It’s Tricky – Run-D.M.C

October 20, 2021

Today’s song of the day is an American hip hop song, “It’s Tricky,” Run-D.M.C.

Fun Facts

  • Run-D.M.C. was first formed in 1982 in the New York City borough of Queens.
  • The members of the group are Run (real name Joseph Simmons), D.M.C. (real name Darryl McDaniels), and DJ Jam Master Jay.
  • The song was number 16 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 but only hit the number 57 position in the US Billboard charts.
  • American magician duo Penn and Teller appeared in the official “It’s Tricky” video.
  • Run-D.M.C. was the first hip-hop group to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • The unmistakable beat comes from the guitar riff from “My Sharona,” a 1979 hit by the American rock group, The Knack.
  • Run-D.M.C. was the first rap group to go platinum with their album entitled “Raising Hell.”
  • Run-D.M.C. liked to challenge conventional fashion and were famous for wearing their Adidas sneakers without laces. They even had a song called “My Adidas” dedicated to their footwear.

Lyrics:

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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… Tr-tr-tr-tricky (Tricky) Trrrrrrrrrrricky

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 (Trrrrrricky)

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 cos 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’ cos I make up a rhyme

I’m not braggin’, people naggin’ cos 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’ cos I’m on TV

They even bother my poor father cos 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… Tr-tr-tr-tr-tr-tricky (Tr-Tr-Tr-Tricky) Tr-tr-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! Cos this is it…

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