Rap Translations Part One: YG’s “My Nigga”

In 1799 a French soldier named Pierre-Francois Bouchard, on an expedition in Egypt, found a big block of granodiorite, a type of igneous rock similar to granite, with an official decree carved into it on behalf of King Ptolemy V from nearly 200 years prior to the common era.

The remarkable thing about this big rock, now known as the Rosetta Stone, was that the decree was written in Greek, Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Demotic Script. It did take some decades to decode, but this rock provided the modern world access into Ancient Egyptian literature, politics, civilization — it’s very written life.

 

The Rosetta Stone

 

In the spirit of the intrepid Bouchard and all of the people who worked for so many years on this translation allowing for the world of the past to make more sense to us and bring different peoples together in word, deed and idea, I have undertaken a project of similar scope and significance.

 

In order to bridge the gap between young inner city blacks and wealthy suburban whites I have taken upon myself the mighty task of translating gangsta rap in such a way that it can finally make sense to the youth of Greenwich, Ct. thereby bridging this gap and, hopefully, bringing light and new understanding between these two diverse cultures.

The first of these translations is a translation of YG’s “My Nigga” featuring Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan and Lil Wayne. This inspiring song with its themes of fraternal bonds and the kind of trust men have with one another as part of a brotherhood transcends any one community and ought to be available, in translation, to different cultures who may speak different languages or dialects. It is the translators’ sincere hope that this will help seemingly different groups better understand of their commonalities.

 

YG: The Egyptian Hieroglyphs of Fraternity

People who are missing out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have here reproduced the original lyrics by YG as well as my translation.

 

MY NIGGA by YG

 

I said that I’ma ride for my motherfucking niggas,
most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
I been grinding outside, all day with my niggas
And I ain’t going in, unless I’m with my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga

First things first, I love all of my niggas
This rap shit crack, then I involve my niggas
You looking for some lean, let me call my niggas
He sell it for the high, I need all my niggas
Some niggas smoke, smoke some niggas drink, drink
Got niggas on the block with the glock they dont think
That’s a nigga back up, they in the bucket lapped up
I got thst act right if you niggas wanna act up
He talking like a snitch, no that ain’t my nigga
He trippin off a bitch, no, that ain’t my nigga
Take a nigga case, shit, that’s my nigga
Know him since I was 8, yeah, that’s my nigga
Fucked my first bitch passed her to my nigga
Hit my first lick pass with my nigga
Fuck them other niggas ’cause I’m down for my niggas
I ride for my niggas, fuck them other niggas

I said that I’ma ride for my motherfucking niggas,
most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
I been grinding outside, all day with my niggas
And I ain’t going in, unless I’m with my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga

You know I’m down with the niggas down for me
I got two words for you, love and loyalty
It’s me and my nigga tripping on a half of bean
We used to hit up wall and buy everything you see
Me and my down ass nigga getting twisted
Nigga get to tripping he knock the gravy, out your biscuit
Jay know I fuck with you the long way, my nigga
So when I see you out I’m like hey, my nigga
Tried to act right, buy the case with my niggas
Drink the act right and get straight with my niggas
Me and my nigga riding dirty, tryna chase them figures
Who got the yola? who got the yola? Don’t matter, go figure

I said that I’ma ride for my motherfucking niggas,
most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
I been grinding outside, all day with my niggas
And I ain’t going in, unless I’m with my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga

My nigga got kick, my nigga got weight
My nigga fronted me, he the reason I’m straight
My nigga got a house, my nigga got a lake
My nigga we eatin, my nigga get a plate
You still here listening, my nigga, my nigga
knock a nigga off his shit, my nigga, my nigga
I fuck a nigga bitch with my nigga, my nigga
If a nigga talking shit then he ain’t my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
YG my nigga and I ain’t going in they
Tryna leave my nigga, shawty see me and wanna leave with a nigga
But it wasnt enough room ’cause I came with my niggas
My niggas, my niggas, I need to settle in ’cause I’m too fly, nigga
and I’m all about my business like a suit and tie, nigga
ill ride for my niggas believe dat

I said that I’ma ride for my motherfucking niggas,
most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
I been grinding outside, all day with my niggas
And I ain’t going in, unless I’m with my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga

 

“MY CHUM” Lyrics by YG Translation by lulzsalad staff

I said that I am always going to be there to help my chum
Most likely when I pass away it will be while protecting ‘em
I’ve dealt with various crises with my chums
And I will not accept success without success for my chums
My Chum, My Chum
My Chum, My Chum (My Darn Chum!)
My Chum, My Chum (My Chum, My Chum)
My Chum My Chum

First things first, I really care about my chums
If I get a financial tip I share it with my chums
If you need a Chateu Lafiete ’29, let me call my chum
He bought it at auction just because, I need my chums
Some chums enjoy a good cavendesh, some chums like a drink
Some chums at the Yacht club act foolish as if they don’t think
That’s a chum that ought to stay away from me, he is misbehaving
If he comes near me I know it is a sound thrashing he is craving
If he goes to the SEC, no that is not my chum
If his wife won’t let him play polo on the weekends, that isn’t my chum
If my chum freely roams, yes that’s my chum
Knew him since Skull and Bones, yes that’s my chum
Date raped my first debutante and then passed her to my chum
Drank some champagne off her breasts and shared with my chum
Forget everyone elses chums, I am only for my chums
I always take care of my chums, forget other chums

I said that I am always going to be there to help my chum
Most likely when I pass away it will be while protecting ‘em
I’ve dealt with various crises with my chums
And I will not accept success without success for my chums
My Chum, My Chum
My Chum, My Chum (My Darn Chum!)
My Chum, My Chum (My Chum, My Chum)
My Chum My Chum

You know I am always there it’s just my chums and only us
I have two words for you, Lux et Veritas
It’s me and my chums we got very intoxicated on no sleep
We got so crazy we randomly bought a few Patek Phillipes
Me and my chums take the party so far
That my chum and I used a silver spoon for caviar!
Todd you know I am always ready to have fun with you, my chum
When I see you out I greet you heartily and say “hello my chum”
I never am malfeasant when doing business with my chums
I always conduct above the board business deals with my chums
My chum and I are always trying to create heritable wealth
Who rented a yacht this weekend? Doesn’t matter! To your good health!

I said that I am always going to be there to help my chum
Most likely when I pass away it will be while protecting ‘em
I’ve dealt with various crises with my chums
And I will not accept success without success for my chums
My Chum, My Chum
My Chum, My Chum (My Darn Chum!)
My Chum, My Chum (My Chum, My Chum)
My Chum My Chum

My chum is a hedge fund manager with considerable influence on the market
My chum tipped me off years ago, which made me financially solvent
My chum has a mistress and my chum has a wife
My chum here have some caviar, my chum we are rife
And I am buying stock for flips, my chum, my chum
My chum gives me insider tips, my chum, my chum
I will be at the apartment I am renting for my mistress, my chum, my chum
If a chum is indiscrete with this information then he is not my chum
My chum, my chum
Lowell my chum, we are not going to go to jail
For getting caught in violation of the securities act we will always have bail
Some lowborn floor trader tried to get involved with my chum
But there just isn’t any more room in this small click of chums
My Chum, My Chum, we are so upper crust we need a private jet for the ascent
Our first priority is business and maintaining family trusts and being 1%
I will always put my chums first, you can take my word for that.

I said that I am always going to be there to help my chum
Most likely when I pass away it will be while protecting ‘em
I’ve dealt with various crises with my chums
And I will not accept success without success for my chums
My Chum, My Chum
My Chum, My Chum (My Darn Chum!)
My Chum, My Chum (My Chum, My Chum)
My Chum My Chum

(A special thanks to www.urbandictionary.com without which this translation would have been impossible.)

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Comments

  1. Jacob the Gentleman:

    The many man hours you’ve spent translating this strange dialect will no doubt earn you a Nobel prize.

    Reply

  2. critobulus:

    The thing that really jumped out at me was that he never referred to himself as a nigga.

    Reply

  3. Nikolai Vladivostok:

    I always wondered what they were talking about.

    Reply

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