"The Seed 2.0" as written by Tarik L. Collins and Chestnutt Cody....
Knocked up nine months ago
And what she's fittin' to have she don't know
She wants neo soul cause hip hop is old
She don't want no rock 'n roll
She want platinum, ice and gold
She want a whole lot of somethin' to fold
If you're an obstacle she'll just drop you cold
Cause one monkey don't stop the show
Little Mary's bad
In these streets she done ran
E'ry since when the heat began
I told the girl look here
Calm down I'm gonna hold your hand
To enable you to keep the plan
Because you're quick to learn
And we can make money to burn
If you allow me the latest game
I don't ask for much but enough to room to spread my wings
And a world fittin' to know my name, just listen to me

I don't ask, for much these days
And I don't bitch and whine if I don't get my way
I only want to fertilize another behind my lover's back
I sit and watch it grow standin' where I'm at
Fertilize another behind my lovers behind my lovers back
And I'm keeping my secrets mine
I push my seed in her bush for life
It's gonna work because I'm pushin' it right
If Mary dropped my baby girl tonight I would name her rock 'n roll

Cadillac needs space to roam
Where we headin' for she don't know
We in the city where the pro shake rattle 'n roll
And I'm a god dang rollin' stone
I don't beg I can hold my own
I don't break I can hold a chrome
And it's weighin' a ton and I'm a son of a gun
My code name is the only one
And Black Thought is bad
These streets he done ran ever since when the game began
I never played the fool
Matter of fact I've been keeping it cool
Since money been changin' hands
And I'm left to shine, the legacy I leave behind be the seed that'll keep the flame
I don't ask for much but enough room to spread these wings
And a world fittin' to know my name, now listen to me

I don't beg from a rich man
And I don't scream and kick when his shit don't fall in my hands man
Cause I know how to still
Fertilize another against my lovers will
I lick the opposition cause she don't take no pill
Oh you know the deal you'll be keeping my legend alive
I push my seed in her bush for life
It's gonna work because I'm pushin' it right
If Mary drops my baby girl tonight I would name her rock 'n roll.

Oh break it down, down for me
I push my seed somewhere deep in her chest
I push it naked cause I've takin' my test
Deliverin' Mary it don't matter the sex
I'm gonna name it rock 'n roll.

I push my seed in her bush for life
It's gonna work because I'm pushin' it right
If Mary drops my baby girl tonight
I would name her rock 'n roll
I would name her rock 'n roll
I would name her rock 'n roll
I would name it rock 'n roll


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"Seed (2.0)" as written by Eric John Wilson Bradley James Nowell

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  • +9
    General CommentI'm definitely going to have to side with tobeforgotten on this one. Guys, The Roots aren't like Eminem or Q-Tip, their lyrics tend to actually be poetic and have hidden meanings. I don't think you can just accept the literal interpretation for this song.

    I interpret the song to mean that they are attempting to unite the rock and roll and hip hop genres. In this case, they are trying to plant the seed of hip hop within the womb of rock and roll. He's having to do "fertilize another against my lover's will" because hip hop is resistant to integrating other musical styles. This interpretation is supported by the lines in the first verse that go:

    "She don't want no rock-n-roll
    She want platinum or ice or gold
    She want a whole lotta somethin' to fold"

    The lines are describing the hip hop culture obsession with money and "bling." Whereas, "I lick the opposition because she don't take no birth control" signifies that rock and roll is open and willing to integrate influences from other genres.

    If you're still doubtful, just listen to the beats underlying the song. You have the heavy beats that are commonplace in hip hop and then the distinct guitar riff.
    deranged_one_13on March 06, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think...that Black Thought..or Cody ChestnuTT, the narrator in general, is trying to leave his mark on the world. This is obvious, however, with "keep my legend alive." However, he's not just trying to leave his legacy of himself, but the actual legacy of music, more specifically, Rock & Roll.

    However, he's..."fertilizing another behind my lover's back," thus making Rock & Roll the estranged child. Possibly noting the actual birth of Rock & Roll, which is 'the estranged child of Jazz'.

    Absolutely brilliant song.
    tobeforgottenon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentROFL at hastalavictoria


    i agree with the theory that the song is about the narrator leaving his mark on the world, through a child, and musically aswell.

    "She want neo-soul, this hip-hop is old
    She don't want no rock-n-roll
    She want platinum or ice or gold"

    i think this part was talking about the changes in mainstream, mainly hip hop music.


    uhh duh. but that's my two cents :-)
    SunShowerz.xon March 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlright, first, it's "I push my seed in her bush", not push.
    Everytime I hear this the idea I get is that the narrator is in love with one girl, but she doesn't want to have kids. But he wants his family legacy to go on, so he impregnates a girl that is not his lover. This leads me to my other correction.
    Instead of "I lick the opposition cuz she don't take no pill" I hear "I LIKE the opposition cuz she don't take no pill". The "opposition" is the girl he's getting pregnant and he's having sex with her because she doesn't take birth control.

    ... and he plans to name the kid rock n roll :p
    Munkoon February 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And what she finna have she don't know
    She want neo-soul, this hip-hop is old
    She don't want no rock-n-roll
    She want platinum or ice or gold
    She want a whole lotta somethin' to fold "

    this also makes me believe that the song is about the birth of Rock N Roll. It sounds like the woman wants to have a kid like hip-hop, or neo-soul, but she DOESN'T want rock n roll. Haha I'm awful at explaining my points
    attackofthehearton March 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't expect anyone to believe me, but I believe I wrote this song, well the core anyway. If you want to derive any coherent message from the original intent of the song, it is important to distinguish between the two speakers.

    Black Thought authored all the words he speaks and no more, his words add force to the overarching force of the song as they suggest various takes on the possible meaning offered by the core. Cody Chestnut's voice is the main substance of the song (which I have referred to as the core). I don't wish to seem arrogant, if anything Black Thought is much more talented, its just that 'the core' was plainly fully constructed before he devised his parts.

    Although I am fairly certain about what thoughts I am trying to convey, I keep subjects vague and place poetical force in conceptual relations, because I like the organic wealth of meaning this form embodies. Black Thought's take is in many ways far more beautiful than my own original thoughts for my words, I wont talk much about what his words suggest, except I did not anticipate an interpretation in which 'the lover' was a genre of music, as I had conceived of that aspect being quite literal.

    Now, this was about the first song I had ever written, I was quite young (15), very interested in politics and philosophy and theology, I was quite radical, and I think I really overreached, there is too much scattered substance.

    The interpretation:

    'I don't ask for much, and I don't whine if I don't get my way'- This denotes the peace an individual has made with society, how one compromises and settles, the resounding point I'm making in mentioning this is that we all do it to some extent, and I want people to question the impact this has on life.
    'fertilize another behind my lover's back'- Is perhaps the most profound example of how one could break social conventions in furthering perhaps our highest real interests; this is an example of how simply trying to live a constructed meaning for one's life would lead one to secrecy.
    'I'm keeping my secrets mine'- I find secrecy an interesting topic, if our society is going to necessitate it then it must be allowed, i.e. not illegal. Why in our personal lives, perhaps the most important sphere of human interaction, do we permit fraud (lying or secrecy)? Well, the answer is given above: so many constructed life meanings don't mesh with society. The subtle implication is that we require some kind of revolution.

    "And I don't scream, and kick, when his shit don't fall in my hands, man
    'cause I know how to steal"- This is subtle prod (in hindsight much too subtle for Americans) toward class consciousness.

    'I lick the opposition cause she don't take no pill'- I don't know if its just a difference in word usage, but "lick" means defeat in this context, not to literally lick. This is referring to the culture of death in the west, the social forces that oppose the production of human life (economic forces i.e. full time employment woman are required to engage in).

    "I push my seed somewhere deep in her chest
    I push it naked 'cause I've takin my test"- This is really the weakest part of the song, it means very little, chest rhymes with test... I needed a third stanza (not including the chorus/hook thing). Test is meant to be connotative of how sex and reproduction in this guys constructed meaning is his 'test in life', but you see the format of the song is that I have to give a literal line, forcing my to write "I've" rather than the intended "I'm", I thought it would be okay, because people do relate things like HIV tests to sex (they do a lot more where I'm from (South Africa), anyway you see, tests are done prior to sex, but here I wanted the sex to be seen as the test itself, so not great product, but as I said, this was pretty much the first song I had written.

    'Rock'nRoll"- is a metaphor for life and vibrancy.
    "dropped"- is metaphorical for been given birth to, and with poetical licence, when something living is dropped its motion could resemble rocking and rolling...

    PS: The lyrics should read "And I don't scream, and kick, when his shit don't fall in my hands, man
    Cause I know how to steal"
    CapriciousCableon May 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never thought about that. I just assumed he was talking about how he wants to keep his legacy alive by impregnating different women (sounds a lot like Screamin' Jay Hawkins' life), even though he is supposedly with this one girl "fertilize another behind my lover's back." And he's been tested for std's so he knows he won't be giving the girl(s) a disease.
    One thing I don't get though, is the line "I lick the opposition because she don't take no pill" just offhand, it sounds like he pleases the girl just with foreplay because she's not on birth control, but that goes against the point (or at least the way I see the point) of the song. Can anybody explain? I'm probably just misinterpreting the song.
    Awesome song, and totally original just like The Roots!
    ancksunamun909on January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@ deranged one 13. "The Roots aren't like Eminem or Q-Tip, their lyrics tend to actually be poetic and have hidden meanings." I agree with you one the Emninem one, but Q-Tip? C'mon. Perhaps you've forgotten along with De La Soul and the rest of the Native Tounges Crew, Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest practically invented intelligent hip-hop. I also think this song is about the birth of rock and roll.
    rjd90on March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@rid90 I apologize. I was totally thinking 50 Cent and not Q-Tip!
    deranged_one_13on April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^ How the hell did that happen?!

    Anyway, fantastic song. I hadn't thought about it in that metaphoric sense before, either.
    ReActoron April 13, 2005   Link

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