Run DMC - What's It All About? Lyrics

[Run] I would like to throw "Rock Box" in the start of this one..

[Jam Master Jay obliges with the cut.. "Run.. Dee.. Run.. D.. M.. C.." "Here we go again!" -> Chuck D]

"What's it all about?" [4X with stutter repeats]

Livin in the city - the crack the mack and all that
Easy does it, is it was it
the black or white that Friday night
in those racist places - let's get it right
Ah to the maximum, and keep askin 'um
when the city gonna fix where the BLACKS are from
And every day around the way another one got
bucked in his head - from a gunshot
No chance in advance for the ambulance
Cause he was just another victim of the circumstance
A brother died, the mother cried, it was a pity
But that's how it goes down when you're livin in the city

[Jam Master Jay cuts "What's it all about?" samples]

Just a hard rock, call him a hard rock
in the metropolis there's no stoppin this
Can't agree with society poppin this
Disagree with the plea when they coppin it
Some men pretend the end will come soon
They gather what they can and them BOOM
You played yourself, you made your wealth;
the deal was dealt - now your health is in question
Three Card Molly, hoodlums - who are we?
Pollution, prostitution, In God We -
- need a solution, revolution, substitution
for the thing's that we're abusing
Pity the city, for the people livin out on the streets
Yo we homeless, the homeless need to eat
There's no progress for the rest
God bless for less

[Jam Master Jay cuts "What's it all about?" samples]
[musical breakdown]

[Run] What it is?
[DMC] What's it all about?
[Run] Whassup G?
[DMC] What it be?
[Run] How you livin HOMELESS PROBABLY
Mandela's free
[DMC] and they're rollin with D
[both] In history you cannot see em like they cannot see me
[Run] The Berlin Wall
[DMC] It all had to fall
[Run] They said no but..
[Jay] "Yo!" "Yes y'all!"
[Run] The people that spoke were never provoked
and now it's tumblin down
Freedom of speech for each
[DMC] Now how that sound?
[Run] Try to stop me from sayin what I want to say
My funky rhyme I never quit until the break of day
NOW HERE WE GO as I flow and show and kick
[DMC] Infor-mation, teach and ? reach inside the nation
[Run] And now that the point is out
Let the jam slam my man and tell me
what's it all about?

[Jam Master Jay cuts "What's it all about?" samples]
[musical breakdown]

I flex my muscle, what I must do
is bumrush you, FUCK YOU I'll crush you
The Ku Klux Klan is fucked up
And every good man'll understand
Beginnin and winnin, from the first fuckin vocal
I spoke to you, I ain't no joke to you
I do what I want to do
If you don't like what me and my crew is doin then FUCK YOU
What I do and what I done with Jay and Run
None could ever become, to sum it up bum..
get off my DICK and out my KINGDOM
(Yo yo D tell em where you're from)
Straight from Hollis, Queens
I'm still eatin collard greens and I'm doin the same things
I ain't never goin out suckers..
punk motherfuckers!
What's it all about?

[musical breakdown]

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Run DMC What's It All About? Comments
  1. ธีรพล เสาวภา

    Fools gold drumbeat

  2. Nick Hulston

    Queens meets Manchester ✌

  3. AdamsFam71

    Still a slept on song #RipJmJ #RunDmc

  4. Harriston Miller

    clever sampling of stones' classic indie hit "Fools Gold" with their unique syle of rapping

  5. IceManLikeGervin

    Str8 up dopeness!!! RIP JMJ

  6. paul upton

    Stone Roses/DMC...respect to both!

  7. Your Conscience

    This is amazing .. This is so jam packed with multis, and in 1990, before Nas & Az were doing it in every line, and like 2 years after Rakim Kane & and KGR invented the shit. And neither of those did it in a good portion of their verses.

    Yeah shit was evolving quickly back then, but Rakim and co. had barely laid the foundation for the idea of frequent multis and the way they were used like an instrument and these guys were doing it in a way that was equal to guys a few years after them, and wasn't really surpassed 'til the Detroit scene came in with people like Eye Kyu and Em and Royce and especially ElzhI, and a focus on rhyme schemes and flow over content at first, leading to fucking ..

    Wrap you in rope and plastic
    Stab you with broken glass and
    Have you with open gashes
    Strapped to a soaking mattress

    There's barely a syllable in there that doesn't rhyme with the corresponding syllable in the line above it, let alone a word.

  8. Kaffra Raffin

    Cilla Blacks Whats it all about, plus Stone Roses Fools Gold, plus DJ Genius.:

  9. Toyota Corolla

    Rest in peace Rick Ruby

  10. Ray Grooves

    Stone Roses

  11. Geo 100

    Fools Gold sample

  12. Ramyro Souza

    _Hot pants_ sample!

  13. Julio Stadtler Stadtler

    Yo! Run _D.M.C. are my favorite group of all times.Like the Beastie Boys are and Public Enemy and the juice grew all Start.Word to my father that God bless his soul that he rest in peace word. August 18_2016.

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  15. john wallace

    one of their greatest hits before it came to an end!