Hey don't miss out on what you're passing,
you're the hootah of the funky buddah,
eluder of your fucked up style's I get wicked
so come on as Cypress starts to kick it,
cause we're like outlaws sridding while suckers are bidding,
jump behind the bush when you see me driving by'
hanging out the window, with my magnum taking out some negros
acting kind of loco I'm just another local
kid from the street getting paid for my vocals.

Here is something you can't understand,
How I could just kill a man

I'm ignoring all the dumb shit yo
cause nothing is coming from it
I'm not gonna waste no time fucking around my gat straight humming
it's humming coming at ya! sorry that I had to gat ya!
time for some action just a fraction of friction
I got the clearance to run some interference
in to your sattle light shining a battle light
Sen got the gat and I know he'll gat you right
here's an example just a little sample:
how could I just kill a man
one time tried to come in my home take my chrome
I said yo it's on. take cover or you're assed out
how do you like my chrome then I watched the rookie pass out
didn't have to blast out but I did any way, that young punk had to pay
so I just killed a man, here is something you can't understand
how I could just kill a man

It's gonna be a long time before I finish
one of the many missu-ions that I had to establish
to lite my spliff ignite you with insight so if you ain't down
bullshit. say some punk tried to get you for your auto
would call one time and play the role model?
No! I think you'll play like a thug
next you here the shot of a magnum slug, humming coming at ya!
sorry that I had to gat ya. How do you know where I'm at
when you haven't been where I've been, understand where I'm coming from. while you're up on the hill in your big home
I'm out here risking my dome, just for a bucket or a faster ducket,
just to stay alive yo I got to say fuck it.
here is something you can't understand, how I could just kill a man

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    I once heard an interview win which B Real stated that the lyrics to this song were inspired by his family being held at gunpoint in their apartment when he was younger. I think it was a drug user who thought he was robbing the dealer who lived across the hall. Anyway, this song deals with the anger that comes from something like that happening

    tomautoon August 29, 2005   Link
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    The track is about brutalisation - people who grow up in a brutal environment grow up to be brutal themselves. It is addressed to a rich (probably white) audience who doesn't know how the narrator has it in him to kill people.

    The narrator says his wealthy audience can't know 'where he's at' (his perspective) because they haven't 'been where I been' (IE. caught up in gang violence.)

    The narrator explains that while they're 'up on the hill' (Beverly Hills) in their 'big home' he is out on the street 'risking my dome' (his head) for nothing more than a quick buck.

    Because his audience have not had to grow up in a harsh environment, they are unable to see how he could 'just' kill a man. The word 'just' is particularly important as it implies that, for him, it is a trivial act.

    MindFraggedon April 21, 2021   Link
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    Cypress hill wrote this song. Rage just did a cover of it on their Renegades of Funk Album.

    sublime987on March 15, 2003   Link
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    lol DUH cypress hill wrote this way before renegades came out.

    vredjmpsthegnon May 10, 2003   Link
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    Well, as the song's meaning is really obvious (check the title) all I've got to add is that as much ass as Rage's version kicks, Cypress's is exponentially better.

    Renegrenadeon December 15, 2004   Link
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    you got some of the lyrics wrong bro

    PinkFloydrulezon March 09, 2005   Link
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    The line "with my magnum taking out some negros" should read "whith my magnum taking out some putos" (spanish word meaning bitches)

    gokoujinnon July 17, 2005   Link
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    taking out some putos. Putos, masculine plural of puto. Puto is a bad word for homosexual, prostitute, coward...offensive (cause if you are a man you dont want to be called homosexual right?). "pinche puto!" =Fucking puto!

    pakishon February 17, 2007   Link
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    its pretty damn obvious... and i totally agree with renegrenade... this is the better version but ratm still kick ass

    themightymitchon October 28, 2007   Link
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    You guys are young bucks. I remember when this song first came out in 91. It was awesome then and still awesome now.

    arctanxon June 07, 2008   Link

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