Eric B. & Rakim - I Ain't No Joke Lyrics

I ain't no joke, I use to let the mic smoke
Now I slam it when I'm done and make sure it's broke
When i'm gone no one gets on cuz I won't let
Nobody press up and mess up the seen I set
I like to stand in a crowd and watch the people wonder damn
But think about it then you'll understand
I'm just an addict addicted to music
Maybe it's a habit, I gotta use it
Even if it's jazz or the quiet storm
I hook a beat up convert it into hip-hop form
Write a rhyme in graffitti in every show you see me in
Deep concentration, cuz I'm no comedian
Jokers are wild if you wanna be tamed
I treat you like a child then you're gonna be named
Another enemy, not even a friend of me
Cuz you'll get fried in the end when you pretend to be
Competin' cuz I just put your mind on pause
and I complete when - you compare my rhyme wit yours
I wake you up and as I stare in your face you seem stunned
Remember me, the one you got your idea from
But soon you start to suffer, the tune'll get rougher
When you start to stutter that's when you had enuff of
Biting, it'll make you choke, you can't provoke
You can't cope, you should've broke because I ain't no joke

I got a question, as serious as cancer
Who can keep the average dancer
Hyper as a heart attack nobody smiling
Cuz you're expressing the rhyme that I'm styling
This is what we all sit down to write
You can't make it so you take it home, break it and bite
Use pieces and bits of all the hip-hop hits
Get the style down pat then it's time to switch
Put my tape on pause and add some more to yours
Then you fake it you're ready for the neighborhood chores
The E-M-C-E-E don't even try to be
When you come up to speak, don't even lie to me
You like to exaggerate, dream and imaginate
Then change the rhyme around, that can aggravate me
So when you see me come up, freeze
Or you'll be one of those 7 MC's
They think that I'm a new jack but only if they knew that
They who think wrong are they who can't do that
Style that I'm doing, they might ruin
Patterns and paragraphs based on you and
Your offbeat DJ, if anything he play
Sound familiar, I'll wait til E say
Play 'em, so I'ma have to diss and bro
You could get a smack for this, I ain't no joke

I hold the microphone like a grudge
B'll hold the record so the needle don't budge
I hold a conversation cuz when I invent
I nominated my DJ to president
When I'm see I'll, keep a freestyle, going steadily
So pucker up and whistle my melody
But whatever you do, don't miss one
They'll be another rough rhyme after this one
Before you know it, you're following and fiending
Waiting for the punchline to get the meaning
Like before the middle of my story I'm telling
Nobody beats the R so stop yelling
Save it, put it in your pocket for later
Cuz I'm moving the crowd and B'll wreck the fader
No interruptions til the mic is broke
When I'm gone, then you can joke
Cuz everything is real on a serious tip
Keep playing and I varies quick
And take you for a walk through hell
Freeze your dome then watch your eyeballs swell
Guide you out of triple stage darkness
When it get dark again then I'ma spark this
Microphone cuz the heat is on, you see smoke
then I finish when the beat is gone, I'm no joke

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Eric B. & Rakim I Ain't No Joke Comments
  1. Teri B

    I miss these days and these two.

  2. Robert Smith

    Life......working as a security guard now. I was 17......

  3. D P

    We went backwards bros 😭


    1:07 💓🔥
    👇 👇 👇💯

  5. j-wizz hathorn

    Wisdom= wise words being spoken.

  6. Jack Welch

    A E.M.C.E.E don't even try to be, when you come up to speak don't even lie to me. Bless the Mic for the Gods.

  7. Neil Chhag

    5.1k dislikes. You gotta be kidding me


    The God Of Hip Hop

  9. R.O.B. UNiQUE

    5.1k lost sheep in the wilderness

    D P

    R.O.B. UNiQUE Indeed 😔

  10. R.O.B. UNiQUE

    Kids 2day still can't come close...

  11. TRIGGER1978 1978

    real hip hop

  12. Samir Castro

    Sound of my childhood

  13. 44 Pacino

    To all fans of the culture interested in what a true MC is and what rap music is in its rawest pursuit uncut form this is it!

  14. B-Town CHILL


  15. Jesa Edwards


  16. Aarjav Jain

    ‘Show me your genitals’

  17. Christian Telle

    This... is... Rap...

  18. rishikesh jadhav

    who considered R a joke in first place ?

  19. Ronald Booker

    Lyrical GENIUS!! ✊🏾❤🖤💚

  20. ahhh okay

    Du Fo**e sagst Kollegah rappt wie Rakim?

  21. Vince Fok

    It is Puff Daddy?

  22. Samuel Watkins

    I ain't no joke 2020

  23. Adidjah Clarke

    Better than these young cats who be using nursery rhyme patterns

  24. Tyress Da Kid

    Who was here because 2k13 and 2k18😂💯💯💯💯

  25. red31

    Rakim best rapper ever. From ALGERIA (north AFRICA).

  26. Gerardo Mendoza Garcia

    I got a question is as serious as cancer....damn. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🥵

  27. Angel Of God7

    Hell yeah

  28. John Jacobs

    This is spiritual. Rakim was on another level

  29. Armani Hooper

    "Eric B & Rakim told you 'i ain't no joke.'"- Lil Keke

  30. BLACK Manone

    This is REAL RAP

  31. Frank Lopez

    Yeeea boiii Flava in the house

  32. Frank Lopez

    Rakim is The Godfather

  33. Elite-C

    Flavor Flav killin that dance

  34. shalla kalla

    DAD: GO UPSTAIRS. ME & ASHTON:why ? DAD:we got BIGGER JBL speakers in your room. ME & ASHTON : oh.


    Impressive video, i delight it so much ... Number-one part is 1:17. *I up 1 twerk, Plsss check and tell what you think* 💃 🧡 💘


    💗 prodigious 💛 💛


    💯 breathtaking 💯

  36. Samiullah Henderson

    Straight flow and no profanity. Rakim was a monster!

  37. DisA Ricpo


  38. Duhh I’m Royal

    2k13 anyone

  39. G-notes Johnson

    "Put your mind on pause" damn

  40. Anthony Barnette

    Still rocking this in 2019 and in 2020

  41. Dank Kanal RUS 2006

    Hah flavor flav

  42. Mark Jackson

    This jam is SICK!!

  43. Chris S

    Who the hell wouldn't give this a like????

    Armani Hooper

    Chris S one of those 7 MCs

  44. Melisa patmore

    2020 still hoter than today's shit

  45. Mounàim Yt

    2020 and it's still fire 🔥🔥🔥

  46. David Hensley

    Eric B for president

  47. Freedom

    This is who 21 Savage thinks he is

  48. S Flow

    The original God MC Rakim 🎤 👑

  49. Jonathan NEDA

    Rakim never had a to cuss and never talked about selling dope, only about how good of a Lyricist he is on the Microphone!!! Greatest rapper and DJ in HISTORY!!!!!!!

  50. Danger Mauz

    This how Trump doin' these Demonrats!

  51. harold mccoy

    This rhyme changed the game !!

  52. Antonio Gambardella

    À mostrò fratè sì ò gas proprio 💪💪💪🔥🔥🔥😍😍😍😎😎😎🙏🙏🙏

  53. N8oR

    Imagine how much of a loser you have to be in order to give this a thumbs down 😂

  54. VANDAL

    5000 thumbs down???? wtf??? This is the true and living right here!

  55. 욧다


  56. Michael Nyamohanga

    ok boomer

  57. Charles williams


  58. Ramses Smith

    Rakim was the Dr in the 80s

  59. EG LA32 LG/333/EXLA/JOSEPH'S


  60. Indigogoddess1111 Stevens

    smooth as silk 🖤

  61. Shan

    Bump that Shit Homie.

  62. Kay Hay 511

    2019 watching 👑✊🏾

  63. Kim Twister


  64. protegeteam

    Back in the days when Circuit City was the spot to buy yo gadgets

  65. Sam Casiragui


  66. Sealy

    Three minutes and 53 seconds of pure lyrical FIRE!!!

  67. Lewesley Acklin

    who else listening to this forever besides me? ✨💫🌈

    danni dany

    Lewesley Acklin Me Ⓜ️

    Lewesley Acklin

    @danni dany that's was up brother ✌

  68. Hanzel Rodriguez

    this song is the definition of DOPE (addicted to music I gotta use it💥💥💥💥💣💣💣)

  69. Chris T4

    Still cuts

  70. Lucas Ramboo

    2019/2020 anyone?

    danni dany

    Lucas Ramboo 05-12-2019 Ⓜ️e

    Lucas Ramboo

    danni dany
    I guess its only we 🙃

  71. DeAngelo White

    Track Suits 💪🏾💯

  72. lilmari10

    Literally the best song on nba 2k13 no cap


    DMX meeting Rakim for the first time ever.

  74. Edwin J.T.P

    The 5k+ dislikes are from people with no history knowledge in Hip hop routes....

  75. Padre Mortalis

    I'm here cuz I had a nostalgic itch I had to scratch, and Eric B scratched it. No joke.

  76. Dwight Love

    The Source called him THE GREATEST EVER FOR LYRICS!!!!

  77. Dwight Love

    He has a book out please buy it!!!!!

  78. Josiah Harvey

    I would've snatched his chain

    Lewesley Acklin

    you woulda got whooped

    Josiah Harvey

    @Lewesley Acklin ha

  79. Malik Number 12

    I just played this in my car real loud and heads still bopping outside 2019!


    If your not versed in Eric b and Rakim your lost before you ever started REALLY "Doin it 4 THE CULTURE"

  81. billiejean benoit

    Where is eric B????? IS THEY TWINS???

    C McC

    billiejean benoit he the one on the beat

  82. Ashutosh Aditya Singh

    Just pure hip hop (rap)

  83. Netta Wiggins

    Harlem... The Mic God

  84. Steve Martino

    Never say that you gangsta, now that's gangsta

  85. shomi• ___

    Not a single N word and still 🔥

  86. D Yung

  87. Tony Griffin

    2:37 the conclusion endless bars!!!!!!!!!

  88. Tony Griffin

    1:24 the board meeting

  89. 2slick35



    Real music jammin in 2019

  91. Ian Israel

    Rakim is the G.O.A.T.

  92. George Wright

    You are the best , and M&M is just candy, nobody can flow like you.

  93. Jonathan Mendez

    anyone here from All-American?

  94. John Duck

    Can someone telle where i can find a time machine cause iam out of here going back to the 80s

  95. billslover90

    todays rap and hip hop is a joke!!! hip hop from the 80s and 90s like rakim and a tribe called quest arent and never will be

  96. Marino Gilmore

    This song set the stage for everything I would become and I thank God I was raised in that era $

  97. Calvin Harrison

    This video too ill. I’m 20 and tried to put my peeps on but they laughed in my face. I’ll keep it to myself I guess😂

  98. Sa Mu-El Jackson

    This cat said he'll guide you out of triple stage darkness........damn!