"Definition" as written by Robin Hannibal Moelsted Braun and Caroline Hanna Mariann Ekstrom....
Lord, lord have mercy
All nice and peace and true, follow me now, we say
Say Hi-Tek yes you're ruling hip-hop
Say J. Rawls yes you're ruling hip-hop
Redefinition say you're ruling hip-hop
Say Black Star come to rock it non

Yo, from the first to the last of it, delivery is passionate
The whole and not the half of it, vocab and not the math of it
Projectile that them blasted with, accurate assassin shit
Me and Kweli close like, Bethlehem and Nazareth
After this you be pressing rewind on top your master disk
Shining like an asterisk for all those that be gatherin'
Connectin' like a roundhouse from the townhouse to the tenements
Cause all my Brooklyn residents, heavy regiments
Don't believe, here the evidence, where Brooklyn whoa
See that? Bound to take it all kid, believe that
From where they sellin' tree at, to where the police be at
Talib Kweli e-Kweli-ty yo tell them where we be at

Brooklyn, New York City where they paint murals of Biggie
In cash we trust cause it's ghetto fabulous, life look pretty
What a pity. Blunts is still fifty cents, it's intense
Tree scents is dominant can't be covered with incense
My presence felt my name is Kweli from the Eternal Reflection
People thinkin' MC is short hand for Mis Conception
Let me meditate, set it straight, came to the conclusion
That most of these cats is featherweight, let me demonstrate
Walkin' the streets is like battlin', be careful with your body
You must know karate or think your soul is bulletproof like Sade
Stop actin' like a bitch already, be a visionary
And maybe you can see your name in the column of obituary
Third rate teacher readin' and talkin' about,
"I knew he'd amount to nothin'"
Neighbors like, "He was the quiet type,
Who'd have thought they was frontin'?"
Talkin' and loud like you in RCA, get carted away
With body parts and treys, what a way to start your day
Yo it's like

One, two, three
Mos Def and Talib Kweli
We came to rock it on to the tip-top
Best alliance in hip-hop, yea
I said one two three
It's kind of dangerous to be a emcee
They shot Tupac and Biggie
Too much violence in hip-hop, yea

I said Manhattan keep on makin' it (Bo!), Brooklyn keep on takin' it (Bo!)
So relax we're takin' it back, Redhook where we're livin' at
Plenty cats be strugglin' not hustlin' and bubblin'
It ain't about production and, what else we discussin'?
When the cock crows, my crop grows, enable me to rock flows
Strivin' for perfection ever since I was a snot-nosed
Colossal, true original B-boy apostle
Standin' on the rooftop with the, Zulu gestapo

You think you the shit
Somebody in the wings'll force you to quit
It could be your crew or click
Or some random kid you smoked Buddha with
Consider me the entity within the industry without a history
Of spittin' the epitome, of stupidity, livin' my life
Expressin' my liberty, it gotta be done properly
My name is in the middle of e-Kweli-ty
People follow me and other cats they hear him flow
And assume I'm the real one with lyrics like I'm Cyrano

Still sippin' wishin' well water, imported, from Pluto
Three hundred and sixty milliliters for all our believers
In miles or kilometers, most cats, cannot proceed us
In the jungle with the leaders we the lions you the cheaters
A cypher, will complete us if we come through your receivers
You can play us and repeat us and then take us home and read us
(Line for line) Good Jesus, Mos Def and Kweli just
Make a pussy freeze up, thinkin' we will ease up


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"Definition" as written by Talib Kweli Greene Dante Smith

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  • +1
    General Comment"but thing song doesn't really have a meaning to it."

    excuse me?

    this is hip hop for advanced listeners my friend. just one small, fine example...

    "COLOSSAL, true original b-boy apostle
    Standin on the rooftop with the, Zulu gestapo"

    COLOSSAL- a truly influential member to the advancement of hip hop culture, was a tagger and a b-boy, as mos so eloquently puts.

    then proceeds to embellish his position in the movement by putting him "standin on a rooftop" with the...

    Zulu Gestapo- zulu nation anyone? Afrika Bambaataa created this to raise awareness in hip hop culture and ensure the advancement of the society as a whole

    please, when discussing any black star material, it is simply unintelligent to suggest there is no meaning to a song.

    all of that is hidden. if it were not for external knowledge, a normal listener would believe it word for word...
    mosdefin8on March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat the fuck, this is an incredible rap, why has no one commented?
    NeoDeiston January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTouche Led Zeppelin xxx, Touche
    NeoDeiston February 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis isn't crap. This is one of my favorite songs by Black Star.
    xheartbreakerxon September 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beauty of that comment by someone who listens to Led Zeppelin is unparalleled.
    skibum8713on September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's some gems in here "People thinkin MC is short hand for Mis Conception" but thing song doesn't really have a meaning to it. it is something of an introduction but it's main purpose is a catcy single with some technically superb rap.
    heartbeats_xxxon November 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beat was originally produced by Boogie Down Productions, see the song P Is Free
    decemberstarson June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't believe anyone who had heard this could say it has no meaning...
    P_Eon July 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was written after biggie and tupac were shot. black star is talking about defining or redefining hip hop which is why is called DEFINITION. Talib says
    Let me meditate, set it straight, came to the conclusion
    that most of these cats is featherweight, let me demonstrate
    Walkin the streets is like battlin, be careful with your body
    You must know karate or think your soul is bulletproof like Sade
    Stop actin like a bitch already, be a visionary


    he is talking about all those shit rappers out there who front about being legit and they set up these feuds that take away from what hip hop is about, truth saying. He says stop starting these bitchy feuds and rap about what matters.
    pooluson April 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOverall it's hard to pick one meaning for the song...but yeah, there's some biggie/tupac in here. Kweli references Cyrano...how is that crap? They define themselves in the rap as not being cliche, everday. Some great lines in here. Black star needs to make more stuff!
    mdprhson November 29, 2009   Link

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