The Roots - What They Do

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Song Lyrics

Chorus: (Saadiq)

Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do...

Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do...

Verse One: (Black Thought)

Yo, yo, lost generation, fast paced nation

World population confront their frustration

The principles of true hip-hop have been forsaken

It`s all contractual, and about money making

Pretend-to-be cats don`t seem to know their limitations

Exact replication and false representation

You wanna be a man, then stand your own

To MC requires skills, I demand some shown

I let the frauds keep frontin`

And roam like a cellular phone far from home

Giving crowds what they wantin`

Offical hip-hop consumption, the 5th thumpin`

Keepin` ya party jumpin with an original somethin`

Yo, I dedicate this to the one dimension-al

No imagination, excuse for perpetration

My man came over and said

"Yo we thought we heard you"

Joke`s on you

You heard a bitin` ass crew but uh

Chorus: (Raphael Saadiq)

Never do, what they do when they do what they do

(repeat 2X)

Verse Two: (Black Thought)

Thin is the line that run between love and hatred

The game is ill-natured - is nothing sacred?

Hey yo, it`s funny what I see some rap n*ggaz do to make it

A few will blow up or go as far as they can take it

My nine to five is just to hit ya get the party live

I`m Black Thought, used to rap for sport

Now the rhyme saying rent paying life support

I take it very seriously within this industry

There`s various crews that try to touch me

But I come wit the beautiful things

And I bless the track plushly

Around the world the crowds love me from doing tours

Recipient of applause from all`a you and yours

Creator of original sounds to send to stores you take home

To absorb and sweat it out your pores

Now who can stop the music runnin` through these veins?

Infinitely go against the grain

That`s why my motto`s to


Verse Three: (Black Thought)

Livin the life of limos and lights

Airplanes and trains

Short days and long nights

Keyboards and mics

Bass chords and drum kicks

In my mental thick they hit my head like brick

As I embark on a mission - welcome into the dark

When I first spark the arts, when the listening start

Open your head wide and let the Thought inside

My style fortified by all of Philadel-phi

My dealth more stealth than all the wicked weal-thy

Mentality undetectable by the naked eye

Then I get paid when the record is played

To put it short I want it made like Ed, nuff said

Then after that, I`m puttin on my cousin Hamed

We let the ladies blend with the dark skin thoroughbred and discover

My level is that of no other

And Roots crew reign offical and true

While I`m continuing to...

Chorus: repeat 4X


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Release History

The The Roots song "What They Do" appears on the following albums:
The Best of the Roots
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08 August 2006

The Best of the Roots

  1. Rock Star (intro) (1:05)
  2. Malcolm X / Roots of a Tree (interlude) (0:21)
  3. Pity the Child / Come Together (feat. Zion I) (2:50)
  4. The Next Movement (3:53)
  5. Thought Is Like Freestyle (2:32)
  6. Clones (4:54)
  7. Subliminal Minded Freestyle (1:45)
  8. Push up Ya Lighter (1:58)
  9. Push Up Ya Lighter (feat. Kardinall Offishall) (1:54)
  10. Concerto of a Desperado (1:53)
  11. Concerto of a Desperado (feat. Rakim) (J.Period remix) (0:52)
  12. Rakim (interlude) (0:29)
  13. Been Thru the Storm (feat. Stevie Wonder) (3:03)
  14. Superlyricism / R.I.P. Big Pun (interlude) (0:49)
  15. Superlyrical (feat. Big Pun) (2:23)
  16. Suppossed to Represent (interlude) (0:31)
  17. In The Music (1:31)
  18. Don't Feel Right (2:10)
  19. Members of the Band (Proceed interlude) (1:04)
  20. Essaywhuman?!!!??! (4:59)
  21. Live From the PJ's (feat. Ghostface & Trife) (2:19)
  22. PJ's (feat. Big L) (J.Period remix) (1:16)
  23. Influences / Native Tongue (interlude) (0:59)
  24. Pussy Galore (4:29)
  25. Stay Cool (2:01)
  26. Stay Cool (feat. Q-Tip) (J.Period remix) (1:29)
  27. De La Soul (interlude) (0:42)
  28. What They Do (5:15)
  29. You Got Me (Me Tienes Remix) (4:30)
  30. Me Tienes (feat. Nas) (J.Period remix) (1:32)
  31. Don't Say Nuthin (J.Period Knight remix) (1:08)
  32. Don't Say (J.Period Stick Up remix) (1:06)
  33. Nuthin (J.Period Shot Ya remix) (0:58)
  34. Adrenaline (feat. Malik B) (2:11)
  35. Adrenaline (feat. Busta Rhymes) (J.Period remix) (1:08)
  36. Yes Y'All (feat. will.i.am) (J.Period Goodness remix) (1:01)
  37. Beat Street / B-Boy Interlude (0:54)
  38. Thought @ Work (J.Period Apache remix) (1:37)
  39. Crazy Legs / Rock Steady Crew Interlude (0:30)
  40. Boom! / Wrath of Kane (J.Period Blend) (1:38)
  41. Din Da Da (J.Period Volume remix) (1:46)
  42. Rahzel Interlude (0:34)
  43. Act Too (Love Of My Life) (4:55)
  44. Love of My Life (remix) (feat. Mayda Del Valle) (1:28)
  45. Streets of Philly (2:11)
  46. What You Want (4:48)
  47. Like Water (feat. Lauryn Hill) (1:09)
  48. You Got Me (feat. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu & Eve) (J.Period remix) (2:54)
  49. Jill Scott Interlude (0:23)
  50. Break You Off (feat. D'Angelo) (1:50)
  51. Murder in the First (feat. Jay-Z) (2:01)

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