Swagga Talk

Alright, I’m an idiot for posting this, a link which is gonna appeal to a slim niche of dy/dan‘s already-niched readership.

Swagga Talk is a track off Cam’ron’s new Public Enemy mixtape. It’s profane, crude, misogynistic — standard issue Cam’ron — and, for any language enthusiasts undeterred by those descriptors, totally irresistible.

With assistance from Hell Rell and 40 Cal, Cam’ron rhymes up a comprehensive dissertation of New York’s street slang.

I know you miss us.
We back New York.
You wanna talk like us
here goes some swagga talk.

It’s authoritative. And awesome.

a kilo is a bird
500 grams is a half a wing
Snow cone on my finger
that’s my ring.
Tweeties is yellow diamonds
smurfs is blue diamonds.
Everybody eatin’
that mean the whole crew shinin’.
If you don’t gang bang
that mean you 550 and neutral.

A diamond ring is a “snow cone”!? Oh, man, that’s great.


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  1. jose

    November 21, 2007 - 6:30 pm

    I still can’t believe you’re quoting Cam’Ron. Ouch.

  2. dan

    November 21, 2007 - 7:48 pm

    Whoops. I was lumping you into the slender niche of folks this post might’ve appealed to. Down to, like, Taylor and, I dunno, maybe Tom now.

  3. jose

    November 21, 2007 - 8:25 pm

    I like Cam’ron’s zany lyrics usually, but he’s given us such crap over the last couple of years that I have a hard time trusting his quotability.

  4. killa

    November 22, 2007 - 2:03 pm

    It not sweeties, is tweeties

  5. dan

    November 23, 2007 - 2:02 pm

    Fixed that. Good lookin’ out.

  6. judah

    November 24, 2007 - 1:38 pm

    It banana’d me. That’s “Swagga Talk” for “it appealed to me”. Okay, maybe that’s “Dad joke talk”.