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April 9, 2009

The best lyrics of 2009?

black eyed peasLast year's best single was Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" according to Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten.

Why? The phrase "shouldaputa."

I'll second that.

And though it's still too early to tell, I think this year's best phrase could very well be "steppin' on leprechauns" from "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas (pictured).

Think about it: Steppin' on leprechauns!

I love it! It just rolls right off your tongue.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 4:40 PM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Random stuff


It may still end up being this year's best phrase in your mind, but steppin' on leprachauns is previously used in rap / hip hop. Part of what made Single Ladies' shouldaputa work was that it was unique.

From a charted single (19 on Billboard Hot 100, 1 on Billboard Rap circa 2001), Purple Pills by the rap group D-12 (featuring Eminem):

"someone help Denaun
He's upstairs naked with a weapon drawn
Hey Von
You see me stepping on these leprechauns?"

"In barlight, she looked alright,
In daylight, she looked desperate"
N'uff said.

Roy D -- my bad. thought it was an original. still rocks my world, though.

sturmy, those guys are great, live, and i like that line too.

I love beyonces lyrics they are so real AND EDUCATIVE .

I believe the word you are looking for is "educational." "Educative" is not a word. Perhaps you should spend more time getting vocabulary lessons from books rather than hip hop. ...just a thought.

Not a lot rhymes with "weapon drawn"

liz bavon,

You appear to be a graduate of the Tim Lumber School of Advance Writing.

"beyonces" should be "Beyonce's".
After "lyrics" there probably should be a comma but I tend to be a little commatose when writing.
EDUCATIVE, coining new words is always a nice touch too.

"Not a lot rhymes with "weapon drawn""
seasoned prawn?

Seasnoned prawn? Sweet. I'll try to work that in when I'm free-stylin' later when I 'm droppin' rhymes like fresh squeezed limes.


Your posts always cheer me up. :)

GDA, you'll be correctin' our grammar, till the "break of dawn"

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