For the sake of Ritalin

Don’t Believe the Hype by hip hop group Public Enemy has a line which is often misheard as “I don’t rhyme for the sake of Ritalin”, when, in fact, the lyrics say “I don’t rhyme for the sake of riddlin'”.

I’ve just noticed that The Roots‘ track False Media, gives a clever nod to this perceptual miscue to make a point about the drug itself.

Eleven million children are on Ritalin
That’s why I don’t rhyme for the sake of riddlin’

Link to False Media lyrics.


  1. Posted March 27, 2009 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Great!…neuroculture beat.

  2. Farzaneh Sarafraz
    Posted March 29, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Broken link on “misheard”.

  3. Posted March 30, 2009 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Now fixed. Thanks Farzaneh!

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