So instead he played the DL Georgie Porgie by A Tribe Called Quest (Ft. Brand Nubian)

Second use of the term DL, short for down low.

In the early 90s, when this song was written, on the down low was slang for anything secretive or low profile. But over time it became a euphemism for black men secretly sleeping with other men while leading outwardly heterosexual lives.

Unsurprisingly the term dropped out of Hip Hop usage. This is a rare case where the newer meaning actually makes more sense than the original.

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Listen up money or should I say honey Georgie Porgie by A Tribe Called Quest (Ft. Brand Nubian)

Tip borrowed this line from Kool G Rap’s “Truly Yours”

Listen up money or should I say honey
You’re looking more sweeter than a Playboy bunny

The G Rap verse would fit seamlessly into this song. It’s about a former drug dealer who begins dressing like a woman and hanging out in gay bars.

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• DO use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation Contributor Guidelines by Rap Genius

All of the spelling and grammar advice given for annotations applies equally to suggestions.

People don’t seem to take as much care over suggestions, but it’s much easier for editors to integrate well-written suggestions into existing annotations.

Suggestions written in text speak are usually ignored and in the worst cases deleted.

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• DO format the lyrics Rap Genius style Contributor Guidelines by Rap Genius

Rap Genius takes pride in its hygienic lyrics. Make sure that any songs you add are up to RG standards, especially when copying from other lyric sites.

  1. Follow the style guide. The Add New Song page has some basic guidelines on spelling and grammar, labeling song sections ([Verse 1], [Hook], etc), and dealing with intros and outros. Read them and follow them.

  2. Don’t repeat lyrics. If a song contains repeated lyrics (such as hooks and bridges), don’t write them out in full each time. Write them out once, label them, and then use the label whenever they come up again.

  3. Do transcribe lyrics like a poem. Every bar should have its own line, other sites don’t respect the art!

  4. Don’t annotate lyrics in place. On other sites you’ll often see references or literary devices highlighted in the text itself, for example:

  • Son is on a +Midnight Run+ like DeNiro
  • Young niggas that blast for me/blasphemy, no religion
  • On a Quest for Love like the Proceed drummer

Rap Genius has a built-in (and far superior) way to do this. So strip out any special characters or formatting and write the lyrics normally.

­5. Do transcribe the lyrics the way that they’re said. For instance, if French Montana cuts off the g at the end of “balling”, write it as “ballin'.” This is important in terms of making sure the rhyme scheme is correct, as well as maintaining an accurate transcription of the lyric.

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That I'mma highly recognized as the king of discoing Nobody Beats the Biz by Biz Markie

Large Professor flipped this line lovely for his special remix of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” by Nas, sampling just the second half of the line so it sounds like “Nas is the king of discoing”. Primo later reused the trick in “Nas Is Like”.

LP modestly placed it at number 7 in his 10 Favorite Sample Flips.

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• DO back up your arguments with links Contributor Guidelines by Rap Genius

When disputing an opinion on the site, try to provide some evidence to support your claims.

Don’t just state a random fact and tell editors to look it up. Do the research yourself and give the editors something they can use. Verifiable suggestions are much more likely to be accepted.

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• DO say something interesting Contributor Guidelines by Rap Genius

Make your annotations interesting!

This really is the golden rule. Most editors will fix your typos and even add links to your annotations if you give them something worth reading. There are all kinds of ways to pimp your annotations. Here are a few ideas:

Whatever approach you take, try to provide some insight into the lyrics rather than just rewording them. Like RZA said, go into the context beyond the text.

Finally, if you can’t write something that you would be genuinely interested to read, then please don’t write anything. Not everything needs to be annotated! Think quality not quantity.

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• DON'T try to explain the obvious Contributor Guidelines by Rap Genius

Not Everything Needs To Be Annotated

Avoid annotating trivial or self-explanatory lines. It actually takes more effort to say interesting things about uninteresting lyrics.

Basic lines may seem easier to break down, but they’re much harder to break down well. If you’re not careful you end up with annotations that are:

  • shorter than the lyrics they are meant to be explaining (beware the one-liner!)
  • lazy rewordings of the original lyrics (often padded out with “Rapper X is saying that…”)
  • just pictures without any words
  • written in nerdspeak

These are all tell-tale signs that you’re trying to explain something that doesn’t really need explaining. They’re also the kind of annotations that get rejected en masse. Choose lines that are already interesting, at least when starting out — it’s a much safer strategy.

Going along with this, don’t EVER use the phrase “Rapper X is saying” or “Rapper X says” or any variation of that. Just start your annotation from after that. Be confident in your annotation if you really think it’s right! Especially if you’ve got support to back it up

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• DON'T be a jerk Contributor Guidelines by Rap Genius

It can be frustrating to see an annotation completely miss the point of one of your favorite lyrics. Or a tenuous annotation on an incorrect lyric. Or an inane troll getting mad thumbs up.

But resist the temptation to call your fellow RG users dumbasses, white devil sophists, or Ivy League hipsters.

Save the ignorance for YouTube. On Rap Genius show a little humility and be glad of the opportunity to drop some jewels. Each one teach one…

See the Community Policy above

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• DON'T add lyrics that are already on the site Contributor Guidelines by Rap Genius

Before adding a new song to Rap Genius always check that it hasn’t been posted already. We want to avoid situations like this:

where annotations are split between multiple versions of the same lyrics. There’s no way to merge songs so extra copies are usually just deleted. The site loses annotations, users lose Rap IQ — it’s a mess.

Keep Rap Genius tidy:

  1. Never add songs without searching for them first. Especially songs by major artists. The chances of your Kanye, Eminem, or Wu-Tang lyrics not already being on the site are slim.

  2. Don’t add remixes, live versions, or radio edits with identical or near-identical lyrics to the original version. Unless there are brand new verses they’re not worth their own page.

  3. Don’t create copies of songs just because of a problem with the original. If there’s a typo in the artist’s name or the song was added to the wrong album, leave a comment and the editors will fix it.

Note: If you come across a duplicate song on the site, don’t just explain it all over again. Leave a song comment or a forum post and it will be taken care of.

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