They wanna bury me im worried. Im loosin my mind look down the barrel of my nine and my visions blurry. Fallen to pieces am I guilty? I pray to the lord but his laws be unfortunate because im guilty.
I am society's child. This is how they made me and now I'm sayin' what's on my mind and they don't want that. This is what you made me, America.
Will I, succeed, paranoid from the weed and hocus pocus, try to focus but I can't see.
Dre was one of my heros in the music industry. If he's not down for his homeboys, I don't wanna be a part of him or around him.
I'm used on every level. I have no friends. I have no resting place. I never sleep. I can never close my eyes. It's horrible.
I just don't know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life.
Only in Cali where we riot not rally to live and die
In L.A. we wearin Chucks not Ballies (that's right).
My biggest fear of death is to come back reincarnated.
If I was white I would have been like John Wayne... I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play.
We are being wiped off the face of this earth
At an extremely alarming rate
And even more alarming is the fact
That we are not fighting back.
How many caskets can we witness before we see it's hard to live this life without God, so we must ask forgiveness.
I rap about fighting back. I make it uncomfortable by putting details to it. It might not have been politically correct but I've reached somebody; They relating to me. They relate to the brutal honesty in the rap.
If you let a person talk long enough you'll hear their true intentions. Listen twice, speak once.
People die and people cry people want me dead.
Study your lessons, don't settle for less.
I feel close to Marvin Gaye, Vincent van Gogh, because nobody appreciated his work until he was dead. Now it's worth millions.
Now ain't nobody tell us it would be fair no love for my father cause the coward wasn't there.
It was hell, hugging my Mama from a jail cell.
If I could patent 'being real', I think I could own that.
Mama gave birth to a hell raising heavenly son. See the doctor tried to smack me, but I smacked him back.
Institutionalized, I live my life a product made to crumble.
Imperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end, no matter how hard we fight.
Unless we share with each other we gotta start makin' changes.
I smoke blunt to take the pain out and if I wasn't high I'd probably blow my brains out.
The people made me from the littlest crack head to the biggest baller so if i am bad its because of the bay and if i am good its because of the bay.
How many pistols smoking coming from a broken family?
Losing my homies in a hurry, they're relocating to the cemetery.
Everybody raps. We rap to make money. We do business. Ain't no other record company out there that sold as many records as we did.
Be grateful for blessings,
Don't ever change, keep your essence.
The power is in the people and politics we address.
I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn't commit.
Though are hands are chained like they are, they haven't taken music from us yet. So that's how I'll fight. People tell me don't quit like everyone else. I wont have no fear.
How could you do me like that I took ya family in put some cash in ya pocket made you a man again.
When my Mama asks me will I ever change, I tell her yeah... But it's clear I will always be the same until the end of time.
There ain't nothin' like a Black woman.
Don't change on me. Don't extort me unless you intend to do it forever.
I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear.
I'll probably be punished for hard living.
Picture perfect, I paint a perfect picture bomb the hoochies wit' precision, my intentions to get richer.
Hoping they bury me with ammunition, weed, and shells. Just in case.
Misplaced hate makes disgrace the races.
The lesser the friends, the lesser the chances of betrayal.
Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that.
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.
You never stop loving someone. You just learn to live without them.
We ain't meant to survive, cause it's a setup, And even though you're fed up, Huh, ya got to keep your head up.
Can't sleep ‘cause all the dirt make my heart hurt.
Faith my homegirl. I just wanna send a shout out to Faith. Hey girl.
Heavenly Father, I'm a soldier
I'm gettin, hotter, cuz the world is gettin' colder.
Every female wanna come up to me and show me how much they're not attracted to me... these minority women... they're the only women I can get cause everyone else is scared of me.
Will my enimies flee when they see me? Belive me, even thugz gotta learn to take it easy!
Temperature is as far as the heat goes, people are haters cos im doing something good. Hate me dont hate the hood. It made me strong, you wouldn't last that long.
If I upset you, don't stress. Never forget
That God isn't finished with me yet.
I feel His hand on my brain...
When I write rhymes, I go blind and let the Lord do His thang.
I'm doing this for the kid who truly leads a 'thug life' and thinks it's HOPELESS.
The realest people don't have a lot of friends.
Don't support the phonies, SUPPORT THE REAL.
Thanks for comin out, God bless you, good night... What of fame? Everyone knows your face, the world screams your name And never again, are you alone.
The hard times make a true friend afraid to ask.
Now the baby's in the trash heap balling.
Throw it up y'all, throw it up, Throw it up, Let's show these fools how we do this on that west side. Cause you and I know it's tha best side.
It's no longer a fad to be down for the young Black male. Everybody wants to go past. Like the gangster stuff, it just got exploited.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographers are worth a million.
My mama always used to tell me: 'If you can't find somethin' to live for, you best find somethin' to die for.'
This duo inside of me causes the perfect opportunity to live and learn twice as fast as those who choose to accept simplicity.
Hip Hop was supposed to be this new thing that had no boundaries and was so different to everyday music. As long as it has soul to it, hip hop can live on.
Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place.
I'm a thug. And my thug comes from... my definition of thug comes from half of the street element. Straight street hustling.
Evil's lurking, I can see him smirking.
In my mind I'm a blind man doin' time.
Look at those words, 'role' and 'model.' Both of those are fake words, to play a role and to model, that's fake. I'm real. Being real, I drink, I hang out, I party.
No matter what these people say about me, my music doesn't glorify any image. My music is spiritual when you listen to it. It's all about emotion, I tell my innermost, darkest secrets.
Well, the first two days in prison, I had to go through what life is like when you've been smoking weed for as long as I have and then you stop. Emotionally, it was like I didn't know myself.
Perspective. You start looking at things differently, like everything's not so important. You don't take things so personally. Everyone changes, becomes better people. We all should get that chance.
They ordered the extermination
of all minds they couldn't control.
We probably in hell already, our dumb asses not knowing.
And even though i act crazy I gotta thank the lord that you made meh.
To all the seeds that follow me protect your essence, Born with less, but you still precious.
If God wanted me to be quiet he would've never showed me what he does.
You either ride with us, or collide with us.
I have no patience for anybody who doubts me, none at all.
Fear no man but only God.
Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.
Expose foes wit my hocus pocus flows, they froze now suckas idolize my chosen blows.
I was raised in this society so you can't expect me to be a perferct person cause Ima do what Ima do.
Don't cry through your dispair.
I'm tired of being a nice guy, I've been poor all my life, but don't know quite why.
God come save the youth, Ain't nothin else to do but have faith in you, Dear Lord I live the life of a Thug, hope you understand Forgive me for my mistakes, I gotta play my hand.
Since I only got one life to ive, God forgive me for my sins, let me make it and i'll never steal again, or deal again, my only friend is my misery. Wantin revenge for the agony they did to me.
Why am I fighting to live, If I am just living to fight Why am I trying to see. When there aint nothing in sight Why am I trying to give, When no one gives me a try Why am I dying to live, If I am just living to die?
Please wake me when I'm free
I cannot bear captivity
4 I would rather be stricken blind
Than 2 live without expression of mind.
Follow the rules or follow the fools.
I didn't choose the thug life, the thug life chose me.
I guess cause i'm black boy, I'm supposed to say 'peace', sing songs, and get capped on.
I don't advocate senseless violence of any human being. I'm the one who's been beat down. But I will not be a victim again.
I wanna piss on his head, I want his family dead.
Dear mama, yo baby boys doing fine tell the homies I'm in heaven and they aint got hoods.
I struggle to be rugged and raw dude, trying to survive in the trials and lawsuits, Everybody wants to test me, WHY ME?
Real eyes, realize, real lies.
I am being ripped off, because I've never lied to the press. Just as much truth I bring to my work, a journalist should bring that much truth to their work.
Life in the pen ain't for me 'cos I'd rather die.
I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.
We live like caged beasts waiting for the day to let the rage free.
I'd rather die like a man, than live like a coward.
I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood-but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That's bad.
It makes me unhappy when brothers make babies and leave a young mother to be a pappy.
There's nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.
Everybody's at war with different things…I'm at war with my own heart sometimes.
Break the chains in our brains that make us fear.
No matter how hard it gets, keep your chest out, keep your head up and handle it.
I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I'm doing is right. So I feel like I'm going to heaven.
My mother taught me three things: respect, knowledge, search for knowledge. It's an eternal journey.
My mother taught me three things, respect, knowledge-search for knowledge, it's an eternal journey. That's like my hair-cut, the line, 360 degrees, find knowledge always. And she taught me to not be quiet, if there's something on my mind speak it. But also to listen.
I'm not really a religious person. But I believe that God wants me to do something and it has to do with Thug Life.
Suge is the boss of Death Row, the don, you understand? But im the underboss, the capo. That's my job to what's best for Death Row.
If that's what the court can do, then punish me more then I've been punished already.
I don't have to talk about whether or not I got raped in jail.
God damn! Drug dealers dealin' to the kiddies,
Livin' in the city ain't no pity on the itty-bitty.
We try to cry, but still they all die,
I try to speak to the youth, and the truth is: they all high.
Even though you're fed up, you gotta keep your head up.
It don't stop 'til the casket drop.
Gotta start teaching the children that they can be just what they want to be, there's much more to life than poverty.
Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bullshit.
My family tree consists of drug dealers, thugs, and killers.
If you believe in God, believe in Death Row East.
I don't have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.
Instead of of being so metaphorical with the rhyme, I was encouraged to go straight at it and hit it dead on and not waste time trying to cover things.
If they take half the buildings that they use to praise god and give it to the motherfuckers who need god we'd be 'aight.
I want there to be a life for the street element. Instead of we always getting shut out. Instead of defenseless, having power.
One day I'm gonna bust, blow up on this society, why did you lie to me, I couldn't find a trace of humanity.
Tupac the son of the Black Panther, and Tupac the rider. Those are the two people inside of me. I was raised off those ideals.
I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings.
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.
If I win and get the money, then the Oakland Police department is going to buy a boys' home, me a house, my family a house, and a Stop Police Brutality Center.
After a long day of trying, to make my songs pay, making love all day against the wall in the hallway.
Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?
You dont know me, you just met me, well if i couldnt have it..silly rabbit, why ya sweat me.
I remember Marvin Gaye used to sing to me,
He had me feelin' like black was the thing to be.
I have no fear, I have only ambition, and I want mine, And I will do anything to protect and feed my family.
Life's a wheel of fortune and it's my chance to spin it.
I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.
Got shot 5 times but I'm still breathing... living proof there's a God if you need a reason.
Give me a paper and pen, so I can write about my life of sin. A couple of bottles of gin, in case I don't get in.
I bring truth to tha youth tear tha roof off tha ol' school.
I said it in the beginning. That I was gonna take them niggaz out the game and sure enough I will. Already people can't look at Biggie and not laugh.
Of course I'm going to say "I'm a thug" that's because I came from the GUTTER and I'm still HERE!
Support me... If you don't understand me don't write about me.
It's not like I idolize this one guy Machiavelli. I idolize that type of thinking where you do whatever's gonna make you achieve your goal.
It takes skill to be real. Time to heal each other.
I stop and stare at the younger, my heart goes to 'em, they stressed out and goin' under.
There ain't no place like paradise.
Trust me I never lose. Either I win or learn from it.
I'm a reflection of the community.
Take a look at my family, a different father every weekend.
First ship them dope, let them deal to brothers, give them guns, step back and watch them kill each other.
All I'm trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.
No thank you to all the bustas, cowards, and FAKE HOMIES who showed me the depths of jealousy, envy and greed.
When an angel comes down and takes me away, memories of me and my songs will always stay until the end of time.
Ever since I was an itty bitty kitty, been drinking liquor out of Mama's titty.
Don't look back unless it's a good view.
Watch me, diamonds shining looking like I robbed Liberace.
I'm not perfect. But I'll always be real.
Tomorrow I see change, a chance to build a new. Built on spirit intent of heart, and ideals based on truth.
And did you ever stop to think that im old enough to go to war but i aint old enough to drink.
Thug Life to me is dead.
Stay in the game until the end of time.
I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.
I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up.... and handle it.
Somebody help me, tell me where to go from here cause even Thugs cry, but do the Lord care?
For quiet times disappear listen to the ocean.
The third always speaks the unspeakable words.
But please don't cry, dry your eyes, never let up
Forgive but don't forget, girl keep your head up.
The only time I have problems is when I sleep.
America wants its respect.
Instead of war on poverty, they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me.
I'm doing this for the kid who truly leads a ‘thug life' and thinks it's HOPELESS.
Time to heal our women, be real to our women. And if we don't, then we'll have a race of babies, that hate the ladies that make the babies.
I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.
I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.
Yo get a real job. Rappin doesn't pay the rent, I hate the studio cause that's where all my money went.
And still, the best of us build, and reach monetary gains. Some of us kill, but still, most of us can change.
I'm tryin to make a dollar out of fifteen cents
It's hard to be legit and still pay tha rent.
The eyes of mortal men, threaten you with doom
They regret to see you, set, but it is time, for the moon.
Picture me inside the misery of poverty, no man alive has ever witnessed struggles ive survived, praying hard for better days promised to hold on me and my dogs aint have a choice but to hold on.
I'm a sucker for love.
Rollin wit a posse full of paranoid drugdealaz!
I'm not thuggin' for me, I'm thuggin' for my family, I pay all the bills, I feed my whole family, wrong or right, I do and I can't stop.
You know it's funny, when it rains it pours they got money for wars, but can't feed the poor.
Keep your head up, Legs closed, Eyes open.
If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day.
I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn 4 affection.
Papa wasn't man enough, couldn't stand up to his responsibilities. Instead of taking care of me, he'd rather live lavishly.
No longer living in fear, my pistol close in hand, Convinced this is my year.
Make me wanna kill myself, but I see death around the corner.
Everybody against me. Why? Why me? I have not brought violence to you. I have not brought Thug Life to America. I didn't create Thug Life. I diagnosed it.
It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.
I'm 23 years old. I might just be my mother's child, but in all reality, I'm everybody's child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.
I don't want to be a role model. I just want to be someone who says, this is who I am, this is what I do, I say what's on my mind.
Strength is overcome by weakness Joy is overcome by Pain The night is overcome by Brightness and Love-it remains the same.