Cherish - “Do It To It”
[Cherish] A A A A A Aaaa …
[Sean Paul] A Town Sean Paul YoungBloodZ wiv my homegirls Cherish Yea A Town Hey yo vito we got u one here playa
[Cherish] Step out tha caddy DeVille Its on a base of steel Them boys checkin us out Kno wen we dress to kill Strut in the club Its dark but still got my shades on I hear the DJ mixin YoungBloodZ to that whispa song We from tha city that make it OK (A A A A) To turn that clubbin in year round holiday So if ya feelin right Brotha kryptonite it This ya song tonite Then its on tonite
[Chorus] Bounce wit it, drop wit it Lean wit it, rock wit it Snap wit it All my ladies pop yo backs wit it (All my fellas tip yo hats wit it) Do it do it do it do it U kno tha world be rockin to it to it So do it do it do it to it
[Cherish] No need to ask where im from U already know I represent the A from my head and to my toes Step on tha dance floor watch and learn Cuz here i go I throw my hands up and work my body to tha floor We from tha city that make it OK (A A A A) To turn that clubbin in year round holiday So if ya feelin right Brotha kryptonite it This ya song tonite Then its on tonite
[Sean Paul] Wats Up CoCo (waz up coco) Wats up 44 (wats up 44) I lean i rock (i lean i rock) I drink i smoke (i drink i smoke) Might snap my fingers (might snap my fingers) Might clap my hands (might clap my hands) Dont get it twisted pimpin this a hood dance (hood dance) So walk ya hood man (man) Roll up some good man (man) They hang cuz they cant do it do it do it man (cherish: do it do it do it) man (man) I ride good man (man) U quick to boo it man (man) Im in da club 10 grand in tha rubber band (band) Damn right im crunk (im crunk) Damn right im clean (im clean) They got that walk (that walk) They got that lean (that lean) We make a pool palace (palace) I make ya shoulder lean (shoulder lean) And ima show it, nah mean?
The youth and energy in this song is incredible. It embeds tremendous amount of linguistic, sexual, ethological information about the young human animals of black colored skin living in USA of 21st century.
First of all, this is a lovely dance beat. Sung by four young black girls and a black guy at the end. Then, after reading the lyrics, immediately calling your attention is their spells and slangs. The spelling, is a familiar black form, where, unvoiced syllables are often dropped as in their speech. Then, the slang part is a bit hard to decipher; it goes without saying, especially if you are not a part of their community (i.e. teen blacks of Southen States of USA.).
The girls, sing about the clubbing scene. As we know, dancing is a mating ritual, and dance clubs are modern grounds for matingship. In the lyrics, Caddy means Cadillac. And “A” refers to the city of Atlanta, which is the birth place of snap dance, as well as this band.
Now, the second part of the song, is sung by a black male. Here, understandably, the content and its meaning deepens. I don't really understand the meaning of the slangs, but as one can see, it is less about dances, but more about daily power struggle among males.
The girls are beautiful, and after watching the video, it makes the song more innocent than the lyrics by itself suggests. naaah mean?
For more about the singers, see: Cherish
What is snap dance? Here's some fascinating vids and references:
(Thanks to Jon Novak, who corrected my lyrics and also helped explain several critical parts of the verse. See his email: do_it_to_it.txt