"Life's A Bitch" as written by Anthony Cruz, Dara, Jones, Scott and Wilson....
Visualizing the realism of life and actuality
Fuck who's "the baddest"; a person's status depends on salary
And my mentality is money-orientated
I'm destined to live the dream for all my peeps who never made it
Cause yeah, we were beginners in the hood as 5 percenters
But something must of got in us cause all of us turned to sinners
Now some resting in peace and some are sitting in San Quentin
Others such as myself are trying to carry on tradition
Keeping the effervescent street ghetto essence inside us
Cause it provides us with the proper insight to guide us
Even though, we know somehow we all gotta go
But as long as we leaving thieving
We'll be leaving with some kind of dough
So, until that day we expire and turn to vapors
Me and my capers will be somewhere else stacking plenty papers
Keeping it real, packing steel, getting high
Cause life's a bitch and then you die

Life's a bitch and then you die
That's why we get high
Cause you never know when you're gonna go
Life's a bitch and then you die
That's why we puff la
Cause you never know when you're gonna go

I woke up early on my born day, I'm 20, it's a blessing
The essence of adolescence leaves my body, now I'm fresh and
My physical frame is celebrated cause I made it
One quarter through life some Godly-like thing created
Got rhymes 365 days annual plus some
Load up the mic and bust one, cuss while I puffs from
My skull cause it's pain in my brain, vein, money maintain
Don't go against the grain, simple and plain
When I was young, at this I used to do my thing hard
Robbing foreigners, take their wallets, their jewels
And rip their green cards
Dipped to the projects flashing my quick cash and
Got my first piece of ass smoking blunts with hash
Now it's all about cash in abundance
Niggas I used to run with is rich or doing years in the hundreds
I switched my motto; instead of saying "fuck tomorrow"
That buck that bought a bottle could've struck the lotto
Once I stood on the block, loose cracks produce stacks
I cooked up and cut small pieces to get my loot back
Time is Illmatic, keep static like wool fabric
Pack a 4-matic that crack your whole cabbage

Life's a bitch and then you die
That's why we get high
Cause you never know when you're gonna go
Life's a bitch and then you die
That's why we puff la
Cause you never know when you're gonna go

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"Life's a Bitch" as written by Nasir Jones Anthony S. Cruz

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    General CommentHahahaha. "Schweppervesence" and "effervescent" - were you guys high when you wrote that? That made my day. I always thought he said "Keepin this world progressing, street ghetto essence inside us" (I'm pretty sure that's what it says in The Source's Hip Hop Quoteable like 15 years ago) but girlscallmepogi could be right, although I don't hear "ever present" in there.
    Hahahahahahahah nolanmjj made my fucking day- I have never heard that before and I can't understand who would ever think that was what AZ was saying. Hilarious, guys.
    mike23on May 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat the hell is "schwepervesence"?!

    Besides that, this is AZ's best verse

    And the laid back jazz of the song chills out the depressing theme of the chorus, the trumpet at the end played by Nas' father kind of lifts the spirits as Nas effectivley plays his birthday and recent adulthood into an autobiographical narrative. His verse isnt as good as his stuff on the rest of the CD, but considering this is a lyrical classic, it beats the pants off of most other rap artists' best work.
    Shep420on September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment^ he says "effervescent"

    and everyone always talks about az's verse on this song but imo nas completely smokes him. az's verse may be more technically accomplished but nas's lyrics here are just beautiful. the opening lines are ridiculously gorgeous and the whole thing just flows so, so well to its conclusion. one of the greatest, for real
    patobrienon September 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdid i mention i love how the whole of nas's verse is on some poetic, autobiographical shit then in the last couplet abruptly switches into battle rap? there is no quicker way to my heart for an mc than to quickly juxtapose poetics/emotions with being a badass muhfucka. its like if for the closing words of ulysses, after that long single-sentence chapter with molly ranting like a psycho bitch, jimmy joyce had written "what's fuckin with that?"
    patobrienon September 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAz uses part of this verse in his song "Gimme Your's", which features Nas.
    onthesidelineson September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGolly.
    AZ says "keeping this ever present street ghetto essence inside us"

    and Nas says "cuts where I puss from" not "cuss while I puff from. wtf??
    girls call me pogion December 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno, it is schwepervesence. he mentioned it in an interview in a magazine one day...or so i heard. if you listen it sounds nothing like "effervescent".
    nolanmjjon January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest duo, all time. These dudes feed off each other, on everything they do.
    sailingallaloneon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentschwepervesence is not a word and you're a liar. Get off it. He said effervescent. These lyrics are further proof that spliphstar is a bad typer.
    Realityon April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd I agree that Nas had the better verse. To me "I switched my motto, instead of saying fuck tommorow, that buck that bought the bottle could have struck the lotto"

    are the best lines in the song. That line is so deep. It's like him saying he learned to take chances instead of throwing them away for something so trivial.
    Realityon April 28, 2007   Link

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