I Go Chop Your Dollar: The 419 anthem

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I was listening the This American Life podcast while drinking shade-grown decaf and clutching my NPR bag when I heard the best song in the world: I Go Chop Your Dollar. The song is essentially the 419 scammer anthem and has been around for quite a while. You know once an underworld has a musical genre – Nortenos, Gansta Rap – they’ve finally hit the big time.

The intensity with which Nigeria goes after morons and their money is incredible. Like Chinese knock-off farms, if that intensity were channeled into legitimate trade I think everyone would be better off. Until then, let’s keep baiting them.

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I Go Chop Your Dollar

I don suffer no be small
Upon say I get sense
Poverty no good at all, no
Na im make I join this business
419 no be thief, its just a game
Everybody dey play am
if anybody fall mugu, ha! my brother I go chop am

Chorus

National Airport na me get am
National Stadium na me build am
President na my sister brother
You be the mugu, I be the master
Oyinbo I go chop your dollar, I go take your money dissapear
419 is just a game, you are the loser I am the winner
The refinery na me get am,
The contract, na you I go give am
But you go pay me small money make I bring am
you be the mugu, I be the master… na me be the master ooo!!!!

When Oyinbo play wayo, them go say na new style
When country man do im own, them go de shout bring am, kill am, die!
Oyinbo people greedy, I say them greedy
I don see them tire thats why when them fall enter my trap o!
I dey show them fire

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