Lyrical Genius (Vol. 2)

On my way to work today another really inspiring song came on the radio and I thought I would share it. It’s called “Novacane” by Frank Ocean. You know the lyrics are going to be a masterpiece when the artist uses his creative freedom to reinvent the spelling of “Novocaine.”

Read the full lyrics here: Novacane – Frank Ocean

Let’s go through some highlights:

“Even when I’m fuckin’ Viagra poppin’, every single record autotunin’. Zero emotion, muted emotion, pitch corrected, computed emotion” – Why are you announcing to the world that you need Viagra and you can’t sing? Embarrassing.

“Stripper booty and rack like wow, Brain like Berkeley” – I actually think this is kind of funny.

“She said she wanna be dentist really badly, she’s in school payin’ for tuition doin’ porn in the valley, at least you workin'” – What an optimistic guy. That’s right girl, with the rate of unemployment you are lucky to have a job right now!

“Cocaine for breakfast, yikes!” – “Yikes” is right; that’s hard core! I prefer like a muffin or something.

“I still can’t feel my face, what am I smokin’ anyway?” – It’s Novocaine, buddy. I don’t know how one smokes Novocaine, but that’s what you get when you hang with a porn star dentist I guess.

Now let’s move on to Rihanna. It’s not so much that her lyrics are bad; it’s more that she steals them. Two prime examples:

“Man Down” by Rihanna – “Oh mama mama mama I just shot a man down.”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen – “Mama, just killed a man.”

I don’t know who wrote “Man Down,” but you can’t just take another song, use the same exact premise and rearrage the words a little! Did you think no one would notice?


“Take a Bow” by Rihanna – “But you put on quite a show, really had me going. But now it’s time to go, curtains finally closing. That was quite a show, very entertaining. But it’s over now. Go on and take a bow.”

“Take a Bow” by Madonna – “Take a bow, the night is over. This masquerade is getting older. Light are low, the curtains down. There’s no one here . Say your lines but do you feel them. Do you mean what you say when there’s no one around.”

Okay, they didn’t even change the name of the song this time. Inspired by/stealing from – fine line.



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