What Was That? Singers & Rappers We Can Never Understand In Songs

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August 2, 2013 ‐ By Davisha Davis

 

Source: Marco Piraccini/WENN.com

Source: Marco Piraccini/WENN.com

Whether they’re rapping too fast or singing too low, we can never understand what these entertainers are saying once they get behind the mic. We still love them, of course, but we’d just like to know what exactly they’re saying on a track every once in a while .

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  • Januckey

    I too was interested in what that phrase meant in Mike’s song so I did a little research. Turns out that the end of the song comes directly from Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango’s 1972 disco song “Soul Makossa”. The coda of the song is “Mama-say mama-sah ma-ma-coo-sah”. Makossa is a Cameroonian music genre and dance. Dibango sued Jackson and settled out of court for one million French francs, agreeing thereby to waive future rights to this recording but not future use of the material. The same phrase is used in one of Rihanna’s songs. THe more questionable lyrics in Wanna be Starting Something is when Mike says “You’re a vegetable, and I hate you, cause you’re a vegetable. You’re a buffet…” Really? WTF does THAT mean. The “Mama say mama sah” part was the least of the confusion in that song.

  • shauna

    LIL WAYNE??

  • Michael Stanton

    y’all totally forgot about yvette marie stevens a.k.a. ms. chaka khan. as much as i adore ms. chaka, sometimes i’m left scratching my head going “what in the HELL did she just say?” lol

  • Chelsea NatDis Mims

    “…Stare into my eyes.” 5 dollars please…

  • shopkins0220

    I don’t care if I can’t understand their word because I love, MJ, Toni & Janet, in that order.

  • Cord Palmer

    In the thundering rain, you stare into my eyes
    I can feel your hand movin’ up my thighs
    Skirt around my waist, wall against my face
    I can feel your lips

    Read more: JANET JACKSON – ANY TIME, ANY PLACE LYRICS

  • Reese

    I thought I was the only who didn’t know what the heck was being said in some of these songs. For years when I was singing the chorus to You’ve Got Me by The Roots & Erykah Badu all wrong and eff’d up.

  • On_Point

    Robin thicke’s new song pressure… don’t know what he is talking about in the chorus.
    Someone of Toni’s 2000+ year songs are barely audible.

  • dfsf

    Michael Jackson doesnt make up the “Ma ma se….” He was inspired by a Cameroonian song.

  • Candace E. Tyndall

    How about Soul Brother #1 James Brown?
    I am in agreement about Michael Jackson.
    God bless both of their souls, but I could not make out what they were saying in a lot of their songs.
    Almost needed a Cliff Notes or Translation Dictionary.

  • Purple

    Maybe its just me but I always have a hard time understanding wtf Ceelo Green is singing

  • deeloves__youu

    Janet Jackson anytime anyplace in the thundering rain stare into my eyes I can feel your hands moving up my body

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    Um where the f is gucci mane?!

    • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

      I boo gabbo danama dabba goobagh BURR! That’s the hook to his upcoming single

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    Um where the f is gucci mane?!

  • jackie

    Bossip y’all need y’all hearing checked Beyonce should not be on here at all, Rhianna should definitely be on here

  • 123

    “in the thundering rain, you stare into my eyes, i can feel your hands moving up my thighs”

  • 49er pride

    In the thunder and rain. Stare into my eyes. I can feel your hands. Moving up my thighs. Lol where is my money???

  • Cazeliah

    Toni Braxton has gotten better about that. Her song “He Wasn’t Man Enough” is a good example of how hard it was to understand her. Really hard to comprehend then you have to make out your own words based on the context of what’s being sung. Luhs me some Toni though.

    • Jamaican Hello Kitty

      Toni’s sisters (Towanda, Traci, && Trina, I believe) actually brought the lyrics to that particular song up when they were practicing to sing background for her. After all these years, they had no idea what the lyrics to the chorus of that song were. Too funny.

  • Digital 9.2

    Janet Jackson is the worst. I can’t understand A DAMN than she is singing only that’s the way love go’s and that the background how she ever sell music is beyond me. How can I forget Janet and Mj singing together, WHO BAD NOT YOU 2.

    • Trail

      IF you cant understand then your not listening. Its not hard to hear what shes saying. And both MJ and JJ has waayyy more than you. Just saying!

  • Sky

    In the thunder and rain
    You stare into my eyes
    I can feel your hand
    Movin’ up my thighs

    Now where’s my $5?

    • Andrani

      lol how do we know you didn’t look that up?

    • ..

      yea…I don’t get how that was hard to understand at all.

    • Bullheadedtaurus

      Skirt around my waist
      Wall against my face
      I can feel you lips….
      Ooooh

      But alas, MJ does sing jibberish (yet I know most of his songs) as well as Anita. Love ‘em both but….

  • Rasharne

    And these people get paid for this?! I’m in the wrong business lol

  • anony

    What about K-Ci? I will never know what he says in “Come and Talk To Me” after “I’m a single man I hope that you are single too…”
    I can’t even find it on the internet.

    • kiki

      lol i just mumble some words after that too.

    • Vanessa

      “Why do I seek, something to set my mind free. Cause curiosity is burning the hell outta me”

    • iReezy

      Lolol I’ve never paid attention to the fact that I have no idea what that line is either!

  • WeekzTC

    How could you forget the King of Indecipherability: Chief Keef?

    • FamuRattler85

      Lol I know right

  • TraceFace

    You forgot Mystikal! His song “Danger” says it all! LOL!

  • Kenedy

    Lol @ this list. Ciara and that Promise song…the heck is she saying? “Bita bata peata , pita patat youu youuu youuu you, youu youuu”

    • chanela

      ROFL

  • NeaJ

    I don’t think Michael Jackson or Anita Baker should be on this list. I agree with all the others though. And since when can Ciara sing?! Lol. P.S. I’m sure y’all could’ve found a better pic for Anita. Ha!!

    • Maria

      u crazy ma ever listen to Annie are u ok…? lol This was right on point especially Maxwell’s woman woman’s work LOOOOOVe this song but lawd have mercy!!!!!lol

      • Chey

        LOL!

      • Andrani

        Annie are you walkin?? Annie chi chi wokay?? In Billiie Jean it almost sounds like he’s saying ‘a bit of cheese is not my lover’. Only MJ.

        • princess courtenay

          oh gawd!!!! i cant breathe!!!! lmaoooooooooooooooooo

        • KeKe

          A bit of cheese tho BAHAHAHAHAHAHA I jus flat lined

        • rainydaze80

          I still don’t know what he’s saying on “Jam”. I just know “I asked my brother” and after that it’s just jibberish.

          • Andrani

            how could i forget jam. classic example. heres another one: in the closet. the verses are total gibberish. the only comprehensible part is the chorus. if you ever hope to understand him you’d have to look up the lyrics. even parts of heal the world and man in the mirror are gibberish. and those are damn slow songs. lmao

        • ThaTruthful1

          You ain’t right, LOL!!!

        • Fab40

          Hilarious….i cant stop laughing.

    • Andrani

      MJ is not only the king of pop. He’s the king of gibberish. Billie Jean is gibberish, Another Part Of Me, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Stranger In Moscow, and on and on. Part of it, I think is his country accent. But then again we always understood him in the J5. He’s the first person that came to mind when i read the headline. Lmao!! I love MJ.

      • jennellabella2

        Lol, imma have to disagree with Another part of me, but everything else:)

        • Andrani

          I thought it was Another Quartaneen. lmao

          • jennellabella2

            Lmao yeah I can see that

      • alex

        stranger in moscow is my song though…lol

        • ThaTruthful1

          Mine too.

      • Andrani

        I think we understood him as a child because they most likely forced him to sing a certain way, without his accent. annunciation is very important when you’re starting out as an artist. but as he got older and more famous he had control over how he sounded and it really didn’t matter if ppl could understand him or not.

    • 124

      I LOVE me some Anita, but I must admit there are some songs that I have to pull up the lyrics. I have been singing some of her songs wrong for years