Gang poems, gang songs, gang raps, I don’t know the appropriate terminology for it. But I do know I’m hooked on the 303 (Sakongsa) theme song, and I’ve learned a new Malay phrase – “Naga ada Tenaga, Naga kepala Tiga” — which is good because I’ve been trying to learn Malay since forever.
While my previous post was an interview with Lee Wei Fen, one of the three people who started Ceriph, a local literary journal, this post presents what historians or academics might term “folk” or “low” culture — “high” being ‘written’ or in the Singaporean context, ‘English’. Here we have three “gangster poems” or “gangster songs”, all with a catchy beat and lyrics I want to commit to memory and sing while I’m cooking. “Naga ada tenaga, naga kepala tiga” (Dragon got power, dragon got three heads)
I am increasingly fascinated by our gangster poets and how these poems came to be – they write themselves one, sing themselves one, and upload themselves to Youtube one? You you you you, I sayang you…
303 theme song!
369 Techno theme
And of course, a gang poem/song from Royston Tan’s 15