Beastie Boys
Ch-check It Out
Blue = slang Red = cultural information Navy = contractions/grammar
Original Translation of Slang

All you Trekkies and TV addicts
don’t mean to dis don’t mean to bring static.
All you Klingons in the fuckin’ house
grab your backstreet friend and get loud.
Blowin’ doors off hinges
I’ll grab you with the pinchers,
and no I didn’t retire.
I’ll snatch you up with the needle nose pliers.

 

Trekkies obsessed fans of the science fiction TV show Star Trek (in the video, the rappers are wearing costumes from that show)
dis disrespect bring static cause trouble
Klingons aliens on the Star Trek series

Like Mutual of Omaha,
got the ill boat you’ve never seen before.
Gliding in the glades,
and like Lorne Greene you know I get paid.
Like caprese with the basil,
not goofy like Darren or Hazel,
I’m a motherfuckin' Nick at Night
with classics rerunning that you know all right.

 

Mutual of Omaha insurance company that sponsored Wild Kingdom, a nature TV program (1968-1988) hosted by zoologist Marlin Perkins
ill boat great boat. In the video for this song, the rappers are shown riding on an airboat, a kind of raft propelled by a huge fan. This boat is commonly used for alligator sightseeing in the Everglades and was occasionally ridden by Marlin Perkins on Wild Kingdom.
glades Florida Everglades
Lorne Greene actor most famous for his appearances on the TV western series Bonanza (1959-1973) Greene also had a #1 hit song in 1964 with "Ringo", a song about a gunfighter.
caprese Italian dish made from tomatoes, basil, maozzerella and olive oil
Darren husband of a witch on the 1960s comedy TV series Bewitched. Hazel the main character in a 1960s TV comedy series about a maid
motherfuckin' used for emphasis. Highly offensive. Nick at Night popular US cable station that shows (reruns) old TV series like Bewitched and Hazel

Now remain calm no alarm cause my farm ain’t fat,
so what’s up with that?
I’ve got friends and family that I respect
when I think I’m too good they put me in check.
So believe when I say I’m no better than you,
except when I rap so I guess it ain’t true.
Like that y’all and you just don’t stop,
guaranteed to make your body rock.

CHORUS
Check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check it out
What-wha-what-what-what’s it all about
Work-wa-work-work-work-wa-work it out
Let’s turn this motherfuckin’ party out

 

farm ain’t fat reference to Phat Farm, a hip hop clothing company owned by Def Jam records founder Russell Simmons
what’s up with that? what does that mean?/why is that?

they put me in check they control my ego

ain’t isn't
y’all you
make your body rock make you dance


check it out pay attention to this/look at this

I said, “Doc, what’s the condition?
I’m a man that’s on a mission.”
He said, “Son, you’d better listen!
stuck in your ass is an electrician!”
Like a scientist, mmmm when I’m applying this
method of controlling my mind
like Einstein and the Rappin’ Duke combined.

 

Doc doctor


ass anus


Rappin’ Duke 1984 hit single of rapper Shawn Brown in which he imitated cowboy actor John Wayne (whose nickname is The Duke)

Hey baby bubba now what the deal?
I didn’t know you go for that mass appeal.
Some call it salugi, some hot potato
I stole your mic and you won’t see it later,
‘cause I work magic like a magician
I add up like a mathematician.
I’m a bank cashier, engineer,
I wear cotton but I don’t wear sheer.

  baby bubba reference to song by Timbaland, Magoo, and Petey Pablo

salugi Brooklyn slang for a game in which something (hat, books, etc.) is taken from one child and thrown over his head by others so that he can't catch it. (more commonly known as "keep away" or "monkey in the middle") hot potato another children's game. This one is similar to musical chairs. Children stand in a circle and throw a potato (or other object) to each other while music plays. Whoever is holding the potato when the music stops must step out of the circle. Note: Both these games can be used as metaphors for difficult situations, though salugi is limited to use in NY.
mic microphone

Shazam! and Abracadabra!
In the whip I’m gonna cruise past ya.
Yo money, don’t chump yourself.
Put that shit back on the shelf.
Light rays blazin’ you’re out of phase and my crew's amazin’.
We’re working on the record yo so stay patient.

CHORUS

  Shazam! Abracadabra! words used by magicians during tricks
In the whip I’m gonna cruise past ya. In my car, I'll drive past you quickly
Yo
pay attention don’t chump yourself don't fool yourself
shit stuff, things
my crew's amazin’
my rap group is amazing. Crew can also mean friends or gang

I go by the name of The King Adrock.
I don’t wear a cup nor a jock
I bring the shit that’s beyond bizarre,
like Miss Piggy. “Who moi?”
I am the one with the Clientele.
You say, “Adrock, God you rock so well.”
I’ve got class like Pink Champale.
MCA grab the mic before the mic goes stale.

  Adrock nickname of Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz
cup/jock protection for male genitals, worn while playing sports

Miss Piggy pig character from The Muppet Show who likes to speak in French. Her most famous saying is "Who, moi?"


Pink Champale cheap super-sweet malt liquor drink that used to come in a can (meant to be ironic, since 'class' in this sentence means sophistication)
MCA
nickname of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

Don’t test me. They can’t arrest me.
I’ll fake right cross-over and shoot lefty.
You look upset yo calm down.
You look Cable Guy dunked off of your crown.
I flow like smoke out a chimney. You never been me.
You wanna rap but what you’re making ain’t hip hop B.

 


I’ll fake right cross-over and shoot lefty. I'll pretend I'm going to hit with my right hand, but hit with my left instead

You look (like) Cable Guy annoying character (played by Jim Carrey) in a movie of the same name dunked off of your crown bounced a basketball off your head
I flow like smoke out a chimney. You never been me. I rap very well - better than you have ever done.

Get your clothes right out the dryer.
Put Armor All up on your tire.
Sport that fresh attire.
Tonight we goin’ out set the town on fire.
Set the town ablaze. Gonna stun and amaze.
Ready to throw a craze.
Make your granny shake her head and say,
“Those were the days.”

CHORUS

 
Armor All brand name of protective coating for car bodies and tires
Sport that fresh attire wear those freshly laundered/stylish (double meaning) clothes
set the town on fire to have a wild time


granny grandmother

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