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Can I Kick It?
A Tribe Called Quest Lyrics


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Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Well, I'm gone (go on then)

Can I kick it? To all the people who can Quest like A Tribe does
Before this, did you really know what live was?
Comprehend to the track, for it's why, cuz
Getting measures on the tip of the vibers
Rock and roll to the beat of the funk fuzz
Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug
If you feel the urge to freak, do the jitterbug
Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug
Afrocentric living is a big shrug
A life filled with (fun) that's what I love
A lower plateau is what we're above
If you diss us, we won't even think of
Will Nipper the doggy give a big shove?
This rhythm really fits like a snug glove
Like a box of positives is a plus, love
As the Tribe flies high like a dove

(Can I kick it?)
(Can I kick it?)

Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Well, I'm gone (go on then)

Can I kick it? To my Tribe that flows in layers
Right now, Phife is a poem sayer
At times, I'm a studio conveyor
Mr. Dinkins, would you please be my mayor?
You'll be doing us a really big favor
Boy, this track really has a lot of flavor
When it comes to rhythms, Quest is your savior
Follow us for the funky behavior
Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya
Feel free, drop your pants, check your hair
Do you like the garments that we wear?
I instruct you to be the obeyer
A rhythm recipe that you'll savor
Doesn't matter if you're minor or major
Yes, the Tribe of the game, rhythm player
As you inhale like a breath of fresh air

(Can I kick it?)
(Can I kick it?)

Overall Meaning

The song "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest is a celebration of hip-hop and African American culture. The repeated question of "Can I kick it?" is a rhetorical one, as the answer is always "yes, you can". The song encourages listeners to embrace their creativity and individuality and highlights the power of music and dance in creating a community.


The lyrics also touch on themes of Afrocentric living, with lines like "Afrocentric living is a big shrug" suggesting a rejection of mainstream culture and a celebration of African cultural traditions. The verses also reference the members of A Tribe Called Quest, with lines like "To all the people who can Quest like A Tribe does" and "To my Tribe that flows in layers".


Overall, "Can I Kick It?" is an upbeat and optimistic song that celebrates the power of hip-hop to create a sense of community and individual empowerment.


Line by Line Meaning

Can I kick it? To all the people who can Quest like A Tribe does
Asking permission to deliver a unique music style only known to the Tribe and questioning if the audience is ready for it.


Before this, did you really know what live was?
Challenging the audience to question if they truly experienced life before experiencing A Tribe Called Quest's music.


Comprehend to the track, for it's why, cuz
Urging listeners to listen and understand the music to fully appreciate it.


Getting measures on the tip of the vibers
Becoming tuned into the rhythmic vibrations of the music.


Rock and roll to the beat of the funk fuzz
Dancing to the funky, groovy beat of the music.


Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug
Advising listeners to metaphorically clean themselves before entering a new musical realm.


If you feel the urge to freak, do the jitterbug
Encouraging listeners to let loose and dance freely to the music.


Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug
Inviting listeners to connect with the Tribe and embrace the music.


Afrocentric living is a big shrug
Promoting a carefree and unbothered attitude towards societal norms that conflict with the Tribe's culture.


A life filled with (fun) that's what I love
Expressing the enjoyment and passion the Tribe has for their music and lifestyle.


A lower plateau is what we're above
Elevating their music and culture above mainstream society's standards.


If you diss us, we won't even think of
Warning against any negative criticism towards the Tribe and their music.


Will Nipper the doggy give a big shove?
Asking if anyone or anything will deter their path to success and influence.


This rhythm really fits like a snug glove
Describing the perfect fit and harmony of the music.


Like a box of positives is a plus, love
Comparing the positivity and feel-good vibes of the music to a rewarding experience.


As the Tribe flies high like a dove
Metaphorically describing the success and influence the Tribe has achieved.


Can I kick it? To my Tribe that flows in layers
Asking for permission to represent and show love to his fellow Tribe members that add depth and layers to their music.


Right now, Phife is a poem sayer
Acknowledging Phife Dawg's current role as the Tribe's lyrical genius.


At times, I'm a studio conveyor
Referring to Q-Tip's role as a producer and creator of the Tribe's sound.


Mr. Dinkins, would you please be my mayor?
A playful request to the first Black mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, to be a part of the Tribe's creative circle.


You'll be doing us a really big favor
Implying that Dinkins' involvement with the Tribe would greatly benefit both parties.


Boy, this track really has a lot of flavor
Expressing excitement and admiration towards the music and its unique qualities.


When it comes to rhythms, Quest is your savior
Declaring that the Tribe is the go-to source for innovative and soulful music.


Follow us for the funky behavior
Encouraging listeners to join in on the Tribe's unconventional yet enjoyable lifestyle and music.


Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya
Urging the audience to take note of the Tribe's rhythm and incorporate it into their lives.


Feel free, drop your pants, check your hair
Encouraging listeners to let go of their inhibitions and be true to themselves while enjoying the music.


Do you like the garments that we wear?
Asking if the audience appreciates and resonates with the Tribe's unique fashion sense.


I instruct you to be the obeyer
Asking the audience to be open-minded and receptive towards the Tribe's music and culture.


A rhythm recipe that you'll savor
Describing the Tribe's music as a unique and enjoyable blend of different rhythms and styles.


Doesn't matter if you're minor or major
Implying that the Tribe's music is impactful and relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds.


Yes, the Tribe of the game, rhythm player
Declaring the Tribe as the ultimate leaders and innovators in the music industry when it comes to rhythm and sound.


As you inhale like a breath of fresh air
Describing the refreshing and revitalizing effect the Tribe's music has on the listener.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Royalty Network
Written by: Lou Reed, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jonathan Davis

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@rhubarbrattler1975

Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Well, I'm gone (go on then)

Can I kick it? To all the people who can Quest like A Tribe does
Before this, did you really know what live was?
Comprehend to the track, for it's why, cuz
Getting measures on the tip of the vibers
Rock and roll to the beat of the funk fuzz
Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug
If you feel the urge to freak, do the jitterbug
Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug
Afrocentric living is a big shrug
A life filled with (fun) that's what I love
A lower plateau is what we're above
If you diss us, we won't even think of
Will Nipper the doggy give a big shove?
This rhythm really fits like a snug glove
Like a box of positives is a plus, love
As the Tribe flies high like a dove

Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
Well, I'm gone (go on then)

Can I kick it? To my Tribe that flows in layers
Right now, Phife is a poem sayer
At times, I'm a studio conveyor
Mr. Dinkins, would you please be my mayor?
You'll be doing us a really big favor
Boy, this track really has a lot of flavor
When it comes to rhythms, Quest is your savior
Follow us for the funky behavior
Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya
Feel free, drop your pants, check your hair
Do you like the garments that we wear?
I instruct you to be the obeyer
A rhythm recipe that you'll savor
Doesn't matter if you're minor or major
Yes, the Tribe of the game, rhythm player
As you inhale like a breath of fresh air



All comments from YouTube:

@gucci_arnaldo47

Man, I miss driving around with my father bumping this song in my Jeep. This song brought 3 generations together. My dad and I would say, “Can I Kick It?” And my kids would respond, “Yes you can!” R.I.P. Pops❤️‍🩹🙏🏼

@kengarling4353

Coolest dad ever right there

@kv-2723

Rip bro may he rest in peace mate and may God forgive him and you and your family mate, bless you and your family and have a nice day! Amen 🙏

@michael7264

Yeah well can you Jeep people stay out of the fast lane for motorcycle riders? Thanks.

@michael7264

@Kv-2 Jeep people kill motorcycle riders all the time. RIP to the people who were supposed to be in the fast lane.

@jasonrichardson7239

Love it man!!!

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@Childish360

Shoutout to the kids who listen to this ❤️

@quinnsbrega

Thx

@nc_vince3934

right here!

@thorne9342

Man, I'm 18, and I've tried to listen to new stuff and I just keep coming back to tribe. Their music is just so perfect.
Also, ur vids are funny

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