"What They Do" as written by Tarik L. Collins, Raphael Saadiq, Ahmir K. Thompson, Jimmy Gray and Leonard N. Hubbard....
Never do what they do, what they do, what they do

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 emcee 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 fifth thumpin'
Keepin' ya party jumpin' with an original somethin'
Yo, I dedicate this to the one dimensional
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 um

Never do what they do, what they do, what they do

Thin is the line that run between love and hatred
The game is ill-natured; it's nothing sacred
Aiyyo, it's funny when I see some rap niggas due 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 rhymes 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 of 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

Never do what they do, what they do, what they do

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 to 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
I've dealt more stealth than all the wicked wealthy
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 dark skin thoroughbred
And discover my level is that of no other
And Roots crew reign official and true while I'm continuin' to

Never do what they do, what they do, what they do


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"What They Do" as written by Jimmy Gray Ahmir K. Thompson

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    General Commentbe yourself. don't do what others do, do what is best for you and you will soar.
    matth0llanderon October 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentvery good matth0llander. Great explanation!
    convinceon October 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbasically dont be 50cent and akon and you will be better off and more original. haha
    darliaon April 03, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningWhy does this song not have more comments? This is THE song that established The Roots as a conscious, alternative hip hop group, with the amazing Black Thought rapping over some great live music.
    Questoon September 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGotta be true to yourself. Fantastic Roots song. Great rhymes with meaningful principles and kick ass instrumentals
    BeeBopon June 05, 2010   Link
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    General Commentdayum i love the instruments in this, especially the guitar at the start
    gotta love the roots, theyre original, but keep on reppin
    thebevaneffecton June 03, 2011   Link

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