating NY and Texas style at the height of the bling era, and it's full of regional slang and references that have remained urban folklore until the internet answered everything. "Blades" are a special make of tire rims that are particularly popular in Texas, home of UGK. Pimpin' onto bigger ladies seems like a natural progression for these guys, but in this case we're talking about decking out your vehicle.

Kanye West, "Flashing Lights"

What people rap:

"And try to hit you with the old bugatti till I got flashed by the paparazzi"

Actual lyrics:

"And try to hit you with the ol-wu-wopte till I got flashed by the paparazzi"

This one got cleared up and unearthed a few months ago in a recent Kanye West interview with Hot97. "Ol-wu-wopte is Chicago slang for "bullshit explanation" which begins to make sense in the context of the song when the girl is asking "where are you Weezy?". This is a classic case of blissful ignorance on the part of everybody singing along to this song for years not knowing what Kanye means about the old Bugatti.

Snow, "Informer"

What people rap:

"Informaaa, you no say menemenanana fannn, a licka boom boom down"

Actual lyrics:

"Informaa, you no say "daddy, me Snow, me I'll go blame", a lick ya boom-boom down"

Since 1992, this song has baffled the world and no one seems to care getting to the bottom of it. The consensus on the internet seems to be that the track is inspired by a few prison stints the Canadian reggae artist went through around the time he recorded the song. But at this point, we're not sure if even Jamaicans know what he is saying or if it's worth reminding any reggae and hip hop purist about this commercial and comical hit. Let's just keep singing whatever we want and keep the parody alive.

A Tribe Called Quest, "Electric Relaxation"

What people rap:

"Relax yourself girl, peace at ya man"

Actual lyrics:

"Relax yourself girl, please set-tle down"

Q-tip's famous mumbled chorus on this 1993 classic has been a head scratcher for close to 20 years until Ali Shaheed Muhammad set the record straight a few years ago. DJs and rap heads have seen and heard every variation of this on dance floors across the world, from "peace at ya man" to "leave out your man" to "peace at premiere" and so and so forth. Set-tle down!

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