1. Friday, October 25, 2002

    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!}

    riley dog