"Root Down" as written by Michael Louis Diamond, Adam Nathaniel Yauch and Adam Horovitz....
I kick it root down
I put my root down
I kick it root down, I put my root down
So how we gonna’ kick it?
Gonna’ kick it root down
Yeah, how you wanna’ kick it?
Gonna’ kick it root down
So how you gonna’ kick it?
Gonna’ kick it root down
Gonna’ break it on down, gonna’ kick it root donwn

It's not a put down
I put my foot down
And then I make some love, I put my root down
Like Sweetie Pie by the Stone Alliance
Everybody knows I'm known for dropping science
I'm electric like Dick Hyman
I guess you'd expect to catch the crew rhymin'
Never let you down with the stereo sound
So Mike, get on the mic and turn it out
We're talking root down, I put my root down
And if you want to battle me, you're putting loot down
I said root down, it's time to scoot down
I'm a step up to the mic in my goose down
Come up representing from the upper west
Money makin' putting me to the test
Sometimes I feel as though I've been blessed
Because I'm doing what I want so I never rest
Well, I'm not coming out goofy like the Fruit of the Loom guys
Just strutting like the Meters with the Look-Ka Py Py
'Cause downtown Brooklyn is where I was born
But when the snow is falling, then I'm gone
You might think that I'm a fanatic
A phone call from Utah and I'm throwing a panic
But we kick it from the root when we break it on down
Jimmy smith is my man, I want to give him a pound

I kick it root down
I put my root down
I kick it root down
I put my root down
So how you wanna kick it?
Gonna kick it root down
So how we gonna kick it?
Gonna kick it root down
So how we gonna kick it?
Gonna kick it root down
Break it all down gonna kick it root down

AdRock don't stop, get on the mic with the tic and the toc
I'll fill you with the fuckin' rim like brim
I'm walking down your block and you say that's him
There goes the guy with the funky sound
The Beastie Boys you know we come to get down
Because I've got the flow where I grab my dick
And say oh my God, that's the funky shit
So I'm going to pass the mic and 'cause a panic
The original nasal kid is doing damage
Every morning I took the train to high street station
Doing homework on the train, what a fucked up situation
On the way back up hearing battle tapes
Through the underground, underneath the sky scrapes
Like Harlem world battles on the Zulu beat show
It's Kool Moe D vs. Busy Bee there's one you should know
Enough of that, I just want to give some respect due
M.C.A. grab the mic and the Ma Bell will connect you
Bob Marley was a prophet for the freedom fight
"If dancin' prays to the lord then I shall feel alright"
It feels to play a little music
Tears running down my face 'cause I love to do it
And no one can stop this flow from flowing on
A flow master in disaster with a sound that's gone
I'll give a little shout out to my dad and mom
For bringing me into this world and so on

I kick it root down
I put my root down
I kick it root down
I put my root down
So how you wanna kick it?
Gonna kick it root down
So how we gonna kick it?
Gonna kick it root down
So how we gonna kick it?
Gonna kick it root down
Break it all down gonna kick it root down

Yeah, that shit's on down
And that's a record, that's a record 'cause of Mario
And that's a record, that's a record 'cause of Mario
And that's a record, that's a record to Mario

Awww, now that's a record, buddy


Lyrics submitted by piesupreme, edited by Marinia

"Root Down" as written by Adam Nathaniel Yauch Adam Horovitz

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  • +1
    General CommentOk, this song just plain rocks. It's the Beastie Boys doing what they do best.
    Akhenatenon June 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about kickin it root down, snowboarding "'Cause Downtown Brooklyn Is Where I Was Born
    but When The Snow Is Falling, Then I'm Gone
    You Might Think That I'm A Fanatic
    A Phone Call From Utah And I'm Throwing A Panic
    But We Kick It From The Root When We Break It On Down"
    walkenon May 31, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"kickin' it root down" simply translates to being real and doing your own thing. It can be about getting your education or having an open mind and questioning things or challenging it, ultimately, for the betterment of the human society and environment. It's a firm, but resolute, quest for positive change in yourself aswell as society.
    tukoon October 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionBy the way folks, I'm pretty certain it goes "I'm makin' some love, I put my RUT down." Makes perfect sense, sounds even more way cool, and fits with the song's structure!
    modiniikon November 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like The Bass Line And I Don't Really Get The Song But I Like It The 2Nd Verse Is Cool They Talk About Where THere From And How they Listened To Music and TO GIve Respect To The Musicans They Listened Too
    Spade9on September 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love all these comments about Root Down! One of the Beasties' best songs, without a doubt. It's really rare for them to use that many samples from the same song. But It works & they made it their own without taking anything away from the original song. The original is called Root Down (And Get It) by Jimmy Smith.

    Hence:
    "But we kick it from the root when we break it on down
    Jimmy Smith is my man, I want to give him a pound"
    kanoe13on June 11, 2012   Link

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