Straight from the streets of Compton in 1985, The Batterram is considered to be the second gangsta rap song ever recorded. Toddy Tee’s track tells us the story of conflict between the police and drug dealers escalating to the point of police knocking people’s houses down with their new tactical vehicle: The Batterram. This vivid 1985 story of police brutality shows us how history repeats itself, but is also a banger. Perfect for an 80s dance party or blasting from your boom box on the streets.
In New York (it's comin) In Detroit (it's comin) In L.A. (it's comin No, it's here) The Batterram The Batterram (Went through my pad) [ VERSE 1: Toddy Tee ] Drug busters, you better beware And don't turn your head as if you don't care (Because they got it) they got it, they say they got you Right in their hands and they don't need no proof They say they're sick and tired of snatchin down bars Cause on the tow trucks it's makin it hard And by the time they get in-to your pad You done flushed it down the toilet and now they're mad And so they're mad as hell and take you to jail But you're out the next minute cause you post bail Then on the very next day you say, "What the heck?" You get a letter in the mail and it's a D.A. reject And you're jumpin up and down cause it ain't no case And to the police that is a waste But yeah rockman, you'll see it soon And you won't hear a snatch, you'll hear a boom You can't stop it, baby The Batterram The Batterram You can't stop it, baby The Batterram (Went through my pad) [ VERSE 2: Toddy Tee ] (You were so high) that night when your eyes was tight And you didn't even notice the Batterram lights (So gone) so gone that when they said it was there You just shook your head and said, "I don't care" (Based out) based out without no doubt That when they said "give up" you cussed em out And when your dopebuster friends drove up in their car You stood out your chest and started actin hard You took off your Fila shirt and your Reebok shoes And had the nerve to call the police a bunch of fools You called em pigs (sissies) and even punks While the Batterram battery needed a jump And by the time it got started you fell to the floor And that's when the cops said they can't take no more And you were so damn high, my little friend That you didn't know your living room was in your den You can't stop it, baby The Batterram The Batterram You can't stop it, baby The Batterram (Went through my pad) [ VERSE 3: Toddy Tee ] Well, I would sit at home about to eat dinner Had a hard time at work and my day was gettin thinner My kids was in the room watchin Mighty Mouse And my wife was gettin ready to leave the house But as she opened the door she seen a flare It was a undercover cop, he was standin there So she hollered back to me, "Honey, come and see Just who this strange man could be" But when I went to the door I thought it was a thug Cause he kept asking me to sell him drugs I said, "Listen homeboy, what you talkin about? You're mistakin my pad for a rockhouse Well, I know to you we all look the same But I'm not the one slingin caine I work nine to five and ain't a damn thing changed And I don't have time for the hustler's game" You can't stop it, baby The Batterram The Batterram You can't stop it, baby The Batterram (Went through my pad) [ VERSE 4: Toddy Tee ] Mayor of the city, what you're tryin to do? They say they voted you in in '82 (But on the next term) huh, without no doubt They say they gon' vote your jack ass out Because you musta been crazy or half-way wack (To legalize somethin that works like that) And the Chief of Police says he just might (Flatten out every house he sees on sight) Because he say the rockman is takin him for a fool And for some damn reason it just ain't cool And when he drives down the street, I tell you the truth He gets no respect, they call his force F Troop He can't stand it, he can't take no more And now he's gonna have you all fall into the floor And Mister Rockman, you better stop some day Hang it up homeboy, your house will pay You can't stop it, baby The Batterram The Batterram You can't stop it, baby The Batterram (Went through my pad) And if you didn't see the Batterram cross your line (Honey boon) honey boo, I'm tellin you - give it time