Sucka Nigga
A Tribe Called Quest Lyrics


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"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, hey sucka nigga
Whoever you are, whoever you are"

Hey yo, turn it up Muhammad
Turn everything up in the headphones
So I don't lose my vocals
Yeah that's good, turn my vocals a little bit
With the upper bass line

I be hating sucka MC's, and the sucka niggas
Posin' like they hard when we know they damn card
What you figure? Rhyme-wise, I do the figure eight
So concisely, musically we are the herb so sit back
And light me, inhale
My style is kinda fat reminiscent of a whale
Young girls desires for the females dreams
I be the Abstract Poetic representin' from Queens
Socially I'm not a name, black and white got game
If you came to the jam, well I'm glad you came
See, nigga first was used back in the Deep South
Falling out between the dome of the white man's mouth
It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy
Other niggas in the community think it's crummy
But I don't, neither does the youth cause we
Em-brace adversity it goes right with the race
And being that we use it as a term of endearment
Niggas start to bug to the dome is where the fear went
Now the little shorties say it all of the time
And a whole bunch of niggas throw the word in they rhyme
Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it
But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray the

Sucka nigga, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
It's the neo-nigga of the nineties, c'mon

"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, hey sucka nigga
Whoever you are, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, hey sucka nigga
Whoever you are, whoever you are"

I be hatin sucka MC's, and the sucka niggas
Posin' like they hard when we know they damn card
What you figure, rhyme-wise, I do the figure eight
So concisely, musically we are the herb so sit back
And light me inhale
My style is kinda fat reminiscent of a whale
Young girls desires for the females dreams
I be the Abstract Poetic representin' from Queens
Socially I'm not a name, black and white got game
If you came to the jam well I'm glad you came
See, nigga first was used down in the Deep South
Falling out between the dome of the white man's mouth
It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy
Other niggas in the community think it's crummy
But I don't, neither does the youth cause we
Em-brace adversity it goes right with the race
Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it
But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop, yo you know the rest

The sucka niggas, niggas niggas
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the suckas in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
Sucka niggas, nigga nigga
Ayo Shaheed, take us the fuck outta here

"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, hey sucka nigga
Whoever you are, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, hey sucka nigga
Whoever you are, whoever you are"





You're not any less of a man, if you don't pull trigger
You're not necessarily a man, if you do

Overall Meaning

The song "Sucka Nigga" by A Tribe Called Quest is a powerful commentary on the use of the N-word in the African American community. The lyrics start with a direct address to a "sucka nigga," calling out those who pose like they are tough or hard when they are not. The song continues to delve into the history and meaning of the N-word. While it has been used as a term of oppression and degradation, the song acknowledges that within the black community, the word has been reclaimed and repurposed as a term of endearment and solidarity.


The lyrics also touch on the controversy surrounding the use of the N-word, with some in the community finding it offensive and crass, while others embrace it as a symbol of defiance and pride. The song ultimately takes a stance in support of the latter view, arguing that the black community has the right to reclaim and redefine language that has been used to oppress them.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are
Addressing an individual who is acting fake or weak


Hey sucka nigga, hey sucka nigga Whoever you are, whoever you are
Continuing to address those who are pretending to be something they are not


Hey yo, turn it up Muhammad Turn everything up in the headphones So I don't lose my vocals Yeah that's good, turn my vocals a little bit With the upper bass line
Adjusting the sound in the studio to achieve the best audio quality possible


I be hating sucka MC's, and the sucka niggas Posin' like they hard when we know they damn card What you figure? Rhyme-wise, I do the figure eight So concisely, musically we are the herb so sit back And light me, inhale My style is kinda fat reminiscent of a whale Young girls desires for the females dreams I be the Abstract Poetic representin' from Queens
Disliking those who are fake or trying to act tough, while affirming his skill as an artist and declaring his identity as a rapper from Queens


Socially I'm not a name, black and white got game If you came to the jam, well I'm glad you came
Though not necessarily well-known in society, he is confident in his ability to entertain a diverse crowd at a live performance


See, nigga first was used back in the Deep South Falling out between the dome of the white man's mouth It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy Other niggas in the community think it's crummy But I don't, neither does the youth cause we Em-brace adversity it goes right with the race And being that we use it as a term of endearment Niggas start to bug to the dome is where the fear went
Reflecting on the history and connotations of the word 'nigga', and how it has become a term of camaraderie and resilience among black people


Now the little shorties say it all of the time And a whole bunch of niggas throw the word in they rhyme Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray it My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray the
Acknowledging the widespread use of the word 'nigga' in modern times, and his own struggle with whether or not to use it in his music


Sucka nigga, nigga nigga I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front The sucka niggas, nigga nigga It's the neo-nigga of the nineties, c'mon
Labelling and calling out those who are pretending to be something they are not, and declaring himself as a newer and improved generation of black people


If you came to the jam well I'm glad you came
Reiterating his appreciation for his audience


My lips is like a oowop, yo you know the rest The sucka niggas, niggas niggas
Continuing to reflect on his difficulty with using the word 'nigga', and labelling those who are fake or inauthentic


Ayo Shaheed, take us the fuck outta here
Instructing his DJ to end the song


You're not any less of a man, if you don't pull trigger You're not necessarily a man, if you do
Making a statement on masculinity and the misconceptions surrounding what makes a man




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Ali Shaheed Jones-Muhammad, Freddie Hubbard, Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, Malk Izaak Taylor

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@txrunroutdoors

For all those saying they are underrated....

Back in the 90's they were not underrated at all. They got love everywhere by everyone. T shirts and posters everywhere.

It's just that these younger generations never real heard them.

I'd say un-heard of, not underrated. They rate high among hip hop heads.

RIP Phife Diggy!!!!!



@gstate4ever

Hey sucka nigga, whoever you are"
"Hey sucka nigga, hey sucka nigga
Whoever you are, whoever you are"
Hey yo, turn it up Muhammad
Turn everything up in the headphones
So I don't lose my vocals
Yeah that's good, turn my vocals a little bit
With the upper bass line
I be hating sucka MC's, and the sucka niggas
Posing like they hard when we know they damn card
What you figure, rhyme-wise, I do the figure eight
So concisely, musically we are the herb so sit back
And light me, inhale
My style is kinda fat reminiscent of a whale
Young girls desires for the females dreams
I be the Abstract Poetic representing from Queens
Socially I'm not a name, black and white got game
If you came to the jam, well I'm glad you came
See, nigga first was used back in the Deep South
Falling out between the dome of the white man's mouth
It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy
Other niggas in the community think it's crummy
But I don't, neither does the youth cause we
Em-brace adversity it goes right with the race
And being that we use it as a term of endearment
Niggas start to bug to the dome is where the fear went
Now the little shorties say it all of the time
And a whole bunch of niggas throw the word in they rhyme
Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it
But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray the
Sucka nigga, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
It's the neo-nigga of the nineties, c'mon
I be hatin sucka MC's, and the sucka niggas
Posin like they hard when we know they damn card
What you figure, rhyme-wise, I do the figure eight
So concisely, musically we are the herb so sit back
And light me inhale
My style is kinda fat reminiscent of a whale
Young girls desires for the females dreams
I be the Abstract Poetic representin from Queens
Socially I'm not a name, black and white got game
If you came to the jam well I'm glad you came
See, nigga first was used down in the Deep South
Falling out between the dome of the white man's mouth
It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy
Other niggas in the community think it's crummy
But I don't, neither does the youth cause we
Em-brace adversity it goes right with the race
Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it
But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop, yo you know the rest
The sucka niggas, niggas niggas
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the suckas in the front for the ones that front
The sucka niggas, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front
Sucka niggas, nigga nigga
Hey yo Shaheed, take us the fuck outta here



All comments from YouTube:

@txrunroutdoors

For all those saying they are underrated....

Back in the 90's they were not underrated at all. They got love everywhere by everyone. T shirts and posters everywhere.

It's just that these younger generations never real heard them.

I'd say un-heard of, not underrated. They rate high among hip hop heads.

RIP Phife Diggy!!!!!

@lucasgriffith6117

I definitely wouldn't call them underrated, but I can see what people are trying to say. They aren't underrated, but maybe didn't last and maintain their fame like some people in the same era, although their influence will be felt for years to come.

@jarvasedundy1

You simply explain why they're underrated 😂

@radwizard

One of the most underrated beats ever created in hip-hop.

@charliesmith2666

jack wilkins red clay - the sample

@acsone3546

Up there with Manifest by Gang Starr and Night and Day by Awol One in terms of most unknown but amazing beats

@radwizard

@@acsone3546 both dope beats. Awol One's cadence in Night and Day reminds me of Dose One.

@radwizard

@@charliesmith2666 thank you

@raginbakin1430

@@charliesmith2666 original by Freddie Hubbard

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@aymenouerteni8033

The beat, the sample, the bass, the scratch, the lyrics, the message, the flow ! All in one

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