I Ain't No Joke

Album: Paid In Full (1986)
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  • I ain't no joke, I used 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 cause I won't let
    Nobody press up and mess up the scene 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 in a hip-hop form
    Write a rhyme in graffitti in every show you see me in
    Deep concentration cause I'm no comedian
    Jokers are wild if you wanna be tame
    I treat you like a child then you're gonna be named
    Another enemy, not even a friend of me
    Cause you'll get fried in the end if you pretend to be
    Competing cause I just put your mind on pause
    And I can beat you when you compare my rhyme wit yours
    I wake you up and as I stare in your face you seem stun
    Remember me, the one you got your idea from
    But soon you start to suffer but you only get rougher
    When you start to stutter that's when you had enough of
    Biting it, I make you choke, you can't provoke
    You can't cope, you should of broke cause I ain't no joke

    I got a question, it's serious as cancer
    Who can keep the average dancer
    Hyper as a heart attack nobody smiling
    Cause 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 pack then it's time to switch
    Put my tape on pause and add some more to yours
    Then you figure 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 of paragraphs based on you and
    Your offbeat dj, if anything he play
    Sound familiar, I'll wait til e say
    Play 'em, so I'mma have to dis and broke
    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 cause when I invent
    I nominated my dj the president
    When I'm senile, people 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 fiendin'
    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
    Cause I'm moving the crowd and b a record fader
    No interruptions and the mic is broke
    When I'm gone, then you can joke
    Cause everything is real on a serious tip
    Keep playing and I get furious quick
    And take you for a walk through hell
    Feed your dome then watch your eyeballs swell
    Guide you out of triple state darkness
    When it get dark again then I'mma spark this
    Microphone cause the heat is on, you see smoke
    And I'm finish when the beat is gone, I'm no joke Writer/s: ERIC BARRIER, WILLIAM GRIFFIN
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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