(To Mario C, you can't front on that)

Well, just plug me in just like I was Eddie Harris
You're eating crazy cheese like you would think I'm from Paris
You know I get fly, you think I get high
You know that I'm gone and I'm-a tell you all why

So tell me who are you dissing, maybe I'm missing
The reason that you're smilin' or wildin', so listen
In my head, I just want to take 'em down
Imagination set loose and I'm gonna shake 'em down

Let it flow like a mud-slide
When I get on, I like to ride and glide
I've got depth of perception in my text, y'all
I get props at my mention cause I vex, y'all

So, so what'cha, what'cha, what'cha want? (what'cha want?)
I get so funny with my money that you flaunt
I said, "Where'd you get your information from" huh?
You think that you can front when revelation comes?
(Yeah, you can't front on that)

Well they call me Mike D, the ever-loving man
I'm like Spoonie Gee, well I'm the metropolitician (yeah-yeah-yeah)
You scream and you holler 'bout my Chevy Impala
But the sweat is getting wet around the ring around your collar

But like a dream I'm flowing without no stopping
Sweeter than a cherry pie with Reddi-wip topping
From mic to mic, kickin' it wall to wall
Well, I'll be calling out to people like a casting call

Ah, well, it's wack when you're jacked in the back of my ride
With your know, with your flow, when you're out getting by
Believe me, what you see is what you get
And you see me, I'm comin' off as you can bet

Well I think I'm losing my mind, this time
This time I'm losing my mind, that's right
Said I think I'm losing my mind, this time
This time, I'm losing my mind

(Yeah, you can't front on that)

But little do you know about something that I talk about
I'm tired of driving, it's due time that I walkabout
But in the meantime, I'm wise to the demise
I've got eyes in the back of my head so I realize

Well, I'm Dr. Spock, I'm here to rock, y'all
I want you off the wall, if you're playing the wall
I said what'cha, what'cha, what'cha want? (what'cha want?)
I said what'cha, what'cha, what'cha want? (what'cha want?)

Y'all suckers write me checks and then they bounce
So I reach into my pocket for the fresh amount
See, I'm the long-leaner, Vincent the Cleaner
I'm the illest motherfucker from here to Gardena

Well, I'm as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce
You've got the rhyme and reason, but got no cause
But if you're hot to trot, you think you're slicker than grease
I've got news for you crews, you'll be sucking like a leech

(Yeah, you can't front on that)

So what'cha, what'cha, what'cha want? (what'cha want?)
So what'cha, what'cha, what'cha want? (what'cha want?)
I said, what'cha, what'cha, what'cha want? (what'cha want?)
I said, what'cha, what'cha, what'cha want? (what'cha want?)


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  • +3
    General Comment

    Haha, 10 comments and not one of you try to explain the meaning, come on guys! I think the Beasties are just telling us a little about them self as well as insulting somebody who fronts a lot, in a free style sort of way.

    ICantUnderStandYouon October 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
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    so... does anybody know what the fucking song means?

    [lowlife]on September 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
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    Every generation has memes, themes, and feelings that get presented by the art of the time. I think this song has a similar meme to the RHC's "Give it Away." It's all in the chorus: So what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want I get so funny with the money that you flaunt I said where'd you get your information from huh? You think that you can front when revelation comes Yeah, you can't front on that.

    All the beauty and deep love and the creative force that flows through them and their heroes (which they have reason to celebrate) stands in stark contrast to something like base greed. When realized, this revelation shouldn't be postponed (DJAdjective is right about "fronting"- it's to get/provide something without immediately payment). So watcha want? The deepest meaning in this song IMO is to pay attention to what it is that is actually important and to seize the day. The Beasties got it, know it, and can help provide it.

    Gatogreenon August 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
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    Best Beastie boys song! Hands down.

    monster36604on January 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
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    Just a freestyle rap, no real deep "meaning" so here's some explanation of the references:

    -Eddie Harris: jazz musician, introduced the electric tenor sax ("plug me in") -Spoonie Gee: one of the first rap artists on vinyl ('79) -Dr. Spock: child psychologist and author -Victor the Cleaner: Jean Reno's character from La Femme Nikita -Gardena: a city in the "South Bay" of Los Angeles

    JimmyJazz68on July 20, 2010   Link
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    I think this song has a LOT of meaning...it's about how sometimes EVERYBODY goes insane for a while...and it's about enjoying that craziness and giving a shit about what people around you think and just flowing...ah and probably they're on lsd or other drug

    simonhoyoson September 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Beastie boys are just amazing, this is definetly one of their greatest songs..ahh,so many memories..great,great band. So what'cha want?

    Hanttaon June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I must agree they rocked....

    lpfan_01on September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    yeah...this song is without a doubt among their best, its nice to see how their music evolved since lisence to ill. Check your head is probably my favorite album but theyre all amazing.

    random311on April 18, 2004   Link
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    isint this like, the most popular song the beastie boys did, apart from check it out?

    dementiaon November 29, 2004   Link

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Well, in my opinion this song is about being a young & maybe a little naive &/or introverted girl and finding yourself loving a man who is at first very charming, carefree & outgoing, and seems at first to be without limits, as in "There was a time you opened up every doorway you didn't mind if everything wasn't your way" then that man starts to gradually become more introverted & shows their more possessive/obsessive side to you as the relationship progresses, even while they keep up the appearance of being carefree & outgoing to everyone else, "Don't pull away that goes against what you told me I look in your eyes I realize what you've sold me is love in a vacuum" so you confront them about the way they're acting and of course they deny it, "I think you've changed but you insist that that's not true" quite possibly they are an addict of some sort, my guess would be cocaine, &/or showing very obsessive behavior towards you (early on in the video for this song we see the man hanging a picture up, it is a very large portrait of Aimee & it is prominently displayed in his/their apartment for the duration of the song), thus their "love in a vacuum", "You look so strange, so distant that you're hardly you Now I can see how you have been acting different You say it's me but I know that it isn't it's love in a vacuum" but still you are in love with them and don't want to leave them and you know that they are truly in love with you and they don't want you to leave them either, maybe they are convinced you can save them from themself, maybe they are so broken that the possibility of an overdose &/or suicide attempt is very real and you want to get through to them that their behavior not only dangerous but it is also just pissing you off and if they don't wise up they run the risk of loosing you, as in the lines "You will be lonely if you leave me alone", so you want to save them but can't get through to them due to the addiction &/or emotional problems they have, "Love in a vacuum and that's not enough love in a vacuum You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way You will be lonely if you leave me alone You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way it's just not enough" you want them to understand that the love they are giving you is not enough when it is filtered through the vacuum of their drug addiction &/or emotional impairment, "You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way it's just not enough and just wait you will be lonely Love in a vacuum Love in a vacuum and that's not enough Love in a vacuum". 'Love In A Vacuum' for me is a hauntingly truthful acute argument on the loneliness of obsession and almost inevitable loss of love that follows people who are broken in some way or another; the obsessives, the coke heads, the drunks, addicts or the just-plain-old emotionally broken; a razor sharp, lyrically driven, deceptively poppy, yet ultimately-depressing-in-the-best-way song. Quintessential Aimee Mann.