"Say What You Say" as written by Theron Otis Feemster, Marshall B. Iii Mathers, Michael A. Elizondo and Andre Romell Young....
I was born to brew up storms, stir up shit, kick up dust, cuss till I slur up spit
Grew up too quick, went through too much, knew too much shit
Corrupt, and I'm a pour it on like syrup, bitch
Thick 'n rich, sick and twisted, Mr. Buttersworth
Dre told me to milk this shit for what it's worth
'Til the cow just tilts and tips and stumbles to earth
And if I fumble a verse, keep going, first take
I make mistakes just keep it, no punches pull, no punches, that's weak shit
Fake shit, if I ever take shit I'll eat shit, wasn't for him, wouldn't be shit
Creep with me as we take a little trip down memory lane
Been here longer than anyone in the game
And I ain't got to lie about my age, "But what about Jermaine?
"Fuck Jermaine, he don't belong speakin' mine or Timbaland's name
And don't think I don't read your lil' interviews and see what you're sayin'
I'm a giant, and I ain't gotta move
'Til I'm provoked, when I see you, I'm a step on you and not even know it
You midget, mini-me with a bunch of mini-yous, runnin' round your backyard swimmin' pools
Over eighty million records sold, and I ain't have to do it with ten or eleven year olds

'Cause what you say is what you say
Say what you say how you say it whenever you sayin' it
Just remember how you said it when you was sprayin' it
So who you playin' wit, huh?
'Cause what you say is what you say
Say what you say how you say it whenever you sayin' it
Just remember how you said it when you was sprayin' it
So who you playin' wit, huh?

Second verse, it gets worse, it gets no better than this
Amateurs drink veteran piss
From a dixie cup, if you ever mix me up
Or confuse me with a Cannabis or Dre with a Dupri
We'll rub it in, every club you're in
We'll have you black balled and make sure you never rap-a-fuckin'-gain
Dre ain't havin' it as long as I'm here to play devil's advocate
If there was some magic shit I could wave over the industry
That could save it when I'm gone and buried
To make sure the tradition carries on, I would
If I could only use this power for good, I wouldn't, not even if I could
From the hood, and I'm a hornet, and I'm a only sting when I cornered
And I'm a only sucker punch and swing without warning
And swing to knock somebody's fuckin' head off
'Cause I know if they get up, I won't get a chance to let off
Another punch, I'm punk rock, no one's punk, don't give a fuck
White-Pac, so much spunk
When I was little I knew I would blow up and sell a mill
Or grow up to be Atilla, go nuts and be a killer
And I'm, somethin' of a phenom, one puff of the chron
I'm unstoppable, I'm alive and on top again
There's no obstacle that I can't conquer so come along wit us?
Come on

'Cause what you say is what you say
Say what you say how you say it whenever you sayin' it
Just remember how you said it when you was sprayin' it
So who you playin' wit, huh?
'Cause what you say is what you say
Say what you say how you say it whenever you sayin' it
Just remember how you said it when you was sprayin' it
So who you playin' wit, huh?

Now anybody who knows Dre
Knows I'm about fast cars and Alize, partyin' all day
But I handled my business
'Cause it's work before play, don't look for trouble
But I'll serve you gourmet
However you want it, you can have it your way, you fuck my night up
I'm a fuck up your day, bullet with your name
Sendin' it your way, that goes for anyone who walks through that doorway
'Cause this is my space, you invade it, live to regret it
And you'll die tryin' to violate it
Fuck around, get annihilated, eyes dilated
Like my old lady?
'Cause what you say is what you say
Sometimes what you mean is two different things
Depending on your mood if it swings
Think too many things, little hit of Dre's weed
I can do anything, catch a contact and I'm gone
And I'm back, I speed write and my loose-leaf's my launch pad
And I can pull any string, don't have to prove anything
Catch a contract on your head, you headed west, talk shit about Dre
You better get a vest
And invest in something to protect your head and neck
And it's back and forth, all day like Red and Meth
I joke when I say I'm the best, in the booth
But a lot of truth is said in jest
And if I ever do live to be a legend I'm a die a sudden death
Five mics in the Source, ain't holdin' my fuckin' breath
But I'll suffocate for the respect 'fore I breathe, to collect a fuckin' check

'Cause what you say is what you say
Say what you say how you say it whenever you sayin' it
Just remember how you said it when you was sprayin' it
So who you playin' wit, huh?
'Cause what you say is what you say
Say what you say how you say it whenever you sayin' it
Just remember how you said it when you was sprayin' it
So who you playin' wit, huh?


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    General Commenti think that this is one of eminem's and dre's tightest songs. first off, i hate jermaine dupri, cuz he cant rap. all he does is jump in on other people's songs. he is nothing compared to true rappers
    dannyboy_4_lyfeon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey let loose on Canibus and JD, plain and simple.
    Aerionon May 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyo, yo, yo, yo, (the extent of jermaine dupris rapping ability)
    this song flat out says dont talk shit unless u got stuff to back it up and dont go back on what u said later when your about to get ya azz kicked yuh hurd meh!
    fenderstraton May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs on the CD. And I'm glad they say something about Jermaine.
    daron is so lovelyon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd if I fumble the verse, keep goin
    First take, I make mistakes, just keep it
    No punches pulled no punches that's weak shit

    does anyone who if he actually raps like this. i mean just basically freestyle and if he screws up then oh well?
    hoibbeson June 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJermaine trys so hard to rap and its so good that someone is actually straight up speaking the truth about him.He has no abbility so he does remix's and helps others. This is a GOOD song by Dre and Em.
    eViLkILLaClOwNon June 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhoa... JD got his ass DISSED!! This is my favorite line in the whole song: "Over 80 million records sold
    And I ain't have to do it with ten or eleven-year-olds "
    What a sweet line. Go Dre!! JD can't even compare to this song.
    pbechon June 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs on TES. The beat is incredible and so are the lyrics. I love, "And I'm, something of a phenom, one puff of the chron, I'm unstoppable," and the funny... "Like my old lady?" :)
    The_Decocksteron July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does this song mean to me...Hm, it shows me how degenerated and utterly retarded popular music has become and how we're all being sucked into a spiral of subpar rhythms and redundant beats which are tainting everyones sense of good music and making us pay a higher psychic price than we could ever imagine. Good work "Em".
    Empty_Rageon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it me, or does this song flow a lot like "The Way I Am" does?
    scandoron August 20, 2002   Link

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