Shuffle up and Deal

A Tribe Called Quest — Electric Relaxation

One of my all time favorite hip hop songs. Classic jazz bass line sample with a funk sample laid on top. The lyrics are outstanding and Phife really shines on this record. Q-Tip has some gems in this track as well, but Phife starts off thundering with:

I like ’em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitan
Name’s Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation

And ends up with:

Let me hit it from the back, girl I won’t catch a hernia
Bust off on your couch, now you got Seaman’s furniture

The play on words with Seaman’s furniture is just awesome. For context:

If you’re at all into ATCQ, check out the Beats Rhymes and Life documentary. Well worth your time.

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One thought on “Shuffle up and Deal

  1. I love this song. It was on repeat in my mind today. And Seamens furniture makes me happy 🙂

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