"Ends" as written by and Kevin/ross Gilliam....
"Everything must change"

Ends, some people will rob their mother
For the ends, rats snitch on one another
For the ends, sometimes kids get murdered
For the ends, so before we go any further
I want my ends

I knew this cat named Darrell, he didn't have a dollar
He was Harvard material, Ivy League scholar
Had a Ph.D., had an M.B.A.
But now he's waiting tables cause their's rent to pay
Companies downsizing, inflation's rising
Can't find a job, he's feeling kind of stressed
Doesn't even feel the effects when he says
Forgot to count how many times he been blessed
So he falls off track, starts smoking the crack
And once it hits his brain, starts a chain react
Sells the shirt off his back, shoes off his feet
He's losing all his teeth, now he's out in the street
And all of sudden he's like, Jesse James
Trying to stick up kids for their watches and chains
But he's from business school, and he's nervous with the tool
So he ends up on his back in a bloody pool

Ends, some people will rob their mother
For the ends, rats snitch on one another
For the ends, sometimes kids get murdered
For the ends, so before we go any further
I want my ends

I knew this chick named Sally, she had a nice strut
Knew what I wanted, she was up in the cut
Swinging that butt, like race you out here
Only rapped the benz, and rocked the fly gear
Brand name wearing, champagne waving
Jewels around the neck, live style she's craving
Ain't no saving, she's doing enough spending
If you do the lending, she'll do the bending
Straight machine vending, it's money for take
Shopping sprees get her on her knees
And if you hit her with keys of your crib, you acting funny
Come home one day, find her counting out your money
From the Wetlands, all the way to the Apollo
If you're broke she'll spit, and if you're rich she might swallow

Ends, some people will rob their mother
For the ends, rats snitch on one another
For the ends, sometimes kids get murdered
For the ends, so before we go any further
I want my ends

I knew these two homeboys, who made a lot of noise
Making money on the block, kids was on they jock
They was tougher than leather like Reverend Run
DMC, they was toting guns
And holdin' weight, goin' out of state
Stackin' mad chips, and pushin' phat whips
Fly jewels and golds, and got no job
And then one did some kid, and one got robbed

Ends, some people will rob their mother
For the ends, rats snitch on one another
For the ends, sometimes kids get murdered
For the ends, so before we go any further
I want my ends

Ends, some people will rob their mother
For the ends, rats snitch on one another
For the ends, sometimes kids get murdered
For the ends, so before we go any further
I want my ends


Lyrics submitted by robbieg123, edited by elkarlos814

"Ends" as written by Kevin Gilliam Lawrence Smith

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    General CommentAnyway, I didn't intend to come to this page to rant. lol. I just HAD to post my last post, after seeing so many oblivious people thiniking "it means drugs".

    My main intention when I came to this song's page was that I thought I might be able to add a little clarification, and explain a line, that perhaps many people wouldn't get the reference to. My favorite line in the whole tune, too. lol

    "From the Wetlands all the way to the Apollo
    If you broke she's spittin'
    If you're rich she might swallow"

    Anyway, for anyone who isn't familiar with New York City (where I'm born and raised and lived all my life), I thought that maybe there would be people out there who wouldn't get that very clever NYC reference. The Apollo, I'm sure everyone knows, since it had the famous show "Showtime at the Apollo". It is a very famous theater for musicians and comedians, here in NYC. It's in Harlem, which is WAY uptown in the north part of Manhattan, on 125th street. The Wetlands is also a famous music club in NYC, which sadly closed a few years ago. The Wetlands was on Hudson Street, WAY downtown in the south part of Manhattan.

    The link below explains a little about The Wetlands...
    nyrock.com/worldbeat/07_2001/…

    So basiclly, he's using the two clubs to say that she sells her goods ALL over Manhattan. Everywhere. She really gets around. You can't really get any other two famous clubs that are any farther away from each other, to use as points of reference. It would be like saying "from New York all the way to Los Angeles", to mean "all over the country".

    Anyway, I hope that helped, if there are any non-NYCers out there who love this tune but always wondered "What's that line mean? What is/are the Wetlands, and what do they have to do with the Apollo?".

    :)
    FilmScorpioon September 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhere I'm from, "ends" is money that's specifically intended to be used for drugs or to get drunk. we would say, "got any ends" as in "I got 5 on it, how about you?"
    frosty1433on February 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti wish i knew
    paypalon April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits all about the Drugs.
    HAirbaLLon June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about what people do for money....not drugs
    halffaston June 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdrugs, money, same thing
    canadakickasson July 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentEnds could be drugs, it could be money...

    Ends is what you think will end your problems, it's what you'd risk your life for, for some of us its money, for others its drugs.

    That's what I get from the song at least... It's a good one too
    osubuckeye4on July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyou cant toke a gun... i think he says Totin'
    Mafekireon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAnd I think he says "...before we go any further I WANT MY ends".

    And listen to the gap after the last but one repetition of the chorus (4.10 min) carefully. Doesn't he say somethin bout "through (??) the money"?! (I'm not quite sure. English ain't my mother tongue so I might be wrong...)
    Momoon March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAnd I think he says "...before we go any further, I WANT MY ends".

    And listen to the gap after the last but one repetition of the chorus: Doesn't that guy in the backround say "through (??) the MONEY"...?! (I'm not quite sure though... English ain't my mother tongue, so I might be wrong cause I hear what I want to hear..!?)
    Momoon March 26, 2003   Link

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