Hannah Star Learn to Talk Gangster: Part IV*

Well, folks, it’s been a while since we’ve really buckled down and worked on our rap translations, hasn’t it? And now that school’s almost out and you’re prepping to hit the city streets in the spirit of summer, I’d hate to send you out into the big, wide world without a refresher in how all them cool peeps are talkin’ up in the club. Or down in the hood. Or wherever rappers these days are spending their time.  Today, I thought we’d have a look at Flo Rida’s current chart topper, “Whistle.” And while I can’t, for the life of me, explain why this totally crap song is a chart topper, I can attempt to assess the meaning of its lyrics. 

As Julie Andrews always says, let’s start with the very beginning, a very good place to start:

Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby/ Let me know/ Girl I’m gonna show you how to do it/ And we start real slow/ You just put your lips together/ And you come real close/ Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby/ Here we go

Translation: Will you please inform me if you are capable of sucking my penis? I would like you to blow me in the manner that one might, say, blow a whistle. If you are unsure how to interpret that instruction, I will show you how to suck my penis: put your lips together, and gradually move your face closer and closer towards it. You know, now that you’re following those instructions, I’m realizing that this might be a rather unsatisfying blowjob. But it all rhymes, ya know? So…yeah, just keep moving your closed lips slowly towards my penis. That uh…feels good.

It’s like everywhere I go/ My whistle ready to blow/ Shorty don’t leave a note/ She can get any by the low/ Permission not approved

Translation: Because of the high level of fame I have achieved, it seems like everywhere I go, there are women willing and available to suck my penis. I enjoy this. I want all women to suck my penis. Women (especially short women): if you would like to perform oral sex on me, you do not have to leave a note asking permission. Please just join the line of women waiting to move their closed lips slowly towards my penis.

Go girl you can work it/ Let me see your whistle while you work it/ I’mma lay it back, don’t stop it

Translation: You are so good at performing this unconventional blowjob that I have asked you to perform. It is almost as if you have blown a whistle before. Do you mind showing me your vagina while you suck on my penis? Thank you. Now that I have seen it, if you don’t mind, I’m going to lie down on my back. If you stop sucking my penis, I will be excessively angry. 

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