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Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by TheRealAdonye(m): 5:38pm On Nov 28, 2014
So there is a thread right now about Olamide's Story for the gods as a song that promotes rape. This reservations have been expressed before. Here is an article about how the song promotes rape. There is also another article. A rebuttal. Well, sorta. You be the Judge of that.


Olamide’s Story for the gods: An Exposition

And monkey tail (monkey tail, monkey tail)
Aro bami gbe claro (claro claro)
I want to do sina today, sina today

She said she cannot wait o
She said its getting late o
She said she want to faint o
Ah, story for the gods

Now she saying mo r’ogo
O ti kan mi l’apa o
O ti kan mi l’eyin o
Story for the gods, the gods o


Olamide’s Story for the gods is a jam and a half!

It’s also a terribly, terribly inappropriate song.

The song was released a few months ago and like everyone else, I got taken with the melodies and rhythms. Top notch production. I’d hear it come up on the radio while driving and turn the music up. It would turn up on my music playlist and I’d leave what I was doing and zone into it. My jam. Dude’s lyrical dexterity, the way he bandied the words together, his now-typical mesmerising english and yoruba flow. Madness. The many lingo I couldn’t relate to because they were either too street or too deep for me. Those didn’t really matter.

Or did they?

One day, I zoned all the way in and felt the need to know what dude was actually preaching to me in this awesome song.

I was distraught.

It’s interesting that this song is still a hit on the radio while Olamide’s labelmate and protegé, Lil Kesh’s Shoki, which was released after Story for the gods, is getting banned. What is the NBC looking at? What is their criteria for the suitability or otherwise of a song to be aired on radio or its visuals be viewed on tv? They claim Shoki is a street synonym for ‘quickie’, but very few people knew this and it is not a subject matter of the song; whereas…

Story for the gods glorifies narcotic/alcohol influenced date rape.

Let me translate the chorus for you as literally as possible:

I have drank dongoyaro (a local herbal drink)
And monkey tail (another local herbal drink, sometimes used as an aphrodisiac)
Madman, give me the claro (a local slang for weed)
I want to do sina today, sina today (sina is street lingo for adultery or fornication)

She said she cannot wait o
She said it’s getting late o
She said she wants to faint o
Ah, story for the gods

Now she’s saying “I’m in trouble”
“He has broken my arm o”
“He has broken my back o”
Story for the gods, the gods o

“Story for the gods” is street speak meaning “what you’re saying is of no worth or value”. Other iterations you may be more familiar with are “You’re yarning dust” or “Story for tortoise” or “Bull poo.”

Now you know what you’ve been singing or humming along to all this time. What does this make you feel?

Dawning realisation? Anger? Shame? Befuddlement? Denial? Disgust?

What are your thoughts? Perhaps I’m mistaken about something or the other. Or perhaps I did not do the translation justice in some way.

http://olatoxic.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/olamides-story-for-the-gods-an-exposition/
Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by TheRealAdonye(m): 5:41pm On Nov 28, 2014


Story For The Gods – A Deconstruction

There’s been a theory making the rounds recently, that the club smash by the rapper Olamide, Story For The Gods, is an ode to date rape.

I read 0Toxic’s views on the joint and I kept shaking my head like, nah….

As with most folk accusing homie of glorifying date rape, dude examined the chorus, which on its own can be rather misleading,

Mo ti mu dongoyaro, dongoyaro, dongoyaro

And monkey tail, monkey tail, monkey tail

Aro bami gbe claro, claro o, claro o

I want to do sina today, sina today

She said she cannot wait o

She said its getting late o

She said she want to faint o

Ah, story for the gods

Now she saying mo r’ogo

O ti kan mi l’apa o

O ti kan mi l’eyin o

Story for the gods, the gods o

Translation:

(first four lines)

I’ve been drinking (dongoyaro, monkey tail)

Pass me the claro (that’s weed)

I want to have random sex (probably more accurately, a one night stand)


Then:

Now she’s saying ‘I’m in trouble’

‘He’s broken my arm’

‘He’s broken my back’

Story for the Gods
.

Now, you can see how that looks rather dodgy right? In isolation, the cries from said chick look like a plea for help from a violent attacker, right? You’d have to perhaps either (a) have a grasp of Yoruba to understand that this is not literal nor is it uncommon, if you listen to Fuji music or watch Yoruba, this is par for the course or (b) know that that misogynistic references to sexual conquests are not rare in Hip-Hop. This is essentially him of bragging that he ‘beat the pussy up’

Dude is telling the story of a wild night out, a night that ends with two ladies agreeing to go home with him, after he finished bragging on his money


O my God insanity

See your back calamity

Girl I want to have it

Do I need your permit

Oya whine it, whine It o

Money, we gat it, gat it o

Bere lowo Darlington, Darlington o

We go donate am for your like charity


Remember, he’s already admitted to being inebriated, so he’s feeling rather entitled, he’s rich and and wants her to dance, he’s holding, his friend Darlington can testify to his wealth and generosity, right?

O sha mo we dey to for the vine

Eru to gbe pon yi tun wa divine

Game yi awa la tu redefine

Awon tan get me wrong lan pe mi ni thug

But team mi strong and money mi long

Mi o fe mo boya o wowo bayi

I’m sorry mo ti nana bai

Translation


As you know, we do it for the vine

Your body is divine

This game, we’ve redefined it (in reference again to his willingness to spend)

Only those who misunderstand me would call me a thug

But, my team is strong and my money is long

I don’t care if you’re unattractive

I’m sorry, I am rather high

This him talking to the girl, after says he doesn’t care if she’s unattractive, he begs her pardon, perhaps after realising that is rather ungentlemanly.

The second verse opens with him asking to the chick in question to bring more friends, Oya pe Folake, Atinuke ati Dupe wa bami nu benz, Me and my friends k’ajo lo flex, am I making sense, in any case, she follows him home, we find out that her name is ‘Mary Jane’,


Mo ti je gbogbe ishe Mary j mo ti la

O tele mi lo’le kiakia mo fi ha

Bi mo shey n run mo lo pe mi l’Anofia

Translation:

I’ve spit game at Mary Jane, she’s on it

She followed me with a quickness and

I duly gave her the thing

She keeps calling me an ‘Anofia’ mid stroke

Then:

Ni Ilekun ba shi le, ase o mu Nofi wa

Lale yi, won daran

Translation:

The door opened suddenly,

So, it transpires that she (Mary Jane) brought Nofi

(Remember, he’d drunkenly asked Mary Jane to bring some girls he names randomly – Folake, Atinuke and Dupe – and he realises he’s talking rubbish when he asks, ‘Am I making sense’? Mary Jane did bring a friend, Nofi but he was too zoned to realise.)

Sare shey aluwala, salamo

Bo ba n dun e ko f’ara mo

Cos lale yi, ma kanra mo

I’ll show you what I gat

No do yanga

Oya dide ma joko lori aga

Lo mo mi ka jo ma kuru ma ga


Translation:

Quickly perform your ablutions and prayers

(by her name, Nofi – a yoruba version of the Arabic name, Nafisa, it’s obvious that she is a muslim, so it’s almost dawn and he’s asking her to do the necessary so they can get to it)


If it hurts, bear it

Because tonight, I plan to be aggressive

I’ll show you what I’ve got

Don’t ‘form’ for me

Come, don’t sit down

Wrap yourself around me

Let’s do whatever.

Now, these three lines below are perhaps the most contentious for those who insist the song has a more sinister undertone, than some harmless braggadocio from a young man having wild night out..

She said she cannot wait o

She said its getting late o

She said she want to faint o


But take it back to the second verse, when it’s almost dawn, the chick in question has been with him all night, despite her protestations that it’s getting late, her friend is about to join in their tryst, to me, this means, despite her protestations of being tired, she’s stayed, hence the ‘story for the gods’ line.

I find that this song is not about date rape, that said, it doesn’t make for pleasant reading. A a lot of young men often think aggression is interchangeable with sexual prowess, a quick check on Rap Genius will show how common this kinda language is in Hip-Hop as a whole, this is one of the pervasive downsides of hip hop, the unchecked macho posing that often comes across as unthinking at best and down right masochistic at worst.

I like the song, if you understand Yoruba, you’d understand that dude’s wit and delivery is perhaps unmatched but I often cringe at how wet the song is with entitlement.

In any case, sip something, have fun, and remember, no means no.

Peace.

http://afrovii.com/2014/10/26/story-for-the-gods-a-deconstruction/

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Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by gbolaskblog(m): 7:19pm On Nov 28, 2014
Kaiiii, nawooo, so confused
Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by ALAYORMII: 7:48pm On Nov 28, 2014
I'd rather go with this explanation than the one saying Olamide is promoting rape with Story For The gods
Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by chidibond(m): 8:50pm On Nov 28, 2014
I don't get Yoruba so I can't relate. Just wondering: why the hype now? I mean, the song's been released for months and nobody picked this up. Methinks some PR dude's just earned his pay.
Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by mesoade(m): 8:54pm On Nov 28, 2014
I don't blame that dude that said it promotes rape, cos he's not a yoruba . .
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To break it down
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mo ti mu dongoyaro and monkeytail,bami gbe claro(i'd taken dongoyaro,monkeytail and mary J) ,now from this you will know he's high.
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I want to do sina today(i want to womanize)
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She say she cannot wait o,she say it's getting late o story for the gods(Then after taking all this and he's ready for action,the girl now says she wants to leave,this is what he dismisses as, "story for the gods" . . This is synonymus to a guy who is expecting her gf and has taken sex drugs(perfomance enhancer),then his gf now came and says she's not ready for sex,what wil u as her bf who has taken drugs do? . . Sweettalk her to it ryt.
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Now she's saying morogo,on ti kan mi la pa o,on ti kan mi leyin o,story 4 d gods,d gods o(so after sweet talking her to it,she's now saying you've broken my back o,i'm done for,you've broken my arm o)now i guess dis translation is very confusing but in the actual sense the verses there is only exhibit his "sexual prowess" after taking the drugs.
I.e . He defeated the girl on the bed and the girl was only moaning dose crazy moans when you are giving it hard to a girl and she's moaning ecstatically
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Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by mbulela: 11:36pm On Nov 28, 2014
I have read both sides of the argument.
I am going with the rape one.
If you have a sister and/or a daughter. You will see that even the defense against the rape point is blurry at best.
This song has crossed the line.
Somethings must not be sacrificed for the sake of beats and melody.

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Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by Djicemob: 8:57am On Nov 29, 2014
This is PR at best.Why now?
Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by danakins(m): 3:52pm On Nov 30, 2014
I love the song.....the topic self is story for the gods
Re: Olamide's Story For The Gods: An Exposition And A Deconstruction by Nobody: 5:07pm On Nov 30, 2014
Story for the gods @op

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