"Everything I Am" as written by Kanye Omari West, George Clinton, Eric T Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Carlton Douglas Ridenhour and Phillip Mitchell....
Damn, here we go again
Common passed on this beat
I made it to a jam
Now everything I'm not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again
People talkin' shit, but when the shit hit the fan
Everything I'm not, made me everything I am

I'll never be picture-perfect Beyonce'
Be light as Albi or black as Chauncey
Remember him from blackstreet
He was as black as the street was
I'll never be as laid back as this beat was
I never could see why people'll reach a
Fake-ass facade that they couldn't keep up
Ya see how I creeped up?
Ya see how I played a big role in Chicago like Queen Latifah?
I never rock a mink coat in a winter time like Killa Cam
Or rock some mink boots in the summertime like Will.I.Am
Let me know if you feel it man
Cause everything I'm not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again
Everybody sayin' what's not for him
Everything I'm not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again
People talkin' shit, but when the shit hit the fan
Everything I'm not, made me everything I am

And I'm back to tear it up
Haters, start your engines
I hear 'em gearin' up
People talkin' so much shit about me at barbershops
They forget to get their haircut
Okay fair enough, the streets is flarin' up
Cause they want gun-talk, or I don't wear enough
Baggy clothes, Reebok's, or A-di-dos
Can I add that he do spaz out at his shows
So say goodbye to the N-double-A-C-P award
Goodbye to the India Arie award
They'd rather give me the nigga-please award
But I'll just take the I-got-a-lot a-cheese award

Damn, here we go again
Everything I'm not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again
People talkin' shit, but when the shit hit the fan
Everything I'm not, made me everything I am

I know that people wouldn't usually rap this
But I got the facts to back this
Just last year, Chicago had over six hundred caskets
Man, killin's some wack shit
Oh, I forgot, 'cept for when niggas is rappin'
Do you know what it feel like when people is passin'?
He got changed over his chains, a block off Ashlin
I need to talk to somebody, pastor
The church want time, so I can't afford to pay
The slip on the door, cause I can't afford to stay
My 15 seconds up, but I got more to say
That's enough Mr. West, please no more today

Damn, here we go again
Everybody sayin' what's not for him
But Everything I'm not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again
People talkin' shit, but when the shit hit the fan
Everything I'm not, made me everything I am


Lyrics submitted by strykerchick

"Everything I Am" as written by Phillip Mitchell George Clinton

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, MISSING LINK MUSIC

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    General CommentSo say goodbye to the NAACP award
    Goodbye to the India.Arie award
    They'd rather give me the "Nigga Please" award

    amazing words
    noone1111111111111111111on September 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLovin the new CD, much better than 50s. Curtis seems to have ditched quality for quantity, whereas every track on this CD is good except for maybe 2.
    TwomSixeron September 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPikachu is right (lol). This song is urging the listener to stay true to themselves. Kanye explains that your experiences, both good and bad, make you the person you are today.

    "I know people wouldn't usually rap this
    But I got the facts to back this
    Just last year Chicago had over 600 caskets
    Man, killing's some wack shit"

    See say what you want about Kanye but this is some deep stuff right here and it definitely goes against the grain of rap today. Props to you Kanye, your on another level.
    Adored_Pumpkinheadon September 18, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Man, killing's some wack shit
    Oh, I forgot, except for when niggas is rappin'"

    The whole song is pretty much saying "I'm not gangsta, and I'm comfortable with that. Gangsta rap is messed up and I want no part of it"
    ebs2002on September 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on graduation? i think so.
    sithieon September 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentqft.
    Kreegahon September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is the best song on the album, simply because it has the most meaning
    cyberdog67on September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLovin the new CD, much better than 50s. Curtis seems to have ditched quality for quantity, whereas every track on this CD is good except for maybe 2.
    TwomSixeron September 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has the best lyrics on the Graduation
    IBOPAon September 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great. deffinently the best on his new album. and its also way better than Curtis. Kanye is the greatest.
    king_pin1on September 11, 2007   Link

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