Raw Hide
Ol' Dirty Bastard Lyrics


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You're a crossbreed, I'm a knowledge seed
I want action, that's what I need
I never put doubt in my mind
'Cause I know when I touch the mic there's the rhyme
See murder which is caused
When you fuck with the negative and positive charge
Then they came up, out my garage
With the hit that's gonna be large
Tired of sittin' on my fuckin' ass
Niggas I know, be runnin' around with mad fuckin' cash
Who the fuck wanna be an emcee
If you can't get paid, to be a fuckin emcee?
I came out my momma pussy I'm on welfare
Twenty-six years old still on welfare
So I gotta get paid fully
Whether it's truthfully or untruthfully
With my boston bloodthirsty process
P-e-a-c-e

Move 'em in move 'em in
Move 'em out move 'em out
Stick it up raw hide

Yea, gotta come back to attack
Killin' niggas who said they got stacks, 'cause I don't give a fuck
I wanna see blood, whether it's period blood
Or bustin' your fuckin' face, some blood
I'm goin' out my fuckin' mind
Every time I get around devils
Let me calm down, you niggas better start runnin'
'Cause I'm comin', I'm dope like fuckin' heroin
Wu-tang bloodkin', a goblin, who come tough like lambskin
Imagine, gettin 'shot up with ol dirty insulin
You bound to catch aids or somethin'
Not sayin' I got it, but nigga if I got it you got it
What

Yo, check the bulletproof fly shit, strong like thai stick
Then I'll remain to tear your frame, while I freaks it
Like some fly new sneaks and shit
Now eat my shit, bitch tried to creep and got hit
Now regulate, and I'll be out to set up a date
Wu-tang, is bangin' like a ron g tape
Rza pump the shit just like a shotty
Watch me run it john gotti
Collidin' on the track, like gin and watty
Check the calender, I warn any challenger
To step up feel the blast from the silencer

Move 'em in move 'em in
Move 'em out move 'em out
Stick it up raw hide

Comin' soon to a theatre near you it be the wu
Yeah find yourself in the square and see it's true
Actual facts to snack on and chew
My positive energy sounds peace to you
A wise man killed one horse and made glue
Wicked women puttin' period blood in stew
Don't that make the stew witches brew?
I fear for the eighty-five that don't got a clue
How could he know what the fuck he never knew?
God-cypher-divine come to show and come to prove




A mystery god that's the work of yacub
The holy ghost got you scared to death kid boo

Overall Meaning

The opening line of Ol' Dirty Bastard's song "Raw Hide" from his 1995 debut solo album, "Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version," sets the tone for the rest of the track. "You're a crossbreed, I'm a knowledge seed," he declares. He's not just spitting rhymes; he's tangling with ideas. ODB is acknowledging and embracing his background as an "illegitimate" child who grew up without a father, making him a "crossbreed." ODB is a "knowledge seed" because he yearns for action and has a profound understanding of the world’s workings. ODB wants more than just to make music; he wants to shape the future and inspire others to do the same.


Throughout the song's verses, ODB can be seen grappling with his poverty and unemployment, as well as the social injustices that cause others in his community to suffer. He tirelessly calls for people to get up, start hustling, and make a living for themselves. "So I gotta get paid fully/ Whether it's truthfully or untruthfully," he raps. ODB is sending a message that, in contrast to the wealth and power of the established forces in the music industry, hustling and loyalty to the fans are the only things that matter.


Overall, "Raw Hide" highlights ODB’s unique perspective on life and how he feels like he fits into the world. ODB is not content with the status quo, and he is determined to make something of himself, despite the obstacles. The song is a bold and brutal declaration of ODB's intentions, and his message is clear: he's ready to make his mark on the world, no matter what.


Line by Line Meaning

You're a crossbreed, I'm a knowledge seed
I come from a long line of intellectuals while you come from a mixed background


I want action, that's what I need
I'm not one for sitting around and waiting, I like to be productive


I never put doubt in my mind
I am always confident in my abilities


'Cause I know when I touch the mic there's the rhyme
When I start rapping, it's always going to be a hit


See murder which is caused
I see people dying as a result of their own actions


When you fuck with the negative and positive charge
When you play with opposing energies, it can have dangerous repercussions


Then they came up, out my garage
I created a masterpiece that people never saw coming


With the hit that's gonna be large
My new song is going to be a huge success


Tired of sittin' on my fuckin' ass
I'm sick of being lazy


Niggas I know, be runnin' around with mad fuckin' cash
I know people who have a lot of money and I want that too


Who the fuck wanna be an emcee
Who wants to be a rapper if you can't make money doing it?


If you can't get paid, to be a fuckin emcee?
It's pointless to pursue a music career if you can't make a living off of it


I came out my momma pussy I'm on welfare
I was born to a low-income family and still rely on government assistance


Twenty-six years old still on welfare
I'm not ashamed of my age or my financial status, but I need to make more money


So I gotta get paid fully
I need to be paid well for my talents


Whether it's truthfully or untruthfully
I don't care if I have to lie or exaggerate to make money


With my boston bloodthirsty process
I have a fierce determination to succeed


P-e-a-c-e
I hope to find peace and contentment in my life


Move 'em in move 'em in Move 'em out move 'em out Stick it up raw hide
I'm not afraid to take on anyone who gets in my way, and I will do whatever it takes to succeed


Yea, gotta come back to attack Killin' niggas who said they got stacks, 'cause I don't give a fuck
I'm not afraid to go after people who I think are lying about their wealth


I wanna see blood, whether it's period blood Or bustin' your fuckin' face, some blood
I'm feeling violent and want to see bloodshed


I'm goin' out my fuckin' mind Every time I get around devils Let me calm down, you niggas better start runnin'
I am prone to fits of rage and need to control myself around negative people before something happens


'Cause I'm comin', I'm dope like fuckin' heroin Wu-tang bloodkin', a goblin, who come tough like lambskin
I'm on my way and I'm unstoppable because of my Wu-tang connections


Imagine, gettin 'shot up with ol dirty insulin You bound to catch aids or somethin' Not sayin' I got it, but nigga if I got it you got it
I may not have AIDS, but I definitely wouldn't want to shoot up dirty drugs because of the risk of contracting it


Yo, check the bulletproof fly shit, strong like thai stick Then I'll remain to tear your frame, while I freaks it
My rhymes are bulletproof and unstoppable, and I will always find a way to tear down negativity


Like some fly new sneaks and shit Now eat my shit, bitch tried to creep and got hit
Like my new shoes, I'm fresh and unstoppable, and anyone who tries to mess with me will get hurt


Now regulate, and I'll be out to set up a date Wu-tang, is bangin' like a ron g tape
I'm ready to get to business and set up a meeting with Wu-Tang


Rza pump the shit just like a shotty Watch me run it john gotti Collidin' on the track, like gin and watty
Rza is killing it with the beat, and I am rapping like a boss


Check the calender, I warn any challenger To step up feel the blast from the silencer
I'm warning anyone who wants to challenge me that it will not end well for them


Comin' soon to a theatre near you it be the wu Yeah find yourself in the square and see it's true Actual facts to snack on and chew
Wu-Tang is going to be performing soon, and I guarantee it will be a great show


My positive energy sounds peace to you A wise man killed one horse and made glue Wicked women puttin' period blood in stew Don't that make the stew witches brew?
Despite my tough exterior, I believe in positive energy and good vibes. However, I am aware of the darker side of things, such as the use of horse glue and menstrual blood in folk remedies


I fear for the eighty-five that don't got a clue How could he know what the fuck he never knew?
I'm worried about people who are naive and don't know the truth about the world


God-cypher-divine come to show and come to prove A mystery god that's the work of yacub The holy ghost got you scared to death kid boo
I believe in a powerful God who can solve any problem, even though his origin is a mystery. However, the idea of the Holy Ghost is enough to frighten people




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Russell Jones, Robert Diggs, Corey Woods, Clifford Smith

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"Yo, check the bulletproof fly shit, strong like thai stick
Then I'll remain to tear your frame, while I freaks it
Like some fly new sneaks and shit
Now eat my shit, bitch tried to creep and got hit
Now regulate, and I'll be out to set up a date
Wu-tang, is bangin' like a ron g tape
Rza pump the shit just like a shotty
Watch me run it john gotti
Collidin' on the track, like gin and watty
Check the calender, I warn any challenger
To step up feel the blast from the silencer" - Raekwon

*Verses were all dope, but Chef rocked it.



Kaleb Towne

You're a crossbreed, I'm a knowledge seed
I want action, that's what I need
I never put doubt in my mind
'Cause I know when I touch the mic there's the rhyme
See murder which is caused
When you fuck with the negative and positive charge
Then they came up, out my garage
With the hit that's gonna be large
Tired of sittin' on my fuckin' ass
Niggas I know, be runnin' around with mad fuckin' cash
Who the fuck wanna be an emcee
If you can't get paid, to be a fuckin emcee?
I came out my momma pussy I'm on welfare
Twenty-six years old still on welfare
So I gotta get paid fully
Whether it's truthfully or untruthfully
With my boston bloodthirsty process
P-e-a-c-e

Move 'em in move 'em in
Move 'em out move 'em out
Stick it up raw hide

Yea, gotta come back to attack
Killin' niggas who said they got stacks, 'cause I don't give a fuck
I wanna see blood, whether it's period blood
Or bustin' your fuckin' face, some blood
I'm goin' out my fuckin' mind
Every time I get around devils
Let me calm down, you niggas better start runnin'
'Cause I'm comin', I'm dope like fuckin' heroin
Wu-tang bloodkin', a goblin, who come tough like lambskin
Imagine, gettin 'shot up with ol dirty insulin
You bound to catch aids or somethin'
Not sayin' I got it, but nigga if I got it you got it
What

Yo, check the bulletproof fly shit, strong like thai stick
Then I'll remain to tear your frame, while I freaks it
Like some fly new sneaks and shit
Now eat my shit, bitch tried to creep and got hit
Now regulate, and I'll be out to set up a date
Wu-tang, is bangin' like a ron g tape
Rza pump the shit just like a shotty
Watch me run it john gotti
Collidin' on the track, like gin and watty
Check the calender, I warn any challenger
To step up feel the blast from the silencer

Move 'em in move 'em in
Move 'em out move 'em out
Stick it up raw hide

Comin' soon to a theatre near you it be the wu
Yeah find yourself in the square and see it's true
Actual facts to snack on and chew
My positive energy sounds peace to you
A wise man killed one horse and made glue
Wicked women puttin' period blood in stew
Don't that make the stew witches brew?
I fear for the eighty-five that don't got a clue
How could he know what the fuck he never knew?
God-cypher-divine come to show and come to prove
A mystery god that's the work of yacub
The holy ghost got you scared to death kid boo



All comments from YouTube:

Tay

ODB went so hard he stopped rapping halfway thru & just started screaming about blood 😂

Chris指指指

And we not talking bout any blood dude said period blood 💀😂

B Mon

He on that witches brew tip on this one. Mad respect and peace to the originator Russell Jones. Nothing but love. Truly more than one of a kind. A true genius that was thought of as a joker by quite a few till they asses caught up and realized they the fukn clown and he the puppet master... pssshhhhhh

Adam Gordon

@Chris指指指 : 🤣🤣 and if I’m not mistaken on his second album “ Nigga please “ in the booklet it looks like he’s made to have period blood on his face 🤦🏾‍♂️

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Volta55

That transition...how ODB’s verse goes into Raekwon’s verse is absolutely flawless. “I’m dope like fuckin heroin!!”

pantherleal

Always thought that “dope like fucking heroin”. was the hardest shit he said in the song.

Thomas Waller

This is not mumble rap

49 Keyz Beats

Rae went in

Jeff Futrell

I never understood how ODB can rap off beat but still be on beat on this track....GOAT status

Anthony Crispino

Still one of the hardest songs out there till this day.. beat is sick

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