Tats on her back, looking all tribal

from Common (Ft. Nas) – Ghetto Dreams Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This again alludes to the chick being the best of both worlds; she has tattoos, but they are on her back, a part of the body that allows her to choose whether she wants them to be visible or not.

Some girls, I be seeing the tattoos, and they look really beautiful on them, because it does feel like an African tribal thing in the way that they have their tattoos in some of the substance, or just the way it looks.
-Common (MTV News)

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