"Renegade" as written by Shawn Carter, Marshall B Iii Mathers and Luis Edgardo Resto....
Motherfuckers,
Say that I'm foolish I only talk about jewels (bling bling)
Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?
See I'm influenced by the ghetto you ruined
That same dude you gave nothing, I made something doing
What I do through and through and
I give you the news, with a twist it's just his ghetto point-of-view
The renegade, you been afraid
I penetrate pop culture, bring 'em a lot closer to the block where they
Pop toasters, and they live with they moms
Got dropped roasters, from botched robberies niggas crotched over
Mommy's knocked up cause she wasn't watched over
Knocked down by some clown when child support knocked
No he's not around, now how that sound to ya, jot it down
I bring it through the ghetto without riding 'round
Hiding down ducking strays from frustrated youths stuck in they ways
Just read a magazine that fucked up my day
How you rate music that thugs with nothing relate to it?
I help them see they way through it, not you
Can't step in my pants, can't walk in my shoes
Bet everything you worth; you lose your tie and your shirt

Since I'm in a position to talk to these kids and they listen
I ain't no politician but I'll kick it with 'em a minute
Cause see they call me a menace, and if the shoe fits I'll wear it
But if it don't, then why y'all swallow the truth grin and bear it
Now who's these king of these rude ludicrous lucrative lyrics
Who could inherit the title, put the youth in hysterics
Using his music to steer it sharing his views in his marriage
But there's a huge interference, they're saying you shouldn't hear it
Maybe it's hatred I spew, maybe it's food for the spirit
Maybe it's beautiful music I made for you to just cherish
But I'm debated disputed hated and viewed in America
As a motherfucking drug addict, like you didn't experiment?
Now now, that's when you start to stare at who's in the mirror
And see yourself as a kid again, and you get embarrassed
And I got nothing to do but make you look stupid as parents
You fucking do-gooders, too bad you couldn't do good at marriage!
And do you have any clue what I had to do to get here I don't
Think you do so stay tuned and keep your ears glued to the stereo
Cause here we go, he's (Jigga joint Jigga-chk-Jigga)
And I'm the sinister, Mr. Kiss-My-Ass it's just the

Renegade! Never been afraid to say
What's on my mind at, any given time of day
Cause I'm a renegade! Never been afraid to talk
About anything (anything) anything (anything), renegade!
(Never been afraid to say)
(What's on my mind at, any given time of day)
(Cause I'm a (renegade) Never been afraid to holler)
(About anything (anything?) Anything (anything!))

I had to hustle, my back to the wall, ashy knuckles
Pockets filled with a lot of lint, not a cent
Gotta vent, lot of innocent of lives lost on the project bench
What you hollering? Gotta pay rent, bring dollars in
By the bodega, iron under my coat, feeling braver
Doo-rag wrapping my waves up, pockets full of hope
Do not step to me, I'm awkward, I box leftier often
My pops left me an orphan, my momma wasn't home
Could not stress to me I wasn't grown, 'specially on nights
I brought something home to quiet the stomach rumblings
My demeanor, thirty years my senior
My childhood didn't mean much, only raisin green up
Raisin my fingers to critics, raisin my head to the sky
Big I did it, multi before I die (nigga)
No lie, just know I chose my own fate
I drove by the fork in the road and went straight

See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare
Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here
To shatter the picture in which of that as they paint me
As a monger of hate and Satan a scatter-brained atheist
But that ain't the case, see it's a matter of taste
We as a people decide if Shady's as bad as they say he is
Or is he the latter, a gateway to escape?
Media scapegoat, who they can be mad at today
See it's easy as cake, simple as whistling Dixie
While I'm waving the pistol at sixty Christians against me
Go to war with the Mormons, take a bath with the Catholics
In holy water, no wonder they try to hold me under longer
I'm a motherfucking spiteful, delightful eyeful
The new Ice Cube, motherfuckers hate to like you
What did I do? (huh?) I'm just a kid from the gutter
Making this butter off these bloodsuckers, cause I'm a motherfucking

Renegade! Never been afraid to say
What's on my mind at, any given time of day
Cause I'm a renegade! Never been afraid to talk
About anything (anything) anything (anything), renegade!
(Never been afraid to say)
(What's on my mind at, any given time of day)
(Cause I'm a (renegade) Never been afraid to holler)
(About anything (anything?) Anything (anything!))

Renegade! Never been afraid to say
What's on my mind at, any given time of day
Cause I'm a renegade! Never been afraid to talk
About anything (anything) anything (anything), renegade!
(Never been afraid to say)
(What's on my mind at, any given time of day)
(Cause I'm a (renegade) Never been afraid to holler)
(About anything (anything?) Anything (anything!))


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"Renegade" as written by Marshall B Iii Mathers Shawn C Carter

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  • +2
    General Commentthis is a very good beat especially the beginning em kills jay with the lyrics jay came off very very weak this was on the blueprint as well jays cd its a shame how bad marshall showed him up
    nylawon July 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentironically not...Em's verses come from an old Bad Meets Evil song he did with Royce...and that was a time when he was a good lyricist with something to be pissed about, making him then something that even Hov would struggle topping.

    However, don't think that the verses rip Jay apart so hastily, because I can't help but find Hov's to be a bit more thought provoking...not as lyrical as Em's stuff, but I always like it when he says "Motherf***ers say that I'm foolish, I only talk about jewels; do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?". Now that may not be the greatest rhyme in history or anything, but there is a lot of truth behind that statement because of the way hip-hop these days is disregarded so much simply because there's mainstream rappers writing songs about bling and riches. Like he says, they've only seen the (quite perverted) surface of what contains some of the greatest works concerning very real social and political issues ever made. So don't crap on Hov too much, he's a lot more real than people give him credit for.

    Anyway, regardless of who slaughtered who on this track, it's still a good song ;)
    random personon August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song. In a way it reminds me of myself. the reason for that is that i have never been afraid or scared to say anything or do anything. In a way i have never gave a f**k.
    dragon_wizardon January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhh. this song is basically the person i wish i was. i wish i could just say what was on my mind at anytime without worrying about if it'll upset someone else. ugh! i'm too nice! but anyways, my two favorite rappers together! awesome. =)
    ManoStuarton May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuperstarr said it all
    Cronic15on September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Jigga and Em did a great song together. and they're right to say you should say what's on your mind without giving a fuck.
    DrDooMon September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno need to say it 5 times, but yea Eminem tears Jay on his own song (as Nas skillfully points out). Definetly Em's best rhymes ever.
    Foundation4lifeon December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno need to say it 5 times, but yea Eminem tears Jay on his own song (as Nas skillfully points out). Definetly Em's best rhymes ever.
    Foundation4lifeon December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Eminem murdered you on your own shit" - NaS Jay'z lyrics are just weak, sorry Hova.
    stranded48on August 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove the beat too...
    t.angoon June 14, 2007   Link

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