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My big brother was BIG's brother,
Used to Be Dame and BIG's brother,
Who was hip hop brother, who was No I.D Friend,
No I.D my mentor, Now Let the story begin.

It's the hard knock life tour, sell out,
Picture us in the mall coppin' iceberg and yell out jigga (jigga),
Yeah that's what we'll yell out (yell out),
You know the name do, i gotta spell out, or tell bout?

J.A.Y, and Ye' so shy, now he won't even step to his idol to say hi.
Standing there like a mime and let the chance pass by,
Back of my mind, he could change your life.
With all these beats i did, at least let him hear,
At least you can brag to your friends back at the gig.

But he got me out my mama' crib,
Then he helped me get my mama' a crib.

Big brother was BIG's brother,
Used to Be Dame and BIG's brother,
Who was hip hop brother, who was No I.D Friend,
No I.D my mentor, Now Let the story begin (begin).

Let the story begin (let the story begin).
If you feel the way i feel, why don't you wave your hands?

Fresh off the plane, im off the base line.
Nothin' handed out, im bout to take mine.
Round the same time of that Blueprint One,
And these beats in my pocket was that blueprint for im'.
I played my little songs in that old back room,
He'd bop his head and say, 'damn, oh thats you?'
But by the black album, i was blackin' out,
Party at S.O.B's and we had packed the crowd.

Big brother got a show up in Madison Square,
And i'm like, 'Yeah yeah, we gon' be there!'
But, not only did i not get a chance to spit it.
Carlene told me i could buy two tickets.

I guess big brother was thinkin' a little different,
And kept little brother at bay at a distance.
But everything that i felt was more bogus,
Only made me more focused, only wrote more potent.

Only thing i wanna know, is why i get looked over,
I guess i understand when i get more older.

Big brother saw me at the bottom of the totem,
Now im' on the top and everybody on the Scrotum.

My Big brother was B.I.G's brother,
Used to Be Dame and B.I.G's brother,
Who was hip hop brother, who was No I.D Friend,
No I.D my mentor, now Let the story begin (begin).

Let the story begin.
If you feel the way i feel, why won't you wave your hands?

Have you ever walked in the shadow of a giant?
Not only a client, but the presedito.
Hola' Hovito', the game gettin' foul, so here's a free throw.
I was always on the other side of the people,
Then i dropped Jesus Walks, now im on a steeple.
And we know, New Jack City gotta keep my brother,
But to be number one, imma' beat my brother.

On that diamonds remix, i swore i'd spaz,
Then my big brother came through and kicked my ass!
Sibling rivalry, only i could see, it was the pride in me, that was drivin' me.
At the grammy's i said, i inspired me.
But my big brother who i always tried to be.
When i kicked the flow, it was like pick and roll',
Coz even if he gave me the ROC, it's give and go.

I guess Beanie's style was more of a slam dunk,
And my shit was more like a finger roll, but i had them singles so,
And them hoe's at the show gonna' mingle yo, (laughs), ya'll know!

I told Jay i did a song with Coldplay,
Next thing i know, he got a song with coldplay.
Back of my mind, im like 'damn,no way',
Translate Espanol, No way hose'!
Then i went and told Jay Brown,
Should have known that was gonna come back around,
Should have talked to you like a man, should have told you first,
But i told someone else and thats what made shit worse.

My big brother, was BIG's brother,
So here's a few words from ya kid brother.
If you admire somebody, you should go head and tell em',
People never get the flowers, while they can still smell em'.

A idol in my eyes, god of the game, heart of the city, Roc-a-fella Chain,
Never be the same, never be another number one Young Hov' or so my big brother.

My Big brother was B.I.G's brother,
Used to Be Dame and B.I.G's brother,
Who was hip hop brother, who was No I.D Friend,
No I.D my mentor, and thats where the story ends...

Lyrics submitted by hakarumonoka

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    I think instead of "I guess being styled was more of a slam dunk" it's "I guess Beanie's style was more of a slam dunk"

    Referring to Beanie Sigel, who is also a rapper on the Roc-A-Fella Record Label.

    EJSusallaon September 15, 2007   Link
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    "Then i went and told Jay Brown, Should have known that was gonna come back around, Should have talked to you like a man, should have told you first, But i told someone else and thats what made shit worse."

    whats this bit about?

    good song

    Lm_wfcon September 15, 2007   Link
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    found this from a rolling stone article with jay-z, this part is about this song:

    "since everyone has something to say about Kanye West these days, Jay noted that he loved Kanye’s Jigga tribute “Big Brother,” but light-heartedly corrected ‘Ye’s recollection of the facts — particularly that Hov made him buy tickets to a show at Madison Square Garden and that Jay stole West’s idea to record with Coldplay. “Not everything on the song was true, but it was true in his mind,” said Jay. “He says ‘Carleen said I could buy two tickets.’ You would think he didn’t get any tickets. I gave him four, he wanted six. It was a charity event! And Coldplay — I introduced him to Coldplay, I gave him the number! But I thought it was a brilliant song. It brought us closer together.” "

    thought people might be interested.

    PMurph77on October 12, 2007   Link
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    I really really really like this song which is why I posted it. I've never really been a fan of Kanye but after hearing this I'm starting to like his new stuff.

    hakarumonokaon September 07, 2007   Link
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    Are you, by chance, trying to promote

    strykerchickon September 08, 2007   Link
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    He probably copied and pasted the lyrics from that website. I this song and Everything I am for their relaxed chill beats, can listen to both over and over again.

    TwomSixeron September 08, 2007   Link
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    Hey, I couldn't have done the lyrics any better myself. I'd rather read the correct version even if I didn't write them myself instead of trying to slaughter them. ;)

    hakarumonokaon September 09, 2007   Link
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    In my opinion this is the greatest song Kanye West has ever done...even though its about Kanye's realationship with Jay-Z. I think anyone who has a brother they are close to can relate to this song...i know i always think about my brother when i hear this song...

    CPHAWK1on September 12, 2007   Link
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    yo is he coming at dame dash in this song, "used to be dame's brother??

    AILon September 13, 2007   Link
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    dd left roc-a-fella.

    bugoffon September 15, 2007   Link

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