Stupidity in hip hop lyrics never ceases to amaze me

“Not only is ham delicious, but you can go it,” Jenna Marbles said in one of her more recent YouTube videos, describing what Kanye West meant when he said he was “Going H.A.M.”

In this video, “What Hip Hop Taught Me,” Marbles explores lyrics from hip hop and rap music. She makes parodies of them, draws ridiculous comparisons and explanations as to what these things “taught” her in life.

Homegirl is on to something. I can’t help but have my infamous “Wait, what?” moments every time I’m listening to songs by artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj or Lil Wayne.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love listening to all these songs and I’ll be the first person to admit that Eminem is my favorite artist of all time.

But honestly, how ridiculous are some of the words coming out of their mouths?

The phrase “going H.A.M.” is just a leg off of the phrase “going hard,” which is also completely ridiculous. Let me give you a very general definition of the two phrases without referring to the context they are usually expressed in.

“Going hard” means to go at or do something to the fullest of your ability, something a beast of a man does all day, everyday. But if you “go H.A.M.” on something it means that person is going at it harder than hard — to the person’s fullest potential, above the assumed limit of the person.

So, “going hard” means going 100 percent and “going H.A.M.” means going 200 percent. Okay … doesn’t sound so bad, right? Except for the fact that we all know how these phrases are used every day.

People use these phrases on the weekends when they’re talking about drinking away their liver, nearly OD’ing on drugs or a meeting with their coital companion — all to the fullest of their potential. We’ve all heard the phrase, “I’m going to go hard tonight,” come out of someone’s mouth at some point, and some of us have probably said it too.

I would be much more keen to the phrases if they were used in context that reflected their more vague definitions in a more traditional way. It sounds ridiculous, but if I were to say I was about to “go hard” or “go H.A.M.” on a test, that would mean I was about to try really hard and do my best to get an A.

I would be exercising the best of my abilities toward something positive, not something so negative as shortening my life span at a party.

I guess that what I’m trying to say is that if people’s definition of “going hard” or “going H.A.M.” were different, we could potentially be living in a much different world.

We’re in college.

Everyone is going to go to a party or drink at least once.

But I suggest you think about where you want to exercise you fullest potential the next time you’re in that spot.