Can I Kick It?

Album: People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm (1990)
Charted: 15
  • Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Well, I'm gone (go on then)

    Can I kick it? To all the people who can Quest like A Tribe does
    Before this, did you really know what live was?
    Comprehend to the track, for it's why, cuz
    Getting measures on the tip of the vibers
    Rock and roll to the beat of the funk fuzz
    Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug
    If you feel the urge to freak, do the jitterbug
    Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug
    Afrocentric living is a big shrug
    A life filled with (fun) that's what I love
    A lower plateau is what we're above
    If you diss us, we won't even think of
    Will Nipper the doggy give a big shove?
    This rhythm really fits like a snug glove
    Like a box of positives is a plus, love
    As the Tribe flies high like a dove

    (Can I kick it?)
    (Can I kick it?)

    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Can I kick it? (yes, you can)
    Well, I'm gone (go on then)

    Can I kick it? To my Tribe that flows in layers
    Right now, Phife is a poem sayer
    At times, I'm a studio conveyor
    Mr. Dinkins, would you please be my mayor?
    You'll be doing us a really big favor
    Boy, this track really has a lot of flavor
    When it comes to rhythms, Quest is your savior
    Follow us for the funky behavior
    Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya
    Feel free, drop your pants, check your hair
    Do you like the garments that we wear?
    I instruct you to be the obeyer
    A rhythm recipe that you'll savor
    Doesn't matter if you're minor or major
    Yes, the Tribe of the game, rhythm player
    As you inhale like a breath of fresh air

    (Can I kick it?)
    (Can I kick it?) Writer/s: Lou Reed
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Earl from London, United KingdomTrack also samples "What A Waste" by Ian Dury & The Blockheads.
  • Valentin from Beijing, Chinathe video version samples Baby Huey's "Hard Times"
  • Thomas from Stirling, United Kingdomthe intro "A tribe called Quest" is said by british Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong.
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