Stressed Out

A Tribe Called Quest

featuring Faith Evans

Intro/Chorus: Faith Evans

I really know how it feels to be, stressed out, stressed out

When you're face to face with your adversity

I really know how it feels to be, stressed out, stressed out

We're gonna make this thing work out eventually

Verse One: Consequence, Q-Tip

Yo I ain't one to complain but there's things in the game

(What's your name?) Consequence, I'm tight, burnt like flames

(And why's that?) American dreams, they got this ghetto kid in a fiend

Don't stress that cause it's not in your bloodstream

Your whole being, comes from greatness, d'you remember

Shatan got you caught in the storms of December

And brothers on the block packin nines like September

Crazy situations keeps pockets on slender

Yo I be on the avenue where they be actin brand new

I'm splurgin on these Reebok joints for shorty boo

All of a sudden, I saw these two kids frontin

Talkin out they joints but they wasn't sayin nuttin

My hand was on my toolie they was actin unruly

(Say word) Yo word up, yo I was tight caught up

But I swallowed my pride and let that nonsense ride

Because I'm positive it seems that negative dies

Yo we was at the dice game makin these cats look silly

Flamin, steady runnin off at the Willie

I had my cash mixed, my rent due, with my play-dough

I gotta see some loot so all my girls I blow

Shook them shits in my palm let em hit the flo'

Kept my eyeballs scopin for them pigs po-po

I got to go on the ave see my parole by fo'

But I gotta steady freak these boys like JoJo

And I was doin it, til I met Ike, Spike, and Mike

One roll, they had my pockets thirstier than Sprite

Yo I know the feelin, when you feelin like a villain

You be havin good thoughts but the evils be revealin

and the stresses of life can take you off the right path (no doubt)

Jealousy and envy tends to infiltrate your staff