Show Business

A Tribe Called Quest


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Derek Murphy, Derrick Pka "sadat X" Murphy, Jesse Kirkland, John Davis, John Raymond Flippin, Joseph Kirkland, Kamaal Ibn Jonathan Davis Fareed, Larry Dechalus, Lorenzo Pka "lord Jamar" De Chalis, Malik Taylor, Malik Izaak Taylor, Skeffington V. Anselm, William Curtis
album: Track 6 in album The Low End Theory
release date: 1991-9-24
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
genres: Hip Hop
styles: Conscious
length: 3:54
producer: Skeff Anselm
performer: Sadat X, Diamond D and Lord Jamar
mixer: A Tribe Called Quest and Bob Power
recorded by: A Tribe Called Quest and Bob Power
co-producer: A Tribe Called Quest
composer: Joseph Kirkland, Jonathan Davis, Malik Isaac Taylor, Skeff Anselm, Lorenzo DeChalus, Derrick Murphy, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Album Information

label: Jive
country(area): United States
format: CD
barcode: 012414141828
script: Latin

Cover Art

A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory cover art


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Let me tell you 'bout the snakes, the fakes, the lies
Where you see the pretty girls
Checkin' for a rapper with all the dough
And if you're gonna fall, they won't be around, y'all
And you think that you got what it takes?
And prepare yourself for the breaks

The ups and downs with the hoes (The Business)
People gotta stick their nose (In the Business)
Yo, I gotta speak on the cesspool
Only if you're on stage or if you're speakin' to your people
Especially on the industry side
Right through your fingers, you gotta know the deal

You're a million dollar man that ain't got no dough
Sedated and at that fact they elated
The reply is a kick in the *** from a leg and a boot
But in the back they're makin' fruit juice
Not able cos you signed at the table
That you didn't recoup, more soup wit' ya meal?
And I say
Shucks, look what the cat hauled in
Like Chuck D, I got so much trouble on my mind
And if that ain't bad, you got bootleggers
Feel it's time that I let loose the lion
Seems in '91 everybody want a rhyme
Please *****, I've worked too hard for this
Bogus brothers makin' albums when they know they can't hack it
Now tell me I can't tear it up

People can't walk a straight line in (The Business)
A-yo, I'm tryna get mine (The Business)
The party scene is cool, but then again it's all the same
When you're up and ridin' high everything is palsy-palsy
Well that's cool, I can dig it, it really ain't my bag
"Oh, he's a cutie", yeah, real cute
Although I hit a pound of herbs I'm still nice with the verbs
The born cipher, cipher master makes me think much faster
My name and discredit my fame
And I don't really give a damn

Don't be alarmed, the rhyme was condensed in
All that glitters' not gold
See my name in bright lights, ride around in a limo
But I wanna make jams, damn, I know I'll slam
You gotta get a label that's willin' and able
(For what?) That the product is dope
When it comes to rhymin' you gotta put your time in
You don't wanna make a pitch that's wild


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Excursions
  • 2 Buggin’ Out
  • 3 Rap Promoter
  • 4 Butter
  • 5 Verses From the Abstract
  • 6 Show Business
  • 7 Vibes and Stuff
  • 8 The Infamous Date Rape
  • 9 Check the Rhime
  • 10 Everything Is Fair
  • 11 Jazz (We’ve Got)
  • 12 Skypager
  • 13 What?
  • 14 Scenario