[Intro: Joell Ortiz (Joe Budden)]
Whassup my nigga?
You say your name is John?
Yeah, yeah! I know, I'm familiar with the interview shit, I know what you gon' ask.
I got you, don't even stress it!
No, I don't respond with answers that fit a script
So the repitition'll make a nigga flip. (flip!)
We in the game of smokin' mirrors, those engineering a bigger spliff
Blowin' circles out they mouth gettin' praise but the shit is shift. (shift!)
I never lived a myth! - If I said it I did it
Never alleged word to dead I gripped da fif. (boo!)
I made my housing tenament a strip; movin' medicine in nicks
When I seen 'em comin', I jetted from them pricks. (ohh!)
And still to this day though she clean I wish my mommy never sniffed
But the hurt is makin' me betta with this gift! (look!)
I'm live with this ink. - You could - die in a blink an' (ahh!)
Y'all got the nerve to ask me why do I drinkin'?
Motherfuckers! Sometimes I cry when I'm thinkin'.
Y'all ain't there when them tears bein' dried by the sink! (damn!)
It was cold in the winter. (agghh!) - My community centers who gave me dinner
I ain't mind my table chairs gave me splinters! (hahaaa!)
Set up to be a loser but was made to be a winner (look!)
If they paint Hip-Hop, I bet my face be in the picture.
If they wrote a rap bible bet my name be in the scriptures
If shorty say I'm her idol bet her face be in my zipper! (whooo!)
I came a long way from the staples in my skrilla (word!)
Stains on my pants - hardly had a cut!
The ladies ain't wanna dance, so house parties would suck, (why?)
All my friends on the wall, I'm in the hall with a cup.
Nah, I ain't complainin', just tellin' y'all what it is!
So if y'all goin' thru it, now just know that anotha kid! (what?)
Made somethin' outta nothin'! (look!) - Well I'm frontin', I was never nothin'!
Older ladies used to tell my mother: "Ain't he somethin'? " (awww!)
I look at a lot of you cats an laugh
Cause I'm the shit, man; an y'all ain't even passin' gas! (nah!)
When I spit I'm the definition of mastered craft
An' all y'all ask about is Aftermath! - Motherfucker move on...
I'm tryna beeee - more than what it is you seeee
For every take - do it just eternally.
But I won't let it hold me dooown, I turn it all arouuund!
I'm movin' ooooon! - Ooooohh! - Oooo-ooover. - It's oooveeeeeer!
I gotta give my own interview. - Since niggas that do my interviews
Focus on wutevas miniscule. (LIKE!)
An paint me as a cynical! - But the canvas will limit you. (dog!)
You can't go beyond what there's no limit to.
If I think Hip-Hop is dead, I think it's bein' revived
An that comes from me bein' inside! (whoa!)
Where the demons get by - see 'em goodbye, if I'm vehement heres why
Come from hearin' it seein' ve-nom-ous lies! (ooohh!)
So the beast in me cries. - Cause when it's all, you hear!
Shit can over-bear, just when the over in air!
So I try to think straight cause when you stare in the rear
Rest In Peace Stewart Shakir! - Nigga, yeah! (yeeah!)
I'm on anotha label. - Not that other label!
That mean it's no longer my problem it's theirs!
Some say it's a conspirc'.
I say if erybodys on the thrown - that's just more motive to kill the heir! (man!)
Ask me 'bout "Pump It Up" an' I'm a think you sheep!
Oh? You must not know I'm deep!
I'm so off of music, so ya'll can soundscan every week.
Me? - I just got my lil' man every week!
Jersey City loves me, despite y'all beliefs, (cause why?)
Cause they was baby steppin', I showed 'em how to leep! (hey!)
Ask me about swagg. - I'm a change tha topic
To lyrics an than brag, plus look at you like a fag!
I love erybody don't ask 'bout who I beefed with
They burnt tha bridge but they was standin' underneath it!
I'm on my grind! - Benjamin huntin'
Was old since I was young call me "Benjamin Button".
And stop using slang, just for you to be cool!
Cause I go BACK 2 when it was cool to be you!
I'm a hero! (naaah!) No, I mean I'm 'Hiro' - from "Heroes".
Y'all chase zeros! (ME!)
MothafuCka I just got finished hatin' me feelin' like a zero!
They played DeNiro. - Never been there, though!
So before your next thought understand (no!)
Know it's much more 2 me than a man. - Either that or move on!
[Royce Da 5'9":]
My rhymes reflection is Scarface an Prem's soul (soul!)
Before Jordan was wearin'.four-five. - I just look like this I just seemed old! (old!)
But I had to bleed the blood of a dirty motherfucker
To suffer clean clothes (clothes!) an touch what a king holds. (holds!)
The real estate market is harsh, everything goes
From folds to who you was doin' everything for! (what else?)
But I cut 'em off an move on to the new checks
New friends chasin' my new endz - with new threats. (threats!)
Watchin' my dreams fold (fold!) - like a stack of bills
In the pocket of who ain't tryna push up daffodils! (daffodils!) (ohhh!)
But we the supergroup. (group!) - You couldn't handle this shit
If you were standin' before us carryin' the pooper scoop. (whoooo!)
You dealt with Shady shit? (shit!) - I dealt with Shady's shit! (shit!)
But I'm the only one can truly say: "I dealt with Shady's shit! " (that's me!)
I mean that with all respect to Paul an Sheck
But Ryan an' Marshall is all you get! (that's it!)
My flows superb, I love Pauly Rosenberg (I love you Pauly!)
What I say in a track; those just words! (WHOOOO!)
Baby boy forgive me! (forgive me!) - I'm just street, (I'm just street, baby!)
Cause I can change into anything niggas want me to be like Mystique! (yesss!)
I don't gotta dig deep (deep!)
To realize Slim bought Big Proof a big jeep, because he deserved it! (deserved it!)
How can I mourn the same way Shady did
Over him when he knew him when he attended Osbourne? (YESS!)
Marshall, I'm sorry! (SORRY!) - I knew it went left (left!)
I ain't into fuckin' my family like incest. (incest!)
If you remember Ice, (Ice!) used to be my lifes interest
Tell Hailie, my wife just had a princess! (princess!)
Since I made up with EM, there's nothin' else
That I can move on from, so who wants some? (that's me!)
Like a jar of grey (grey!) - poupon!
You have to ask anybody in any car - want it or move on?
When fans picture my interviews, they think I'm in a swimmin' pool
With women who've been abused, so they turn into strippers!
Makin they livin' in the nude
One in the middle blowin' my inner tube - while the interviewers gettin ridiculed!
Is this your vision? Cool! - Let me give you a little jewel!
Any dude who wanna sit in my tennis shoes is missin' Screwz!
Don't get it misconstrued! (yeah!) - Don't get tha shit confused!
I'm two seconds from prison food, I'm a different dude!
Pistol in my reach, man. - Still a Long Beach, man!
Hoping if my grind don't help me get out my speech can!
I been in the streets longer than Yao Mings Wingspan
You can be MTV, I'll be C-SPAN! (why?)
I deal with politics, bandanas and hollowtips
Half you rappers follow this role models can swallow dick! (DICK!)
Was stressed out over cashflow.
Hip-Hop used two console my soul, now it's a bunch of assholes! (assholes!)
Rap about and dance while I'm targeting cops
Spit sum shit 4 Oscar grant hit tha seargent with shots!
Make him a "Ghost" like he part of The Lox
I won't stop recordin' - till I'm makin' songs harder than Pac's!
If it don't happen - at least a nigga know he right there (RIGHT THERE!)
Every memory under my Dodger hats a nightmare! (NIGHTMARE!)
As a kid I had 2 steal breakfast
An' now tha best question you have to ask me: "Is this a real necklace? "
"Where's ya beat from Dre? Ya feature from Cube? "
These things leave people confused!
Cause they know I leave speakers abused I eat tha eq's
I eat thru tha beat; what's tha secret? I think it's tha shoes!
Back in Cali' niggas blaze an stress
Waitin' on "Detox" to save tha West!
Hahaha! - Even if tha shit is dope, it ain't givin you niggas hope
Unless your signatures wrote on tha check from Interscope. - NOPE. - MOVE ON! MOVE ON WEST-COAST!
[Chorus: Iffy (Crooked I)]
I'm tryna beeee - more than what it is you seeee (yakno'Imean?)
For every take (WestCoast move on!) - do it just eternally. (And all that shit in the past about me)
(Bein' on Death Row...) But I won't let it hold me dooown, I turn it all arouuund! (MOVE ON!)
I'm movin' ooooon! - Ooooohh! - Oooo-ooover. - It's moovin' on! (SLAUGHTERHOUSE!) [beat fades out]