A Tribe Called Quest lyrics: Every verse to "We The People"

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If you were one of the people disappointed that Lady Gaga didn't get blatantly political at the Super Bowl, hopefully A Tribe Called Quest's performance at the 2017 Grammys pleased you. Slate writer David Canfield called the group's performance, which included Anderson .Paak, Consequence and Busta Rhymes, "the most powerful performance of the night." 

The musicians' resistance against Trump — aka "President Agent Orange" — was clear. They were not alone in that resistance, either. Jennifer Lopez, who presented the show, quoted Toni Morrison, while Katy Perry performed in front of a copy of the Constitution.

On Twitter, you will find plenty of praise for A Tribe Called Quest's bold move:

"You must go"

Following their Grammy performance, check out the lyrics to "We The People," via Genius:

[Verse 1: Q-Tip]

We don't believe you 'cause we the people

Are you still here in the rear, ayo, we don't need you

You in the killing-off-good-young-nigga mood

When we get hungry we eat the same fucking food

The ramen noodle

Your simple voodoo is so maniacal, we're so liable to pull a juju

The irony is that this bad bitch in my lap

She don't love me, she make money, she don't study that

She gon' give it to me, ain't gon' tell me run it back

She gon' take the brain to wetter plains, she spit on that

The doors have signs with, don't try to rhyme with that

VH1 has a show that you can waste your time with

Guilty pleasures take the edge off reality

And for a salary I'd probably do that shit sporadically

The OG Gucci boots are smitten with iguanas

The IRS piranha see a nigga gettin' commas

Niggas in the hood living in a fishbowl

Gentrify here, now it's not a shit hole

Trendersetter here, I know, my shit's cold

Ain't settling because I ain't so bold but ay

[Hook: Q-Tup]

All you Black folks, you must go

All you Mexicans, you must go

And all you poor folks, you must go

Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways

So all you bad folks, you must go

[Bridge: Phife Dawg & Q-Tip]

The fog and the smog of news media that logs

False narratives of Gods that came up against the odds

We're not just nigga rappers with the bars

It's kismet that we're cosmic with the stars

Ali Shaheed Muhammad, left, and Jarobi White, from A Tribe Called Quest, perform at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Source: Matt Sayles/AP

[Verse 2: Phife Dawg]

You bastards overlooking street art

Better yet, street smarts but you keep us off the charts

So motherfuck your numbers and your statisticians

Fuck y'all know about true competition?

That's like a AL pitcher on deck talking about he hittin' 

The only one who's hitting are the ones that's currently spittin'

We got your missy smitten rubbing on her little kitten

Dreaming of a world that's equal for women with no division

Boy, I tell you that's vision

Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten

The Tribe be the best in their division

Shaheed Muhammed cut it with precision

Who can come back years later, still hit on the shot?

Still them tryna move we off the fucking block

Babylon, bloodclaat

Two pon yuh headtop

[Hook: Q-Tip]

All you Black folks, you must go

All you Mexicans, you must go

And all you poor folks, you must go

Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways

So all you bad folks, you must go

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Christine Stoddard

Christine Stoddard is a freelance writer whose stories have appeared in Marie Claire, Bustle, Teen Vogue, Ravishly, and beyond. In addition to authoring books for Dancing Girl Press and The History Press, she edits Quail Bell Magazine and hosts "The Badass Lady-Folk of Brooklyn" for Radio Free Brooklyn. Learn more at WordsmithChristine.com.

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