Whateva Will Be
A Tribe Called Quest Lyrics

Say am I 'posed to be dead or doin' life in prison?
Just another dummy caught up in the system
Unruly hooligan who belongs in Spofford
Verse gettin' that degree at Stanford or Harvard
Threatened by my work ethic, the way I speak, yo
Should I be mentally weak, verse being Malik
Yo, should I be trapped in the trap? Would you prefer that?
Fourth grade reading level but he knows how to rap
Are you amused by our struggles?
The English that's broken?
The weed that I'm smokin'?
The guns that I'm totin'?
The drugs that I'm sellin'?
No need for improvement
Fuck you and who you think I should be, forward movement

Melanated shrouded in complexity
Brain charge shocking like 'lectricity
Mouth translate happens organically
The media relates to what it thinks it sees
Judging steps in shoes from a path they never walked
Shot down in a blaze over phrases, how to talk
Dark skinned, walk with a bot, portrayed villain
I'm chillin', felon down to the DNA crime willin'
Subliminate their youth, hyper-sexualize their women
They ain't got the strong enough hold, so they built the prisons
Pumping false religion to all of these niggas' systems
Every voice devoid of the truth
Come on, listen

Man look at this, man look at this
Whatever will be will be
Like a billionaire investin' in a nigga's dreams
Certainly a head scratcher, like Pac and Big's killers' capture
Or a women with the wisdom who's leadin' the way
The rarity is in the rear, but never today
Man, picture a PD lettin' good records play
On the strength of what it is, not the finesse of your biz
And your lady calls you dirty, her dirts under rugs
You'll find out only if she tells you, take her kiss and hug, cuz
In the answer for cancer in a prodigious kid's mind
Yes, the government will fund learning is free for everyone
And from that lie, your leaders will rise in the eyes
Of despair and adversity in some universe this verse will be true

Everybody runnin' when they see the stars comin'
But whatever's gonna be will be
Everybody runnin' when they see the stars comin'
But whatever's gonna be will be
Some will dash to the mountain, some will crawl
And the weakest amongst them, they will fall
But the strongest in faith, they will stand tall
Everybody runnin' when they see the stars comin'
But whatever's gonna be will be

I just wanna feel as liberated as lions in Liberia
'Cause recently my heart turned cold as Siberia
'Cause everywhere I go, bein' cold is the criteria
Let's see how well you know all your Tribe trivia
Green and the white, we servin' that Nigeria
North side of Queens, one-nine-two is the area
This is for my dawgs from Shih Tzus to Terriers
Fuck it, it's showtime
Tip, make sure they hearin' ya

Lyrics © Ultra Tunes, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, Dexter Mills, Jarobi White, Malik Izaak Taylor

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Phillip Brown

This Album Was MASTERFULLY produced.

Not TheSame

Amen. This and the Chronic are desert island albums.

Matt T

doesn't get any better. nobody flows like q-tip. thanks Tribe!!!


Qtip is a wavey leeeegend

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French Defence

This is probably my favorite song of this Album.

Blake Animate

Prob my third, space program and ego are so good too

Big LeBAUSki

I love the bass sample, also the vocals that are sampled. It shows that crate digging is still appropriate if you have the cash to clear the samples, lol! Q-Tip seems to have it and I like his singing.


Sony Music cleared the samples


@chupavi89 You're welcome. If you ever find this on vinyl in some garage sale i.e. remember that these go for over $200 in a good condition.


@P. I have been looking for a long time what song is sampled there. Thanks man!

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