Clap Your Hands
Tribe Called Quest Lyrics


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Brothers know the flavs when the Quest gets loose
Slamming sucker fuckers like the wrestler Zeus
Crazier than 2Pac in the flick called Juice
Cock is longer than the hat worn by Dr. Seuss
Love a girl in Daisy Dukes like them kids called Duice
Gets paid to sex the hoochie like my main man Luke
Control the mic like Denzel on the girls
Wack MCs be on the nuts like Rocket J. Squirrel
The worst thing in the world is a sucker MC
Favorite rap group in the world is EPMD
Can't forget the De La, due to originality
And if I ever went solo my favorite MC would be me
Phife Dawg up in the house, I give a shout out to Snoopy
Peace to all the Questers, to hell with the groupies
Like um, Ralph Malph to Potsie, Brooklyn to Dodger
Laverne to Shirley, Rerun to Roger
Ren to the Stimpy, Laurel to Hardy
Q-Tip and Phife, they mashed up the party
Kick the rhymes and more rhymes
Kick the beats and more beats
We'll have you scratching in your head like Shaheed on Technics
For those who wanna oppose then take a stand
But for now, just shut your shit and clap your hands

You just wanna dance man, then clap your hands
If you venture up the wrong road, then the circumstance
Will be crucial, I got hundreds of rhymes that'll suit you
So listen
The Abstract intuition is very very worthy
I can feel ya out from Russia to Jersey
Can't understand the underground, it gets deep
The Lo, the Nikes, the links, the jeeps
The women, the lingo, and all the other goods
Peace to the hoods, keep my shit on play
Please don't do the mute when you hear me on the juke
Brothers know the angle, it's the Star-Spangled black banner
Hook up the beats at the funk manor
If you want a roll, then the dough I be raking
The scope is on the world cos it's mine for the taking
You know I'm gonna do it
My shit is rock solid, but it flows like fluid
Chemists get confused of my ill composition
This is the third of the new Tribe addition
MCs be swinging, but a lot of them be missing
So shut your bloodclot and listen
Cuz I'm bringin you the ill rendition
I'd like to send this out to the L.E.S
Gotta a lot of rhythm and style and finesse
Come here love, hot sex on a plat
And when your done with that then clap





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Overall Meaning

"Clap Your Hands" by Tribe Called Quest is a song that explores the love and passion for hip hop music. The song starts off with the group's members boasting about their skills in rhyming and controlling the mic. They compare themselves to wrestlers and movie stars, emphasizing their prowess on the mic. They are confident about their skills and are dedicated to their craft.


The song goes on to describe the various aspects of hip hop culture, including the fashion, slang, and cars. They celebrate the underground culture of hip hop and the joy of discovering new and innovative artists. They invite the listeners to clap their hands and dance along, encouraging them to enjoy the essence of hip-hop culture.


Overall, "Clap Your Hands" is a celebration of the creative energy and passion of the hip hop culture. It is a call to all hip hop enthusiasts to join in the party and experience the joy that comes with the music.


Line by Line Meaning

Brothers know the flavs when the Quest gets loose
People recognize our style when we perform


Slamming sucker fuckers like the wrestler Zeus
We're taking down wack MCs like a wrestler taking down an opponent


Crazier than 2Pac in the flick called Juice
We're wilder and more unpredictable than Tupac was in the movie Juice


Cock is longer than the hat worn by Dr. Seuss
My penis is very large


Love a girl in Daisy Dukes like them kids called Duice
I like attractive women wearing short shorts like the group Duice mentioned in their song


Gets paid to sex the hoochie like my main man Luke
Luke, a rapper, gets money for having sex with women he calls hoochies


Control the mic like Denzel on the girls
I have great control over the microphone like Denzel Washington has control over women


Wack MCs be on the nuts like Rocket J. Squirrel
Bad rappers are trying to get attention from us like a squirrel trying to get nuts


The worst thing in the world is a sucker MC
The worst type of rapper is one who is fake or insincere


Favorite rap group in the world is EPMD
We really like EPMD, a hip-hop group


Can't forget the De La, due to originality
We can't forget De La Soul, another unique hip-hop group


And if I ever went solo my favorite MC would be me
If I became a solo artist, I would be my favorite rapper


Phife Dawg up in the house, I give a shout out to Snoopy
Phife Dawg, a member of our group, shouts out to Snoopy, a cartoon character


Peace to all the Questers, to hell with the groupies
We appreciate our fans but don't care for groupies


The women, the lingo, and all the other goods
We appreciate women, slang, and other things associated with hip-hop culture


Peace to the hoods, keep my shit on play
We give a shout out to neighborhoods and ask people to keep playing our music


Please don't do the mute when you hear me on the juke
We don't want people to turn off our music when it comes on the jukebox


Brothers know the angle, it's the Star-Spangled black banner
People know our direction, which is to represent black culture in America like the national anthem


Hook up the beats at the funk manor
We create good music at our studio, which we call the funk manor


The scope is on the world cos it's mine for the taking
We have the potential to conquer the world with our music


My shit is rock solid, but it flows like fluid
Our music is excellent and well-constructed but also flows smoothly


Chemists get confused of my ill composition
Even experts in music are impressed by our innovative style


MCs be swinging, but a lot of them be missing
Lots of rappers try to be like us but they aren't as successful


Cuz I'm bringin you the ill rendition
My performance is impressive and fresh


I'd like to send this out to the L.E.S
We want to give a shout out to the Lower East Side neighborhood


And when your done with that then clap
After enjoying our music and dancing, show your appreciation by clapping your hands




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@crypt0nym0ussec57

"Clap Your Hands Now" - Goodness. Phife was SOOOO FREAKING SLICK. What sorely-missed talent.

Deep underground vibe to this track, while also providing a nostalgically nightmarish "Memento Mori" of time itself. Makes you existentially scared of how quickly time passes. It's only going faster everyday.

There is one more track in the end of the album that shares this vibe, so strap in and prepare for another blissful existential journey.

To be enjoyed over your favorite "herbal medication." Wink wink.

Track Rating: 9/10



All comments from YouTube:

@MoveTowardsTheLight

The production throughout this album is nothing short of amazing.

@jarvasedundy1

Facts!

@gtshivashiru9601

​@@jarvasedundy1They don't make em like this anymore.

@jarvasedundy1

@@gtshivashiru9601
They really don't, Q-Tip is an amazing producer

@handsomeX

🔥🔥

@spoonforleg

RIP Phife, dude is such a legend

@YeekTV_Atlanta

💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾✊🏾

@lj8553

@@YeekTV_Atlanta how’d he die

@jamesambas6708

He will be more than missed. He was the best rapper in the group.

@C3nturionTactics

Best in the group, RIP

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