I know what some of you might be thinking..Is Mani finally hearing wedding bells?!
HELL NO! Just some bomb 808s out my Jeep momentarily..
BUT sometimes I come across the thought of possibly getting married and even daydream about what my big day would be like. I dream about my future husband and I sharing our first dance to Juvenille’s “Slow Motion,”backing that azz up on my new husband like we’re taking over for the 99s and the 2000s, and debate whether DJ Clue or Funkmaster Flex should mix at the reception. One detail that always pops in my head is what am I going to say? What words would I dedicate to the man that’s lucky enough to spend the rest of his life with me? What’s the best way to put “get it together or forget it forever” before we say “I D-O, I D-O, I D-O-O-O?” (And if you didn’t catch those Jay-Z references, there’s no future in us 2 stepping down the aisle either.)
Take a look at rap lyrics I’m considering reciting as part of my nuptials.
1. “We can do Air One’s hun or Louis loafers” – Cam’ron, from “Weekend Girl”
This is kinda like an equivalent to for “richer or for poorer.” In this instance, no matter where life takes us we’ll still be able to match each other’s fly.
2. “What types of games are being played? How’s it going down?/ If it’s on till it’s gone than I gots to know now/ Is you with me or what?” – DMX, from “How’s It Goin’ Down”
Don’t be acting like Mani can’t get at whoever. I need to know if you’re with me or what, because there’s plenty waiting to be standing in your shoes if not and “I done kept it more than real boo, can’t lose with me.” AHKAY?!
3. “She would be my queen, I could be her king, together/ She would make me cool and we would both rule, forever/ And I would never feel pain and never be without pleasure, ever again/ And if the reign stops and everything’s dry/ She would cry just so I can drink the tears from her eyes/ She’d teach me how to fly, even cushion my fall/ If my engines ever stall and I plummet from the sky/ But she will keep me high, and if I ever die/ She would commission monuments on her bosom to him/ Or maybe she’d retire as well/ A match made in Heaven, set the fires in Hell” – Lupe Fiasco, from “The Coolest”
Although this song is an ode to “the streets” as part of a story Lupe creates on his album/audio comic book, “Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool,” the words still paint a dope picture of how one views a significant other. Definitely something poetic in my eyes.
4. “You ain’t gotta look like a model for me to adore you/ All you gotta do is love me and be loyal/ Don’t indulge in my past; fuck what happened before you/ Cause it means somebody’s gonna hate you that never saw you.” – 50 Cent, from G-Unit’s “Wanna Get to Know Ya”
It’s simple love, simple math: Love + loyalty – jealousy = happiness! I mean I guess, I’ve never been married but it sounds dope anyway.
5. “You know I ain’t the type to walk around with matching shirts/ If relationship is effort, I will match your work/I want to be the one to make you happiest and hurt you the most/ They say the end is near, it’s important that we close to the most high/ Regardless of what happen, on Him let’s rely” – Common, from “The Light”
This J Dilla produced masterpiece perfectly puts what being in love is to me in a hip-hop song. When I vow to spend the rest of my life with someone, I want a relationship where we both have God in our lives through every step of the way as well. I also don’t want matching shirts, that shit sounds trash to me.
6. “And I ain’t asking you to do a life bid with me/ I don’t want you to die for me, baby, live with me/ I’m just saying, when the going gets rough don’t forget all the shines at the time I was showing up/ Show me the same love you showed me when blowing up/ You told me it was Roc for life, then throw it up” – Jay-Z, from “When the Money Goes”
Another spin on “for richer or poorer” doused in Jigga fashion. *throws ROC sign up*
7. “The sun don’t shine forever, but as long as it’s here then we might as well shine together/ Never mind the weather, go somewhere and get our minds together/ Build a love that’ll last forever” – Puff Daddy/Diddy/ or whatever he goes by now… from “I Need A Girl (Pt.2)”
This is actually one of my favorite songs ever, don’t ask me why either. Might Diddy bop at the altar and hit this dance from the video down the aisle.
8. “Don’t go ghost on me, I’ma go Thiller on you” – Drake, from Beyoncé’s “‘Mine”
This should be self explanatory, but this a friendly reminder that I will go bad, real bad Michael Jackson with the red jacket and some zippers on your ass if you start acting funny on me. Don’t EVER play yourself. *DJ Khaled voice*
9. “We chose each other, you actin like you chose me/ They oppose you then, they oppose me/ We could creep at a low speed, the gat in the hosiery/ Double cross you they got to triple cross me” – Foxy Brown, from Jay-Z’s “(Always Be My) Sunshine”
Foxy takes an oath to be Hov’s ride or die chick in this song and I intend to do the same with my spouse; Bonnie & Clyde style, till death do us part, seriously.
10. “Confess your love to Hov and I’ll never let you down” – Jay-Z, from “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”
My husband’s gotta be a Jay-Z fan, no exceptions. Everyone will be much happier that way.
As someone who already references rap so much in regular conversation, it’s hard not to incorporate it in almost everything, why not my vows? It’s like a form of poetry right?
Any songs that cross your mind that you think of when you see this list? Wale’s “The Matrimony” almost made the cut. Share yours in a comment below.