Word up Aiyyo Rome' (yo) Yo life ain't what it's cracked up to be these days, y'knahmean?
Word! Knahmsayin? Life hard out this muh'fucker, y'knahmsayin?
So you gotta make the best of a bad situation, and hold your head
Knahmsayin? You gotta progress through the struggle man
In this life.. (ohhh, this life) "You better wake up" In this life.. (talkin bout this life) "R-R-Remember this" In this life.. (whoah-ohhh) "S-S-Survival of the fittest" In this life.. "I go all out" - "Y'knahmsayin?"
From New York to Cali it remains the same Bitch niggaz always wanna go against the grain The strong will survive, the weak shall perish Y'all need more courage, I keep y'all nourished Get in line, I let you know right now You need to slow right down or you get blown right now From what I see it's systematic how we push to addicts Demographics make the street life hell or drastic In the hood we see oppressive genocide Cause if it's on it's on, you know at least 10 men'll ride But on the other side, corruption runs deep I'm aware of the conspiricies, discussion is brief They're building more prisons, spendin less on schools On the block Smith & Wess-ons and Teflons rule It's hard to escape it, certain laws are sacred In this life my nigga, it's mad hard to make it
In this life.. Money is key And everybody you see ain't what they claim to be In this life.. I try to do right I live a treacherous life, I know I ain't right, mm In this life.. You got to keep on You got to be strong, you got to hold on In this life, heh, I come in peace But still yo, I come from the streets
This one's for my sons and my lil' daughter Peace to JMJ and my nigga Headquarters A (GangStarr) with a gangster, on a mission World (Premier), limited edition My mind keeps driftin cause I haven't had a spliff in a long time, I'm doin fine, I feel teriffic I bop up the street, C-walk to the beat It's cold outdoors, so I got to keep some heat I never know when a cutthroat gon' try to test me Disrespect me, things could get messy Yes he, shoot a good game, like James I mean Jesse, watch out nigga, heavens to Betsies The big drum beater With a car full of heaters and some fly senoritas In some Stacy's or some Chucks, cause I gotsta keep it G'd up Run up on the Dogg man you bound to get beat up
In this life.. (ohhh, this life, I'm tryin to make it better) "You better wake up" In this life.. (I won't have to struggle no mo', no I won't) "R-R-Remember this" In this life.. (ohhh, this life, this life) "S-S-Survival of the fittest" In this life.. (tryin to make it better, yes I am)
Ooooohhh, talkin bout this life WhoahhhOHHHHHHHHHH, this life, this life..