Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Ol' Dirty Bastard Lyrics


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Oh baby I like it raw
Yeah, baby I like it raw
Oh baby I like it raw
Yeah, baby I like it raw

Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Gimme the mic so I can take it away
Off on a natural charge bon-voyage
Yeah from the home of the Dodger Brooklyn squad
Wu-Tang killer bees on a swarm
Rain on your college-ass disco dorm
For you to even touch my skill
You gotta put the one killer bee and he ain't gonna kill
Now chop that down, pass it all around
Lyrics get hard quick cement to the ground
For any emcee in any fifty two states
I get psycho, killer, Norman Bates
My producer slam, my flow is like bam
Jump on stage ah then I dip down
(I like the way you talk)

Oh baby I like it raw
Yeah, baby I like it raw
Oh baby I like it raw
Yeah, baby I like it raw

Oh baby I like it raw
Yeah, baby I like it raw
Oh baby I like it raw
Yeah, baby I like it raw

Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Gimme the mic so I can take it away
Off on a natural charge bon-voyage
Yeah from the home of the Dodger Brooklyn squad
Wu-Tang killer bees on a swarm
Rain on your college-ass disco dorm
For you to even touch my skill
You gotta put the one killer bee and he ain't gonna kill
Now chop that down, pass it all around
Lyrics get hard quick cement to the ground
For any emcee in any fifty two states
I get psycho, killer, Norman Bates
My producer slam my flow is like bam
Jump on stage ah then I dip down

Sh-Shimmy shimmy ya, ya
Sh-Sh-Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Sh-Sh-Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Sh-Sh-Shimmy, shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Sh-Shimmy, sh-sh-shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya




Gimme the mic so I can take it away
Shimmy shimmy ya

Overall Meaning

The start of the song "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" by Ol' Dirty Bastard is all about the rapper's love for rawness in life. He repeats the lines "Oh baby I like it raw, yeah baby I like it raw" throughout the song, which is a reference to his love for raw music and uncooked food. The word "raw" in this context represents a certain level of authenticity and grit that ODB values in his life and music.


The main verses of the song are centered on ODB's unique style of rapping and the way he stands out in the rap game. He talks about his skills and how other rappers can't compare to him. The lines "For you to even touch my skill, you gotta put the one killer bee and he ain't gonna kill" is a reference to ODB's group, the Wu-Tang Clan, and their killer bee logo. ODB compares himself to a killer bee, one of the Wu-Tang's finest rappers, and challenges other MCs to come to his level.


The rest of the lyrics are repeating the phrase "Shimmy shimmy ya," which is just a playful way of saying "move your hips" or "dance." ODB then commands to "give me the mic so I can take it away," showing his confidence and skill in performing. The song overall is representative of ODB's unique style, his love for rawness and authenticity, and his skills as a rapper.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh baby I like it raw
I prefer it in its natural, unrefined state


Yeah, baby I like it raw
Yes, I really do prefer it in its raw state


Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
A rhythmical chant to get the crowd involved


Gimme the mic so I can take it away
Let me take control and perform


Off on a natural charge bon-voyage
Going on a natural high, ready for takeoff


Yeah from the home of the Dodger Brooklyn squad
Representing Brooklyn where the Dodgers baseball team played


Wu-Tang killer bees on a swarm
The Wu-Tang Clan (a rap group) is ready to attack and dominate


Rain on your college-ass disco dorm
Overwhelm you with my powerful lyrics and style


For you to even touch my skill
To reach my level of skill is impossible


You gotta put the one killer bee and he ain't gonna kill
Even if you try to compete with the best, you will still not succeed


Now chop that down, pass it all around
Spread the good vibes and energy


Lyrics get hard quick cement to the ground
My lyrics are stronger than cement and have a long-lasting impact


For any emcee in any fifty two states
No matter where you are from, I am still superior to you as a rapper


I get psycho, killer, Norman Bates
My rap style is intense and can be compared to a character from a horror movie


My producer slam, my flow is like bam
My music is produced to perfection and my rap flow is smooth, yet powerful


Jump on stage ah then I dip down
I perform with gusto and energy, then leave the stage abruptly


Sh-Shimmy shimmy ya, ya
A repetitive chant to get the audience to join in


Sh-Sh-Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Another chant designed to hype up the audience


Sh-Sh-Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Another rhythmic chant to keep the crowd engaged


Sh-Sh-Shimmy, shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Yet another chant to keep the crowd involved


Sh-Shimmy, sh-sh-shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya
Repetitive chanting to maintain the energy of the audience


Gimme the mic so I can take it away
Let me perform and show you what I'm capable of


Shimmy shimmy ya
A call to keep the energy up and get the crowd chanting along.




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@jasonpeters9716

Needs be a 3credit course on early-mid 1990s Rock n Roll/Alternative Revolution as well.

Plus early-mid 90s overall Pop Culture Revolution in general..

Style invented by GenX teens & 20 somethings fr 1991-95.
That is MORE RELEVANT than ever +30yrs later!
Lol..look at all teens today. Style fr head to toe.
Complete early-mid 90s ripoff.

By 1993? GenX had turned 60s, 70s & 80s style in Halloween costume party's. 😆 🤣 😂 😹



All comments from YouTube:

@shaunsylvas1542

ODB’s style can’t be duplicated. Only rapper who can do the best drunken freestyles till this day!

@robertrands3637

Legend of the Drunken Master

@rdr2dgrv99

Yes, it can, and it has been duplicated... Only it's not in music. Many people live with epilepsy on a daily basis.

@thatshowyoubewatchin9460

No father to his style

@kayshawnsimmons5585

ODB is the Drunken Master. Long Live Sweet Baby 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🐝🐝🐝🐝

@MicahThaAnswer

​@MeiJah Mitchell Lmfaoooo

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@chizobamokeke9461

It's crazy how a lot of people don't see how insanely creative, unique and genius this was and is. ODB is pure creativity! It's not always always about "intelligence" in the academic sense. This is art, PURE artistry! Most people couldn't even dream of doing what ODB did with music. ❤

@katjahirvonen203

Yea

@BrianBull

The music or the video? Can you help explain it to me?

@oldaker2754

im sure people do see odb as creative but im sure as well that u were comparing odb to someone that was a pure Mc

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