Cantaloop
Us3 Lyrics


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Ladies and gentlemen
As you know we have something special down here at Birdland this evening
A recording for Blue Note Records

Yeah, yeah, yeah
What's that? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Funky, funky



How 'bout a big hand now
Wait, wait a minute

Groovy, groovy, jazzy, funky
Pounce, bounce, dance as we
Dip in the melodic sea
The rhythm keeps flowin' and drips to MC

Sweet sugar pop, sugar pop, rocks it, pop
You don't stop 'til the sweet beat drops
I sure improve as I stick and move
Vivid poems recited on top of the groove

Smooth my floatin' like a butterfly
Notes set afloat, sung like a lullaby
Brace yourself as the beat hits ya
Dip trip, flip Fantasia

(Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?)
Biddy biddy bop (yeah)
Biddy biddy bop (funky, funky)

Feel the beat drop, jazz and hip hop
Drippin' in your dome, makes you zone and bop
Funk and fusion, a fly illusion
Keeps ya coastin' on the rhythm you're cruisin'

Up, down, round and round, rhymes profound
But nevertheless, you gots to get down
Fantasy freak through the beat so unique
You move your feet, the sweat from the heat

Back to the fact, I'm the mac and I know that
The way I kick the rhymes, some would call me a poet
Poems steady flowin', growin', showin' sights and sound
Caught in the groove in Fantasia, I'm found

Many trip the tour upon the rhymes they soar
To an infinite height to the realm of the hardcore
Here we go, off I take ya
Dip trip, flip Fantasia

(Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?)
Biddy biddy bop (yeah)
Biddy biddy bop (funky, funky)

(Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?)
Biddy biddy bop (yeah)
Biddy biddy bop (funky, funky)

Jump to the jam, boogie woogie jam slam
Bust the dialect, I'm the man in command
Come flow with the sounds of the mighty mic master
Rhyming on the mic, I'm bringing suckers their disaster
Beaucoup ducs but I still rock Nike
With the razzle dazzle, a star I might be
Scribble, drabble, scrabble on the microphone I babble
As I flip the funky words into a puzzle

Yes, yes, yes, on and on as I flex
Get with the flow, words manifest
Feel the vibe from here to Asia
Dip trip, flip Fantasia

Ow, you don't stop
Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on
Give me more of that funky horn
What's that? Yeah, funky, funky

Biddy biddy bop
Biddy biddy bop, funky, funky
Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?
Biddy biddy bop, yeah
Biddy biddy bop, funky, funky

Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, funky, funky

Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?
Biddy biddy bop, yeah
Biddy biddy bop, funky, funky

Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?
Biddy biddy bop, yeah

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Us3's "Cantaloop" are a celebration of the fusion of jazz and hip-hop music. The song begins with an announcement that the performance about to take place is a special recording for Blue Note Records. The opening lines of the song mention the words "funky" and "jazzy", signaling the unique genre blend that is characteristic of Us3's music. The lyrics then go on to describe the experience of getting lost in the rhythm and flow of the music, which is compared to a melodic sea that one dips and bounces within.


The chorus of the song is centered around the phrase "dip trip, flip fantasia", which serves as a call to action for the listener to let go and allow the music to take over. The verses weave in and out of vivid imagery and playful wordplay, with the MC boasting about his poetic prowess and ability to keep the rhymes flowing. The overall effect is a joyful celebration of the power of music to transport and transform.


Line by Line Meaning

Ladies and gentlemen
Announcing the start of a special event.


As you know we have something special down here at Birdland this evening
Referring to an event happening at a jazz club called Birdland on this particular evening.


A recording for Blue Note Records
Clarifying the reason for the special event - it's a recording session for the Blue Note Records label.


Yeah, yeah, yeah
Vocal expressions indicating excitement, enthusiasm or agreement.


What's that? Yeah, yeah, yeah
A rhetorical question followed by a repetition of the previous expression of excitement.


Funky, funky
Further expressing excitement, possibly in reference to the music genre.


How 'bout a big hand now
Asking for applause or acknowledgement from the audience.


Wait, wait a minute
Requesting a brief pause, possibly to prepare for the next part of the performance.


Groovy, groovy, jazzy, funky
Describing the style of music being performed, using multiple adjectives to emphasise its various qualities.


Pounce, bounce, dance as we
Encouraging the audience to get physically involved by dancing along with the music.


Dip in the melodic sea
Metaphorically describing the music as a sea of melody, and urging the audience to immerse themselves in it.


The rhythm keeps flowin' and drips to MC
Describing the rhythm of the music, which 'flows' and passes on to the MC (emcee or host of the performance).


Sweet sugar pop, sugar pop, rocks it, pop
Possibly a reference to a type of music, using repetitive, catchy phrases to describe it.


You don't stop 'til the sweet beat drops
Urging the audience to keep dancing or enjoying the music until it stops or changes.


I sure improve as I stick and move
Highlighting the improvement and skill development of the performer, possibly in reference to his ability to adapt to the music.


Vivid poems recited on top of the groove
Describing the type of lyrics being sung or rapped over the music, emphasising their vivid and expressive nature.


Smooth my floatin' like a butterfly
Using a simile to describe the smoothness of the performance, comparing it to a butterfly's movement.


Notes set afloat, sung like a lullaby
Describing the singer's voice and the melodic quality of the music, using a simile to compare it to a lullaby.


Brace yourself as the beat hits ya
Preparing the audience for a particular part of the performance, which may involve a change in the rhythm or intensity of the music.


Dip trip, flip Fantasia
Using surreal and poetic language to describe a particular point in the performance, which may involve a dip or drop in the music followed by a fantastical or imaginative section.


(Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?)
Repeating the expression of excitement from earlier, followed by a question to the audience.


Biddy biddy bop (yeah)
Possibly another reference to a musical genre or style, using repetitive sounds to describe it.


Biddy biddy bop (funky, funky)
Further describing the aforementioned musical style using adjectives.


Feel the beat drop, jazz and hip hop
Encouraging the audience to 'feel' the moment when the music changes or drops, and describing the style of music being performed as a mix of jazz and hip hop.


Drippin' in your dome, makes you zone and bop
Describing the effect of the music on the listener's mind, by using imagery of the music 'dripping' into their consciousness and causing them to become engrossed in the beat.


Funk and fusion, a fly illusion
Describing the music style as a mix of funk and fusion, and calling it a 'fly' or cool sounding illusion.


Keeps ya coastin' on the rhythm you're cruisin'
Describing the effect of the music on the listener, using imagery of cruising or travelling smoothly along with the rhythm.


Up, down, round and round, rhymes profound
Describing the type of lyrics being performed, highlighting their complexity and depth.


But nevertheless, you gots to get down
Acknowledging the importance of engaging with the music physically by dancing or moving to the rhythm.


Fantasy freak through the beat so unique
Using poetic language to describe the fusion of different musical styles in the performance, and suggesting that it transports the listener to a fantastical realm.


You move your feet, the sweat from the heat
Describing the physical response to the music, by highlighting the movement of the feet and the sweat that comes from exertion in a hot environment.


Back to the fact, I'm the mac and I know that
Possibly a reference to the MC or lead performer, emphasising their confidence and skill in delivering the performance.


The way I kick the rhymes, some would call me a poet
Describing the style of lyrics used in the performance, which are rhythmic and expressive, as being akin to poetry.


Poems steady flowin', growin', showin' sights and sound
Further describing the lyrical style as being flowing and growing, and depicting it as a means of conveying vivid sensory experiences to the audience.


Caught in the groove in Fantasia, I'm found
Using poetic language to describe the performer's immersion in the music during the performance.


Many trip the tour upon the rhymes they soar
Suggesting that many people are captivated by the lyrics of the music and are 'soaring' along with them in their imagination.


To an infinite height to the realm of the hardcore
Using hyperbole to describe the effect of the music on the listener, suggesting that it takes them to a state of hardcore euphoria or transcendence.


Here we go, off I take ya
Starting a new part of the performance and indicating that the audience is being taken on a journey.


Jump to the jam, boogie woogie jam slam
Encouraging the audience to get physically involved and enjoy the music, using catchy phrases to entice them further.


Bust the dialect, I'm the man in command
Asserting the performer's authority over the performance and their ability to control the audience's experience.


Come flow with the sounds of the mighty mic master
Inviting the audience to join in with the music and highlighting the performer's skill in controlling the microphone during the performance.


Rhyming on the mic, I'm bringing suckers their disaster
Using combative language to describe the performer's ability to deliver powerful rhymes and leave their rivals in a state of disaster or defeat.


Beaucoup ducs but I still rock Nike
Using slang to describe the performer's fashion sense, which includes wearing Nike shoes.


With the razzle dazzle, a star I might be
Using idiomatic language and metaphor to describe the performer's confidence and style, and their potential to become a star.


Scribble, drabble, scrabble on the microphone I babble
Describing the performer's approach to creating lyrics, implying that they are constantly experimenting and improvising on the spot.


As I flip the funky words into a puzzle
Describing the performer's lyrical style as being puzzle-like, and highlighting their ability to create complex and intriguing wordplay.


Yes, yes, yes, on and on as I flex
Using repetitions and emphatic language to indicate the performer's continued power and strength throughout the performance.


Get with the flow, words manifest
Encouraging the audience to connect with the music and to engage with the lyrics and their meanings.


Feel the vibe from here to Asia
Describing the energy and impact of the music, using hyperbole to suggest that it can be felt throughout a vast geographic region.


Dip trip, flip Fantasia
Repeating the bizarre, poetic phrase from an earlier part of the performance, which may have particular significance or meaning for the performer or the audience.


Ow, you don't stop
Using a vocal expression to encourage the audience to continue enjoying and engaging with the music.


Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on
Using repetitions and emphatic language to encourage the audience to get physically involved with the music and to keep dancing or enjoying it.


Give me more of that funky horn
Highlighting a particular musical element of the performance, possibly a horn section or solo, and expressing a desire for more of it.


What's that? Yeah, funky, funky
Repeating a previous question followed by an expression of excitement and acknowledgement about the music.


Biddy biddy bop
Repeating a previously used musical phrase.


Biddy biddy bop, funky, funky
Further describing the musical style or genre using adjectives.


Yeah, yeah, yeah, what's that?
Repeating the expression of excitement and asking a question to the audience again.


Biddy biddy bop, yeah
Repeating a musical phrase with added emphasis.


Biddy biddy bop, funky, funky
Using repetition and descriptive language to end the performance with a memorable and catchy phrase.




Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing
Written by: Herbie Hancock, Jerry Wilkenson, Mal Simpson, Rahsaan Kelly

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Geraldo Maia

Ladies and
Gentlemen, as you know we have something
Special down here at
Birdland this evening
A recording for
Blue Note Records

Yeah, yeah yeah
What's that? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Funky funky, how bout a big hand now?
Wait, wait a minute

Groovy groovy
Jazzy funky pounce bounce dance as we
Dip in the melodic
Sea, the rhythm keeps flowin, it drips to MC
Sweet sugar pop
Sugar pop rocks it pops ya dont stop
Till the sweet
Beat drops
I show and prove
As a stick in move
Hear the poems
Recited on top of the groove
Smooth, mind
Floating like a butterfly
Notes start to
Float, suttle like a lullabye
Brace yourself as
The beat hits ya
Dip trip, flip
Fantasia

Yeah, yeah, yeah
What's that? Biddy biddy bop
Yeah. Biddy biddy bop. Funky funky

Feel the beat
Drop, jazz and hip hop
Drippin in the
Dome, and mix is on and bop
Funk and fusion, a
Fly illusion
Keeps ya coastin
On the rhythem you're cruisin
Up down round and
Round, round but found
But nevertheless
Ya gots to get down
Finesse the freak
Thru the beat so unique
Ya move your feet
The sweat from the heat

Back to the fact
I'm the mack and I know that
The way I kick the
Rhymes, some would call me a poet
For steady flowin goin showin likes the sound
Caught in the
Groove in Fantasia I've found
Many trip the tour upon
The rhymes they soar
To an infinite
Height to the realm of the hardcore
Here we go off I
Take ya
Dip trip flip
Fantasia

Yeah, yeah, yeah
What's that? Biddy biddy bop
Yeah. Biddy biddy bop. Funky funky
Yeah, yeah, yeah
What's that?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Funky funky

Jump to the jam
Boogy woogy jam slam
Bust the dialect
Im the man in command
Come flow with the
Sounds of the mighty mic masta
Rhyming on
The mic I'm bringing sucka's near disasta
Bucoo ducks but
I still rock Nike
With the razzle dazzle
Star I might be
Scribble drabble scrabble
On the microphone I babble
As I flip the
Funky words, into a puzzle
Yes yes yes, on
And on as I flex
Get with the flow
Words manifest
Feel the vibe from
Here to Asia
Dip trip flip
Fantasia

Ow
What's that? Biddy biddy bop
Yeah. Biddy biddy bop. Funky funky
What's that? Biddy biddy bop
Yeah. Biddy biddy bop. Funky funky. Yeah, yeah, yeah



All comments from YouTube:

Steve Austin

If you're listening to this song, you have great taste in music!

AsRebel

Likewise

Falcon Typo

No shit! I was spinning these guys as a college DJ in the early '90s-- LOVE. THIS. ALBUM.

OJ13

It’s funky funky funky. Brings a smile to the face!

Hunter Dean

I haven't heard this song in 20 plus years and still know 90% of the lyrics. Such a great song.

Falcon Typo

@Hunter Dean FUNKY FUNKY!

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AC BC

This song is timeless.

Ivan Barberena

This song has 3 minutes and 41 seconds of time.

asturcon79

Probably Herbie Hancock is timeless, not sure

Brenda Gouveia

@asturcon79 Yes, Cantaloupe Island

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