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It Ain't Ruff

This song is by N.W.A and appears on the album Straight Outta Compton (1988).

MC Ren:
Ren is the villain and you're just an hostage
So whenever I'm steppin cover your head like an ostrich
Groupies been waitin for this, suckers been hatin' for this
You know why ? Because so many are relatin to this
Jealous is how they feel it intentionally
But they start to love it becoz I made it eventually
Pumpin the music I keep the music like pumpin
'Cause Ren ain't in here for nothin', I keep the average crowd jumpin'
Yo, you know the color, the villain's in black
Always down to make noise, and attack
So you better get back unless you wanna come with it
And make your face like a target and close your eyes when I hit it
You're screamin with fear but it's with fear that you're screamin
You're wakin' up in a sweat 'cause Ren is givin' bad dreams and
I'm not schemin, I'm just tellin' the facts
That's how it is when N.W.A. starts to jack
So brothers that wanna scrap with me
That sweezin and sneezin will have to lap with me
Especially beggin to write some lyrics with me
I just snatch your girl to take a nap with me
'Cause when it comes to Ren there's no comparison
And if you try to be me, it's quite embarassin
But I understand 'cause you're mentally slow
'Cause I can tell from the jump you're too nervous to go

If it ain't ruff it ain't me (scratch)
(Tha gangsta's black and he's about to attack)
If it ain't ruff it ain't me (scratch)
Lemme bust a freestyle here [All right then]

I can tell that you're afraid to fight me
Simple because you lost the crowd and they had to invite me
Becoz you're sweat as a puddle but there's a puddle o' sweat
I'm a threath, so get a cold rag and wipe your neck
And clean the dirt off your face that calls acne
It's ridiculous thinkin' that you can jack me
This is the round where the punch will go
Until ya A G-A-T that's known as a flow
I'm makin' a point but it's a point that I'm makin'
Like, see, I'm hatin' the fakin I keep the suckers like shakin
Scared to speak with a tongue and they're chozen
The sound of my voice in their ear and they're frozen
This is a battle to the death, it's like the [?? same ol' ??]
Against a brother on a tip, with [??]
Givin' a pain but it's with pain that I'm givin'
But I'm comparin and tearin'em but I'm makin' a livin'
With the hype of a 9 Volt battery
And the odds for me to conquer is averagely good
Meanin' I'm a flow
I'm from the streets so, yo, I'm ready to go

If it ain't ruff it ain't me [Yo Ren]
(Tha gangsta's black and he's about to attack)
If it ain't ruff it ain't me
(Man whatcha gonna do now ?] [get funky)

The 'do not disturb' sign is in effect
While I'm thinkin' of a fool to select
To give the victim the verdict so for the verdict a victim
Slammin' my vocals on a dance with the rest then I kick them
Tell'em they're guilty, and beep out the bailer
And get a new track o' drums so I can play with
Percussion; pumpin it loud when I perform
Yo, you wanna play in my game, put on a uniform
It ain't a rule in the book you have to go by
Hey, 'cause when it comes to cheatin' yo you should know I
For fear in the hearts 'cause it's the hearts full of fear
'Cause what you hear in your ear is something funky and clear
The hump was incredible yo but Ren he was super
But now I'm ruthless, a civilian and not a trooper
But a soldier with a top rankin
Givin' dope material, the hell with the gankin
So play like an airplane and just jet
And keep your blood pressure low 'cause I'm a [??], if not
I'm afraid of the show
That you're a sucker and you're too nervous to go

If it ain't ruff it ain't me [Yo Ren]
(The gangsta's black and he's about to attack)
If it ain't ruff it ain't me [Yo Ren]
[The gangsta's black] If it ain't ... If it ain't
(Scratching)

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