Semicolon

Album: The Wack Album (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Lonely Island recorded this track with Solange, who is the sister of Beyoncé Knowles. Lonely Island frontrunner Andy Samberg told Digital Spy: "We're actually good friends with her producer Dev [Hynes]. She was one of the most professional people we worked with, but still with a sense of humour!"
  • Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone explained the song's meaning to Digital Spy: "It's a joke about hashtag rap," he said, "and the overuse of that format. It started out being used by really good rappers to clever effect and then it got progressively lazier."
  • A semicolon is a punctuation mark, which was first used to separate words of opposed meaning and to indicate interdependent statements. Its use today is considered by many non-writers to be old-fashioned but is still used frequently by academics. The most common contemporary uses of semicolons are either for the listing of items or to the linking of related clauses.

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