Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can tell, 2Pac was the first. (Okay, somebody did—thanx!) In 1996, almost two months after his passing the legendary rapper’s 2Pac’s first posthumous LP, Makaveli, dropped, featuring a song dubbed “Me and My Girlfriend.” While Jay-Z’s 2003 remake “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” took the title more literally, ’Pac painted a picture of a relationship with a woman on the original to flip a metaphor for his relationship with his gun.
While Makaveli never did it for me (I was more into All Eyez on Me) I always had to give it up to ’Pac for “Me and My Girlfriend.” Since then, there have been a handful of other gun/bullet as a metaphor songs, but the question is: Where any of them better than Pac’s?
A couple weeks back I found myself in a heated debate with some friends about that aforementioned question, which ended in s stalemate. So, today, I decided to open the floor to you guys (and that one gal) to see what you thought. Feel free to shoot off at the mouth on this one. —Anslem Samuel
2PAC “ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND”
The song that started it all—I think—Pac fantasized about seeing his girl naked on their first date and loved her because she was always had the heart to fight.
Lyrical bullet: “Nigga, my girlfriend, though we separated at times/I knew deep inside, baby girl would always be mine/Picked you up when you was nine/Started out my life of crime/Wit you, bought you some shells when you turned twenty-two/It’s true, nothin’ compares to the satisfaction that I feel when we out mashin/Me and my girlfriend.”
NAS “I GAVE YOU POWER”
When Nasir decided to flip the script he bypassed the relationship metaphor and presented himself as the weapon of mass destruction. Hands down one of the best songs of its kind.
Lyrical bullet: “Always I’m in some shit, my abdomen is the clip/The barrel is my dick, uncircumcised/Pull my skin back and cock me, I bust off when they unlock me/Results of what happens to niggaz shock me/I see niggaz bleedin’ runnin’ from me in fear/Stunningly tears fall down the eyes of these so-called tough guys/For years I’ve been used in robberies, givin’ niggaz heart to follow me/Placin’ peoples in graves, funerals made cause I was sprayed.”