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Be A Man
Ab-Soul

[Verse 1:]
"Herbert Anthony you need to get you life together"
That's my momma bothered by how I live life like whatever
They say I'm pressed for time, but I don't press the issue
I just stay on my grind, chain smoking marijuan help me free my mind
What a coincidence, like feeling guilt trickin by your innocence
In a sense I'm livin in my second childhood
Don't pay a lick of rent, rhyme, eat, sleep, and shit
And when you twenty-two that don't sound good
Maybe if I went to school it'll be cool
I've have something to fall back on if this rap don't crack
Perhaps I'd have a better story had I sold crack
Let's go back, to Carson high fluctuating my goals
Writing rhymes through the lecture knew I should've took notes
Sometimes I think I'm running in place, chasing hopes
Rejoice my name as Ab-Soul or is it average joe

[Hook: x2]
All this commotion goes in one ear, out the other
I'm still gone make it, one way or the other

(Quit acting like a kid herb, gone be a man
It's a man's world, how you suppose to feed your fam
You need to act more like an adult, pull up your pants
I know you do music but what's your plan B man)

[Verse 2:]
If I knew when I was younger would I grew to know
I coulda tackle things more different, coulda been more defensive
Coulda been more responsible, coulda been more persistent
But I didn't and I ain't repenting
My parents wake up in the morning to a cup of coffee
Then go off to work it kills'em when I'm still in bed snoring
Only if they knew, their young boy was in the stu
'Til like 5 AM cookin up classics to make them
Proud it's house niggas that could stay in
That was rather rash, but you can replace this scraps with straight cash
I told jay I'm a buy you a house one day
I probably send Katie & [?] to college too
But right now I'm broke as a joke, I should do comedy
Dude, I need a job, somebody hire me fast
So I could win my girl over, she probably cheatin on my ass
You motherfuckers better try and snatch her while she up for grabs

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Ab-Soul talking]
It's like real difficult to articulate it
It's like you got your goals, you got your aspirations
Your dreams, and you chasing that, you pursuing that
But in-turn it cost for you to sacrifice alot of your availability to go out their and get this paper, nah mean?
It's hard to say you a man still and livin at your momma house

Yo, I had a conversation with my step-pops
Basically inquiring the time frame when I'm a pop
I told'em I ain't know but I'm determined to blow
Not like a fluffer, more like plaques that's platinum and gold
That's on my great-grandmother
He shook his head and said:
"I don't know much about the music industry but what's been said
The people ain't making no bread, let's be more realistic
How you gone take care of a wife? how you gone feed your children
I'm on my knees everyday tryna provide for ya'll
I bought that car that you dippin, but you don't chip in
You shouldve went to UCLA, like your cousin Jay
He got a big signing bonus, every year like 80k"
I looked him in the face and said "it ain't about the money
And honestly buying an education sounds funny
But have a little faith in your son, I'll come through for ya"
He said be a man Herb, that's all I really want from ya

[Hook]
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  #LTM   #LTM (feat. Pat Brown)   100 Yard Dash   2013 XXL Freshmen Freestyle   47 Bars   A Rebellion   A Rebellion   Ab-Soul   Absolute Assassin   Almost There   Almost There (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)   Back Then   Bankrupt   Beat The Case \/ Straight Crooked   Beautiful Death   Beautiful Death   Big Payback   Big Payback (feat. Murs)   Black Lip Bastard   Black Lip Bastard (Remix)   Black Lip Bastard (Remix)   Blowin Them Horns   Bohemian Grove   Bohemian Grove   Braille   Bubble Gum Blues   Budget Ballin   Can Anybody Hear Me   Can Anybody Hear Me (feat. Punch)   Christopher DRONEr   Closure   Closure (feat. Jhen√© Aiko)   Constipation   Constipation (feat. Black Hippy)   D.R.U.G.S.   Day in the Life   Dictionary Rap   Double Standards   Double Standards   Dreamin   Drift Away   Dub Sac   Empathy   Empathy   Fame   Feelin Us   Feelin' Us   Feelin' Us (feat. Jay Rock and Ravaughn)   God's Reign   God's Reign (feat. Sza)   Gone Insane   Gutter (feat. Jay Rock)   Hell Yeah   Hell Yeah (feat. Schoolboy Q)   House Party 5   Huey Knew   Hunnid Stax   Hunnid Stax (feat. Schoolboy Q)   Illuminate   ILLuminate   Incomplete Freestyle   Just Have Fun   Kendrick Lamar's Interlude   Kendrick Lamar's Interlude (feat. Kendrick Lamar)   Kitty Flip   Livin Like (feat. Rapper Big Pooh)   Long Term (feat. Lori Writes)   Long Term 2   Loosen My Tie   Lust Demons   Lust Demons   Lyrically Speaking   Mayday   Me & Ms Pain   Mixed Emotions   Mixed Emotions   Money Team   More Of A Euphoria   More of a Euphoria (feat. Alori Joh)   Moscato   Moscato (feat. Kendrick Lamar)   Mr. AB-SOULutely   My Dream Girl   Nevermind That   Nevermind That (feat. Rick Ross)   Nibiru   No Pressure (feat. Jay Rock)   Nothing New   Nothing New (feat. Jhene Aiko)   Nothing's Something   Only 1   Pass The Blunt   Pass the Blunt (feat. Schoolboy Q)   Passion   Passion (feat. Alori Joh)   Picture That   Picture That (feat. Javonte)   Pineal Gland   Pineal Gland   Rapper Shit   Raw (Backwards)   Real Thinkers   Regular Nigga (feat. Rapper Big Pooh)   Ride Slow   Ride Slow (feat. Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt and ...   Run tha Show   Rush   Sapiosexual   Showin' Love   Sopa   SOPA   Soul Cry   Soulo Ho3   Soulo Ho3   Stigmata   Stigmata (feat. Action Bronson and Asaad)   Still a Regular Nigga (feat. Javonte)   Terrorist Threats   Terrorist Threats   The Book of Soul   The Book Of Soul   The End Is Near   The Law   These Days   Thought It Was Love (feat. SoreLosers)   Threatening Nature   Time Is Of The Essence   Time Is of the Essence (feat. Punch)   To The Max   Top Dawg Under Dawg   Track Two   Track Two   Tree of Life   Trouble   Turn Me Up (feat. Kendrick Lamar)   Twact   Twact (feat. Jinx and Short Dawg)   W.R.O.H   W.R.O.H.   W.R.O.H. (feat. JMSN)   W.W.S.D.   Watch Yo Lady (feat. Kendrick Lamar)   World Runners   World Runners (feat. Lupe Fiasco and Nikki Jean)   You're Gone