It's a struggle for every young Black man. You know how it is, only God can judge us.
There's nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.
All I'm trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.
I'm barely standin, bout to go pieces screaming PEACE
When will there be peace on earthWhen the earth has fallen to pieces.
I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottleI make mistakes but learn from every oneAnd when it's said and doneI bet this brother be a better oneIf I upset you dont stressNever forget, that God isn't finished with me yet
I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.
America wants its respect.
The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.
We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins.
Thanks for comin out, God bless you, good night...What of fameEveryone knows your face, the world screams your nameAnd never again, are you alone..
I'm 23 years old. I might just be my mother's child, but in all reality, I'm everybody's child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.
GodWhen I was alone, and had nothingI asked for a friend to help me bear the painNo one came, except GodWhen I needed a breath to rise, from my sleepNo one could help me.. except GodWhen all I saw was sadness, and I needed answersNo one heard me, except GodSo when I'm asked.. who I give my unconditional love toI look for no other name, except God
I' ve been shot five times but im still breathing living proof there a god if you need a reason.
If you believe in God, believe in Death Row East.
sometimes i sit and look at life from a different angle.
I never killed anybody, I never raped anybody, I never committed no crimes that weren't honorable.
I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I'm doing is right. So I feel like I'm going to heaven.
I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood-but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That's bad.
Oh Lord, help me change my ways, Show a litlle mercy on judgement day, It aint me I was raised this way, Never let em' play me for a busta, Makin' hell for a huslter.
In my mind I'm a blind man doin' time.
Let me show you, the rhyme..Excuse me - but, Lady Liberty needs glassesand so does Mrs. Justice by her sideBoth the broads are blind as bats, stumblin through - the systemJustice bumped into M'Tulu, trippin on Geronimo Prattbut stepped right over Oliver and his crooked partner RonnieJustice stubbed her big toe on MandelaAnd Liberty was misquoted by the IndiansSlavery was just a learning phase, forgotten without a verdictwhile Justice is on a rampagefor endangered survivin black malesI mean really if anyone REALLY valued lifeand cared about the massesThey'd take 'em both to Pen Opticaland get TWO pairs of glassesExcuse me - but, Lady Liberty needs glassesI'm kickin asses up and down New York CityIt's a pityBrothers wanna be grimy and gritty to each otherWhat would your mother think, smotherin your brotherI see you sink, into another levelDancin with the devilTurn up the bass, cause I'm player also a rhyme sayerKind of fly, layer after layerWhy.. cause I'm blessedCause I've progressedI've learned my lessonsClass has always been in session, so you better take notesAnd stop chokin on negativity
If I win and get the money, then the Oakland Police department is going to buy a boys' home, me a house, my family a house, and a Stop Police Brutality Center.
I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.
I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn't commit.
Why am I fighting to live, if I'm just living to fightWhy am I trying to see, when there aint nothing in sightWhy am I trying to give, when no one gives me a tryWhy am I dying to live, if I'm just living to diesomeone tell me y
I'll probably be punished for hard living.
I don't have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.
It's the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave.
With all my fans I got a family again.
Thug Life to me is dead.
It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.
Let me say for the record, I am not a gangster and never have been. Im not the thief who grabs your purse.Im not the guy who jacks your car. Im not down with the people who steal and hurt others. Im just a brother who fight back.
I'm a reflection of the community.
Must my guns Make em all Scatter,Bullets to my nuts only made my balls fatter.
What I learned in jail is that I can't change. I can't live a different lifestyle-this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.
When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.
I don't have to talk about whether or not I got raped in jail.
Right now, it is it is almost.. it is almost uhh, IMPOSSIBLE for you not to see how strong rap has gottenY'knowhatI'msayin, it's it's like umm..our our brothers and sisters, our youths, and some of our adultstheir ear is PINNED to rap music right nowAnd if you really wanna get our message outand really wanna start teachin, we need to start doin thatWe we really need to start usin, our methods, y'knowhatI'msayinThe Last Poets did it with poetryAnd uhh, and and.. even in our historyfrom a ancient Afl- African civilizationpoets went from village to villageAnd that's how, stories and messages and lessons were taughtY'knowhatI'mssayin, and so like you say, history repeats itselfAnd so.. it it was, it was.. at it was, y'know obviousIt was, pick it up, y'knowBein the race that we are, bein the strong race that we areWe picked it up, we picked up those positive, those positive vibesand we started rappin and soI think it is, it's a very good medium too
The only time I have problems is when I sleep.
Recollect your thoughts don't get caught up in the mix ,cause the media is full of dirty tricks.
Don't change on me. Don't extort me unless you intend to do it forever.
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.
If you walked by a street and as you was walking a concrete and you saw a rose growing from concrete, even if it had messed up petals and it was a little to the side you would marvel at just seeing a rose grow through concrete. So way is it that when you see some ghetto kid grow out of the dirtiest circumstance and he can talk and he can sit across the room and make you cry, make you laugh, all you can talk about is my dirty rose, my dirty stems and how am leaning crooked to the side, u can't even see that I've come up from out of that.
Let the Lord judge the criminals.
I make sure everybody die , when we ride on your enemies.
since we all came from a women, got our name from a women, and our game from a women. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, cus if we dont we'll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can't make one he has no right to tell a women when and where to create one
If we're all saying that rap is an artform then we gotta be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you're saying, it don't matter that you didn't make them die, it just matters that you didn't save them.
Everybody's dyin tell me what's the use of tryin I've been Trapped since birth, cautious, cause I'm cursed.
I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.
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