"The Skinny" as written by and Joi Gilliam Brian Loving....
This is for all those tricks and hos
From the five star rooms down to skid roe
Whether you answer phones
Or dance on poles
Big money escort
Or broke on a stroll
He don't care about your stats or background
He ain't picky once he puts his mac down
Make you suck it all the way to the ass now
Cause all of y'all heifers are cash cows
And at first it was just a little game
Had no idea that he was fucking with your brains
When he was around you seemed mature
He helped you calm down and feel secure (sure)
He'd go get em when they still just kids
Give them some gifts, get on they lips
Before they even get a chance to get hips
Candy pimp turned it down to a trick real quick

[Chorus: x2]
Fly trick
Like dick
Gon' pay all day
But won't ever get away
From skinny white pimp

I know it feel like you can't live without him
And you're still too embarrassed to tell your parents about him
It's kinda crazy how he's on your mouth
Every time you need a little bit of help you out
Ain't no kitten gonna play that shark
Shake you down
Make his mark
Take you down
Break your heart
And don't give a damn for anything that came apart
Some try anything to leave him
Say some even put themselves in treatment
Some get away but still gotta keep looking over they shoulder forever
That ain't freedom
Take his tax makes you love it
Same old trap
But ain't you above it?
He'll beat yo ass in public
Now suck that skinny white pimp dick (suck it)

[Chorus: x2]

First thing you wake up to
Your pimp
Don't forget to pay up to
Your pimp
Get that money
Give it here
He'll keep a bitch in that stable for 50 years
He ain't scared of the law or the cops
Got em paid off some kind of trade off
Gonna stay in the pocket
As long as the money stays long and the hands stay strong
It's like you don't know a kid
He's right there in your clothes and hair
You never gonna let him in your home
I can smell his breath on this microphone
Your lips taste like his dick
I can always tell when he's been in your whip
Just one in a million trick
Now take your ass outside and go talk to your pimp

[Chorus: x2]

Hey baby I need to change
On top of that I need to keep the change
Mother fuckers put a filter on my brain
All the cigarettes of the world get together and sing...

[Chorus: x2]

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"The Skinny" as written by Antwan Patton Andre Benjamin


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    MemoryIt's weird how, for me at least, it's the most obscure songs that seem to hit home the hardest. The first time I heard this song, as I was listening, I knew that there had to be something more to it just because of the way that Slug does his thing. By the last time that the chorus rolled around, it finally clicked and I had to play it over again. Really makes me question some of the choices that I've made in life.

    I was 16 when my mom found out that I smoked, and even though she didn't say anything I knew that she was hurt because of it, but at the same time she even told me that she wasn't going to say anything because she started when she was younger than I was. Even though she knows, now almost three years later, I'm still embarrassed to tell my parents about it, as strange as that may be.

    All in all it's just a great song, Atmosphere is one of the very, very few groups that I've liked for years and years, and they just keep coming out with more great hits. Most groups would've faded out by now, but not them. They've got something special.
    MajorDisheson March 01, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is The Skinny on the situation America (and the better part of the 'civilized' world) is in today. The first several times I listened to the song I thought it was about a skinny white pimp and his tricks. I didn't care for the subject matter but I like the album, so I took it in stride. Then phases like "all ya'll heffers are cash cows" and "he gives them gifts and gets on their lips before they even have a chance to get hips!" started to pop out at me. In the third verse "get that money, give it here, he'll keep a bitch in the stable for 50yrs!" This statement sounds strangely similar to the work and tax paying cycle we are kept in untill retirement age! But I think the most revealing part comes soon after in "it's like you don't care, but he's right there in your clothes and your hair, you're known to let him in your home, I can smell his breath in this microphone!" Indeed the Skinny White Pimp is the corporate-ocracy constructed of the top 1% (almost exclusively caucasian males) that governs the world we know through financial and economic slavery systems! Furthermore, we have paid our hard earned money and spent our irreversible time to build it! Not that we meant to, but they couldn't have turned us into a trick without our help! Untill We the People come together and take our Lives and our Government back from the Banksters and Corporations, the situation is only going to cost us more money, time and FREEDOM! Though Atmosphere portrays the message as a crude story, I don't think the reality of the matter is any prettier! We need to understand that at this point we still have the chance to dissolve the power of the Skinny White Pimp, but this means we can't keep buying into the lifestyle he sets up for us! If your hear me: Speak Up!
    suprafunkyon January 31, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit's about cigarettes
    tattoedhandson May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah i love this song, its one of my favorites off the new album (not that any of the songs are bad) basically because its classic of slug's writing to just leave you completely misguided until the end when he brings it home strong with the meaning
    burnout42017on May 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"now suck that skinny white pimp dick, suck it"

    i love that. =D
    its also slug's favorite off the album...
    musicomplexityon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis songs fucking crack
    You Alright?on May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI didn't really pay attention to this song when I had first heard it, and to be quite honest, I haven't given it a proper listen but i believe slugs rappin about cigarettes. I'm a smoker myself and it only took me one listen to pickup on.. Slug is using the concept of pimping to tell the story of starting out smoking with an underage person "when he was around you seemed mature" & "and you're still too embarrassed to tell your parents about 'em"

    "whether you answer phones or dance on poles.. he don't care about your background.. make you suck it all the way to the ass now.. at first it was just a little thing.. had no idea he was fuckin' with your brains"
    Those few lines pretty much tell you what the song will be about..
    smithy_206on May 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpretty clever. It's cool cuz no rapper ever writes about cigarettes. Another original rap from Slug.
    convinceon August 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentListened to this song 100 times, never had the slightest clue to what it was really about. Thanks, songmeanings. My brain just fuckin exploded.
    CORPSErawron May 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song def sounds like its about a pimp but its really about smoking
    head06on July 18, 2010   Link

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