"A Bird In The Hand" as written by O'shea Jackson, Mark S. Jordan, George Jr. Clinton, Ronald Dunbar, Donnie Ray Sterling, Garry Marshall Shider and William Earl Collins....
Fresh out of school cause I was a high school grad
Gots to get a job 'cause I was a high school dad
Wish I got paid like I was rappin' to the nation
But that's not likely so here's my application
Pass it to the man at AT&T
'Cause when I was in school I got the A-E-E
But there's no S-E for this youngsta
I didn't have no money so now I have to punch the
Clock like a slave, that's what be happenin'
But whitey says there's no room for the African
Always knew that I would clock G's
But welcome to McDonald's can I take your order please
Gotta sell ya food that might give you cancer
'Cause my son doesn't take no for an answer
Now I pay taxes that you never give me back
What about diapers, bottles, and similac
Do I gotta go sell me a whole lotta crack
For decent shelter and clothes on my back?
Or should I just wait for help from Bush
Or Jesse Jackson, and operation Push
If you ask me the whole thing needs a douche
A masengel what the hell cracker sell in the neighborhood
To the corner house bitches
Miss porker, little Joe or Todd Bridges
Or anybody that he know
So I got me a bird, better known as a kilo
Now everybody know I went from po' to a nigga that got dough
So now you put the feds against me
'Cause I couldn't follow the plan of the presidency
I'm never givin' love again
But blacks are too fuckin' broke to be republican
Now I remember I used to be cool
Till I stopped fillin' out my W-2
Now senators are gettin' high
And your plan against the ghetto backfired
So now you got a pep talk
But sorry, this is our only room to walk
'Cause we don't want to drug push
But a bird in the hand is worth more than the bush

Tell the politicians, the hustlers, live and let live (yeah)
Tell the politicians, the hustlers, live and let live (yeah)

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"A Bird in the Hand" as written by Mark S. Jordan O'shea Jackson

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  • +3
    General CommentNo comments?! This song is awesome! Especially the music, not so much the rapping, but the rapping pretty good, too. Leave comments, please... :)
    maplegirl6on June 29, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is an amazing song, probably one of Ice Cube's best (nowadays he mainly stars in family movies). It is about a young African American who is forced to turn to the crack game so he can provide for his family. Cube also states that politicians who get stricter drug laws passed are only making the situation worse.
    peacelovedopeon November 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAwesome usage of B.B. King's 'Chains & Things'. Great lyrics.
    eYeKeyon May 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOK, a question, and a couple corrections.

    1.) Does anyone know what Cube is referencing by "when I was in school I got the A-E-E"? I've tried to figure this out for years but can't make heads or tails of it...

    2.) It's "There's no SC for this youngster" as in USC, University of Southern California -- not "SE" as above.

    3.) "what the hell, crack will sell" NOT "cracker sell". Although, Hell Cracker does seem like a great Alt-Country band name. :-)

    4.) Def one of Cube's most concise, and well-developed sets of lyrics in his immense socially-conscious rap library. My favorite Ice Cube song ever.

    Brilliant illustration of the position people are put in when born into poverty: Is the right thing to obey the law, or is the right thing to feed my family?
    Kens522on March 21, 2017   Link

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