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Friday Song: A Chinese rap that pays homage to Bart Simpson

Bamboo: "Bart Simpson"

Rap shows in Beijing often feel a little like high school talent shows. Yet a few months back, when Bamboo of the Cloud Tunnel Collective took the stage, the maturity and skill of the local scene shone through. His single “Bart Simpson,” in which the rapper admiringly compares himself to “Springfield 的 hero,” changes flows quickly enough to even keep a listener with Bart’s attention span interested. The Sideshow Bob, Milhouse, and Moe name-drops are also a nice touch.

Here’s the hook (italics = originally rapped in English):

Bart Simpson
I’m Bart Simpson
Benz-driving Bart Simpson
Bitches luv me Bart Simpson

I’m Bart Simpson
Skateboarding Bart Simpson
Non-vegetarian Bart Simpson
Yellow-skinned Bart Simpson

The full lyrics, as translated by Anthony Tao:

bamboo on this track

dope boy Simpson u feel me

Hook

Bart Simpson

我叫 Bart Simpson
I’m Bart Simpson

开宾士 Bart Simpson
Benz-driving Bart Simpson

bitches luv me Bart Simpson

我叫 Bart Simpson
I’m Bart Simpson

滑滑板 Bart Simpson
Skateboarding Bart Simpson

不吃素 Bart Simpson
Non-vegetarian Bart Simpson

黄色皮肤 Bart Simpson
Yellow-skinned Bart Simpson

Verse 1

把我的头像印在你的衣服上 叫时尚
Print my headshot on your clothes, call it fashion

你找来我的照片从头到脚去模仿
You find my photo, imitate from head to toe

我的造型你学会我已经改了模样
I’ll have changed up just as you’ve mastered my mold

我的名片你拿来当作象征荣誉的徽章
You take my name card, use it as a badge of honor

爱玩的辛普森 我从来不认真
Fun-loving Simpson, I never pay attention

出门踩滑板车妞都在后面跟着
Out the door on a skateboard with car models following

你开着法拉利也不配跟我混
You can drive a Ferrari and be no match for me

猜不透我身份不该问的别瞎问
My identity is unfathomable, don’t ask what you’re not supposed to ask

我是springfield的hero
I’m Springfield’s hero

你想挑战我 no problemo
I wanna challenge myself, I’m no problemo

就连sideshow bob 都不是我的对手
Even Sideshow Bob ain’t no match for me

我的歌词可以用来当做ak47
My lyrics can be used like an AK-47

所以i got chopper to shot u muthafucka你没武器
I got a chopper to shoot at you motherfucker, you ain’t got weapons

haters嘴上说不但偷偷把我收藏进他的歌单
Haters secretly mouth my lyrics they’ve collected

ur bitch见到我get wet already像是下面放了跳弹
Your bitch gets wet after seeing me like a sex bomb has gone off below [note: 跳弹 (tiàodàn) is a clever play on 跳蛋 (tiàodàn), which is a “love egg” (a sex toy), while 弹 (dàn) means “bomb”]

唱完 这段 milhouse 又该说我是个混蛋(i dont give a shit)
After singing this Milhouse will probably call me a bastard again (I don’t give a shit)

如火纯青技术让你 听到我转换flow的快慢
My perfect skills will let you hear the pace of my change of flow

HOOK

Verse 2

Jordan’s on my feet

crystal‘s on my beat

golden is my teeth

电台都放我的曲
My song’s on all the TVs

showty wanna taste my tongue

妞抓着我不放
Chick holding me won’t let go

把我名字叫响亮
Loudly calling my name

我的歌你点头唱
Nod your head to my song

我的名声在外我不需要过多去宣传
My name’s out there, I don’t need to over-publicize

那些羡慕嫉妒恨的阴谋早已被拆穿
All those envious hateful conspiracists were long ago exposed

所有人都在盼着我的新歌上传
Everyone looking forward to my new song upload

但我晚点还要约姑娘去moe的酒吧玩
But later I got ladies to take for drink and play at Moe’s

当bamboo开始rap你们都在听
When Bamboo starts to rap y’all listen

所有人都看着我睁大眼睛
Everyone looking at me with eyes wide

是你梦中情人眼里的明星
(I’m) the star in the eyes of the lover in your dreams

乘私人飞机洛杉矶回到北京
Ride a private jet from Los Angeles to Beijing

一发专辑销量像是双11
One album sells like it’s Singles’ Day [note: 双11 refers to November 11, one of the best days for online sales]

我的才华跟气质配布加迪
My talent with temperament matches Bugatti

假装rapper的练习生在打滴滴
The apprentices of fake rappers are calling Didis [note: Didi is Chinese Uber]

喊麦的傻逼mc在开着拖拉机
Dumbass shouting-mic MCs are driving tractors

HOOK


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Jordan Schneider

Jordan Schneider is a Beijing-based writer and host of the ChinaEconTalk podcast.

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