Thursday, November 17, 2005

Biko's Influence On Hip Hop

Stephen Biko was and still is an inspiration to South Africans of all ages. The power of his words and actions reached all over the world and the Black diaspora. Biko's message also reached our shores here in America and it landed some where in Brooklyn. I really love this shout that the Tribe gives to Biko. Here are most of the lyrics.

Please review previous post for more information on Bantu Stephen Biko

A Tribe Called Quest

Steve Biko (Stir It Up)
Taken from: 1993 album Midnight Marauders


[Phife]
Linden Boulevard represent, represent
Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
When the mic is in my hand, I'm never hesitant
My favorite jam back in the day was Eric B. for President
Rude boy composer
Step to me you're over
Brothers wanna flex
Youre not Mad Cobra
MC short and black
There ain't no other
Trini-born black like Mia Longs grandmother
Tip and Sha they all that, Phife-Dawg ditto
Honey tell your man to chill, or else you'll be a widow
Did not you know that my styles are top-dollar?
The Five-Foot Assassin knockin fleas off his collar
Hip-hop scholar since bein knee-high to a duck
The height of Mugsy Bogues, complexion of a hockey puck
You better ask somebody on how we flip the script
Come to a Tribe show and watch the three kids rip
[Q-Tip]
Queens is in the house represent, represent
A Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
No tamin of the style cuz it gets irreverent
A Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
Huh-huh, here we go
You know that I'm the rebel
Throwin out the wicked like God did the Devil
Funky like your grandpas drawers, dont test me
We in like that, youre dead like Presley
When we comin through get tickets to see me
We work for the paper so there will never be a preemie
Lyrics are abundant cuz we got it by the mass
Egos are all idle cuz the music is the task
Valenzuela on the pitch, curveball, catch it
I think I got it locked, just smooth while I latch it
Right Now I must move with the quickness
Here comes Shaheed so we must bear the witness
Chorus
Stir It Up x3
Steve Biko
Stir It Up x3
Steve Biko

Verse 2

[Phife]
New York City represent, represent
A Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
The Dawg is scientific with the styles
I invent A Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
MCs like to meddle, but heres my proposition
I let my lyrics flow, and jumped your whole position
I'm radical with this like the man this song is after
Yo Tip settle down, whats the reason for the laughter?
[Q-Tip]
I really cant say, I guess I laugh to keep from cryin
So much goin on, people killin, people dyin B
ut I wont dwell on that, I think I'll elevate my mental
Thanks for these bars on the Biko instrumental.....

6 comments:

bohemian said...

This sounds like a great lyrics to me. I'll try to get my hands on this album. But wonder if they will be available in India.

Stephen Bess said...

A Tribe Called Quest is really cool. They sampled a great deal of Jazz in their music and it really compliments their smooth sound and great lyrics. I love those guys. Similar artist/albums would be Black Star (Featuring Mos Def & Talib), Common, Digable Planets(Blowout Comb), and I would throw in some Outkast to top it off. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for linking me.

Dee said...

I was feeling lost until I saw the name Outkast...now that name I know...phewww.

Morpho-whosee-whatsis? Gonna make a sistah have to whip out the dictionary.

I like what you're doing here and I'm so glad to know that you're fine. Sooo, how are you feeling?

Ruben said...

It's unfortunate that hip hop music doesn't have the smae thought and intelligence behind it today.

Stephen Bess said...

Dee-
Thanks for stopping in. Linguistically, Morphology is The study of the structure and form of words in language or a language, including inflection, derivation, and the formation of compounds.

morpho·logi·cal (-f-lj-kl) or morpho·logic adj.
morpho·logi·cal·ly adv.
mor·pholo·gist n.

This information is straight from the dictionary because a brotha couldn't just come up with this off the top. :)
I sort of got the confetti part from a song by De La Soul called Plug Tuning. In the song they mention "vocal confetti."....and that how I came up with name of this blog. Otherwise, I feel great because its Friday! Have a great weekend.

Ruben-

I feel the same way about the state of Hip Hop. It's all about the bling and objectifying women. I mean, there is some music out there worth listening to, but the music companies are pumping what sales and what sales does not uplift the masses.

crallspace said...

Hey,
I know it's not a hip hop piece, but Peter Gabriel has a song called "Biko."

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