“That snake could be that chick and that rat could be that cool cat
That’s whisperin’, “She tryin’ to play you for the fool, Black”
If something’s on your chest, then let it be known
See, I’m not your every five minutes all on the phone
And on the topic of trust, it’s just a matter of fact
That people bite back and fracture what’s intact
And they’ll forever be, I ain’t on some “Oh, I’m a celebrity!”
I deal with the real, so if it’s artificial, let it be
I’ve seen people caught in love like whirlwinds
Listenin’ to their squads and listenin’ to girlfriends
That’s exactly the point where their whole world ends
Lies come in, that’s where that drama begins, and she like…”

Thought I’d bring some 21 year old neo-soul today. This is still at the top of my favorite Roots tracks, and what’s not to dig? The Roots doing their thing, Erykah Badu belting the hook, and Eve dropping a verse. Gotta love hip hop that uses real instrumentation.

The track was co-written by and originally recorded with Jill Scott, and the label still made the Roots have Erykah Badu sing the hook because she had a higher profile at the time. Seriously?! Such a tough decision… Both women are amazing. Thats like choosing between a Super Bowl Champion and a World Series Champion. 

The most underrated part of this track is Questlove’s drumming, if you can believe that! Questlove’s playing is absolutely crisp and steady throughout the song, but it has this palpable tension and the release becomes everything. Questlove delivers. Around the 3:30 mark in the song Questlove throws a flurry of drum n’ bass style beats that elevate the track without leaving the flow of the song. Gets me every time. 

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