Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Today's Celebrity Birthday: Lizzie Borden and Lil' Scrappy

Today's theme is clearly gangsta rappers.

I'm sure everyone is familiar with Lizzie Borden, who was tried but not convicted for the murder of her father and stepmother. It seemed that her stemother was killed an hour and a half prior to the death of her father, making it seem more likely that a member of the household killed them. But this was the 19th century, not an episode of CSI so nobody really knows. But speculation still remains that Lizzie offed them, which was popularized in this 19th centure rap aka a jump-rope rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.


Are you familiar with Lil' Scrappy? Yeah, me either. Apparently, he was born Darryl Richards in the ATL and was discovered by Lil' John (of "Whaaat? Okaaay!" fame). Lil' Scrappy's second single and most commercially successful song to date, "No Problem," reached the top 30 of the Billboard 100 and was top 10 on the R&B and rap charts.

Let's compare and contrast a lyric from "No Problem":

You can get crunk in the club
Roll wit your hood
Get stomped in the club
Or you could get buck in the club
Get fucked up in the club

As impressed as I am with the way little scrappy rhymes "club" with "club," point awarded to Borden.

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