Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sister-scientist astronomers remix that classic Wu on RapGenius

High school rap group rhyme about space travel

One of Wu Tang's most famous songs and perhaps one of the most well-known hooks in all of hip hop is from "C.R.E.A.M.," don't you think? I do too.
Cash rules everything around me
C.R.E.A.M get the money
Dollar, dollar bill y'all
Like most folks who've been rolling with hip hop for a minute, that "C.R.E.A.M." hook and the song's beat (and that piano) have long been embedded in my memory. So when this one group, a crew of four young sisters, in the Science Genius competition prepared to perform and that classic Wu came on, I had to sit up. I wondered would they spit the "cash rules" hook. No, they remixed it to fit their astronomy rap:
Planets spinnin all around me
galaxy surround me
It's astronomy
Ok, I see y'all.

The first lyricist begins by noting that "Jupiter's a gassy planet, along with Saturn / Ask me how I know. I follow the stars pattern / Turned around Saturn and ended up on Mars / And the surface of the planet was cold like these bars."

Throughout the song, the lil sisters describe themselves planet-hopping. At one point, one of the rappers observes that she decided to "Hesitate on a planet that don’t count – PLUTO." Here, she's demonstrating her familiarity with findings presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and others that Pluto is in fact not a planet, certainly not in the sense that had been previously presented. She raps on that she is "flying to the planet next to me / closest to the sun, so it means that I'm on Mercury" and then "certainly, I'm bout fly to Neptune / mad moons," thus referring the fact that the planet has many moons, 19 to be exact.

For years, I've carried that classic Wu song with me. I'm pleased to now have this memorable remix as well.

A Notebook on RapGenius

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