I have to be perfectly honest:
You should have an anniversary to acknowledge the way I work the ebonics.
Big Pun, “Where Ya At,” from D.I.T.C.’s D.I.T.C., 1999
Don’t get offended, there’s no need for insecurity,
Age is but a number, it’s all about maturity.
Chi-Ali, “Age Ain’t Nothing But a #,” The Fabulous Chi-Ali, 1992
See, seventy percent of the world’s underwater,
Seventy percent of your body’s underwater,
Seventy percent of what we live is out of range,
We rearrange this order, but niggaz think it’s strange.
Boogiemonsters, “Strange,” Riders of the Storm: The Underwater Album, 1994
Well I’ma freakit like this because I be doper than the dopest,
I focus on the mic and if you like it you can quote this.
Dray, “Freakit,” from Das EFX’ Straight Up Sewaside, 1993
Used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue.
It’s not like honey dip would wanna get with me,
But just in case I own more condoms than TLC.
Phife Dawg, “Oh My God,” from A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Maruaders, 1993
You got to have style, and learn to be original.
KRS-One, “My Philosophy,” from Boogie Down Productions’ By All Means Necessary, 1988
This one’s for you, and I truly hope you hear me,
Through all your travels, I’m wishing you a peaceful journey.
Heavy D, “Peaceful Journey,” from Heavy D. & the Boyz’ Peaceful Journey, 1991. Damn…RIP The Heavster, gone too soon and joining Trouble T-Roy in the afterlife. 1967-2011.
It’s important to practice good hygiene,
At least if you wanna run with my team.
Del the Funky Homosapien, “If You Must,” Both Sides of the Brain, 2000
My life is violent but violence is life,
Peace is a dream, reality is a knife.
Ice-T, “Colors,” from Colors Soundtrack, 1988
I am to hip-hop what Obama is to politics
Common, “Sweet,” The Dreamer, The Believer, 2011
The employees of the year, yeah we back to work.
I took time off, while other rappers got jerked.
Erick Sermon, “So Watcha Sayin’,” from EPMD’s Strictly Business, 1988
I smoke on the mic like Smokin’ Joe Frazier,
The hell raiser, raisin’ hell with the flavor.
Inspectah Deck, “Protect Ya Neck,” from Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), 1993. RIP Joseph William “Joe” Frazier, (January 12, 1944 – November 6, 2011), known as Smokin’ Joe, was a former Olympic and Undisputed World Heavyweight boxing champion.
I’m a firm believer that we all meet up in eternity,
Just hope the Big Man show me some courtesy
Nas, “Like Smoke,” from Amy Winehouse’s Lioness, 2011
If there’s a heaven, I can’t find the stairway
Black Thought, “Make My,” from The Roots’ undun, 2011
I got Lamborghini dreams, eastside nightmares
Movin white…my ice is cool as the night air
Roc Marciano, “Emeralds,” Marcberg: Reloaded, 2011
We shoppers, you bloggers.
If money talks, you mumblers.
You try it on, then take it off,
Then post a pic on your tumblrs.
Pusha T, “Peso Freestyle,” Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray, 2011
I never cared, I was careless,
Fear bein afraid or maybe I’m afraid to be fearless.
Or fear bein’ fearless but fearful,
So even in my carelessness…gotta be careful.
Joe Budden, “Adrenaline,” Padded Room, 2009
Get wreck in the kitchen like she on the Cooking Channel,
And then hide the heat in the car door…
God damn, she’s a mother-to-be, ya hope for twins,
Give me a whole tribe!
And be as sexy as Janet was on the cover of Vibe.
Sadat X, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head,” from Brand Nubian’s Foundation, 1998
Ayo, shout out to Mobb Deep, the Extra P
Busta Rhymes, De La, the J Beez, so don’t sleep
Q-Tip, “Mind Power, ” A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes and Life, 1996
It’s a cold world, better pack your own heat.
Redman, “Mi Casa,” Blackout!, 1999
Holocaust, black man, lose veins, littered with thorns
Back smack you so hard, all your seeds will be formed deformed.
Swarm dorms, sting birds, fling verbs like mean curbs
Strike three, mics flee, I infect em with green germs, ringworm
Holocaust, “Holocaust (Silkworm),” from RZA’s Bobby Digital in Stereo, 1998
Life’s a bitch, but God forbid the bitch divorce me…
Nas, “Affirmative Action,” It Was Written, 1996
Keepin’ this effervescent street ghetto essence inside us
Cause it provides us with the proper insight to guide us
AZ, “Life’s a Bitch,” from Nas’ Illmatic, 1994
Golly, he’s just a pest and your worst best friend,
Who mend and rip space-time fabric like polyester blend.
MF Doom, “Biochemical Equation,” from Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture, 2005
I got a letter from the government the other day
I opened and read it…it said they were suckers.
Chuck D., “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,” from Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1988
Too many songs, weak rhymes that’s mad long.
Make it brief son: half short, twice strong!
GZA, “As High As Wu-Tang Get,” from Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu-Tang Forever, 1997
Cause on the mic, I got more presence than attendance in a class of schizophrenics
J-Treds, “The Fire In Which You Burn,” from Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus, 1997
I made a new lane for myself and said, ‘Fuck it.’
Why Rage Against the Machine when you can just unplug it?
Phonte, “Everything is Falling Down,” Charity Starts at Home, 2011
Beef is not what Jay said to Nas;
Beef is when the working folks can’t find jobs.
Mos Def, “Beef” 12", 2003
My karma’s the comma that puts you inside of a coma,
Hyphen, dot, dot, semi-colon, leave you semi-swollen.
Question mark, you pregnant?
Oh you’re not? I love you, period.
Chino XL, “Wordsmith,” Poison Pen, 2006
Life is a blast when you know what you’re doin’,
Best to know what you’re doin’ ‘fore your life get ruined.
Life is a thrill when your skill is developed,
If you ain’t got a skill or trade, then shut the hell up.
Del the Funky Homosapien, “At the Helm,” from Hieroglyphics’ 3rd Eye Vision, 1998
I’m puttin’ pressure on you kids like I’m a soccer mom.
Vinnie Paz, “Design in Malice,” from Jedi Mind Tricks’ Violence Begets Violence, 2011
Only in America could you find a way to make a healthy buck,
And still keep your attitude on self-destruct.
MF Doom, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Operation Doomsday, 1999
Player haters be givin’ me harsh looks,
But I’m tryin to sell records like Garth Brooks.
Big L, “Holdin’ It Down,” The Big Picture, 2000
New York City gritty committee pity the fool that act shitty in the midst of the calm, the witty.
Pharaohe Monch, “Simon Says (Get the Fuck Up),” Internal Affairs, 1999
$5 gas and poverty rates are rising much higher than your hourly rate.
So if you thinkin about quittin, you should probably wait,
Cause everybody has to do a fuckin job that they hate.
Phonte, “The Good Fight,” Charity Starts at Home, 2011
You gotta school these young macks comin’ up today…
I mean to be ‘frank’, they just hot dogs,
The girls are relish, and they need to catchup on they pimpin’.
Big Daddy Kane, “Nightshift,” from Positive K’s The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills, 1992
When I met you it was magic…
We polar opposites, but attracted like we was magnets.
Talib Kweli, “Beautifully Bad,” from Idle Warship’s Habits of the Heart, 2011
First of all, who’s your A&R?
A mountain climber who plays an electric guitar?
But he don’t know the meaning of dope,
When he’s lookin for a suit and tie rap
That’s cleaner than a bar of soap!
And I’m the dirtiest thing in sight,
Matter of fact, bring out the girls and let’s have a mud fight.
GZA, “Protect Ya Neck,” from Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), 1993
I learned more from Black Star and Black Thought
Than I ever did from any class of any sort.
Toine, “The Struggle Is Real,” from DTMD’s Makin’ Dollas, 2011
Don’t quote me boy, cause I ain’t said shit.
Eazy-E, “Boyz-N-The-Hood,” N.W.A. & The Posse, 1987
Nothin’ taken for granted, just learn from my mistakes.
My will too strong, my spirit’s somethin’ they can’t take.
Slim The Mobster, “South Central Blues,” War Music, 2011
Never been to Sesame Street but I flip a Big Bird.
And I know “stealers” and they not from Pittsburgh…
Cam’Ron, “357,” Confessions of Fire, 1998
Am I really just a narcissist,
Cause I wake up to a bowl of lobster bisque?
Rick Ross, “I Love My Bitches,” God Forgives, I Don’t, 2011
There comes a time in every man’s life when he’s gotta handle up on his own.
Can’t depend on friends to help you in a squeeze,
Please…they got problems of their own.
Slim Kid Tre, “Runnin’”, from Pharcyde’s Labcabincalifornia, 1995