"Bridging The Gap" as written by Salaam Remi, Olu Dara and Nasir Jones....
"The light is there."

[Olu Dara]
See I come from Mississippi
I was young and runnin' wild
Ended up in New York City, where I had my first child
I named the boy Nasir, all the boys call him Nas
I told him as a youngster, he'll be the greatest man alive

Let's go! Hey, hey, hey, hey
Tribrary of these rap skits, styles I mastered
Many brothers snatched it up and tried to match it
But I'm still number one, everyday real
Speak what I want, I don't care what y'all feel
Cause I'm my own master, my Pop told me be your own boss
Keep integrity at every cost, and his home was Natchez Mississippi
Did it like Miles and Dizzy, now we gettin' busy
Bridging The Gap from the blues, to jazz, to rap
The history of music on this track
Born in the game, discovered my father's music
Like Prince searchin' through boxes of Purple Rain
But my Minneapolis was The Bridge, home of the Super kids
Some are well-known, some doin' bids
I mighta ended up on the wrong side of the tracks
If Pops wouldn't've pulled me back an said yo

[Olu Dara]
Greatest man alive (Yeah, turn it up!)
Greatest man alive!

The blues came from gospel, gospel from blues
Slaves are harmonizin' them ah's and oh's
Old school, new school, know school rules
All these years I been voicin' my blues
I'm a artist from the start, Hip-Hop guided my heart
Graffiti on the wall, coulda ended in Spoffard, juvenile delinquent
But Pops gave me the right type'a tools to think with
Books to read, like X and stuff
Cause the schools said the kids had dyslexia
In art class I was a compulsive sketcher of
Teachers in my homeroom, I drew pix to mess them up
Cause none'a them would like my style
Read more books than the curriculum profile
Said, "Mr. Jones please come get your child
Cause he's writin' mad poems and his verses are wild"

[Olu Dara]
Greatest man? The great-greatest man alive

Hey, hey, hey, my Poppa was not a Rollin' Stone
He been around the world blowin' his horn, still he came home
Then he got grown, changed his name to Olu
Come on, tell 'em 'bout the places you gone to

[Olu Dara]
I been to Saudi Arabia, Mozambique
Madagascar, Paris, Greece
The Middle Africa is where we lived
Better known as Queenbridge

Nas, Nas you don't stop
Olu Dara in the house, you don't stop
Muddy Waters' Howling Wolf you don't stop
From the Blues to Street Hop you don't stop
Tell 'em Pop

[Olu Dara (Nas)]
See I come from Mississippi (Let 'em know)
I was young and runnin' wild (Runnin' wild)
Ended up in New York City (Yeah!)
Where I had my first child (That's me)
I named the boy Nasir (Yeah, Daddy!)
All the boys call him Nas (Luh ya, boy)
I told him as a youngster
He'll be the greatest man alive (You the greatest, Pop)
Greatest man alive (You the greatest, Pop) Greatest man alive!
Rest In Peace Ray Charles

Lyrics submitted by izzo23

"Bridging the Gap" as written by Nasir Jones Olu Dara

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    General CommentI love this song - its a really great collaboration with Nas' dad. It sort of reminds me of December 4th by Jay-Z.
    izzo23on February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOlu rocks my socks. I saw the video of this late one night - and after a long time heard it on the radio by chance. The blues interposed with the hip hop makes a killer sound.
    farouhkon June 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfor a kid who through his teenage years mostly listened to chicago blues and hip hop, hearing someone like nas saying "muddy waters, howlin' wolf, you don't stop" is just like affirmation. like, YOU ARE RIGHT. thanks nas.
    patobrienon July 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, and its even better dueting with his Dad. I saw them preform this on VH1's Hip Hop Honors. Really great song.
    kmk_natashaon September 02, 2006   Link

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