"Family Business" as written by and Kanye Omari West....
This is family business
And this is for the family that can't be with us
And this is for my cousin locked down, know the answer's in us
That's why I spit it in my songs so sweet
Like a photo of your granny's picture
Now that you're gone it hit us
Super hard on Thanksgiving and Christmas, this can't be right
Yeah you heard the track I did man, this can't be life
Somebody please say grace so I can save face
And have a reason to cover my face
I even made you a plate, soul food, know how Granny do it
Monkey bread on the side, know how the family do it
When I brought it why had guard have to look all to it?
As kids we used to laugh
Who knew that life would move this fast?
Who knew I'd have to look at you through a glass?
And look, tell me you ain't did it, you ain't did it
And if you did, then that's family business

And I don't care 'bout (all the, all the diamond rings, diamond rings)
They don't mean a thing (all, all, all the things)
All these fancy things
I tell you that all (all the glitter) I'm waiting for
Now all I know I know all these things

This is family business
And this is for everybody standin' with us
Come on, let's take a family Grammy picture
Abby, remember when they ain't believe in me?
Now she like "See, that's my cousin on TV"
Now, we gettin' it and we gon' make it
And y'all gon' hate it and I'm his favorite
I can't deny it, I'm a straight rider
But when we get together be electric slidin'
Grandma, get 'em shook up
Aw naw, don't open the photo book up
I got an Aunt Ruth that can't remember your name
But I bet them Polaroids'll send her down memory lane
You know that one auntie, you don't want to be rude
But every holiday nobody eatin' her food
And you don't want to stay there 'cause them your worst cousins
Got roaches at their crib like them your first cousins
Act like you ain't took a bath with your cousins
Fit three in the bed while six of y'all
I'm talkin' 'bout three by the head and three by the leg
But you ain't have to tell my girl I used to pee in the bed

Rain, rain, rain go away
Let the sun come out and all the children say
Rain, rain, rain go away
Let the sun come out and all the children say

I woke up early this mornin' with a new state of mind
A creative way to rhyme without usin' nines and guns
Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to God
And keep your face to the risin' sun
All my niggas from the Chi, that's my family dog
And my niggas ain't my guys, they my family dog
I feel like one day you'll understand me dog
You can still love your man and be manly dog
You ain't got to get heated at every house warmin'
Sittin' here, grillin' people like George Foreman
Why Uncle Ray and Aunt Shiela always performin'?
The second she storms out then he storms in
Y'all gon' sit down, have a good time this reunion
And drink some wine like Communion
And act like everything fine and if it isn't
We ain't lettin' everybody in our family business

(All the, all the diamond rings, diamond rings)
They don't mean a thing (all, all, all the things)
They don't mean a thing
(All the, all the diamond rings, diamond rings)
They don't mean a thing, a thing

And I don't care 'bout (all the, all the diamond rings, diamond rings)
They don't mean a thing (all, all, all the things)
All these fancy things
I tell you that all (all the glitter) I'm waiting for
Now all I know I know all these things

All these things


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"Family Business" as written by Kanye West

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  • +1
    General CommentThis Is A Great Song!
    bballgirl55on April 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs. Very uplifting.
    sammohung999on May 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment" A creative way to rhyme without usin' nines and guns "
    iimandaon March 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd act like everything fine and if it isn't
    We ain't lettin' everybody in our family business

    just those two lines it think sums up alot for me.
    every family has secret that stay within teh family.
    x
    pk21on January 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwho is stevie?
    PrinceOfGrimeon February 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song.
    AudiLuvaon May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpersonally, i think there's something that everyone can relate to in this song, and i love it. i can't help but laugh everytime i hear the "You know that one auntie, you don't wanna be rude / But every holiday nobody eatin' her food" line...because i think everyone's got one of those in their families.
    saintnateon May 14, 2004   Link
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    General Comment[Verse 1: Kanye West]
    This is family business
    And this is for the family that can't be with us

    That first sentence right there, says what this song is about. Everytime I hear that first verse, my eyes begin to water, and by the end of the song, I'm appreciative with the family that I have.

    I Love this song for having me realize that the family I have is the only family I got. Save your $$ and contribute to your family, I think sums up the hole cd. Thats what I got out of this album.
    blacktigermusic.comon May 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLet's get Stevie out of jail...
    blacktigermusic.comon May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It is well written so it's hard to pick a favorite line, but I think it is:
    "And act like everything fine and if it isn't
    We ain't lettin' everybody in our family business"

    That's exactly how my family is. It can be a bad thing in some families, but in our's it just means that we look out for eachother and we would never embarrass anyone. Also people outside our family wouldn't understand us as well as we understand eachother.

    I also like the line "grillin' people like George Foreman " :)
    sfgirl82on November 18, 2004   Link

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