LECRAE

LECRAE - Rise

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Thangs just ain’t the same for gangstas

The whole world’s changed, everybody’s a stranger

There young dudes running round saying they bangers

Quit the low bangers, they quick to bang you

And I done seen too many teams chasing they dreams

Ending up blood streams contaminated and fiending

And now they leaning on words that he said or she said, we said

Look at them, …

See we ain’t never know Martin Luther the King

Most of us prolly couldn’t tell you much about a dream

We like Malcolm X cause Spike made a movie

And his arms strapped up with AK’s and Uzzies

So excuse me, tryna connect you, a whole generations of sprays by gangstas

Who probably never knew pops

We had 2Pac and no boom box, chilling in our tomb socks

And plus dre taught us how to roll a 64, and snoop taught us how to roll a sticky joe

So if they wanna reach us with jesus,

They gotta do better than some scream and preachers, yeah

Cause homie we don’t believe ya, you see grandmas…

So we skeptical, you see the ghetto believes there’s a heaven for a thug then we mess with you

It’s hard to rise, killer, listen to the melody, because…

Hey shout out to 9th wonder

No you ain’t gotta ask, we both on the same page like a paragraph

And our music ain’t the target of discussion

But it seems the radio is got a problem playing substance

Listen partner, they lying to us, they selling pies to us

They teach us how to be gangbangers and night shooters

I been where you been, seen what you seen

Group up with Old Dogg, looking mean on the screen

… was street dreaming, Biggy was still breathing

The cash ruled everything around me, creaming

Folks tryna make the good life good life

While they in the burbs wishing us a good life

And some rappers teach us how to …

But I still ain’t heard a song about being movie director

We in your hood man we’ve been where you’ve been

Been stabbed, been shot, been pinned in the pen

Difference is now …we pick up the pen… made us better men

I’m a college graduate, yes … role models

With daughter who don’t aspire to be pole models

…god made you any roles for you, so your rise.

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