The 6 Best Gun as a Metaphor Rap Songs – Digital Bullets

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.”

  • jgill

    This is one of the most dumbestess articles I ever seent..How the hell you go glorify songz of gun toting???….But to answer your question …hands down its PAC!!!!!!!! never heard the others nor do I ever want to…I see yall like to keep these HAS BEENZ revelant in some form and fashion……

    • Anslem

      THANX!!!!!

      That really means a lot. I mean, someone said the same thing about Monday’s post, so the fact that you’re now saying this is the “dumbestess” article ever on the site means I’m being consistent. I truly aim to maintain consistency, so thanx for letting me know I hit my mark. That means so much to me, man…

      Oh, but speaking of “dumbestess,” you realize that the metaphors Monch/OrganizedMas used in their songs actually spoke on the pitfalls of gun violence and how innocent people get hurt by all these cats “gun toting,” so not sure how that necessarily promotes gun toting as much as it shows a creative way to speak on real subjects that wind up being hot songs in the process.

      So, a hip-hop fan that never heard or cares to hear about creative records from “has beens” like Nas, Monch… uhm, yeah…

      • Anslem

        *Organized/Nas

    • bullets

      SO TUPAC ISN’T A HAS BEEN IDIOT LOL…YOU’S A COUNTRY NIGGA TYPICAL IGNORANT ANSWER

      • http://bones_42@hotmail.com Doobie42

        Na man i’m finna have to go with illiterate liberal city (but not hood) nigga

    • bullets

      TUPACS SONG WAS ABOUT GUN TOTING THE OTHERS WERE ALOT DEEPER GROUPIE

    • El Tico Loco

      I think you meant to say dumbestest not dumbestess? FAIL! You can’t even use incorrect English correctly.

      • Anslem

        LOL @ “You can’t even use incorrect English correctly.”

    • gravedigga

      check out the new kemo the blaxican album coming soon august 17th 2010

    • matty21

      and it aint “glorifieing gun toting” this is stuff that goes on, people live with n by their guns…its a right we have as americans n it goes on so how is it not gonna end up in conscious music? come on…n EVERYBODY is a “has been” at some point, dat just mean u forget everybody in history that did meaningfull things? na u keep their spirit n legend alive FOREVER…dats what its about boy, when u a legend, u a legend FOREVER n your word n actions are etched in history for eternity… n any1 dat feel da same way as “jgill” : these cats words will live forever, get used 2 it

    • ???

      Ummm….. What are you talking about has beens man you think Jay Sean will ever come out with something as a creative as that?! and saying the dumbestessess article shows YOUR IQ SMART LMAO like how you gonna say something’s dumb and use a word that doesn’t exist to say it?! LMAO EPIC FAIL

    • gaetarick

      “Seent”?

  • jburg

    you forgot, “she lives in my lap” by Andre 3000.

  • ac2010

    what about ” Young Buck – Married To My Gun “

  • Anonymous

    NAS’S SONG, ” I GAVE YOU POWER “, CAME OUT BEFORE 2PAC’S ” ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND “, PAC LIKED THE IDEA AND JUST FLIPPED AS ONLY HE COULD, NOW PUT OUT A CORRECTION, LOL!!!

    • Anslem

      I knew they came out same year but couldn’t figure out which dropped first. Good looking out, like, I said, correct me if I’m wrong. Ha!

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    “Stray Bullet” by Organized Konfusion came out in ’94. I’ve read numerous interviews where they’re asked how they felt about Pac, Nas etc biting their concept. Pharoahe Monch usually answers graciously and praises the other artists work.

  • Sha

    Nas’s version is the best out. Bar none!!!! No other cat killed it like him.

  • gaddic

    NAS HANDS DOWN!!!

  • nick

    cant beleive more people voted for fucking g unit than ok’s stray bullet – the original group to use the concept

  • Q461

    Nas-I gave you power without a doubt

    Damn that shit brings me back..

    ” How you like me now? I go BLOOOAW! its the shit that moves crowds, makin every ghetto foul, I mighta took your first wife, scarred your life , or crippled your style, I gave you power, I made you buckwild”

    • yoprince

      ^^^

      precisely.

    • MTL

      “I might have took your first child”

  • 6ix

    @Q461 “I gave you power” hands down but I still have to say, “Stray Bullet” was my second vote. Monch is a MONSTER!

  • bullets

    “I GAVE YOU POWER” WAS INCREDIBLE ME AND MY GIRL FRIEND WAS GOOD BUT NAS IS SUPERIOR LYRICALLY TO PAC AND IF YOU PLAY THOSE SONGS BACK TO BACK YOU MIGHT GET HYPE LISTENING TO PAC BUT YOU COULD LEARN SOMETHING LISTENING TO NAS………”I GAVE YOU POWER” HANDS DOWN

  • bullets

    ORGANIZED KONFUSION AND ANDRE 3000 SHE LIVES IN MY LAP WERE ALSO BETTER THAN ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND WAY MORE LYRICAL TOO PAC SHIT WAS OBVIOUS AND IT WAS ONE OF THE LAST VERIONS SO HE BASICALLY WAS THE BITER OF THEM ALL

  • Dante

    Not only was Nas’ track the best but I came out before Tupac’s lame ass song.

  • TicNitty1

    I chose the Pac song but I Gave You Power and Dogz Is My Gunz were very close runner up’s.

    Lyrics gentlemen at its finest!

  • awesome arsenal

    Pharoah’s verses on both songs kill Nas and Pac easily in my opinion. Please get of your stan soapboxes and listen to the songs before you let that poop out your mouth. I’m pretty sure most folks that commented haven’t even heard the other songs, especially when they came out.

  • http://xxlmag.com The Fix

    “She lives in my lap” was about a gun??? Someone break it down

    • Slymm

      It wasn’t. It was about Erykah Badu.

  • El Tico Loco

    I gotta go with Pharoah Monch only because he used the bullet’s perspective everybody else stuck to the gun. Nas did the gun’s perspective the best tho, but the fact that nobody spoke for the bullet and painted the most vivid mental picture and INVENTED the concept PM gets the W, but I know nobody really checks for his work so it would go under the radar hence the votes.

  • JC

    Nas “I Gave You Power” hands down…can’t nobody fuck with it…

    “A broken safety, niggaz place me in shelves, under beds, so I beg for my next owner to be a thoroughbred…Keeping me filled up with hollow heads…” -XXL

  • oskamadison

    I Gave You Power ans Stray Bullet was neck and neck to me but I think Stray Bullet just ever so slightly edges it out.

  • AWAWA

    Wow how do you forget Rich Boy’s verse from ‘Paper planes remix’? smh its not a ‘classic’, but it was pretty dope… better than G-unit at least

    • Anslem

      Songs not verses

  • bronxbomma

    Gotta say stray bullet. It was on some movie shit to me. It also started it all. O.K. always was doing that point of view rhyming. Stray bullet, hate, ivetro etc.

  • Maga D

    “She lives in my lap” is about a gun? I need to relisten to that album one of these days. I was never really a fan of Pac, so I forgot his was about guns too. But Nas takes it here, just no question.

  • http://thaconnect.net shea

    best newe gun metaphor is 50 cent’s hold me down from before i self destruct.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Nas without a doubt. The illest. Nas is by far the best lyricist. i don’t think this is a dumb article or that it promotes gunplay. its a metaphor.

    BUT, 2pac gets too much credit. nas dropped this first, and its the dopest. he had too many hot lines in that song.

    Gunplay is a major part of hip hop. its word play. if u listen to a song and wanna go kill somebody u need to slap ur mama.

  • DBlock

    organized konfusion started it all. pac wasnt even second. #postfail…

  • http://federalranga.blogspot.com Federal Ranga

    XXL is late… I did that last year on Episode 5.

    Commission!!!

  • that nigga

    dumbestess
    :::::::::::::::::::::::

    WOW!! And also, my friends and I have had this debate years ago. Nice tho.

  • Tbone202

    Nas!

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Niggas need to give Sticky his props, but most of these fucks on here never heard “The Autobiography of Kirk Jones”

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Sticky Fingaz!!

  • Chris S

    i despise 50 Cent and G Unit now…but seriously. My Buddy is awesome. definitely number one in my opinion. they were so cool back in the day

  • Jarron

    and Lupe’s Little Weapon isnt hear

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “…hands down its PAC!!!!!!!! never heard the others nor do I ever want to…I see yall like to keep these HAS BEENZ revelant in some form and fashion……”

    “SO TUPAC ISN’T A HAS BEEN IDIOT”

    ^ best exchange of the day.

    Monch SHOULD win…but Nas will.

  • http://xxlmag.com yunggee

    monch shit was the truth but i gotta go wit nas… but 2nd i go wit sticky fingaz….. his shit was mad dope plus he came wit dat energy…

  • Malik

    Wasn’t an entire song but Malice’s verse on “Ma I Don’t Her” is one of my favorites of his off the album.

    Sayin that I cheat
    Right, maybe with my heat
    Got a pearl handled chrome thing that I call Sweets
    I greet wit her, creep wit her, even eat wit her
    Late nights under my sheets, yeah I sleep with her
    But thats it

  • Anonymous

    hell rell by your side?

  • Enlightened

    This is the perfect blog to illustrate why

    PAC IS THE BEST.

    Nas’ “I Gave You Power” influenced Pac. The Outlaws explained this in an XXL video. Nas’ verses are more complex. His story is more intricate.

    But which is the better SONG?

    Why did Jay-Z choose to remake a Pac song?

    The objective is to make songs when you’re in the music business. Line for line, Nas is the best MC of all time in my opinion, PAC is the greatest OVERALL because of this.

    You can bump “Me and My Girlfriend” in the club, the car, your house, your headphones, anywhere- you can dance to it, get crunk to it or just bob your head to it.

    All you can do with “I Gave You Power” is sit down, follow the story, and be entertained. Nothing wrong with that, but that’s the difference.

  • Anonymous
  • buffalo bill

    loved the article keep up these pieces plz. Dang hard to pick there all dope i loved that sticky fingaz dude he was so raw he was way better than most the new cats ill have to say pac n the first dude needs to go back n study the old school actually nah probably go over dudes head

  • nahfareus

    and nobody knows about “357″ by C-bo

  • abdul SOSA

    as much i loved pharoah, THAT SHOULD not be included because his group organized confusion made the first rap gun metaphor song, i got love the top 3 of goats PAC’(big and rakim slow him down)was not better then nas’, its organized/nas, and pac’ got the idea off nas bud true story.G-Unit did it nice with it too good article

    P.S might be random but i was looking thru man of the year articles lately and biggie deserved 97′ by far and nelly RAN 02′ , eminem came a close 2nd, the movie keeps em close 2 him

  • abdul SOSA

    GIVE STICKY HIS PROPS AND DISPITE PAC BEING ONE OF THE NICEST EVER MAYBE THE BEST THERE ARE MADDD NIGGAZ U GOONS SLEEP ON EXPAND YOUR MUZIK AND KEEP RAP ALIVE, CUT OFF THE FAKE AND STICK WITH REAL , SUPPORT UNDERGROUND
    AND NO DANCINGGGGGGGGG

  • Face Phoenix

    Nas Wins! All Day, Any Day on this one. That was one the first albums that I heard that spoke on a lot of issues in such a different way. I Gave You Power was just amazing to listen too. Now 2pac’s “Me & My Girlfriend” was also good but it always made me laugh when women would say that M&MG was their favorite 2pac song but never pick up on what the wordplay in the song was about. I knew plenty of women who truly thought that was a love song. Some even to this day after playing it over and over for the last decade+ still can’t pick up on the clues.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Chiliz

    Pac is very close 2 my heart but i have 2 gave it 2 Nas…….that’s sum ill metaphors right there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I never thought Sticky was that lyrical.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Man I loved Pacs and Nas song equally but I have to say even though theirs was better G-Units came in third and they killed it back then plus the beat was hot. Banks and Buck both had strong verses.

    [Lloyd Banks]

    Everywhere I go I gotta tag along
    Cause my buzz gettin’ strong And they mad I’m on
    They ride with me when I’m past the mall
    and wait for me on the bench when I’m playin’ a game of basketball
    One sqeeze will make a bastard fall
    Gasp and crall
    You need a bulletproof vest mask and all
    Bring your buddy when it’s time to roam (why?)
    Cause I got hit the last time I left mine at home
    My hand bling full of platinum the shine is chrome
    He even got closet space inside of my home
    He ain’t never been broke he glitchless
    So reliable I bought him a rubber coat for Christmas
    Infared beam and a scope for distance
    The best company when approachin business
    he gon’ ride with me to the end
    We all gotta friend
    And mine is a G-U-N.

    [Chorus: 50 Cent]

    My buddy gotta temper he dyin’ to pop off
    Last time he did the cops had the block all locked off
    Take them with me to hustle stashed him in the trash can
    My finger tips sore for four hours I backround
    She meet him his destination hell or heaven
    Cause I only bring em out for that 187
    He dont have a heart I just keep feeding him shells
    He get it poppin’ in the hood so his name ring bell
    Ms. Jones stay on the third floor she call the cops on me
    They came I ran I had to toss my Uncle little homie
    Niggas know i got new friends so they stay in they place kid
    I stay screamin’ on niggaz and beatin’ up base heads
    These niggaz sayin’ dumb they just like to pretend
    Keep fuckin’ around they can say hello to my little friend.

    [Chorus: 50 Cent]

    [Young Buc]

    We been through it all yet we both still livin’
    We been in a box but we both still spittin’
    And when there was beef you even played your position
    Got under the seat until we spotted our victim
    At first they wouldn’t listen to they heard you go off
    Remember it was broad daylight in the middle of New York
    And little did they know we was ready for war
    Bet that nigga wish he never stick his head out the door
    See whenever you come out something happen on the block
    You the reason that nigga done stop rappin’ like Pac
    People see you an run and you aint even say shit
    They just know you ain’t nothin’ to play wit
    Stay wit 16 homies and one in the hole
    When the first one get out the next one go
    To know where you headed you gotta know where you been
    The glock stay with me we friends to the end.

  • AL,bum….!

    Hands down it has 2 be nas I Gave U Power…TRU HIP HOP AT ITS BEST>>>A classic song from a CLASSIC ALbum…

  • Anonymous

    Sticky’s song is nice, but the premise is identical to Man’s Best Friend. How can there be this many comments and no reference to Ice Cube’s classic? “It used to be dog like Lassie but now in ninety one it’s a gun if ya ask me. Just like a jimmy hat’s used for protection I use my nine when suckas try to flex.”

  • Eastsyde

    Actually, Nas’ “I Gave You Power” came out before “Me and My Girlfriend

  • ???

    Where any of them better than Pac’s? no lol