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They Reminisce Over You
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Lyrics

(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
I reminisce, I reminisce, uh
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce) yeah
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce)

I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back (yeah)
Twenty-two years ago to keep it on track (uh-huh)
The birth of a child on the eighth of October (it's like that)
A toast but my granddaddy came sober (crazy facts)
Countin' all the fingers and the toes
Now I suppose (uh), you hope the little black boy grows, huh (yeah)
Eighteen years younger than my mama (mama)
But I really got beatings 'cause the girl loved drama (yeah)
In single parenthood there I stood (uh)
By the time she was twenty-one, had another one (yeah)
This one's a girl (what?), Let's name her Pam
Same father as the first but you don't give a damn (alright)
Irresponsible, plain not thinking (yeah)
Papa said, "Chill" but the brother keep winking (uh-huh)
Still he won't down you or tear out your hide (right)
On your side while the baby maker slide (slide)
But mama got wise to the game (uh)
The youngest of five kids, hon' here it is (yeah)
After ten years without no spouse (yeah)
Momma's gettin' married in the house (word?), Listen
Positive over negative for the women to master
Mother queen's risin' a chapter (yeah)
Déjà vu, tell you what I'm gonna do (do it)
When they reminisce over you, my God

My God
It's so
Yeah, so lovely
That's how we like to do it in the 90s
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth comin' atcha

When I date back I recall a man off the family tree
My right hand Poppa doc I see (woo)
Took me from a boy to a man so I always had a father
When my biological didn't bother (yeah)
Taking care of this, so who am I to bicker? (bicker)
Not a bad ticker but I'm clocking Pop's liver (yeah)
But you can never say that his life is through (uh-huh)
Five kids at twenty-one, believe he got a right to (that's right)
Here we go while I check the scene
With the Portuguese lover at the age of fourteen (tell 'em)
The same age, front page, no fuss
But I bet you all your dough, they live longer than us (that's right)
Never been senile, that's where you're wrong (uh-huh)
But give the man a taste and he's gone
Noddin' off, sleep to a jazz tune
I can hear his head banging on the wall in the next room
I get the pillow and hope I don't wake him (yeah)
For this man to cuss, hear it all in verbatim (uh-huh)
Telling me how to raise my boy unless he's taking over
I said, "Pop maybe when you're older" (older)
We laughed all night about the hookers at the party (ahh)
My old man standing yelling, "Good God, Almighty" (uh-huh)
Use your condom, take sips of the brew (that's right)
When they reminisce over you, for real

For real, baby
Like that
We for real
Comin' atcha
In '92
Pete Rock and CL Smooth
Yeah, c'mon, hit me

I reminisce so you never forget this
The days of way-back, so many bear witness the fitness (yeah)
Take the first letter out of each word in this joint
Listen close as I prove my point (my point)
T to the R the-O-Y, how did you and I meet?
In front of Big Lou's, fighting in the street (street)
But only you saw what took many time to see
I dedicate this to you for believing in me (uh)
Rain or shine, yes, in any weather (yeah)
My Grandma Pam holds the family together (uh-huh)
My Uncle Doc's the greatest, better yet the latest
If we're talking 'bout a car, Uncle Sterling got the latest (yeah)
I strive to be live 'cause I got no choice
And run my own business like my Aunt Joyce (yeah)
So Pete Rock hit me, nuff respect due (uh-huh)
When they reminisce over you, listen

Listen, just listen
To the funky song as I rock on
And that's word is bond
I'm not playin'
Everybody, just coolin'
This song we dedicate
To the one and only
Never be another
He was my brother
Trouble T-Roy
It's like that y'all
And you don't stop
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth for '92
And we out, later

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Corey Brent Penn, Peter O. Phillips

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Almost 30 years later, and STILL one of the greatest Hip-Hop songs ever made.

Reesh S


Dew54 Will

Those horns are iconic!

Kenneth Turner

Has it been 30 years, Damn

Jay Bradby

it IS the greatest hip hop song ever made.

Shang Tsung

It’s in the top 10 for sure.

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Shaun Glover

My man is telling his whole life story, and remembering those who helped him become greater.
I mean, damn.
The love. The respect.

James Dean

I wish we could rap positive lyrics like this today.


@Shaun Glover Fact. its in his art

Christopher Brown

They don't make rap music like this anymore my man sad......

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