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What They Do

This song is by The Roots, features Raphael Saadiq and appears on the album Illadelph Halflife (1996).

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Raphael Saadiq:
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do

Black Thought:
Yo, yo, lost generation, fast paced nation
World population confront they frustration
The principles of true hip-hop have been forsaken
It's all contractual and about money makin
Pretend-to-be cats don't seem to know they limitation
Exact replication and false representation
You wanna be a man, then stand your own
To MC requires skills, I demand some shown
I let the frauds keep frontin
And roam like a cellular phone far from home
Givin crowds what they wantin
Official hip-hop consumption, the 5th dumpin
Keepin ya party jumpin with an original somethin
Yo, I dedicate this to the one dimension-al
No imagination, excuse for perpetration
My man came over and said
"Yo, we thought we heard you"
Joke's on you, you heard a bitin ass crew
But uh

Raphael Saadiq:
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do

Black Thought:
Thin is the line that run between love and hatred
The game is ill-natured, it's nothin sacred
Hey yo, it's funny what I see some rap niggaz do to make it
A few'll blow up or go as far as they can take it
My nine-to-five is just to hit ya, get the party live
I'm Black Thought, used to rap for sport
Now the rhyme's sayin rent payin life support
I take it very seriously within this industry
It's various crews that try to touch me
But I come with the beautiful things
And I bless the track plushly
Around the world crowds love me from doin tours
Recipient of applause from all'a you and yours
Creator of original sounds to send to stores you take home
To absorb and sweat it out your pores
Now who can stop the music runnin through these veins?
Infinitely go against the grain
That's why my motto's to

Raphael Saadiq:
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do

Black Thought:
Livin the life of limos and lights
Airplanes and trains
Short days and long nights
Keyboards and mics
Bass chords and drum kicks
And my mental thick, they hit my head like brick
As I embark on a mission welcomin to the dark
When I first spark the arts, when the listenin start
Open your head wide and let the thought inside
My style fortified by all of philadel-phi
My dealth more stealth than all the wicked weal-thi
Mentality undetectable by the naked eye
Then I get paid when the record is played
To put it short, I want it made like Ed, nuff said
Then after that, I'm puttin on my cousin Hamed
We let the ladies blend with the darkskin devil bred, and discover
My level is that of no other
And Roots' crew reign official and true
While I'm continuing to

Raphael Saadiq:
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do

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