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“You open like … “

Posted in Uncategorized by m.snowe on March 25, 2010

It’s not a new rap phenomenon. But m.snowe is fascinated by rap lyrics that include descriptions of how either the singer, or their object of affection, is “open like _ _ _ _ _” (fill in the blank with a place of business).  It is usually in reference to someone’s availability (i.e. 7Eleven is open 24 hours) or their “openness” for whatever the task at hand may be–usually that task is of a sexual nature. Or it can be the way a compliment is paid.

Some rap/hip hop lyric examples:

Whatta Man (Salt N’ Pepa with En Vogue):

“From seven to seven he’s got me open like Seven Eleven.”

Hooked (AVANT):

“You got me open like a liquor store/love so strong that I don’t want no more.”

Carry Out (Timbaland feat. Timberlake):

Baby, you’re lookin’ fire hot/I’ll have you open all night like an IHOP.”

Okay, that’s cool. We get the idea. But why is it only IHOP and convenience and liquor stores? Why not stretch the reaches of this simile. So rappers, here are some new lyric store suggestions and their possible implications for you:

Being open like L.L. Bean:  1. Being tricked out in flannel and/or plaid, or 2. Doing the deed in a bed with said fabric/pattern.

Being open like the Post Office:  High maintenance and never available on the weekends.

Being open like an In-N-Out Burger: She’s crazy animal style, all the time.

Being open like a library: All quiet, but boy, is she stacked.

Being open like a Denny’s: Open all the time, but only looks appealing in the misty streetlights at around 3AM.

Y’all got any suggestions?

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  1. Dr. Ballon said, on March 25, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Another point of view, courtesy of Little Jimmy Urine:

    Girls from seven-eleven
    Stay up all night
    Twenty four hours a day

    I said
    Girls from seven-eleven
    Stay up all night
    Seven whole days a week

    I said
    Girls from seven-eleven
    Stay up all night
    And I could get a discount

    She may not be good looking
    She may not be good
    No, no, no

    She might not get down
    But it’s possible
    She stays up all night

    — Mindless Self Indulgence, Seven-Eleven

  2. Dr. Ballon said, on March 25, 2010 at 5:32 am

    For reference:

  3. m.snowe said, on March 29, 2010 at 5:26 am

    A million thanks, Dr. Ballon? I guess it’s not just traditional rap that employs this trope…

  4. fictionadvocate said, on March 29, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Ice Cube raps about “seven eleven” in “It Was a Good Day,” but I think he’s talking about craps.

    Open like Wal-Mart: cavernous, confusing, patrolled by the elderly.

    Open like day or night, ready to take your money.

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