Tag: AWOL

Nas – Composure Lyrics

[Intro: Nas]
Ayo, Hit, I like this IE weather

[Verse 1: Hit-Boy]
Hey, look
Vote yes on Hit-Boy, bitch, I’m the city spokesman
They see we got this shit crackin’ and now they spirit broken
I’m standin’ on the green like the British Open
And stackin’ ice on top of ice, but I’m not building snowmen
Doctors couldn’t even detect my disorders
One case, six figures on six different lawyers
I put my soul in every song with limited support
Focused on the output, not the outcome, big God is my source
Spirit of excellence in my genetics
Complexities come with my complexion
‘Fore you shut me down let me reach my level first
Y’all be too proud to do the devil’s work
All that actin’ and fakin’, I can’t take part in it
I’m washin’ my hands with the soap opera shit
Set the cameras to speed, co-directed KD
We know the caged bird sings and screams when it’s free
Every second I spend on this I got it back in blessings
You can’t stop and run no errands on the way to legend

[Chorus: Hit-Boy]
They should’ve told ‘em I’m raising up on the totem
Yeah, boilin’ over, pot full of yola
Mix it with the cola, son of a block controller
Can’t let ‘em fuck me over, gotta keep my composure, look

[Verse 2: Nas]
Had yellow jaundice when I was born
Kept me in an incubator, ten days long
I made up songs, I was like humming tunes ten years later
Writin’ in my room ten years after that on stage like it’s too soon, but
For me see, my parents met inside a nightclub
Olu started to fight and then my moms broke it up
She said “this boy he’s in the Navy, settle down before y’all need savin’”
Pop went to war around the world, came home, we celebrated
AWOL
Fast forward to when I started to play ball
From a place where we hate law
See the Jakes and we take off (Whoop whoop)
Hit the gate I get home and take my chain off
Thankful I got through the day and all the evil I prayed off
Everything is cause and effect
Make the wrong moves in this business you lose all your respect
My block is dark as it gets
We all make mistakes, only a few will recover from ‘em
Don’t spend your whole life runnin’ from ‘em
Run up the numbers

[Chorus: Nas]
Should’ve told ‘em I’m raising up on the totem
Yeah, boilin’ over, pot full of yola
Mix it up with the cola, son of a queen and a soldier
Can’t let ‘em fuck me over, gotta keep my composure, look

[Outro: Shaka Senghor]
Keep your composure, on city blocks, and cell blocks
Keep your composure
Hold it down, hold it tight
Hold it close, hold space for yourself
It’s the way of the ancestors
Our elders, our artists, our OGs, our dreamers, our builders
With each breath internalize their successes
Their struggles, their sense of self, their sense of overcoming
And take that power forward through your life
Remind yourself of the magnitude of your good fortune
And the mere chance, one in billions, that you survived
That you will thrive
And even the strongest kings and queens being, yet remain unbroken
Keep your composure
And believe in the magic of who we are
Because what you believe is everything
And what someone believes about you is nothing
Keep your composure, I am Shaka Senghor

Lecrae – Self Discovery Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro]
He was a smart kid, it’s always about Lecrae ’cause he went big
We knew he had somethin’ in on ’em, never expected this though

[Verse 1]
And grandma said we came from Jamaica
‘Cross the ocean, ’til we made it
Had my DNA tested said the Westside of the motherland
Is where they take us from
Never met my daddy’s side so I couldn’t tell y’all if I’m Zulu or Xhosa
Couldn’t tell y’all how I be courtside
I made it this far without a co-sign
Of course, I struggled a lot and stayed prayed, prayin’
Unforgettable, Swae Lee, Swae Lee, demons Achilles, KD, KD
Now I’m up, is it real life?
And when it get real I can feel Christ
Healed this branch on a family tree that was here for me
Man, the roots so deep

[Break]
Self-discovery
Self discover me
Help uncover me
Help me to understand who I’m supposed to be
Not just a wannabe

[Sample]
It’s dangerous over here, this is a dangerous area
Get outta my face fool!

[Chorus]
Seen big pain, big loss, but still been big blessed
All that cap big, big, big, big, big, big, big stress
All you want big house, big car, big ice, big checks
Man, I wish y’all did, did, did, did, did that less

[Break: Trip Lee]
You ain’t gonna be nothin’, your daddy wasn’t, you ain’t gonna be
I knew that he always had, uh, something in him

[Verse 2]
My little cousin was hittin’ me up, man, I changed all my numbers I never knew
Crazy how digits were causing division, can’t nobody get it, the revenue
Seven numbers on a smartphone
Evil cash have their lights on
I get royalties, but I got loyalties, so send a bill, I’ll go half on it
Half blank, half unknown
Aren’t we Cheoroke to Seminole
I got PTSD runnin’ through me from my kinfolk
Stress had me going AWOL
Sin got me actin’ Adolf
I’m like “Hey dawg, I need days off, I’m depressed, having brain fall”
It’s obvious, I’m highly blessed
I finally get to understand what a man is when he had his godliness
To get there, I was highly stretched and I was highly stressed

[Sample]
I gotta deal with Bloods and Crips down [?] valley, black, white, red, brown, y’all ain’t gon’ stress me out

[Chorus]
Seen big pain, big loss, but still been big blessed
All that cap big, big, big, big, big, big, big stress
All you want big house, big car, big ice, big checks
Man I wish y’all did, did, did, did, did that less