You just wanna dance man, then clap your hands
If you venture up the wrong road, then the circumstance
Will be crucial

from A Tribe Called Quest – Clap Your Hands Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Q-Tip makes a contrast between his own style of music, and other contemporary themes in hip-hop.

“Clap your Hands” is one of the more lighthearted tracks that appears on Midnight Marauders, the energetic beat combined with the Tribe’s conscious styling with their lyrics makes you just want to get up, and well, dance.

But, he also warns that other types of hip-hop (such as gangsta rap) that were gaining popularity could lead to some pretty bad outcomes for those who partook in the culture (e.g. death, arrest, drug addiction, etc.).

Just listen to Tribe and try to find the happiness in life.

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