What would your favorite rap songs sound like if they were written in business English? 🤔  Today we’re going to have some fun and rework popular rap songs using more formal, business English.

Business English is the type of language you’d use in an interview or a meeting. Rap song lyrics are much more casual, and there might be more to them than you think. The same person can speak like a rapper or a business person, and this is called code-switching in English. (It’s actually the same linguistic term used for multi-lingual people who easily switch between one language and another during a conversation!)

Song lyrics, like poetry, can be full of tricky language. Slang, double entendres, and coded meanings can be hard to decipher. Business English, on the other hand, can be verbose and a little long. Where rap music might have rhymes, business English might have more reason. Let’s switch one out for the other and see what happens, shall we?

“I Like It” by Cardi B

The original rap lyrics:

“Now, I like dollars, I like diamonds
I like stunting, I like shining
I like million-dollar deals
Where’s my pen? Bitch, I’m signin'”

The business English version:

“Let’s talk about compensation for the job.
I quite enjoy an abundant supply of U.S. currency.
I’m additionally quite fond of diamond jewels.
Having transparent compensation, and actually letting others know how much I’m making in this position, pleases me greatly.
I really cherish showing my brilliance so that I could be a role model to others.
I do appreciate work contracts that are seven figures and above.
And, I’m looking forward to partaking in such agreements wholeheartedly!”

“Chun-Li” by Nicki Minaj

The original rap lyrics:

“Look like I’m goin’ for a swim
Dunked on ’em, now I’m swingin’ off the rim
Bitch ain’t comin’ off the bench
While I’m comin’ off the court full drenched”

The business English version:

“I’ll put great effort into partaking in vigorous, demanding activities.
I’ve asserted my superiority in my field, and now I’m ready to showcase my abilities.
That woman, held in low esteem, is not able to engage on such activities at my same level. She is, instead, remaining seated.
Meanwhile, I am strenuously engaged in important activities, and I enjoy putting intense effort into my professional work.”

“Walk It Like I Talk It” by Migos

The original rap lyrics:

“Walk it, like I talk it
Walk it, like I talk it
Walk it, walk it like I talk it 
Walk it, like I talk it”

The business English version:

“I perform in practice what I have claimed to perform verbally.” (Meaning, I do what I say and I say what I do!)

“Nice For What” by Drake

The original rap lyrics:

“You really pipin’ up on these niggas
You gotta be, nice for what, to these niggas?
I understand”

The business English version:

“You excel over others in your field and, truly, it is unnecessary for you to bow down in front of them.”

We hope we’ve been able to shed some light on what these rap song lyrics mean! What other songs could YOU rework into business English? Tell us in the comments!

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