If the Papes Come
A Tribe Called Quest Lyrics

The Lord give'th, and the Lord take'th away
But not Hip-Hop yo,
And let it be known, that we are on some
And this ain't on the pop tip yo!
Are y'all kids tucked in? (Yeah!)
Here we go

People in the audience, they cry out "hoe"
People with a gun, yo they'll cry out "bo!"
I don't like a cop, I don't sell a rock
But still the kanga's clock me, after a show
Standing on the stage and we're pouring with sweat
To people in the crowd I give what they get
Papers make paid, babies make laid
I don't really worry, nor do I fret
Waiting for the gimme and boy I got some
Sweat like a peach and tart like a plum
I thought what I think, I rock a bead-link
Legally I'll sip when I turn, twenty-one
A letter to the homeboy that freaked the head dome
The R man wants me to drop my microphone
Gotta be brief; no orders from a chief
Hot butter on what, say what, the popcorn
On the tour bus we hit the truck stop
A dollar for some chips, a quarter for some pop
We laugh and giggle some, Phife kiss the honey buns
Ali Shaheed Muhammad keeps talking that shop
The brothers cruise on as we Quest, for the check
Calling up Famous to see, if it's there yet
Not a bourgeoisie, hate the seminar
Ignorant flip, hey Miss you must jet
Flex for the funkiest but start to bounce
Measure Hip-Hop for weight, by the ounce
Bush on the tush, you're pulling while I push
Play me for the punk then puss, feel the pounce

It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)
It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)
It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)
It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)

If the papes come yo yo I won't riff
I just sit down and get, me a spliff
With mines I was born, a child of the corn
Molecules of the land they uplift
Levels is straight, in fact they're rectified
Adrenaline now is crazy multiplied
Four and four is eight, the fraction makes the plate
I make sure the Tribe is in
With the quickness you bare the witness
Flexing and pumping with the fitness
Moving it, doing it
Those who oppose must hit the ??s-list??
Doing it and doing it with the whole frame
Look what's in the mind and not, in the brain
On this you can quote, we on a diffy note
Quest for the future, 'stead of the fame
One ninety-one brothers grabbing they thingies
Forgot the name; oh, equivalent to Jimmy
Slip a little bit, you think I have to quit
Ali Shaheed Muhammad, with the singy-singy
Slamming with a slammy you front, on the case
Right or left nut Ali, plays the ace
Do what you do, flam for a crew
Bonita Applebum blows smoke in Sha's face
Slang for the King I must, if ya have
Dribble hops out giggle yo proper term is laugh
Brothers who are snakes, I label them as fakes
Instincts to Travel up the hood path, c'mon

It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)
It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)
It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)
It's like that y'all (keep on)
Freak freak y'all (keep, on)

(Thank you,
As you all know, you just can't believe
Everything you see and hear, can you?
Now if you will excuse me
I must be on my way)

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one of their finest. Still sounds fresh in 2022.

Jay Mac

Still banging after all these years...

Nathan McCabe

First time hearing it in 2019!! 😂

Michael Price

still one of my favorites by ATQC!!!


For real tho! This shit is dope!

Antonio mendes

diggale planets heard this style and ran three albums with it


@barrybreaks no




@Forgotten Grooves a greatest hits album is still an album is it not?

Forgotten Grooves

Digable only had two albums, plus a greatest hits compilation.

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