Now I rock a house party at the drop of a hat (yeah)
I beat a biter down with an aluminum bat
(A lot of people they be jonesin' just to hear me rock the mic)
They'll be staring at the radio
(Staying up all night)
So like a pimp (I'm pimpin')
I got a boat to (eat shrimp in)
Nothing wrong with my leg just B-boy limpin'
(Got arrested at the Mardi Gras for jumping on a float)
(My man MCA's got a beard like a billy goat)
Oowah oowah is my disco call
(MCA) hu-huh, I'm gettin' rope y'all
Routines, (I bust) and the rhymes (that I write)
And I'll be busting routines and rhymes all night
Like eating burgers or chicken or you'll be picking your nose, man
I'm on time, homie, that's how it goes
You heard my style, I think you missed the point
It's the joint

Mike D (yeah?) With your bad self running things
(What's up?) with your bad breath onion rings
(Well I'm Mike D and I'm back from the dead)
(Chillin' at the beaches down at Club Med)
Make another record 'cause the people they want more of this
Suckers they be saying they can take out Adam Horovitz
Hurricane (you got clout)
(Other DJ's he'll take your head out)
A puppet on a string I'm paid to sing (or rhyme)
Or do my thing I'm
In a lava lamp inside my brain hotel
I might be peakin' or freakin' but I rock well
The Patty Duke Show, the Wrench (and then I bust the tango)
Got more rhymes than Jamaica got Mango
I got the peg leg at the end of my stump-a
Shake your rump

A full clout y'all
A full clout y'all
And when the mic is in my mouth I turn it out y'all
A full clout

Never been dumped ('cause I'm the most mackinest)
Never been jumped ('cause I'm known the most packinest)
Yeah, we've got beef, chief
We're knocking out teeth, chief
And if you don't believe us you should question your belief, Keith
I'm like Sam the butcher bringing Alice the meat
(Like Fred Flintstone driving around with bald feet)
Should I have another sip? (Nah, skip it)
In the back of the ride (and bust with the whippet)
Rope-a-dope dookies all around the neck
Woo-ha got them all in check
(Running from the law the press and the parents)
Is your name Michael Diamond?
(No mine's Clarence)
From downtown (Manhattan) the village
My style is wild and you know that it still is
Disco bag schlepping and you're doing the bump
Shake your rump-a

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    Paul's Boutique is my favorite album. Shake Your Rump is one of the best songs on it. It was a failed single because in 1989 the Beasties went one way & the pop music industry went another. At that time, it was just too advanced for the novice Hip Hop fan. I'd say "ahead of it's time" but it's time never really came. I was 14 & didn't care for the album much. I liked Shake Your Rump & a couple other tracks but I felt that the Beasties were through. Something about it just kept me coming back. Back then, I listened to it via Sony Walkman. Little by little Paul's Boutique grew on me- track by track, line by line. By the time Grunge had gotten popular, I was in love with Paul's Boutique & every track on it. I owned it on cassette. I bought it on CD three times because it kept getting stolen. After losing it a third time on CD, I bought it from iTunes. Then, in 2009 it was re-released on the Beasties' website in Apple Lossless... so I bought that, too. Over the years, I got into a lot of different types of music, but I never stopped listening to the Beasties. 23 years later, I occasionally still hear things I never noticed before when I listen to songs like Shake Your Rump. Great album to hear in headphones. You can really hear the layering of the samples. Sampling is practically illegal today. It is believed by many that sampling is not an art form. I think those people just haven't heard it done right. It's cheaper, faster, & easier to play it yourself. It was a painstaking process to sample in 1989, so it should've been taken as the highest of compliments. But instead it was met with lawsuit after lawsuit. This album should be thought of as a collage of familiar artwork by various artists put together in brilliant, psychedelic, Hip Hop form. This is sampling the way it should be done. If you can't appreciate Paul's Boutique- you must be from the hypocritical Baby Boomer Generation. Their parents didn't like Elvis or The Beatles because it was "black" music. Then they grew up to say the same things to us about the Beasties. Shame on them!

    Mushmouth Joeon June 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is so tight, especailly with that bong hit expolding.

    poolhallXjunkieon April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i can't believe anyone has commented on this song yet. it's one of my favorite beastie boys songs, but then again, i only have like 9.

    gueveraliveson June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    then get all their songs man! this song is the SHIT!

    maggotbrainon June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i know it says it in the pauls boutique lyrics, but where is the "randy" at the beginning? i just think it says "now i rock a house party."

    jpgretzky15on January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    Song Fact

    such an overrated steaming pile of a 'song'

    this whole album goes to show how much they stole from Prince Paul and 3 Feet High and Rising ---- yet failed in equalling AT ALL


    exobscuraon October 30, 2019   Link

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