"Be (Intro)" as written by Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Choker Campbell and Kanye Omari West....
I wanna be as free as the spirits of those who left
I'm talkin' Malcolm, Coltrane, my man Yusef
Through death grew conception, new breath and resurrection
For moms, new steps in her direction, in the right way
Told inside is where the fight lay
And everything a nigga do may not be what he might say
Chicago nights stay, stay on the mind
But I write many lives and lay on these lines
Wave the signs of the times
Many say the grind's on the mind
Shorties blunted-eyed and everyone wonderin' where I'm
Bush pushing lies, killers immortalized
We got arms but won't reach for the skies
Waiting for the Lord to rise
I look into my daughter's eyes
And realize I'ma learn through her
The Messiah, might even return through her
If I'ma do it, I gotta change the world through her
Furs and a Benz, Gramps wantin 'em
Demons and old friends, Pops they hauntin' him
The chosen one from the land of the frozen sun
When drunk nights get remembered more than sober ones
Walk like warriors, we were never told to run
Explored the world to return to where my soul begun
Never looking back or too far in front of me
The present is a gift, and I just wanna be


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"Be (Intro)" as written by Lonnie Rashid Lynn Choker Campbell

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    General Commenti believe the song simply discusses how he wants to be free from the burdens of everyday life.Whether it is war , drugs , the future of hip hop , we must not let these things bring us down . That one must not worry about the past , nor focus too much on what the future holds , but instead realize that the present is a blessing and that we must cherish it
    k04skon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love Common! The poetic vibe he brings to a track is unmatched! Does anyone know if he's talking about the poet Yusef in line 2 or someone else?
    SoulFullon September 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the song is a reference to Yusef Hawkins - a unknowing martyr
    In the summer of 1989, when Yusef Hawkins, a 16-year-old African American from Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, visited the mostly white Bensonhurst neighborhood in the borough, a mob of white youth killed him.
    sweeper05on October 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti dont kno about hawkins. i thought the line was refering to yusef lateef. i could be wrong. but i dont think the whole song is an ode to either of them.

    im not sure excatly what its about. it might be an ode to the state of hiphop.

    "we got arems but won;t reach for the skies"
    "when drunk nights get remembered more than the sober ones"
    he might be saying how hiphop is underachieving in this "club" era. im not sure bout the rest though.

    the other lines seem to refer to the state of life in general. "bush pushing lies, killers immortalized"

    through all this he just wants to be. he doesnt want to have to deal witht the chaos.

    im not sure. i wish more people would post.
    jaysscholaron November 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti believe the song simply discusses how he wants to be free from the burdens of everyday life.Whether it is war , drugs , the future of hip hop , we must not let these things bring us down . That one must not worry about the past , nor focus too much on what the future holds , but instead realize that the present is a blessing and that we must cherish it
    k04skon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah... Yes...

    I wanna be as free as the spirits of those who left
    I'm talkin' Malcolm, Coltrane, my man Yusef
    Through death grew conception, new breath and resurrection
    For moms, new steps in her direction, in the right way
    Told inside Chi where the fight lay
    And everything a nigga do may not be what he might say
    Chicago nights stay, stay on the mind
    But I write many lives, they lay on these lines
    Way besides of the times
    Many say the grind's on the mind
    Shorties blunted-out and everyone wanna rhyme,
    Bush pushing lies, killers immortalized,
    We got arms but won't reach for the skies
    Waiting for the Lord to rise
    I look into my daughter's eyes
    And realize I'ma learn through her
    The Messiah, might even return through her
    If I'ma do it, I gotta change the world through her
    Furs and a Benz, Gramps wantin 'em
    Demons and old friends, Pops they hauntin' him
    The chosen one from the land of the frozen sun
    When drunk nights get remembered more than sober ones
    Walk like warriors, we were never told to run
    Explored the world to return to where my soul begun
    Never looking back or too far in front of me
    The present is a gift, and I just wanna BE


    That question about the Drunk nights...

    Hes talking about getting drunk and having a good time that was remembered even though it is common (fukk puns) for people to blakk out and not remember.


    Common..!
    DasUno773on March 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbest song ever
    epreb2389on May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe's referring to Maleek Yusef, a contemporary poet/rapper, I'm nearly certain.
    thejones707on December 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti don't think it's either malik or yusef lateef.. because they're both alive, and he's clearly referring to "those who left"

    no idea who it could be though!
    artsabotageon June 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think K04sk got it on the nail. I don't believe this song is really effective on people just listening to it. But when you're happy and listen to it than that third part of the beat comes in and you feel it within your soul and happiness just spreads all throughout you and you get yourself on a happy high. I mean he just wants to Be and i found pure happiness in this song right now.
    SunzLion October 15, 2008   Link

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