Eric B. & Rakim My Melody cover

My Melody
Lyrics and Meaning

Nov 20, 1987

My Melody Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
[Verse One: ]
Verse 2
Verse 3
Turn up the bass check out my melody hand out a cigar
Verse 4
I'm lettin knowledge be born and my name's the are
Verse 5
A k i m not like the rest of them I'm not on a list
Verse 6
That's what I'm sayin I drop science like a scientist
Verse 7
My melody's in a code the very next episode
Verse 8
Has the mic often distortin ready to explode
Verse 9
I keep the mic in Fahrenheit freeze MC's and make em colder
Verse 10
The listener's system is kickin like solar
Verse 11
As I memorize, advertise, like a poet
Verse 12
Keep you goin when I'm flowin, smooth enough, you know it
Verse 13
But rough that's why the middle of my story I tell E.B.
Verse 14
Nobody beats the "are", check out my melody...
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[Verse Two:]
Verse 17
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So what if I'm a microphone fiend addicted soon as I sing
Verse 19
One of these for MC's so they don't have to scream
Verse 20
I couldn't wait to take the mic, flow into it to test
Verse 21
Then let my melody play, and then the record suggest
Verse 22
That I'm droppin bombs, but I stay peace and calm
Verse 23
Any MC that disagree with me just wave your arm
Verse 24
And I'll break, when I'm through breakin I'll leave you broke
Verse 25
Drop the mic when I'm finished and watch it smoke
Verse 26
So stand back, you want to rap? All of that can wait
Verse 27
I won't push, I won't beat around the bush
Verse 28
I want to break upon those who are not supposed to
Verse 29
You might try but you can't get close to
Verse 30
Because I'm number one, competition is none
Verse 31
I'm measured with the heat that's made by sun
Verse 32
Whether playin ball or bobbin in the hall
Verse 33
I just writin my name in graffiti on the wall
Verse 34
You shouldn't have told me you said you control me
Verse 35
So now a contest is what you owe me
Verse 36
Pull out your money, pull out your cut
Verse 37
Pull up a chair, and I'ma tear shit up
Verse 38
My name is Rakim Allah, and are & A stands for "Ra"
Verse 39
Switch it around, but still comes out "are"
Verse 40
So easily will I e-m-see-e-e
Verse 41
My repetition of words is "check out my melody"
Verse 42
Some bass and treble is moist, scratchin and cuttin a voice
Verse 43
And when it's mine that's when the rhyme is always choice
Verse 44
I wouldn't have came to set my name around the same weak shit
Verse 45
Puttin blurs and slurs and words that don't fit
Verse 46
In a rhyme, why waste time on the microphone
Verse 47
I take this more serious than just a poem
Verse 48
Rockin party to party, backyard to yard
Verse 49
Now tear it up, y'all, and bless the mic for the gods
Verse 50
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[Verse Three: ]
Verse 53
Verse 54
The rhyme is rugged, at the same time sharp
Verse 55
I can swing off anything even a string of a harp
Verse 56
Just turn it on and start rockin, mind no introduction
Verse 57
Til I finish droppin science, no interruption
Verse 58
When I approach I exercise like a coach
Verse 59
Usin a melody and add numerous notes
Verse 60
With the mic and the are-a-k-i-m
Verse 61
It's a task, like a match I will strike again
Verse 62
Rhymes are poetically kept and alphabetically stepped
Verse 63
Put in order to pursue with the momentum except
Verse 64
I say one rhyme and I order a longer rhyme shorter
Verse 65
A pause, but don't stop the tape recorder
Verse 66
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[Verse Four: ]
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I'm not a regular competitor, first rhyme editor
Verse 70
Melody arranger, poet, etcetera
Verse 71
Extra events, the grand finale like bonus
Verse 72
I am the man they call the microphonist
Verse 73
With wisdom which means wise words bein spoken
Verse 74
Too many at one time watch the mic start smokin
Verse 75
I came to express the rap I manifest
Verse 76
Stand in my way and I'll lead a ??? words protest
Verse 77
MC's that want to be dissed they're gonna
Verse 78
Be dissed if they don't get from in fronta
Verse 79
All they can go get is me a glass of Moet
Verse 80
A hard time, sip your juice and watch a smooth poet
Verse 81
I take 7 MC's put em in a line
Verse 82
And add 7 more brothas who think they can rhyme
Verse 83
Well, it'll take 7 more before I go for mine
Verse 84
And that's 21 MC's ate up at the same time
Verse 85
Easy does it, do it easy, that's what I'm doin
Verse 86
No fessin, no messin around, no chewin
Verse 87
No robbin, no buyin, bitin, why bother
Verse 88
This slob'll stop tryin fightin to follow
Verse 89
My unusual style will confuse you a while
Verse 90
If I was water, I flow in the Nile
Verse 91
So many rhymes you won't have time to go for your's
Verse 92
Just because of a cause I have to pause
Verse 93
Right after tonight is when I prepare
Verse 94
To catch another sucka duck MC out there
Verse 95
'cause my strategy has to be tragedy, catastrophe
Verse 96
And after this you'll call me your majesty
Verse 97
My melody...
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[Verse Five: ]
Verse 101
Verse 102
Marley Marl synthesized it, I memorize it
Verse 103
Eric be made a cut and advertised it
Verse 104
My melody's created for MC's in the place
Verse 105
Who try to listen 'cause I'm dissin
Verse 106
Take off your necklace, you try to detect my pace?
Verse 107
Now you're buggin over ?off my rhyme like bass
Verse 108
The melody that I'm stylin, smooth as a violin
Verse 109
Rough enough to break New York from Long Island
Verse 110
My wisdom is swift, no matter if
Verse 111
My momentum is slow, MC's still stand stiff
Verse 112
I'm genuine like leather, don't try to be clever
Verse 113
MC's you'll beat the "are", I'll say "Oh never"
Verse 114
So Eric be cut it easily
Verse 115
And check out my melody...

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