Jaheim
Fabulous
Original Translation of Slang/Cultural References

Young cat got back did a little dig,
Kind of hearty but he tough, do-rag and timbs,
Kind of hard to get a job,
Back out on the block, charge that to the game

 

cat man dig insult/understand
do-rag a kind of cloth tied over the hair timbs Timberland brand work boots (popular hip-hop fashion)

on the block out on the streets charge that to the game this happened because of the way things are in inner city neighborhoods

Young girl she grew up in a rush had it bad, no doubt,
She don't know who to trust every man
She ever loved only wanna touch charge that to the game

But it's all gravy, baby
shots get popped, the cops shut down the party jeans sag low,
Blow smoke out of dutches,
We got love for ya'll but ya'll don't know us

 

had it bad had a bad life

wanna want to

it's all gravy everything is fine baby endearment
shots get popped bullets are fired cops police jeans sag low jeans have a low waistband (popular hip-hop fashion)
dutches Dutch Masters brand cigars
ya'll you

CHORUS
Now we swerve in the Suburban and switchin lanes
Spend up all our dough on them chrome and thangs,
Name our kids some funny names,
Don't hate on us, we're fabulous

 


Suburban Chevy Suburban SUV
dough money chrome and thangs cars

hate on us hate us

We pay cellulars for local calls
Hatin kinds of demons up at the malls rockin cornrolls and twist,
That's how we roll, don't hate on us, we're fabulous

 

cellulars cell phone rates
cornrolls and twist hairstyles popular with African Americans. Cornrolls, more usually called cornrows, are a kind of braid worn close to the head
how we roll the way we do things

They met he said how she was a dime,
So naive that she believed every single lie,
17 first time slipped up bout to have a child charge that to the game

Was just us and mom, single family home,
She did the best she could, did it all alone,
Met a man but he won't raise a child that's not his own
Oh, no, oh, no, no

But its all gravy, baby
Shots get popped, the cops shut down the party jeans sag low,
Blow smoke out of dutches, we got
Love for ya'll but ya'll don't know us

CHORUS

 

dime pretty girl















With all that we've got
And no matter wh
atever together we'll weather the storm
And meanwhile with all we got it might get rough but it's all right
'Cuz U-N-I-T-Y is all we need to get our R-E-S-P-E-C-T
And never G-I-V-E U-P
And keep your H-E-A-D U-P
(Repeat)
 
weather the storm
survive the bad times

'Cuz because

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