We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine ;
Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Translation: “We two have run about the slopes / And picked the daisies fine.”

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And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp
And surely I’ll be mine
Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Translated: “And surely you’ll buy your pint cup / And surely I’ll buy mine”

This song is the reason we get drunk on New Year’s! (Well, maybe not the only reason.)

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My jo Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

My Jo = My Dear

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne
Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Auld Lang Syne = Old Long Since

As with manuals for electrical goods, we all know word by word translations are meaningless! The sentiment in the words is better expressed as Times past, or The old days.

Burns is saying, let’s look back on the past fondly, and have a drink as we remember.

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Gettin' wet up on the corner in whatever weather Heaven’s Afternoon by Wale (Ft. Meek Mill)

Getting wet means smoking or getting high and people usually stand on the corner to do so, regardless of what the weather is. This is also a double entendre because if you are standing on the corner smoking while it is raining you are going to get “wet”.

Also, getting “wet up” could refer to getting bloodied, mostly in reference to getting shot at, but can sometimes be a reference to knife wounds as well. Playing off “wet” and “weather”.

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Yeah, I'm focused, it's Folarin here Heaven’s Afternoon by Wale (Ft. Meek Mill)

Wale is still focused on his goals

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More like the writing, Iceberg Slim with better diction Change Up by Wale

“Iceberg Slim”, also known as Robert Beck, was a pimp turned author who wrote the book Pimp: The Story of My LIfe.

His book had a profound impact, influencing comedians such as Dave Chappelle and Eddie Murphy while also influencing such artists as Jay-Z, Too Short, Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Ice Cube, and Pittsburgh Slim

In fact Ice-T, Ice Cube, and Pittsburgh Slim all made their names based on Beck’s alias.

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And that's a Martin reference, you don't get it carry on Never Never Freestyle by Wale

Martin is one of Wale’s favorite shows and he often references the show in his music

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Politics give me stress, I got enough on my soul Money Changes by Wale (Ft. Chrisette Michele)

Probably the biggest downside to living in the DMV is that politics is a constant no matter where you go. Sometimes you just need some time to worry about your own problems.

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Pardon if my vocab ain't good
But the school I was in ain't have no books
Flat Out by Wale (Ft. Trinidad James) 1

Taking a jab at critics who claim music without proper grammar is not music, Wale sarcastically apologizes for his economically poor schooling being the reason behind his grammar. Wale uses a lot of slang and ebonics in his music because of the environment he was raised in.

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