Wobble-dy Whaaat?

April 10, 2013

California rapper Big Sean broke huge after signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. label for his 2011 debut, “Finally Famous.” That disc’s Nicki Minaj-assisted club hit, “Dance (A$$),” brought us Sean’s most memorably weird mutterance to date on one of his favorite topics — butts: “Wobble-dy wobble-dy wa/ Wobble, wobble.” Ahead of Big Sean’s Saturday show, we celebrate his aural nonsense and the trademark grunts and vocal tics of his collaborators.

Nicki Minaj: When she’s not being a bubblegum-pop TV host, Ms. Minaj delivers razor-sharp rhymes at warp speed. Our favorite recurring kooky vocal style appears most memorably on Kanye West’s star-studded 2010 track “Monster,” where she alternately channels a whip-poor-will and a growling zombie with hints of the singer’s slight Trinidadian twang.

Rick Ross: He’s not the most evolved man on the planet, perhaps evidenced by the (literally) big man’s signature bark. Find “Rick Ross Bark/Grunt Montage” on YouTube and freak out your cat.

Kanye West: It could be the pollen. In many a song — particularly 2010’s “Hell of a Life” — Kanye sounds like he’s got a stuffy nose with the “hengh?” sounds that punctuate his verses.

Jay-Z: His relentlessly encouraging “uh-huh, uh-huh” on Rihanna’s 2007 megahit “Umbrella” reminds us of the days when Jay was a positive influence on her life.

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