Don't Believe The Hype Lyrics - Public Enemy

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Back-caught you lookin' for the same thing
It's a new thing-check out this I bring
Uh-oh the roll below the level
'Cause I'm livin' low
Next to the bass (c'mon)
Turn up the radio
They claim that I'm a criminal
By now I wonder how
Some people never know
The enemy could be their friend, guardian
I'm not a hooligan
I rock the party and
Clear all the madness, I'm not a racist
Preach to teach to all
'Cause some they never had this
Number one, not born to run
About the gun
I wasn't licensed to have one
The minute they see me, fear me
I'm the epitome-a public enemy
Used, abused, without clues
I refused to blow a fuse
They even had it on the news
Don't believe the hype

Don't believe he hype

Yes-was the start of my last jam
So here it is again, another def jam
But since I gave you all a little something
That we knew you lacked
They still consider me a new jack
All the critics you can hang'em
I'll hold the rope
But they hope to the pope
And pray it ain't dope
The follower of Farrakhan
Don't tell me that you understand
Until you hear the man
The book of the new school rap game
Writers treat me like Coltrane, insane
Yes to them, but to me I'm a different kind
We're brothers of the same mind, unblind
Caught in the middle and
Not surrenderin'
I don't rhyme for the sake of of riddlin'
Some claim that I'm a smuggler
Some say I never heard of 'ya
A rap burgler, false media
We don't need it do we?
It's fake that's what it be to 'ya, dig me?
Yo, Terminator X, step up on the stand and show the people what time it is

Don't believe the hype

Don't believe the hype-its a sequel
As an equal, can I get this through to you
My 98's boomin' with a trunk of funk
All the jealous punks can't stop the dunk
Comin' from the school of hard knocks
Some perpetrate, they drink Clorox
Attack the Black, cause I know they lack exact
The cold facts, and still they try to xerox
The leader of the new school, uncool
Never played the fool, just made the rules
Remember there's a need to get alarmed
Again I said I was a timebomb
In the daytime the radio's scared of me
'Cause I'm mad, 'cause I'm the enemy
They can't come on and play me in primetime
'Cause I know the time, plus I'm gettin' mine
I get on the mix late in the night
They know I'm livin' right, so here go the mike, psych
Before I let it go, don't rush my show
You try to reach and grab and get elbowed
Word to Herb, yo if you can't swing this
Learn the words, you might sing this
Just a little bit of the taste of the bass for you
As you get up and dance at the LQ
When some deny it, defy it, I swing bolos
Then they clear the lane, I go solo
The meaning of all of that
Some media is the wack
As you believe it's true
It blows me through the roof
Suckers, liars, get me a shovel
Some writers I know are damn devils
For them I say, "Don't believe the hype"
Yo Chuck, they must be on a pipe, right?
Their pens and pads I'll snatch
'Cause I've had it
I'm not an addict, fiendin' for static
I'll see their tape recoreder and grab it
No, you can't have it back, silly rabbit
I'm going' to my media assassin
Harry Allen, I gotta ask him
Yo Harry, you're a writer, are we that type?
Don't believe the hype
Don't believe the hype

I got Flava and all those things you know
Yeah boy, part two bum rush and show
Yo Griff, get the green, black, red, and
Gold down, countdown to Armageddon
'88 you wait the S-One's will
Put the left in effect and I still will
Rock the hard jams, treat it like a seminar
Teach the bourgeois, and rock the boulevard
Some say I'm negative
But they're not positive
But what I got to give
The media says this
Red black and green
Know what I mean
Yo, don't believe the hype
The media says this

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timeless message about the hype | Reviewer: Alfee E. | 9/11/10

Sometimes you just have to get away from something to truly appreciate it. Haven't heard this song in years but it still resonates today probably more than ever. The messages and commentary in this song hit on weak rappers (I don't rhyme for the sake of riddlin), a racist media (They claim that I'm a criminal...) and the legacy of slavery in this country(Attack the black cause they know they lack)while keeping an upbeat message to young men of color everywhere.

The brilliance of their allusion (No you can't have it back silly rabbit...),hyperbole (Some perpetrate, they drink Clorox)and smooth transitions mixed with catchy assonance make this song a candidate for a class dissection in a high school poetry class (Yes, I've done as a high school English teacher.)

Don't Believe the hype is old school rap at it's finest, lines with a purpose. Download the tune and print out the words of Flava Flav and Terminator X's baritone voice booming through your ipod. It will bring you back to militant times and boom box voices in the black community, something sorely missed and needed in these lean times both fiscally and culturally.

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