[Intro] Brooknam, Bedsty, Crown Heights, mad hood What it is y'all, bust it yap
[Verse 1] As is requested on the record my speech is live, devised or nothin' Fortified the weapon, the best was selected You ain't the mos def you the mos defective Bounce and keep steppin' My inkwell is a riverbed that resurrect the living dead I manifest what's considered but what isn't said Stay on the dot like a infrared It's off the block with whole different thread The durable, flame-resistant, breathable, fantastic fabric You all get into your formal wear, weave classics My speech fits so seamless ya need glasses to recognize the stitch on your nerve fiber The Black Star gon' make the whole world turn brighter You shine bright but my constellation burn brighter They ain't invited to the table, make it turn cipher They chattin' big words but backs is yellow like Big Bird When I flow you ain't seein' no dough like interns I'm professor, you a freshman just scared of your midterms The title on my bookbinding is "Advanced Mic Science" A champion can only rest at the place where the title is Brooklyn
[Verse 2] Believe that Brooklyn my habitat The place where it happen at Lives sway in the sharp balance of the battle-ax Irons is brandished at Thugs draw their hammer back It's where you find the News 2 crew cameras at It's where my fam is at, the Summertime Jam is at They play B.I.G. and get you open like a sandleback Hotter than candle wax Hustle and you can't relax The crack babies tryin' to find where their mammas at It's off the handle, black Where big police scandals at Turned in to action screenplay sold to Miramax The type of place where they check your appearance at And cats who know where all the hot low gear is at The stompin' grounds is where you find the pound smokers that be blazin' tron that have your wave cap floatin' back The doorstep where the "Dispossessed" posted at Dope fiends out on Franklin Ave. sellin' Zorarax You big ballin' better keep your money folded back Cuz once the young guns notice that, it's over black Brooklyn keep on takin' it, worldwide we known for that Flossy cats get it snatched like the local tax The place I sharpen up my baritone vocals at Where one of the greatest MCs was a local cat
[Verse 3] uh huh yeah I keep it rockin' Classic like Adidas Top 10s I'm free from all feelings and toxins Mysterious like chessboxin' Roll with the force to stop gents from mixin' up their wicked concoctions Kweli, that's my (???) and thought is our department If you can't clean up, don't start then My print on the parchment translate finer and larger to leave the competition disheartened The stars shine black like carbon Writin' in my book of rhymes, all my words pass the margin To hold a mic I'm throbbin' I carry off the page Go on and on for days So my phrase autographed on the breeze you breathe Inhale the crisp air of the brand new seas Where we run things but things don't run we What you hear from me constructed carefully Walk until my brothers on the run so fearfully Passionate to the point of tearful They be like "Mos I FEEL YOU" Holdin' it down and still DO FO' REAL DUDE, I'm real true Radiate whatever I'm far from or near to Stay electric like eels who preside in the ocean tide Better tell the clothesline time to open wide, and RECIEVE this No trick, son we sleeveless So nice you can either recite or read this My semantic's deep like Atlantis secrets Who you got beef with? Then STATE your grievance MAKE IT KNOWN before my defense make a zone Make peace 'fore you find it too hard to make it home Vocal cords so powerful they might break a bone We rollin' with the natives, regulate the Terrordome Bout to enter to the ages where my crew take the throne My DNA is out of print, you can't make a clone So rockin' it, keep rockin' it A hundred percent "B-Boy Document" Magnetic marvelous, astonishin' accomplishments like consciousness Whether solo or partnership I dominate the conferences Can't say that twice, but you ain't that nice But Mos Def is, ain't that right?