Electric Relaxation
A Tribe Called Quest Lyrics


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Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down

Honey, check it out, you got me mesmerized
With your black hair and fat-ass thighs
Street poetry is my everyday
But yo, I gotta stop when you trot my way
If I was working at the club you would not pay
Ayo, my man Phife Diggy, he got something to say

I like 'em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian (uh)
Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation
Told you in the jam that we can get down
Now let's knock the boots like the group H-Town
You got BBD all on your bedroom wall
But I'm above the rim and this is how I ball
A gritty little something on the New York streets
This is how I represent over this here beat
Talking 'bout you

Yo, I took you out
But sex was on my mind for the whole damn route
My mind was in a frenzy and a horny state
But I couldn't drop dimes 'cause you couldn't relate

Relax yourself, girl, please settle down (you couldn't relate)
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down (you couldn't relate)
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down

Stretch out your legs, let me make you bawl
Drive you insane, drive you up the wall
Staring at your dome-piece, very strong
Stronger than pride, stronger than Teflon
Take you on the ave and you buy me links
Now I wanna pound the poontang until it stinks
You can be my mama and I'll be your boy

Original rude bwoy, never am I coy
You can be a shorty in my ill convoy
Not to come across as a thug or a hood (what?)
But hon', you got the goods, like Madelyne Woods
By the way, my name's Malik, The Five-Foot Freak
Let's say we get together by the end of the week
She simply said, "No," labeled me a ho
I said, "How you figure?" "My friends told me so"
I hate when silly groupies wanna run they yap
Word to God, hon', I don't get down like that

I'll have you weak in the knees that you could hardly speak
Or we could do like Uncle L and swing an ep in my Jeep
Keep it on the down, yo, we keep it discrete
See, I'm not the type of kid to have my biz in the streets

If my mom don't approve, then I'll just elope
Let me save the little man from inside the boat
Let me hit it from the back, girl, I won't catch a hernia
Bust off on your couch, now you got Seamen's Furniture

Shaheed, Phife and the Extra P
Stacy Beadle, PJ and my man LG
They know the Abstract is really soul on ice
The character is of men, never ever of mice
Shorty, let me tell you about my only vice
It has to do with lots of loving and it ain't nothing nice

Relax yourself, girl, please settle down (it ain't nothing nice)
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down (it ain't nothing nice)
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down

Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down




Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
Relax yourself, girl, please settle down

Overall Meaning

The song "Electric Relaxation" by A Tribe Called Quest is a smooth and laid-back hip-hop track that features playful and flirtatious lyrics. The opening lines of the song, "Relax yourself girl, please settle down" are repeated throughout the song, serving as a sort of mantra to encourage the listener to calm down and enjoy the moment. The verses are characterized by vivid descriptions of women and sexual desire, with rapper Phife Dawg praising women of various races and nationalities.


The verses of the song also contain various references to other songs and artists. The line "But I'm above the rim and this is how I ball" is a reference to the film "Above the Rim" and R&B group H-Town is mentioned in connection with the phrase "knock the boots". The song's production features smooth jazz samples from jazz pianist Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" and saxophonist Grover Washington Jr.'s "Hydra", giving the song an easygoing and relaxed vibe.


Overall, "Electric Relaxation" is a playful and fun song that celebrates attraction and desire while maintaining a cool and laid-back demeanor.


Line by Line Meaning

Relax yourself girl, please settle down
The singer urges the girl to calm down and relax.


Honey, check it out, you got me mesmerized With your black hair and fat-ass thighs Street poetry is my everyday But yo, I gotta stop when you trot my way If I was working at the club you would not pay Ay yo, my man Phife Diggy, he got something to say
The singer is attracted to a girl with beautiful features, including black hair and large thighs. He is also a skilled rapper, but his admiration for the girl is so strong that he has to stop rhyming when she walks by. He tells his friend Phife Dawg to say something.


I like 'em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian (uh) Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation Told you in the jam that we can get down Now let's knock the boots like the group H-Town You got BBD all on your bedroom wall But I'm above the rim and this is how I ball A gritty little something on the New York streets This is how I represent over this here beat Talking 'bout you
Phife Dawg introduces himself as a member of the Zulu Nation and a fan of women of different races. He wants to have sex with the girl and references the R&B group H-Town. He mentions that she has posters of the group Bell Biv DeVoe in her bedroom, but he is different and tougher than they are. He raps about his experience living in gritty New York and how he represents himself through his music.


Yo, I took you out But sex was on my mind for the whole damn route My mind was in a frenzy and a horny state But I couldn't drop dimes 'cause you couldn't relate
The artist took the girl out on a date but was distracted the entire time by his desire for sex. However, he couldn't express this because the girl didn't feel the same way.


Relax yourself girl, please settle down (you couldn't relate) Relax yourself girl, please settle down (you couldn't relate) Relax yourself girl, please settle down Relax yourself girl, please settle down Relax yourself girl, please settle down Relax yourself girl, please settle down
The artist repeats his request for the girl to calm down.


Stretch out your legs, let me make you bawl Drive you insane, drive you up the wall Staring at your dome-piece, very strong Stronger than pride, stronger than Teflon Take you on the ave and you buy me links Now I wanna pound the putang until it stinks You can be my mama and I'll be your boy Original rude bwoy, never am I coy You can be a shorty in my ill convoy Not to come across as a thug or a hood (what?) But hon', you got the goods, like Madelyne Woods By the way, my name's Malik, The Five-Foot Freak Let's say we get together by the end of the week She simply said, "No," labeled me a hoe I said, "How you figure?" "My friends told me so" I hate when silly groupies wanna run they yap Word to God, hon', I don't get down like that
The singer offers to pleasure the girl through sex and brags about his sexual prowess. He also introduces himself as Malik, the Five-Foot Freak, and proposes getting together by the end of the week. However, the girl rejects him and accuses him of being promiscuous based on what her friends told her. The singer dislikes when girls gossip about him and states that he's not the type to engage in such behavior.


I'll have you weak in the knees that you could hardly speak Or we could do like Uncle L and swing an ep in my Jeep Keep it on the down, yo, we keep it discrete See, I'm not the type of kid to have my biz in the streets
The singer promises to give the girl an intense sexual experience, but also suggests listening to music in his car. He promises to keep their relationship private and not discuss it with others.


If my mom don't approve, then I'll just elope Let me save the little man from inside the boat Let me hit it from the back, girl I won't catch a hernia Bust off on your couch, now you got Seamen's Furniture
The artist says that if his mother disapproves of the girl, he will run away with her. He fondly refers to his penis as the 'little man from inside the boat' and suggests having sex doggy-style without causing him injury. He also humorously references the Seaman's Furniture brand.


Shaheed, Phife and the Extra P Stacy Beadle, PJ and my man LG They know the Abstract is really soul on ice The character is of men, never ever of mice Shorty let me tell you about my only vice It has to do with lots of loving and it ain't nothing nice
The artist lists his friends and band members and praises the soul in his music. He contrasts his manliness with the weakness of mice. The artist also admits that his only indulgence is pleasure-seeking through sex.


Relax yourself, girl, please settle down (it ain't nothing nice) Relax yourself, girl, please settle down (it ain't nothing nice) Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down Relax yourself, girl, please settle down
The artist repeats his plea for the girl to calm down and emphasizes that sex is not always pleasant.


(Keep bouncing, keep bouncing)
The song ends with a shout-out to keep dancing and having fun.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Ali Shaheed Jones-Muhammad, Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, Malik Izaak Taylor, Ronnie Foster

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Tate Buitrago

another of my dads

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@Empressive

Rest in paradise Phife.

@unabashed

Empressive! 💗

@ritahorne9739

Rest in peace.

@Official_Kings_Versus

R.I.P. 💐💯

@prod.newmagiciane2342

He died? Aww

@tenniswerewolf8095

Phife is so underrated

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@Jason-mk5lt

Early 90s NYC Jazz hip hop is the most chill type of music

@africanbella28

I totally agree💜🧡❤️

@ohshit635

@@PuffyMono lol loser

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