Yo man there's a lot of brothers out there
Flaking and perpetrating but scared to kick reality

Man, you been doing all this dope producing
You ain't had a chance to show 'em what time it is

So what you want me to do?
(Express yourself!)

I'm expressing with my full capabilities
And now I'm living in correctional facilities
Cause some don't agree with how I do this
I get straight and meditate like a Buddhist
I'm dropping flavor, my behavior is hereditary
But my technique is very necessary
Blame it on Ice Cube, because he said it gets funky
When you got a subject and a predicate
Add it on a dope beat, and it'll make you think
Some suckers just tickle me pink, to my stomach
Cause they don't flow like this one
You know what? I won't hesitate to diss one
Or two before I'm through, so don't try to sing this
Some drop science, while I'm dropping English
Even if Yella, makes it a-capella
I still express, yo, I don't smoke weed or sess
Cause it's known to give a brother brain damage
And brain damage on the mic don't manage, nothing
But making a sucker and you equal
Don't be another sequel (Express yourself!)

(Express yourself!)
(Go on and do it)
(Express yourself!)
(Express yourself!)
(Go on and do it)

Now, getting back to the PG
That's program, and it's easy
Dre is back, new jacks are made hollow
Expressing ain't their subject because they like to follow
The words, the style, the trend, the records I spin
Again and again and again, yo, you're on the other end
Watch a brother blend dope rhymes, with no help
There's no fessing or guessing while I'm expressing myself
It's crazy to see people be
What society wants them to be, but not me
Ruthless, is the way to go, they know
Others say rhymes which fail to be original
Or they kill where the hip-hop starts
Forget about the ghetto, and rap for the pop charts
Some musicians cuss at home
But scared to use profanity when upon the microphone
Yeah, they want reality, but you will hear none
They'd rather exaggerate a little fiction
Some say no to drugs, and take a stand
But after the show, they go looking for the "Dopeman"
Or they ban my group from the radio
Hear N.W.A. and say, "Hell no!"
But you know it ain't all about wealth
As long as you make a note to (Express yourself!)

(Express yourself!)
(Go on and do it)
(Express yourself!)
(Express yourself!)
(Go on and do it)

(Express yourself!) from the heart
Cause if you want to start to move up the chart
Then expression is a big part of it
You ain't efficient when you flow, you ain't swift
Movin like a tortoise, full of rigor mortis
There's a little bit more to show
I got rhymes in my mind, embedded like an embryo
Or a lesson, all of 'em expression
And if you start fessing, I got a Smith and Wessun for ya
I might ignore your record because it has no bottom
I get loose in the summer winter spring and autumn
It's Dre on the mic, getting physical
Doin' the job, N.W.A is the lynch mob!
Yes I'ma climb, but you know you need this
And the knowledge is growing just like a fetus
Or a tumor, but here is the rumor
Dre is in the neighborhood and he's up to no good
When I start expressing myself, Yella, slam it
Cause if I stay funky like this I'm doing damage
Or I'ma be too hyped, and need a straight jacket
I got knowledge, and other suckers lack it
So, when you see Dre, a DJ on the mic
Ask what it's like, it's like we're getting hyped tonight
Cause if I strike, it ain't for your good health
But I won't strike if you just (Express yourself!)

(Express yourself!)
(Go on and do it)
(Express yourself!)
(Express yourself!)
(Go on and do it)
(Express yourself!)
(Go on and do it)
(Go on and do it)

Lyrics submitted by fngh, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Express Yourself Lyrics as written by Charles W. Wright

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General CommentHave a good time, Live life and do what you do, Don't let anyone change your true personality. Live life!! :)
    Santino415on August 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't get it, the members of NWA always rap about drugs and bitches and etc, and then Express Yourself comes along and calls it bad
    LockandChainon July 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExpress youself was more about not doing weed, and being original. "It’s crazy to see people be
    What society wants them to be. but not me!" Hearing a man who's 2001 album had a picture of a certain leaf on the front say "I still express- yo I don't smoke weed or cess" is so ironic it's funny though. I guess he didnt take the advice in this song. Sold out to the pop charts imo as well.
    CEREALon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha this is like a joke...Dre rapping about not doing drugs? Okay...
    denialon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry all three of you fail. It's a Charles Wright cover song with NWA's variation. So its basically just a fun song with no serious meaning to the group.
    CableCableon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCableCable - have you even heard the Charles Wright version of this song? The only thing that NWA took from the Charles Wright original was like the bass line and the chorus, everything else is totally done by NWA. Even still though, I have no idea where NWA came up with this song.
    irrelevant88on June 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry CableCable - they have obviosly only SAMPLED elements from that Charles Wright song - it's not a cover! Pretty much all NWA songs sample other songs, but none of them are covers. As for the lyrics of this song I have heard they wrote this song after the FBI or CIA had a go at them for releasing "Fuck tha Police," though I'm not sure how much truth is in this rumour.
    leakegon August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I don’t smoke weed or a sess."

    sure you don't...

    this song means good times
    Dressed2Depresson September 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti read that Eazy-E's uncle is the one that wrote the original song,Charles Wright.

    maybe thats why they covered it,Eazy thought his uncle would appreciate it.
    Afrika Shoxon November 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe video to this song is hilarious.

    Halfway through there's a scene with a group of bizarre 80's bodybuilders with mullets doing weights in the street.
    Dogplatteron December 24, 2006   Link

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