It's Tricky

Album: Raising Hell (1986)
Charted: 16 57
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  • This speech is my recital, I think it's very vital
    To rock (A rhyme), that's right (On time)
    It's Tricky is the title, here we go

    It's Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's Tricky, it's Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky)
    It's Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's tricky, tricky (Tricky) tricky

    I met this little girlie, her hair was kinda curly
    Went to her house and bust her out, I had to leave real early
    These girls are really sleazy, all they just say is please me
    Or spend some time and rock a rhyme, I said "It's not that easy"

    It's Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's tricky (How is it D?) It's tricky (Tricky) tricky (Tricky)
    It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's tricky tricky (Tricky) tricky

    In New York the people talk and try to make us rhyme
    They really (hawk) but we just (walk) because we have no time
    And in the city it's a pity 'cause we just can't hide
    Tinted windows don't mean nothin', they know who's inside

    It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's tricky (How is it D?) Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky)
    It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's tricky tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky) huh!

    When I wake up people take up mostly all of my time
    I'm not singin', phone keep ringin' 'cause I make up a rhyme
    I'm not braggin', people naggin' 'cause they think I'm a star
    Always tearin' what I'm wearin', I think they're goin' too far
    A girl named Carol follows Daryll every gig we play
    Then D dissed her and dismissed her, now she's jockin' Jay
    I ain't lyin', girls be cryin' 'cause I'm on TV
    They even bother my poor father 'cause he's down with me

    It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's tricky (How is it?) Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky)
    It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
    It's tricky, tricky (Tricky) Tr
    We are not thugs (We don't use drugs) but you assume (On your own)
    They offer coke (And lots of dope) but we just leave it alone
    It's like that y'all (Y'all), but we don't quit
    You keep on (Rock!) shock! 'cause this is it

Comments: 10

  • Ken from Philadelphia, PaAlways loved the song. But it has to be noted that, in addition to stealing the beat from The Knack's "My Sharona", they lifted the spine of the chorus from the otherwise dreadful, early-80s, semi-novelty tune, "Mickey" by Toni Basil. If you doubt it, play either song and sing the chorus from the other.... it fits like a glove, and yes, they say "Tricky" in all the spots where Toni Basil says "Mickey". To be clear, none of that takes away from what an awesome song this is. Heck, if anything, it makes the song even more amazing. They took the steaming pile of monkey poo that was "Mickey" and turned it into something incredible.
  • Marissa from Akron, OhThis song is played at all my university's basketball games. We go crazy when they turn this song on. It's just so fun to dance to.
  • Luke from Manchester, Englandand you mean you've HEARD better
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandIt's spelt 'Psyche'
  • Mitch from Kansas City, Mowoohoo!!! this song freaking owns, i mean it is just unbeatable, and run dmc is all from the heart!!
  • Tom from Adelaide, AustraliaThis piece is my recital, I think its very vital, to rock around, thats right all th' time its tricky its a trick HERE WE GO!
    Great song, very tricky...
  • Paul from London, EnglandThe remix of this song for their greatest hits album was, i believe, the first and only made without the late great Jam Master Jay
  • Sean from Toronto, CanadaThis song was also featured in the movie (and on the soundtrack) "Can't Hardly Wait" with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, and Seth Green.
  • Alex from Albany, NyIt wasn't unusual for Rick Rubin to produce it. He started out as a hip-hop producer, and he was also one of the co-founders of Def Jam Records.
  • Horace from Western, MdThe video for this song was the first video Penn and Teller appeared in.
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