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Verse 1

The transition from a young fool
broke, still on his neck he hung jewells
lived his life in the ghetto where guns rule
it was cool, wasn't mad I had to take cabs
made my first LP, affording H class, my face gassed
'94, sold out in every record store
local hoodrats who wouldn't I'm who they checkin' for
showing crazy love, ran up on stage with eighty thugs
after the shows, my niggaz robbed the bar and wrecked the clubs
happy, no hatin'
more henny, more blunts circulating
my single in rotation on every radio station
eyes popped when I drove my first ride on the block
summer time block parties, cookouts, I spent my knot
truely, niggaz was fighting over who was closest to me
happy with the new representative of QB
to hit the top- first you've gotta fall before you make it
with four minutes of your time watch me demonstrate it

Hook: Slick Rick sample- "This was the rise and fall of my fast life style" cuts to Nas samples- "From nasty to Nas to Nas to Escobar...Mega popular, center of attraction" cuts back to Slick Rick sample- "I was the main event on the tv for a while."

Repeates once

Verse 2:

Cayman Islands in the winter
summer bus rides to Great Adventure
I brought New York back to real rap inventors
new crib, diamond rings, killers on my team
Infinites for my girl for giving birth to my queen
three g's worth of chronic a week,
promoters was mad, I stopped doing shows to spent my time on the street
loot declined, eventually sold in my shine
repo looking for my lex, back then I wasn't buying
you can guess niggas started saying with all the success
why your mom still in the projects? I answered them vexed
'fuck out my face', pistol in my car, full clip
I read about Pablo Escobar and got on some shit
so called man supplied all my chips
I was frontin'
niggas thought I was rich and got mad cause they was pumpin'
my assumption- niggas want me pumped in the casket
kept a gun-the same three fifth a nigga got bagged with

Hook (repeats once)

Verse 3:

Caught a case
now I'm home staring off into space
flashbacks of all the jewelries, cars crossin' my face
rappers I met
hoes on video cassette,
no management, no more good life and no respect
hearing crowds roar, cristal pourin, mixed drinks
haunted by the thoughts of second album sophmore jinx
where did I fail? death threats, woke up in cold sweats
thinking about all these murderers that know where I rest
from hanging with crazy clicks that's known to take shit, bracelets
in all they beef now I'm involved, was paperless
my cars were auctioned off, now I catch rides with kidnap niggas
who snatch babies up to get back figures
lessons from heaven,
every night I slept with my weapon
to guard my family, for a minute, I forgot my profession
not from Columbia or Nicaragua
don't distribute coke from Antigua that's shipped out to Panama
Pablo Escobar's bloody reign came to an end
far from my life-a kid who made his fame from a pen
hit the studio and changed the game again
wrote down all the pain within, top of the charts- triple platinum
got the fake love back, money stacks, more plaques
had to see who I was just to know where I was at
saw both sides of the game-all the ups and downs
this goes out to the future rap kings coming up now

Hook (repeats once)

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    General Commentthis song is crazy, it's a little tour in his career. he starts off as a hot youngster new to the scene, then hits his problems in the second verse. every time I hear "no management, no more good life, and no respect." in the third verse I can literally feel his shoulders slump as he hits the low point of his career, if you really listen you can hear he takes a small pause before he starts again with "hearin crowds roar..." he ends the song on a high point in dropping a hot album (Stillmatic) and getting his brain focused again. to me, this is one of his most personal songs. his rise and fall, the highs and lows of being one of the best lyricists and having people expect so much from you.
    sixstringshredderon May 11, 2007   Link

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