Eric B. & Rakim - My Melody Lyrics




Turn up the bass, check out my melody, hand out a cigar
I'm lettin knowledge be born, and my name's the R
A-k-i-m, not like the rest of them, I'm not on a list
That's what I'm sayin, I drop science like a scientist
My melody's in a code, the very next episode
Has the mic often distortin', ready to explode
I keep the mic at Fahrenheit, freeze MC's to make 'em colder
The listener's system is kickin' like solar
As I memorize, advertise, like a poet
Keep you goin' when I'm flowin', smooth enough, you know with the rough
That's why the moral of my story I tell'll be
Nobody beats the R, check out my melody

So what, I'm a microphone fiend addicted soon as I seen
One of these four MC's so they don't have to scream
I couldn't wait to take the mic, flow into it to test it,
Let 'My Melody' play, then a record suggest it
I'm droppin bombs, but I stay peace and calm
Any MC that disagree with me wave your arm
And I'll break, when I'm through breakin' I'll leave you broke
Drop the mic when I'm finished and watch it smoke
So stand back, you wanna rap? All of that can wait
I won't push, I won't beat around the bush
I wanna break upon those who are not supposed to
You might try but you can't get close to
Because I'm number one, competition is none
I'm measured with the heat that's made by sun
'Cause I'm playin ball or bobbin' in the hall
Or just writin my name in graffiti on the wall
You shouldn't have told me you said you controlled me
So now a contest is what you owe me
Pull out your money, pull out your cut
Pull up a chair, and I'm a tear shit up
My name is Rakim Allah, and R and A stands for Ra
Switch it around, it still comes out R
So easily will I e-m-c-e-e
My repetition of words is check out my melody
Some bass and treble is moist, scratch in and cut in a voice
And when it's mine that's when the rhyme is always choice
I wouldn't a came and said my name and run same weak shit
Puttin' blurbs and slurs and words that don't fit
In a rhyme, why waste time on the microphone
I take this more serious than just a poem
Rockin party to party, backyard to yard
I tear it up, y'all, and bless the mic for the gods

The rhyme is rugged, at the same time sharp
I can swing off anything even a string of a harp
Just turn it on and start rockin, mine, no introduction
'Til I finish droppin science, no interruption
When I approach I exercise like a coach
Usin' a melody and add new verse(?) and notes
So when the mic and the R-a-k-i-m
It's attached, like a match I will strike again
Rhymes are poetically kept and alphabetically stepped
Put in a order to pursue with the momentum except
I say one rhyme out of order, a longer rhyme shorter,
A pause, but don't stop the tape recorder

I'm not a regular competitor, first rhyme editor
Melody arranger, poet, etcetera
Extra event, the grand finale-like bonus
I am the man they call the microphonist
With wisdom, which means wise words bein' spoken
Too many at one time watch the mic start smokin'
I came to express the rap I manifest
Stand in my way and I'll veto on the word's protest
MC's that wanna be vissed(?), they're gonna
Be dissed if they don't get from in fronta
All they can go get is me a glass of Moet
A hard time, sip your juice and watch a smooth poet
I take 7 MC's put 'em in a line
And add 7 more brothas who think they can rhyme
Well, it'll take 7 more before I go for mine
Now that's 21 MC's ate up at the same time
Easy does it, do it easy, that's what I'm doin'
No fessin', no messin' around, no chewin'
No robbin', no buyin', bitin', why bother
This slob'll stop tryin', fightin' to follow
My unusual style will confuse you a while
And if I was water, I'd flow in the Nile
So many rhymes you won't have time to go for yours
Just because of applause I have to pause
Right after tonight is when I prepare
To catch another sucka duck MC out there
'Cause my strategy has to be tragedy, catastrophe
And after this you'll call me your majesty
My melody

Yes, my melody
Eric B.

Marley Marl synthesized it, I memorize it
Eric B. made a cut and advertised it
My melody's created for MC's in the place
They try to listen cuz I'm dissin them so pick up your face
Shook off your neck cuz you try to detect my pace
Now you're buggin', almost doggin' off my rhyme-like bass
The melody that I'm stylin', smooth as a violin
Rough enough to break New York from Long Island
My wisdom is swift, no matter if
My momentum is slow, MC's still stand stiff
I'm genuine like leather - reclined to be clever
MC, you'll beat the R, I'll say "Oh never"
So Eric B., cut it easily and
check out my melody...





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Eric B. & Rakim My Melody Comments
  1. Cleveland Chisholm

    2020 still booming in my system

  2. Rico Sims

    This track and the one on the reverse side of the 12 inch vinyl (Eric B is President) is what reinvented rap. Every rap song before this guy used simple, basic lyrics (much like today's rootie-pootie rappers). Nuff respect for Rakim and Marley Marl (the pre-Dre producer). Eric B had a hand in this as well, but he was not a premium dj; his scratches were basic and subpar at best. Rakim was that dude but Kane's "Raw" was the first song that could actually compete with My Melody. Love that fkn era!

  3. Anthony Spencer

    I remember i was bout 8 or 9 when i heard this and was mindbown... he was killin everybody back then. He still the goat.

  4. anthony hodges

    Notice he kept saying brother not the "N" word. One my favorite rappers in the 80's..

  5. Norm Mikhael

    Daddy ain’t around, probably out committing felony

  6. carole johnson

    Hands down! This is one of the best rhymes ever made! Breaking it down nobody has ever done it like Rakim!

  7. Ralphie the truth

    I would relive this era all over again.

  8. StylzOne

    Greatness

  9. Joseph Cole

    1986 1987 high school dayz......RIP 1980s

  10. Angelita Miller

    My favorite rap forever

  11. Kareem Supreme T.V.

    Im letting knowledge be born and my names the R.... Another words ... Im 19 years old and my names the 18th letter. ...Peace ✌ to the gods and earths.

  12. kevin hunt

    My unusual style will confuse a while if i was water.. i float threw the Nile

  13. kevin hunt

    The first verse killed every so called mc thats out in this days time!

  14. rita williams

    THE GREATEST !!!!! Can any of y’all new so called mc’s do it like Eric b n Rakim.

  15. Chauncey

    Lord have mercy!
    Lyrical immortality. There's rappers who calls themselves the G.O.A.T. and then there's Rakim.
    He's the G.O.A.T's G.O.A.T.

  16. nuttymilk haha

    I love this song ngl

  17. Real RADIO Talk with Nigist

    the whistle

  18. Moe Moe

    Turn up the bass check out my melody hand out a cigar
    I'm lettin knowledge be born and my name's the are
    A k i m not like the rest of them I'm not on a list
    That's what I'm sayin I drop science like a scientist
    My melody's in a code the very next episode
    Has the mic often distortin ready to explode
    I keep the mic in Fahrenheit freeze MC's and make em colder
    The listener's system is kickin like solar
    As I memorize, advertise, like a poet
    Keep you goin when I'm flowin, smooth enough, you know it
    But rough that's why the middle of my story I tell E.B.
    Nobody beats the "are", check out my melody...
    So what if I'm a microphone fiend addicted soon as I sing
    One of these for MC's so they don't have to scream
    I couldn't wait to take the mic, flow into it to test
    Then let my melody play, and then the record suggest
    That I'm droppin bombs, but I stay peace and calm
    Any MC that disagree with me just wave your arm
    And I'll break, when I'm through breakin I'll leave you broke
    Drop the mic when I'm finished and watch it smoke
    So stand back, you want to rap? All of that can wait
    I won't push, I won't beat around the bush
    I want to break upon those who are not supposed to
    You might try but you can't get close to
    Because I'm number one, competition is none
    I'm measured with the heat that's made by sun
    Whether playin ball or bobbin in the hall
    I just writin my name in graffiti on the wall
    You shouldn't have told me you said you control me
    So now a contest is what you owe me
    Pull out your money, pull out your cut
    Pull up a chair, and I'ma tear shit up
    My name is Rakim Allah, and are & A stands for "Ra"
    Switch it around, but still comes out "are"
    So easily will I e-m-see-e-e
    My repetition of words is "check out my melody"
    Some bass and treble is moist, scratchin and cuttin a voice
    And when it's mine that's when the rhyme is always choice
    I wouldn't have came to set my name around the same weak shit
    Puttin blurs and slurs and words that don't fit
    In a rhyme, why waste time on the microphone
    I take this more serious than just a poem
    Rockin party to party, backyard to yard
    Now tear it up, y'all, and bless the mic for the gods
    The rhyme is rugged, at the same time sharp
    I can swing off anything even a string of a harp
    Just turn it on and start rockin, mind no introduction
    Til I finish droppin science, no interruption
    When I approach I exercise like a coach
    Usin a melody and add numerous notes
    With the mic and the are-a-k-i-m
    It's a task, like a match I will strike again
    Rhymes are poetically kept and alphabetically stepped
    Put in order to pursue with the momentum except
    I say one rhyme and I order a longer rhyme shorter
    A pause, but don't stop the tape recorder
    I'm not a regular competitor, first rhyme editor
    Melody arranger, poet, etcetera
    Extra events, the grand finale like bonus
    I am the man they call the microphonist
    With wisdom which means wise words bein spoken
    Too many at one time watch the mic start smokin
    I came to express the rap I manifest
    Stand in my way and I'll lead a ??? words protest
    MC's that want to be dissed they're gonna
    Be dissed if they don't get from in fronta
    All they can go get is me a glass of Moet
    A hard time, sip your juice and watch a smooth poet
    I take 7 MC's put em in a line
    And add 7 more brothas who think they can rhyme
    Well, it'll take 7 more before I go for mine
    And that's 21 MC's ate up at the same time
    Easy does it, do it easy, that's what I'm doin
    No fessin, no messin around, no chewin
    No robbin, no buyin, bitin, why bother
    This slob'll stop tryin fightin to follow
    My unusual style will confuse you a while
    If I was water, I flow in the Nile
    So many rhymes you won't have time to go for your's
    Just because of a cause I have to pause
    Right after tonight is when I prepare
    To catch another sucka duck MC out there
    'cause my strategy has to be tragedy, catastrophe
    And after this you'll call me your majesty
    My melody...
    Marley Marl synthesized it, I memorize it
    Eric be made a cut and advertised it
    My melody's created for MC's in the place
    Who try to listen 'cause I'm dissin
    Take off your necklace, you try to detect my pace?
    Now you're buggin over ?off my rhyme like bass
    The melody that I'm stylin, smooth as a violin
    Rough enough to break New York from Long Island
    My wisdom is swift, no matter if
    My momentum is slow, MC's still stand stiff
    I'm genuine like leather, don't try to be clever
    MC's you'll beat the "are", I'll say "Oh never"
    So Eric be cut it easily
    And check out my melody...

  19. Compton Beast722

    So many rhymes you want have time to go for urs just because of the applause i have to pause.... Eww that was a sick verse this dude is like listei g to eminem u have to really sit there and focus and pay close attention to his delivery cuz its 😷 sick 🔥🔥

  20. Compton Beast722

    Where can i find the lyrics to this

    Moe Moe

    Turn up the bass check out my melody hand out a cigar
    I'm lettin knowledge be born and my name's the are
    A k i m not like the rest of them I'm not on a list
    That's what I'm sayin I drop science like a scientist
    My melody's in a code the very next episode
    Has the mic often distortin ready to explode
    I keep the mic in Fahrenheit freeze MC's and make em colder
    The listener's system is kickin like solar
    As I memorize, advertise, like a poet
    Keep you goin when I'm flowin, smooth enough, you know it
    But rough that's why the middle of my story I tell E.B.
    Nobody beats the "are", check out my melody...
    So what if I'm a microphone fiend addicted soon as I sing
    One of these for MC's so they don't have to scream
    I couldn't wait to take the mic, flow into it to test
    Then let my melody play, and then the record suggest
    That I'm droppin bombs, but I stay peace and calm
    Any MC that disagree with me just wave your arm
    And I'll break, when I'm through breakin I'll leave you broke
    Drop the mic when I'm finished and watch it smoke
    So stand back, you want to rap? All of that can wait
    I won't push, I won't beat around the bush
    I want to break upon those who are not supposed to
    You might try but you can't get close to
    Because I'm number one, competition is none
    I'm measured with the heat that's made by sun
    Whether playin ball or bobbin in the hall
    I just writin my name in graffiti on the wall
    You shouldn't have told me you said you control me
    So now a contest is what you owe me
    Pull out your money, pull out your cut
    Pull up a chair, and I'ma tear shit up
    My name is Rakim Allah, and are & A stands for "Ra"
    Switch it around, but still comes out "are"
    So easily will I e-m-see-e-e
    My repetition of words is "check out my melody"
    Some bass and treble is moist, scratchin and cuttin a voice
    And when it's mine that's when the rhyme is always choice
    I wouldn't have came to set my name around the same weak shit
    Puttin blurs and slurs and words that don't fit
    In a rhyme, why waste time on the microphone
    I take this more serious than just a poem
    Rockin party to party, backyard to yard
    Now tear it up, y'all, and bless the mic for the gods
    The rhyme is rugged, at the same time sharp
    I can swing off anything even a string of a harp
    Just turn it on and start rockin, mind no introduction
    Til I finish droppin science, no interruption
    When I approach I exercise like a coach
    Usin a melody and add numerous notes
    With the mic and the are-a-k-i-m
    It's a task, like a match I will strike again
    Rhymes are poetically kept and alphabetically stepped
    Put in order to pursue with the momentum except
    I say one rhyme and I order a longer rhyme shorter
    A pause, but don't stop the tape recorder
    I'm not a regular competitor, first rhyme editor
    Melody arranger, poet, etcetera
    Extra events, the grand finale like bonus
    I am the man they call the microphonist
    With wisdom which means wise words bein spoken
    Too many at one time watch the mic start smokin
    I came to express the rap I manifest
    Stand in my way and I'll lead a ??? words protest
    MC's that want to be dissed they're gonna
    Be dissed if they don't get from in fronta
    All they can go get is me a glass of Moet
    A hard time, sip your juice and watch a smooth poet
    I take 7 MC's put em in a line
    And add 7 more brothas who think they can rhyme
    Well, it'll take 7 more before I go for mine
    And that's 21 MC's ate up at the same time
    Easy does it, do it easy, that's what I'm doin
    No fessin, no messin around, no chewin
    No robbin, no buyin, bitin, why bother
    This slob'll stop tryin fightin to follow
    My unusual style will confuse you a while
    If I was water, I flow in the Nile
    So many rhymes you won't have time to go for your's
    Just because of a cause I have to pause
    Right after tonight is when I prepare
    To catch another sucka duck MC out there
    'cause my strategy has to be tragedy, catastrophe
    And after this you'll call me your majesty
    My melody...
    Marley Marl synthesized it, I memorize it
    Eric be made a cut and advertised it
    My melody's created for MC's in the place
    Who try to listen 'cause I'm dissin
    Take off your necklace, you try to detect my pace?
    Now you're buggin over ?off my rhyme like bass
    The melody that I'm stylin, smooth as a violin
    Rough enough to break New York from Long Island
    My wisdom is swift, no matter if
    My momentum is slow, MC's still stand stiff
    I'm genuine like leather, don't try to be clever
    MC's you'll beat the "are", I'll say "Oh never"
    So Eric be cut it easily
    And check out my melody...

  21. Compton Beast722

    He said so wat if im a microphone fiend

  22. sychophantt

    This shit's bananas!

  23. Derrick Leon

    He was a gangster rapper in a unique way without the guns and the killings he made MC's to not jump out there they knew better so they respected him.

  24. grand imperial

    The "BEST" music Lyricist & Multi syllabic "EVER"!

  25. jay miller

    Any channel that has a lotnof adds or back to back i dislike and report. I suggest others do the same.. and i have addblock lol

  26. Galaxy Glory

    Hip hop foreva!

  27. Macho Perez

    Maaaan listen nothing but 🔥🔥🔥🔥 need I say more

  28. Anthony Barnette

    Best rapper to date no one can touch him

  29. S Flow

    The original God MC Rakim 🎤 👑

  30. Derrick Leon

    The greatest mc of all times. The Michael Jordan of hip hop.

  31. Kevin Scott

    "Rough enough to break New York from Long Island."

  32. W.A.M Productions Inc

    My strategy has to tragedy catastrophe and after this you call me your majesty !

  33. Violence Is Fun

    I take seven grams of speed and stick each one in a line,
    Add seven more to make it even both sides,
    It'll take another seven to reach a level of mine,
    So that's twenty one lines all sniffed up at one time

  34. IJOE SWAG, YOUNG SWAGGER DAGGER

    Still as fire as the day the Album dropped!!

  35. james benson

    One of the motherfucking best out there now drop the mic

  36. Wickedvoid96

    that trap shit is fucking rubbish, this was right here was real rap.

  37. Ravi Ramkumar

    A perfect tune to smoke blunts to! Word is born, my nigga!

  38. ヨナーグマン N国非行人候補

    gangstarr likes

  39. JK number5

    My name is Rakim ALLAH is all I need in life

  40. Donald Spellman

    Wassup mommy yeah man facts always baby new York Brooklyn bridge

  41. Brandon Spellman

    Pull out cha money
    Pull out cha cut
    Pull out a chair
    AND IMA TARE SHIT UP!!

  42. Eric Veal

    G.o.a.t.

  43. Tony-Shabazz Roberts-Woods

    He was spitting mathmatics in his lyrics literally.

  44. KingJayWestern

    He re-created rapping

  45. Kevin Montoya

    What a real goat

  46. Carey Calvert

    ... started reading the R's Sweat the Technique, and had to listen to this, immediately.

  47. Melody Morning Star

    My name is melody

  48. Clifton Coleman

    Classic main hit

  49. Bill Game

    Real hip hop.

  50. Salaam Supreme

    No cussing and killing,just mic smoking and building

  51. martin hill

    So many memories of this song, I was in Germany in the Air Force when this came out. Use to pay the dj in the German club to play this, and lose my damn mind.!!!!

  52. mysteriousgamer89

    my favorite rakim song of all time honestly. i know alot of ppl would say microphone fiend, eric b is president or know the ledge (i think that song was in juice im not sure) are his best. but to me, my melody is his greatest achievement. one of my top 10 favorite hip hop songs of all time if im picking 1 song per rapper.

    rakim for life, he's 1 of 15 rappers who have GOAT status (best rapper ever) in my book. long live rakim.

  53. james hopkins

    That 5th verse is a muthasucka..Marley maul synthesized it,etc...mite b the 4th..

  54. james hopkins

    I take this mo serious than just a poem...

  55. Varon Burnett Burnett

    1986....11th garade.... everybody had BIG ASSED radios in class!!!! bumping Rakim....this changed the GAME.... overnight.

  56. Tyler Stevens

    Playback speed 1.25x thank me later IMPECCABLE FLOW

  57. Sha'zilla Brown

    I swear eric b & Rakim was in a league of there own" ....how many agree"... Check out my melody"

  58. Arnett Keys

    "I take 7 MC's put them in line, and add 7 more brothas, who think they can rhyme, well it will take 7 more before I go for mine, now that's 21 MC's ate up at the same time. Classic

  59. Arnett Keys

    Listen up y'all class is now in session.

  60. OJ’s Bloody Glove

    This record feels like ancient Hip Hop and we are witnessing Rakim write the hieroglyphics of what constitutes as lyricism

  61. info joe

    skinny jeans dudes that that like mumble rap hit thumbs down dont know shit lol this is real classic hip hop classic shit

  62. Andrew Motta

    Because Eric B and Rakim are PAID IN FULL

  63. Pearl Harbor

    “21 emcees ate up at the same time.”

  64. Apolinar Howell

    🔥🔥🔥

  65. Serch Murillo

    Diamonds are forever like family and loyalty
    Or real rap songs like C.R.E.A.M. or My Melody
    Diamonds are forever like my infinite thought
    Like respect in the hood that can't be bought

  66. Austin Edwards

    Rakim and Eric B forever

  67. NEL DA DAWN

    RASPECT to da God MC RAKIM Allah

  68. titanaup

    GOT DAYUM. Other rappers and hip hop groups around that time had simpler, more straightforward rhymes but were delivered with much more power and force. When you listen to RUN DMC there's no way your blood doesn't start pumping and shit. But then here comes this cat, Rakim who was super soulful and smooooooth as fuck with rhymes more insane and complex then anything out at the time. I wonder what it would feel like being a hip hop fan at that time and listening to Rakim for the first time.

  69. Bully Music

    Competition is NONE!!

  70. Bully Music

    Hip hop wasn't ready for this!!

  71. Kaseam Wallace

    My wisdom is swift, no matter if
    My momentum is slow, MC's still stand stiff

    -rappers today still standing stiff because of that flow

  72. Anthony Mckinney

    Turn up the bass, check out my melody, hand out a cigar
    I'm letting knowledge be born and my name's the R
    A-K-I-M not like the rest of them, I'm not on a list

  73. Travis Wheeler

    Classic........😎

  74. lnjinn Tunn

    03oct2019.dellthecomputer jus checkin in yall......

  75. ronald tyili

    i liked this line as a kid.. i never knew what it meant at that time, i was a kid listening to my uncles tapes as he was teaching me real hip hop and mostly listening for beats..but as a grown man i get it


    "I take 7 MC's put them in line, and add 7 more brother, who think they can rhyme, well it will take 7 more before I go for mine, now that's 21 MC's ate up at the same. #bars

  76. punannyluvr

    I cant recall a modern rapper redoing a rakim track. Is it because his intricate style is godly patented

  77. E Robinson

    Rakim was promoted to the Rank of COLONEL after this track!!! straight commanded the rap game!!!!

  78. fooloof

    This is the remix.

  79. Gia Smith

    Damn who was out in the parks after dark when the dj’s in Nyc would bring out the speakers and all the crates and would dj all night cutting and scratching!!!!🗣omg miss the 80s

  80. slaxoruss

    Diamonds are forever like family, and loyalty, or real rap song like cream, or my melody

  81. Angel Heart Ortiz

    Who still rocking to this in 2019 I am 💯

    Gerald Johnson

    Im with u

    Gerald Johnson

    @Cornell Davis tell it big c

    QUAY Savvy

    Me trying to learn something

    Rico Sims

    I keeps this sort of sht in my ride at all times! Strictly old school, lyrical rap

  82. Star Child

    Does anyone know where the sample for this came from?

  83. Kor6 Bigtime

    Is That introduction instrumental from another song? I thought of Royce 59 second place is similar but doesn't have that bell ring noise

  84. Big Don

    Many don’t realise how incredible this shit is. Imagine being thrown in a dark room and told to create something out of thin air...This dude did that.

  85. guillermo vasquez

    Disrespect the R i said not ever.🔥

  86. Aminah Shabazz

    Wisdom- Wise words being spoken! 😘

  87. J P

    Whats the beat from in the begining. Theres another song wit tbat beat

    DjTIMEJD

    J P The original version of this song. It plays throughout the OG.

    J P

    @DjTIMEJD huh?

    DjTIMEJD

    @J P https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdMlZxHLM8w

  88. UltimateReality

    Eminem copied from this "I take seven {kids} from {Columbine}, stand 'em all in line
    Add an AK-47, a revolver, a 9
    A MAC-11 and it oughta solve the problem of mine
    And that's a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time"

  89. Fred Folson

    "I can swing off anything, even the string of a harp."

  90. john doe junior

    (+)_(+)classic

  91. MrTbwfGames

    Cuz my strategy has to be tragidy catastrophy after this you could meet your majesty

  92. SPITBULL AZ

    Guru brought me here ! #DIAMOND

  93. Lenny KD240

    Rakim was 17 or 18 when he rapped this!

  94. ooga booga

    Diamonds are forever like family and loyalty
    Or real rap songs like "C.R.E.A.M." or "My Melody"

    E N V I.

    yeah!!!

    Steezart

    Know I had 2 one back

    Alxrtv

    Diamonds are forever like my infinite thought
    Like respect in the Hood that cant be bought

    brandonbaer4

    Word up

    willy baime

    @brandonbaer4 Diamonds