Skip to comments.18 Famous Literary First Lines Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics
Posted on 05/24/2014 8:32:03 AM PDT by workerbee
Are you an aspiring rap lyricist? Have I got the tool for you! RapPad is a site where you can compose your raps with the help of rhyme lookups, syllable counters, and a library of beats. It also puts you in touch with a community for discussion, feedback, and online rap battles.
But even if youre not planning on writing raps, it offers a unique kind of linguistic fun. With the Generate Line feature, you can give RapPad a line, and it will write the next line for you by pulling from a library of successful rap songs. I entered a bunch of famous first lines from literature, and got RapPad to give me back some gems. Are they literature? Are they rap? Lets call it raperature. Or maybe literatrap? Anyway, here are 18 literary first lines paired with rap lyrics.
1. Ernest Hemingway/Wale
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff
With an impending mixtape that only seems like a myth
(The Old Man and The Sea and New Soul)
2. William Butler Yeats/Run-D.M.C.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
I wont stop rockin till I retire
(The Second Coming and King of Rock)
3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge/J. Cole
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
Pay dues like a hair salon
(Kubla Khanand The Last Stretch)
4. Founding fathers/Earl Sweatshirt
We hold these truths to be self-evident
Say hi to the Ritalin regiment
(Declaration of Independence and Pigions)
5. Gertrude Stein/Camron
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose
Sorta like drano...you know how the game goes
(Sacred Emily and Spend the Night)
6. Jane Austen/Black Cobain
It is a truth universally acknowledged
That a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife
Im in your head like a mnemonic device
(Pride and Prejudice and Busy Now)
7. Leo Tolstoy/Camron
All happy families are alike
Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
Drinking sake on a Suzuki, we in Osaka Bay
(Anna Karenina and Down and Out)
8. George Orwell/Kendrick Lamar
It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen
And if you hard then wreck your car and walk up to my crime scene
(1984 and Ignorance is Bliss)
9. Robert Frost/2Pac
Whose woods these are I think I know
Creep with me through that immortal flow
(Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and Thug Passion)
10. Virginia Woolf/Wale
Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself
Fall in love with defeat, throw my endeavors on the shelf
(Mrs. Dalloway and The Artistic Integrity)
11. Allen Ginsberg/2Pac
I saw the best minds of my generation
Destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked
See me and hope I'm intoxicated or slightly faded
(Howl and Aint Hard 2 Find)
12. Emily Dickinson/Wale
Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me
In the face of adversity, I prepared a verse to see
(Because I Could Not Stop for Death and DC or Nothing)
13. William Shakespeare/J. Cole
If music be the food of love, play on
At dinner with Hov, hoping that he pass the baton
(Twelfth Night and Beautiful Bliss)
14. Dylan Thomas/Ace Hood
Do not go gentle into that good night
Tell by your handbag that boy don't do you right
(Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and Body 2 Body)
15. Charles Dickens/Schoolboy Q
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
Daylight saving times all the time on this block of mines
(A Tale of Two Cities and Live Again)
16. Lewis Carroll/Kendrick Lamar
Twas brillig and the slythy toves
Wayne told me that, and that's just how it goes
(Jabberwocky and Michael Jordan)
17. William Blake/Lil Wayne
Tyger tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night
Im off the hook like cordless phones, my identity so right
(The Tyger and My Weezy)
18. Walt Whitman/Big Sean
O captain, my captain, our fearful trip is done
Rolling in more green than a hole in one
(Oh Captain! My Captain! and Life Should Go On)
Don’t insult these great writer’s with disgusting rap c*ap.
Thanks for contributing.
Reminds me of the teacher education programs I used to teach.
Me: Education at it s most elegantly simple consists of a teacher on one end of a log and a student on the other end.
It: “What species of tree is that there log they’re sittin’ on.”
“It” had an excuse for no rhyme - “It” was white.
Actually, the above occurred at an education conference of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEAF).
Not only can’t jump, can’t even rap - po’ thing.
Hope that site gets hacked big time.
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