Friday, August 21, 2009

#400

"The Sinatra of my day — Ole' Blue Eyes, my nigga, I did it my way."
- Jay-Z, Hola Hovito

Something tells me you're not all that much like Frank Sinatra.

Filed Under: Not like Frank Sinatra at all / just adding words to his lyrics

15 comments:

  1. I love this site very much and congratulations on getting to 400. I am not a hater, but I do need to say one thing. Lately, it seems like you guys aren't trying very hard on the responses. I'll keep reading though, because I love this site.

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  2. You do something great 390 times in a row and the last 10 times you fall short and 'SLAP'....

    Keep it going Chrises.

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  3. NOT TRYING VERY HARD, @Craig?! Did you even bother to read #399?! Good lord! Probably the funniest yet!

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  4. Is it just me or is Jay-Z the most arrogant person in the world?

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  5. "Is it just me or is Jay-Z the most arrogant person in the world?"

    I thought that honor goes to Mr. West. Jay Z is definitely high on the list.

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  6. Yeah, Mr. West has been hailed as the voice of this generation...by himself.

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  7. I'm sure Sinatra probably used the word Nigga in his day, but just added the ever popular "-er" at the end. So, yep! He is just like Ol' (Racist) Blue Eyes!

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  8. Well, Sinatra was never what you'd call an attractive man, though he was an entertainer... so yeah, J, you're juuuuust like him.

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  9. Jay-Z is worth two Sinatras.

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  10. Again, your website isn't funny. Jay-z could not get any labels to sign him at the time because everyone wanted gangster rap in the early 90s, so he started his own record label (did it his way) and he has notoriously based his personal fashion off of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. So... The comparison would make sense. There's nothing base, rude, or funny about this lyric. Jay-Z is in fact probably more famous than Sinatra.

    And Sinatra was in no way a racist... Who the F said that? Are you retarded?

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  11. Def. not more famous than Sinatra... I study media business and industry as my major- Sinatra is one of the most identifiable faces in the world. Jay-Z, along with most other rappers is only so identifiable in the US and some of Western Europe.

    I felt the need to defend a real star, especially when hes compared to a rapper like Jay-Z. Thank you Chrisses, this lyric always bothered me. The two couldn't be farther apart.

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  12. They could most definitely be further apart. Not only has Jay-Z persona expanded in its recognizability beyond the world of Hip Hop, but within the bounds of Hip Hop he is definitely equatable with Frank Sinatra. He built an empire his own way, recognized and respected, has both street cred (equatable to blue eyes mafioso/underground cred) and mainstream commercial credibility. He is far more recognizable and successful than "most rappers" has sold many many more albums and has the talent to back it up.

    "I dumb down for my audience
    And double my dollars
    They criticize me for it
    Yet they all yell "Holla"
    If skills sold
    Truth be told
    I'd probably be
    Lyricly
    Talib Kweli
    Truthfully
    I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
    (But i did five Mil)
    I ain't been rhymin like Common Sense
    When your sense got that much in common
    And you been hustlin since
    Your inception
    Fuck perception
    Go with what makes sense
    Since
    I know what i'm up against
    We as rappers must decide what's most impor-tant
    And i can't help the poor if i'm one of them
    So i got rich and gave back
    To me that's the win, win "

    I would not go as far as to actually equate the one to the other, but in terms of lyrics and making an analogy i think its right on. The concept is that of a role model more than anything else.

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  13. He has the biggest lips of any human being on Earth, ever!

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