"Steppin' Up" as written by Christopher William Mercer, David James Andrew Taylor and Mathangi Arulpragasam....
Steppin' up
In this club
All tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub
Rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub

Steppin' up
In this club
All tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub
Rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub

Steppin' up
In this club
All tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub
Rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub

Steppin' up
In this club
All tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub
Rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub

I light up like a genie then I blow up on this song
(Rub-a-dub-a-dub-dub ruba-duba-dub-a-dub)
Aladdin, no kidding, boy I need a rub
(Rub-a-dub-a-dub-dub ruba-duba-dub-dub)
Me and my speakers speakin' sub sub sub
(Suba-suba-sub-sub suba-suba-suba-sub)
You know who I am, I run this fucking club
(Club-a-dub-dub-dub club-a-dub-a-club-a-lub)

Bass lines and ass
Anything fast
Humpin' on my leg
Yo, mind my fuckin' glass
Making money, yes
Hide it in the bath
Sound of a bomb blast throw it in the bag

Bass lines and cars
Anything fast
Know who I am
I run this fucking club
Speakers split the sub
Throwing fire like a mob
Flash, bang thunder demolition job?

(M.I.A.) you know who I am
(M.I.A.) you know who I am

Bass lines and ass
Anything fast
Humpin' on my leg
Yo, mind my fuckin' glass
Making money, yes
Hide it in the bath
Sound of a bomb blast throw it in the bag

I can make a sound, and the shriek will make you jump (jjjjump jjjjump jjjjjump)
I can smash your feet, and the track will make you run (run run run run run run run run)
Pulled up to tee I tie up just for fun (fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun)
Get ready for the set weights by the ton (ton ton ton ton ton ton ton)

Bass lines and ass
Anything fast
Humpin' on my leg
Yo, mind my fuckin' glass
Making money, yes
Hide it in the bath
Sound of a bomb blast throw it in the bag

M.I.A.
M.I.A.
M.I.A.
M.I.A.
You know who I am
M.I.A.
You know who I am
M.I.A.

Steppin' up
In this club
I'm tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub
Rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub

Steppin' up
In this club
I'm tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub
Rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub

No, no, no, no, no, no,
No, no, no, no, no, no,
No, no, no, no, no, no,
No, no, no, no, no, no


Lyrics submitted by brandon123

"Steppin' Up" as written by Christopher Mercer Maya Arulpragasam

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  • +2
    General Commentshe's a little arrogant, but she's got the goods to back it up. Or she's making fun of other rappers who say stuff like this.

    this song remains me of Missy Elliot
    meyayon July 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is all gangster drug dealer club culture. It's kind of an industrial-dancehall answer to 50 Cent's 'In Da Club'. Weights by the ton for the party to enjoy...

    Pretty sure the line is

    Basslines and ass anything 's fast
    Humpin' on my leg
    Yo I'm on my fucking glass

    which I took to mean she's high on her own amphetamine supply. "I'm tooled up to the tee" can have a double meaning: packing weapons but also blitzed on drugs. "I tie up just for fun" could be bragging that she's so hardcore she injects speed (or whatever) for the hell of it. There was a huge amount of amphetamine use in the London club scene back in the day, so there might be some nostalgia here. Obviously it's all just gangsta style and not meant to be taken as seriously as M.I.A.'s super political stuff. The chainsaw at the beginning reminded me of the ultraviolent scene in Scarface.

    On the back of the disk:
    “They can rewrite history, but we can re rewrite it faster. We have speed in our hands, amphetamines in our system, and the system is corrupt.”
    retron23on November 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the correlation of the tool sounds in the background and her line "I'm tooled up like a thug" as well as her robotic sound in this song.
    hopemarie1231on August 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionits definately
    humpin on my leg, Yo, mind my fucking glass
    macoXXon November 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt makes me think that it's about an artist who get ready to perfom on stage but it's told as a terrorist who prepare to blow himself up.
    MeSouthon December 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Link(s)You guys, take a lookt ;)

    pitchfork.com/news/51229-mia-revisits-criticism-of-ys-the-message-in-light-of-nsa-surveillance-revelations/
    Saraivaon September 08, 2013   Link

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