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    to get the p's

    Hello everyone
    I hope you're all doing well

    I have always been a little confused about most of what i hear in Rap songs as a non native speaker, here is an example:

    While people around the world starve, I eat
    Cause money can buy war, but it can't buy peace
    Some do everything and anything to get the p's

    Could anyone please let me know what to get the p's is ?

    ATTN: the song is "Too much" by rapper "lowkey"

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    Re: to get the p's

    The next line might help, but it would still likely be a wild guess.
    "A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one." - Baltasar Gracián

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by heypresto View Post
    The next line might help, but it would still likely be a wild guess.
    Thanks for trying to help

    While people around the world starve, I eat
    Cause money can buy war, but it can't buy peace
    Some do everything and anything to get the p's
    The society we livin' in, it's a necessity
    It's got the power to turn your best friends to enemies
    It's funny cause money doesn't follow us when we leave

    And that was the end of the verse

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    Re: to get the p's

    Sorry, that still doesn't help much. I could take a guess that 'the p's' is slang for 'money', but I can't think what it derives from or what 'p' might stand for.
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    Re: to get the p's

    It might stand for "penny", a term which is part of American English - but I am just guessing.
    It's the short words that get you.

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    Re: to get the p's

    Since this stanza is about food as well as war/peace, I suppose it's possible that p's should be peas, the vegetable.

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by exgerman View Post
    Since this stanza is about food as well as war/peace, I suppose it's possible that p's should be peas, the vegetable.
    That crossed my mind too, but then why not spell it properly?

    Lowkey, as it turns out, is a British rapper. The complete lyrics are here.
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    Re: to get the p's

    It makes sense to me that it means the p´s as in pennies, money.
    If you are accused of chasing the p's, it means that you are only thinking about how much money you will earn.
    The "it" in "It´s a necessity" and "It´s got the power..." refers to money and money certainly doesn´t follow you when you die!

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    Re: to get the p's

    As he's British p's is more likely to stand for pounds.

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    Re: to get the p's

    Sleepingwolf, native speakers of English are as confused by rap "lyrics" as non-native speakers. Don't try to figure them out. And certainly don't take them as models for correct, or even idiomatic, English.

    P.S.: Welcome to the forum!

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by mr cat View Post
    As he's British p's is more likely to stand for pounds.
    Unlikely,
    A: "How much is that?"
    B: "Fifty pee." = £0.50p

    A: "How much is that?"
    B: "Fifty pounds." = £50
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    Re: to get the p's

    Are there any twitterers here? Perhaps someone could tweet Lowkey and ask him what p's means. So we can put this one to bed.
    "A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one." - Baltasar Gracián

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by mr cat View Post
    As he's British p's is more likely to stand for pounds.
    100% agree.

    << YouTube link removed. >>

    The whole thing is singing about the things money can't buy.

    I am not British, but in AE it is very common to to do that in music. Additionally, the guy seems to have been influenced by American singers based on his style.
    Last edited by Cagey; 15th October 2011 at 11:29 PM. Reason: No YouTube links. See rule 4.

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    Re: to get the p's

    Thanks a million to everyone for helping

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by sound shift View Post
    It might stand for "penny", a term which is part of American English - but I am just guessing.
    Thanks, that seems correct to me and makes a lot of sense looking at the end of the verse

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by mr cat View Post
    As he's British p's is more likely to stand for pounds.
    Your answer might be the correct one because Lowkey never uses American slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Parla View Post
    Sleepingwolf, native speakers of English are as confused by rap "lyrics" as non-native speakers. Don't try to figure them out. And certainly don't take them as models for correct, or even idiomatic, English.

    P.S.: Welcome to the forum!
    I'm not really taking them as models, i`m just a big fan of lowkey, his lyrics are REAL
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by heypresto View Post
    Are there any twitterers here? Perhaps someone could tweet Lowkey and ask him what p's means. So we can put this one to bed.
    I will try that Twitter thing, thanks for the good idea


    Sorry guys for posting too many replies
    You've all been so helpful
    Last edited by Sleepingwolf; 16th October 2011 at 9:16 AM.

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepingwolf View Post


    I will try that Twitter thing, thanks for the good idea

    If you have any luck do please let us know, or PM me if posting the answer is considered to be against the rules.
    "A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one." - Baltasar Gracián

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    Re: to get the p's

    Quote Originally Posted by heypresto View Post
    If you have any luck do please let us know, or PM me if posting the answer is considered to be against the rules.
    He said "P's" stands for "Paper" i.e Money. I didn't know it's being used in England too
    Last edited by Sleepingwolf; 16th October 2011 at 3:00 PM.

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