Why in this word the ending s is not used? This sentence is from J.Cole's song January 28th.

Cole is the hypnotist, control the game whenever he snap(s) That's every track

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    Quite often, lyrics and poems will not adhere to the formal rules of grammar. Sometimes artists incorporate slang or nonstandard structures that are common colloquially, and sometimes they simply bend the rules for artistic effect. Lyrics and poems are not a good way to learn the rules of the English language. – Tashus Jan 11 at 22:04
  • It is usual in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) not to use an 's' at the end of a verb in the third person singular. Although this construction is considered to be irregular in Standard English, it is not irregular in AAVE. Moreover, the use of 'snap' gives a better partial rhyme to the later 'track' than would have been achieved using 'snaps'. – James Jan 11 at 23:56

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