Bumping oldies off my cellular phone
Yeah, bumping oldies off my cellular phone
A little image of sly irony: Frank is listening to old classic tracks through his cell phone, a notion that wouldn’t make sense before the age of SmartPhones.
The fact that “Oldies” is the title adds a little bit of meta as well. He could either be bumping old songs (very Frank) or bumping the song that he is currently rapping in.
Could also be a drug reference.
When spoken, it sounds like “bumping old E’s off my celluar phone’. It is often that people in a bathroom at a club will crush up pills and snort them off the back of an iPhone.
Also possibly a reference to deleting old numbers off his cell phone in order to replace them with new ones.
The line is also talking about playing music off your phone. The context of whether or not it’s being played over headphones, in a car, or simply off the phone’s speakers is not given, but one could assume that because the music is being played off a phone, they are not at home but rather out and about. Given Frank’s propensity for storytelling and vivid descriptions of routine scenarios, I imagine he is referring to a group gathering of OF members/friends, presumably skating or loitering around Venice Beach, where someone plays a song off their phone (a classic tune, or oldie) and everyone gets hype, regardless of the quality of the sound or being in public. Most of my evidence for this comes from the Oldie video where the entire crew gets super hype just for this line alone, like it really hits home for each and every member and that this isn’t just some passing drug reference but insight into the family that OF is, the love that these kids have for music, and how the simple shit is still what makes them happy.
The line also has a recursive aspect to it: Frank is reminiscing about getting down to classic tracks in a song that the group immediately considers a classic track in its catalog. I don’t think they’re too far off.
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