NPR Hip Hop

You nev­er saw this com­ing, right? A lit­tle hip hop for NPR lis­ten­ers. Adam Cole, a Stan­ford stu­dent, raps it out with Jen­na Sul­li­van. Get the lyrics for “Good Radi­a­tion” below the jump…

I’m only gonna say this once so you bet­ter take notes
As you lis­ten to the rhythms spin­nin’ out of my throat
I’ve got an NPR tat and an NPR tote
If you hate on that .… Just don’t.
Ya see when morn­ing edi­tion starts up I lis­ten
Awake, in my kitchen for every trans­mis­sion
There’s no com­pe­ti­tion — There’s nobody hot­ter
If hosts were magi­cians they’d be Dum­b­le­dore and Pot­ter
So please, tease ’em, just give me a rea­son
You bet I’m on edge because its pledge dri­ve sea­son
I’m a demon on the mike so if you bat­tle your beat­en
I got a legion of lines and I’m gonna unleash em
Lyric’­ly I’m dig­gin deep like 33 chilean min­ers
Got the heat like Inskeep or Lin­da Wertheimer
I’m fine, hot timin’, rapid radio rhyming
Call­ing the shots like my name was Scott Simon
So this song goes out to all my mem­ber sta­tions
With fre­quent f–f‑f-frequency mod­u­la­tions
Inno­va­tion — each breath is an act of cre­ation
Yeah my air’s so fresh I’m the talk of the nation

Give me that good radi­a­tion
It’s the only sta­tion I know
Pub­lic Radio
On the air like an eagle fly­ing
On my mind when I’m dri­ving home
Pub­lic Radio

You got radio waves? Well I’m a tsuna­mi
Yeah I’m an addic­tion, You can’t quit once you’re on me
I’m cof­fee — wake up — its week­end edi­tion
Like tom and ray Magliozzi I turn the igni­tion
Non­fic­tion or fable I got dic­tion like Sagal
A feast for the ears like The Splen­did Table
I’m above aver­age like one of Wobe­gon’s kids
And now I’m gonna kick it like Ira Glass did
Act 1: Sedaris recalls his past
Act2: Mike Bir­biglia has a good laugh
Act 3. Intro­spec­tion from Star­lee Kine
My crew is small but unstop­pable like Ter­ry Gross
My tunes are wit­ty and top­i­cal like Ter­ry Gross
My rhymes are sharply intel­li­gent like Ter­ry Gross
OK so I’m in love with Ter­ry Gross
And Renee Mon­tagne and Lak­sh­mi Singh
I want Carl Kas­sels voice on my answer­ing machine
I’m an NPR addict, I’ve had it with the sta­t­ic
Change the sta­tion, lose my patience
Imma do some­thing dras­tic

Give me that good radi­a­tion (not talkin bout x‑rays)
It’s the only sta­tion I know
Pub­lic Radio
On the air like an eagle fly­ing (amer­i­ca!)
On my mind when I’m dri­ving home (in my 2003 cam­ry)
Pub­lic Radio

All things con­sid­ered life is pret­ty awe­some
I like my words the way Will Shortz crossed em
I recy­cle cans — tryin not to toss ’em
My favorite place in Texas is the city of Austin
Well my (record with the ladies) Is not that great
(Got mon­ey in my pock­et) Like a buck nine­ty eight
(On Sat­ur­day night) I don’t stay out that late
But when I hit the mic, I com­mu­ni­cate
The name is CADAMOLE
What’s playin in my car Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
Even pledge dri­ves can’t repel me
Me and NPR are like PB and Jel­ly
We’re like dura­cel, n we just don’t stop
Round the world like Mag­ellen, still on top
Robert, Michelle n Mel­lis­sa Block
Yeah, Nor­ris hit the cho­rus gonna make it pop

Give me that good radi­a­tion (good radi­a­tion)
It’s the only sta­tion I know
Pub­lic Radio
On the air like an eagle fly­ing
On my mind when I’m dri­ving home (I’d by a prius if I could afford it))

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