An Important Question for All Humanity

23 Jul

Why do some rappers put “Lil” in front of their names? There’s:

Lil Kim
Lil Wayne
Lil John
Lil Flip
Lil Bow Wow

I know that “Lil” is used in the place of “little”, but why? Is it really that hard to add in those 3 letters that are missing? Does that extra syllable really make someone so tired that they just can’t bear the thought of pronouncing it? WHY???

10 Responses to “An Important Question for All Humanity”

  1. blythe July 23, 2007 at 7:11 pm #

    you, my friend, are a mind reader.

  2. Step Right Up July 23, 2007 at 7:26 pm #

    Not sure on the Lil’ thing but anything with an ing ending I always knock off the g while pronouncing. For example: smokin’, fishin’, goin’.

    Yep, I am just too tired once I get to the n of the word that I knock that g right off!

  3. monicker July 23, 2007 at 7:44 pm #

    Waaaait a minute…

    Is “Lit’l Smokey” somehow exempt? I suppose it does have at least one t, not to mention an apostrophe…nevermind.

  4. Eric July 23, 2007 at 7:47 pm #

    FYI Bow Wow dropped the Lil a few years ago and would be pissed if you knew you were still using it.

  5. Catherinette Singleton July 23, 2007 at 9:11 pm #

    Blythe: I know this. I read your mind.

    Step Right Up: What’s become of us as a society? Why are we so lazy?

    Monicker: God damn it! I didn’t even think of that. I’m as retarded as these rappers, but at least I can use an apostrophe.

    Eric: Please don’t tell him! I don’t want him to come after me. I’m frightened.

  6. The Idea Of Progress July 24, 2007 at 2:51 am #

    I feel it is comes from hip hops adherence to the traditions of merry ole England.

  7. Beatrix Kiddo July 24, 2007 at 11:39 am #

    I’m not as concerned about the spelling as much as the fact that all these people want to be ‘Lil.’ Why would anyone want to be ‘Lil’ in the first place?

  8. red July 24, 2007 at 2:02 pm #

    Piggybacking on what SRU said, my voice and speech professor (I got my Master’s in Acting) theorizes that in 100 years, no one will pronounce the “g” at the end of such words as swimming, running, etc. and we’ll have future generations wondering why on earth those words are spelled with a “g”.

  9. The Ambiguous Blob July 24, 2007 at 10:19 pm #

    Because “little” is so not gangsta. Ya hurd?

  10. minijonb July 26, 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    i guess if i become a rap artist, i gotta change my name from “mini jon b” to “Lil Jon B” … that’s gonna suck.

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