Straight Outta Compton

Ruthless Records, 1988

Express Yourself

(Ice Cube)

[Dr. Dre]

Yo man there’s a lot of brothers out there

flakin and perpetratin but scared to kick reality

[Ice Cube]

Man, you been doin all this dope producin

You ain’t had a chance to show ’em what time it is

[Dr. Dre]

So what you want me to do?

{Express yourself!}

[Dr. Dre]

I’m expressin with my full capabilities

And now I’m livin in correctional facilities

Cause some don’t agree with how I do this

I get straight and meditate like a Buddhist

I’m droppin flava, my behaviour is hereditary

But my technique is very necessary

Blame it on Ice Cube; because he said it gets funky

when you got a subject and a predicate

Add it on a dope beat; and it’ll make you think

Some suckers just tickle me pink – to my stomach

Cause they don’t flow like this one

You know what? I won’t hesitate to diss one

or two before I’m through, so don’t try to sing this

Some drop science; while I’m droppin english

Even if Yella, makes it a-capella

I still express, yo, I don’t smoke weed or sess

Cause it’s known to give a brother brain damage

And brain damage on the mic don’t manage – NUTHIN

but makin a sucka and you equal

Don’t be another sequel.. {Express yourself!}

{Express yourself!}

{Go on and do it..}

{Express yourself!}

{Express yourself!}

{Go on and do it..}

[Dr. Dre]

Now, gettin back to the PG

That’s program, and it’s easy

Dre is back, new jacks are made hollow

Expressin ain’t their subject because they like to follow

the words, the style, the trend; the records I spin

Again and again and again – yo, you’re on the other end

Whatch a brother playin dope rhymes, with no help

There’s no fessin or guessin while I’m expressin myself

It’s crazy to see people be

what society wants them to be, but not me

RUTHLESS, is the way to go, they know

Others say rhymes which fail to be original

or they kill where the hip-hop starts

Forget about the ghetto, and rap for the pop charts

Some musicians cuss at home

But scared to use profanity when upon the microphone

Yeah, they want reality, but you will hear none

They’d rather exaggerate a little fiction

Some say no to drugs, and take a stand

But after the show, they go lookin for the “Dopeman”

Or they ban my group from the radio

Hear N.W.A. and say, “Hell no!”

But you know it ain’t all about wealth

As long as you make a note to.. {Express yourself!}

{Express yourself!}

{Go on and do it..}

{Express yourself!}

{Express yourself!}

{Go on and do it..}

[Dr. Dre]

{Express yourself!} .. from the heart

cause if you wanna start to move up the chart

then expression is a big part of it

You ain’t efficient when you flow, you ain’t swift

Movin like a tortoise, full of rigor mortis

There’s a little bit more to show

I got rhymes in my mind, embedded like an embryo

or a lesson – all of ’em expression

And if you start fessin, I got a Smith and Wessun for ya

I might ignore your record because it has no bottom

I get loose in the summer winter spring and autumn

It’s Dre on the mic, gettin physical

Doin’ the job, N.W.A is the lynch mob!

Yes I’ma climb, but you know you need this

And the knowledge is growin just like a fetus

or a tumor, but here is the rumor

Dre is in the neighborhood and he’s up to no good

When I start expressin myself, Yella, slam it

Cause if I stay funky like this I’m doin damage

Or I’ma be too hyped, and need a straight jacket

I got knowledge, and other suckers lack it

So, when you see Dre, a DJ on the mic

Ask what it’s like – it’s like we’re gettin hyped tonight

Cause if I strike, it ain’t for your good health

But I won’t strike if you just.. {Express yourself!}

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