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Simile vs Metaphors

Similes vs. Metaphors

No matter what your opinion is on the current state of hip-hop; whether we are in the ‘golden era’, or the ‘trash era’, one thing is for sure – hip-hop displays a fondness for literary devices, specifically that of simile’s and metaphors. Thinking about it, no other genre uses as much different metaphors & simile’s throughout a song – though, the abstract depth and reasoning behind the literary devices may vary across genres. Which is why, to ‘get’ hip-hop; you really have to listen and have knowledge to comprehend what the rapper is talking about – well, that used to be the old rules.   Here is where it gets murky (in my opinion), metaphors have an edge over simile’s in that it requires more thought and knowledge to process – a simile just likens object A to object B, and usually uses the operand word ‘like’ to indicate the comparison. Whereas metaphors those the same thing almost, except the objects are concepts, which when it is compared, creates new meanings and inferences. The underground rappers are known to favor the frequent use of metaphors in their songs – while mainstream rappers do not use them as much.

So with that, the question is posed, does usage of devices indicate the rapper’s intelligence and/or the intelligence of their audience? One component of music, successful music, is its ability to connect with the audience – there is a reason why known lyricists like Talib Kweli, Canibus, Joe Budden, and a slew of other talented MC’s never get those big budget marketing dollars. While, rappers like Drake, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, pretty much get anything they want in terms of marketing dollars for videos, tours, etc. The blatant anomalies that have walked the fine line, the tight rope act of ‘dumbing it down’, but not too much to lose the ‘real hip-hop crowd’, would have to be Eminem, Nas, and Jay-Z; who have openly admitted that they had to ‘dumb down’ their lyrics in order to remain on their respective major labels. So is it the usage of literary devices determine one’s audience? Would using a bunch of simile’s get you a Joe Budden audience? Would using a bunch of metaphors get you a Gucci crowd? I believe the answer is ‘NO, like the opposite of ‘YES’, as their exist a correlation between commercial rap/underground rap and similes/metaphors – just listen to a commercial track, and there is no deep thought behind it. Your brain will not work overtime to process; commercial rap songs are very sing-songy, like a nursery rhyme (see, I just made a simile!). Let’s take a look at some popular songs from Lil Wayne and Joe Budden:
Joe Budden – Broken Wings

Drake, Lil Wayne – I’m Going In


Some difficulty with these popular usages of simile’s are that one has to understand the reference – that reference is usually from pop or hood culture, but besides that, nothing else. And maybe, that is what music should be – a passive experience that is soothing, relaxing, comfortable. Because I mean, after a long day of work/school, do you really want to explore abstract concepts and ideas? I mean, that is like running a track backwards in a race – you will always lose, right?

.:: LiBM::.

Funny Double Entendre, pt 2

Funny Double Entendre’s, pt 2

All about ambiguity
Part 2 of the ‘Funny Double Entendre’ series (check pt.1 here), this time these are some funny newspaper headlines that are in a desperate need for an edit. The main literal problem with these headlines is the ambiguity in some of the word(s) – without the proper context, the headlines have multiple meanings.

Include Your Children When Baking Cookies

– the ambiguity lies in whether we put our children in the oven with the cookies, sounds like circa 1940’s Nazi Germany

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say

– really? Could the fact that jet crashed already lead one to a conclusion that ‘something went wrong?’

Drunks Get Nine Months in Violin Case

– ‘Nine Months’ need to be explained – are the drunks put inside the violin case for a pregnancy term?

If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While

– Captain Obvious to the rescue!

Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

– newspaper headlines should be ran by at least three different copy editors

Some “Why’s”

Some things that make you go ‘hmmmm’ …

Why do you need a driver’s license to buy liquor when you can’t drink and drive?

Designed by KaTonk


Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

Designed by Wind Rider x23

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

Designed by XnGvr

Why is brassiere singular and panties plural?


.:: LiBM ::.

Funny Double Entendre’s from across the Pond


Double entendre

Literal & Figuratively Language

A double entendre (from French: double = double and entendre = to mean, to understand) is a figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways. In most cases, the first meaning is straightforward, while the second meaning is less so; often risqué, inappropriate, or ironic. Of course, a double entendre can only really be understood when the context is identified; meaning, the context has to be ‘just right’ to fight the phrase. The following entendre’s come from the British site British Ex Pats, and these examples will either make you have literal LOL’s or LMAO’s – if not, you are a certified mannequin:

1. Michael Buerk, as he watched Phillippa Forrester cuddle up to a male astronomer for warmth during BBC1’s UK eclipse coverage:
“They seem cold out there, they’re rubbing each other and he’s only come in his shorts.”

2. Chris Tarrant discussing the first Millionaire winner Judith Keppel on ‘This Morning’: “She was practising fastest finger first on her own in bed last night.”

3. Clair Frisby talking about a jumbo hot dog on ‘Look North’ said:
“There’s nothing like a big hot sausage inside you on a cold night like this.”

4. Carenza Lewis, about finding food in the Middle Ages on ‘Time Team
Live’, said:
“You’d eat beaver if you could get it.”

5. A female news anchor who, the day after it was supposed to have
snowed and hadn’t, turned to the weatherman and asked:
“So Bob, where’s that eight inches you promised me last night?” (The weatherman and half the crew were so helpless with laughter they had to leave the set.)

6. Our best source, as ever, is the sports programme… Bobby Simpson, commenting on cricketer Neil Fairbrother’s shot: “With his lovely soft hands, he just tossed it off.”

7. Mike Hallett, discussing missed snooker shots on Sky Sports:
“Stephen Hendry jumps on Steve Davis’s misses every chance he gets.”

8. Jack Burnicle was talking about Colin Edwards’ tyre choice on World Superbike racing:
“Colin had a hard on in practice earlier, and I bet he wishes he had a hard on now.”

9. ‘Winning Post’s’ Stewart Machin commentating on jockey Tony McCoy’s
formidable lead:
“Tony has a quick look between his legs and likes what he sees.”

10. Ross King discussing relays with champion runner Phil Redmond:
“Well Phil, tell us about your amazing third leg.”

11. Ken Brown commentating on golfer Nick Faldo and his caddie Fanny
Sunneson lining-up shots at the Scottish Open (an old favourite):
“Some weeks Nick likes to use Fanny, other weeks he prefers to do it by himself.”

12. James Allen interviewing Ralf Schumacher at a Grand Prix, asked:
“What does it feel like being rammed up the backside by Barrichello?”

13. Steve Ryder covering the US Masters:
“Ballesteros felt much better today after a 69.”

14. Willie Carson was telling Claire Balding how jockeys prepare for a big race
when he said: “They usually have four or five dreams a night about coming from different positions.”

15. US PGA Commentator:
“One of the reasons Arnie (Arnold Palmer) is playing so well is that, before each tee shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them …..
Oh my god, what have I just said?!”

16. Metro Radio:
“Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.”

17. Harry Carpenter at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race 1977 (the most famous of all?):
“Ah, isn’t that nice? The wife of the Cambridge President is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew.”

18. New Zealand Rugby Commentator:
“Andrew Mehrtens loves it when Daryl Gibson comes inside of him.”

19. Pat Glenn, weightlifting commentator:
“And this is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning and it was amazing!”

— The British are such clever, witty and interesting people … Hope this made you laugh in whatever you are doing

.:: LiBM ::.