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It's Your World

[Verse 1]

Night Blows, Stoves don't work, Hoes at work

A warrior, so I wear 'em on my shirt

Wish I was free as Che was,I spend a day buzzed

Trippin on heights, wishin for nights in different flavors

The age of Kane and Big Daddy,shown by the caddies

Uncles named Larry, that never really grabbed me

My mother gave birth but she really never had me

Left to the hood to play daddy

Raised by niggaz named Butch through the bay bay

With waists so they weigh they status on the streets

License plates that say they,

motto This is Chicago in the hay day

Similiar to Good Times, I guess that I was Jay Jay

A skinny nigga, young girls with penny figures

So many niggaz, stacked upon each other

It's the black upon each other that we love so much

Wonder how many of us, these drugs gonna touch

Used to gangbang, ain't really thug that much

Rather have some thick broads then the dutch to clutch

Went to school in Baton Rouge for a couple of years

My college career got downed with a couple of beers

Came back home, now I gotta pay back loans

Same nigga, same block, same shit they own

Only thing different, quicker, they click that chrome

In my defense, yo I had to hit that zone

Man to man, I'm good workin with my hands

My generation never understood workin for the man

And, of bein broke I ain't a fan

Now I stand in the same spot, as my old man

My life I planned not to be on this corner

I still wanna see California

But this is my world

[Chorus Repeated Overlapping:]

It's your world

[Common] Yeah

[Verse 2]

Life and death law around us

Four pounds and pounds a verb from out of towners

It's hard to stay grounded

We stay high, thats why old folks down us

Lost, nobody found us, the force that sorrounds us

Ain't with us, they get us on the ground and hit us

We paint pictures of the chains

under their names and scriptures

Removed from earth, only to return through birth

Knew this girl sellin her body,

wish she knew what it was worth.

Between God and trash, lookin in every car that pass

With a walk that suggests head,

to milk niggaz she was breastfed

She know dairy so she say cheese to get bread

In the area where it's more weaves and less dreads

Kinda scary, amongst theives and base-heads

Said it was her toes, but I could tell her soul hurt

She was colder (?), growin up she got to know hurt

very well in a world where self hate is overt

Her step-father that he was Ike, so her mother he striked

she got to like like minded niggaz,

who liked crimes and figures

Doin white lines and liquor, see hard times had kicked her

In the ass, it used to be thicker

Life is fast, some choose to be quicker

I remember in high school she had a passion to sing

Now she see herself in a casket in dreams

These are the children of crack and rap, blacks done lack

Self-esteem, yo we forgot the dream

On our jeffersons y'all but we forgot the theme

In the Chi, we even rootin for a garbage team

This queen never seen herself on this Corner

She still wanna see California

But this is her world

[Chorus repeated several times]

[Kids stating their dreams]


Be, be here, be there, be that, be this

Be greatful for life, be greatful to life

Be gleeful everyday,

for bein the best swimmer among 500,000

Be-nign, be you, be mom's mean pie,

be little black sambo With bad hair

Be aware of what a lynch is, Be, be boundless energy

Be a four star ghetto general, be no one except I

Be a strong academic student, be an A student in sociology

Be food for thought to the growin mind,

be the author of your own horoscope

Be invited, be long-living, be forgiving, be not forgetful

Be a proud run, only to return to fight another day

Be peaceful if possible, but justice in ways (?)

Be high when you low, be on time but know when to go

Be cautious of the road to college,

takin a detour through vietnam or the middle east

Be absent of wars at any past or

present fought amongst themselves

Be visual of foreclosure over your shoulder while beggin

A nation built on free labor for reperation,

Be a cartopogropher

Be a map maker, be able to find afro-american man

search thoroughly it may be close to black man

Be ammended 5/5ths, be ammended 5/5ths human

Be the owner of more land than is set aside for wild life

Be cupid, to world government

Be found among the truth, lost tribe

Be at full strength when walking through the valley

Be not foolish as tender 18 of the mountain tops

Be a brilliant soul,

sparklin in the galaxy while walkin on earth

Be loved by God as much as

God loved Ghandi and Martin Luther King

Be that last one of 144,000,

be the resident of that twelfth house


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  Diamonds   Made In Black America   "Between Me, You and Liberation"   1 2 Many   1 2 Many   1 2 Many...   1-9-9-9   1, 2 Many   7 Deadly Sins   8 Minutes To Sunrise   A Bigger Picture Called Free   A Dream   A Film Called   A Film Called (Pimp)   A Penny For My Thoughts   A Song for Assata   ABFF (Freestyle)   Acapella   Act Too.. The Love Of My Life   All Night Long   Angel   Annoucement   Announcement   Announcement (Sped Up)   Announcement [Sped Up]   Another Wasted Nite With...   Any Given Sunday   Aquarius   Aquarius (Clean)   Baby Don't Think About It   Baby I'm Selfish   Baby I'm Selfish   Back Home   Be   Be (Intro)   Be (Intro)   Be (intro) - (with The Last Poets)   Be [Intro]   Believe   Between Me, You & Liberation   Between Me, You & Liberation"(feat. Cee-Lo   Between Me, You & Liberation   Between Me, You and Liberation   Black America Again   Black America Again (Remix)   Black Maybe   Blak Majik   Blows To The Temple   Blue Skies   Blue Sky   Blue Sky (Single)   Book Of Life   Break My Heart   Breaker 1/9   Breaker 1\/9   Can-i-bust?   Car Horn   Celebrate   Changes   Charms Alarm   Chatper 13 (Rich Man Vs. Poor Man)   Chi City   Chi-city   Cloth   Cold Blooded   Coldblooded   Come Close   Come Close [Edited Album Version]   Come Close Remix   Come Close To Me   Come Close"(feat. Mary J. Blige   Common War Produced by No I.D   Communism   Corner   Corners   Crack Music   Diamonds   Don't Come My Way   Dooinit   Drivin' Me Wild   Driving Me Wild   E=MC2   Electric Wire Hustler Flower   Electric Wire Hustler Flower - Featuring Sonny Of ...   Electric Wire Hustler Flower"(feat. Sonny (P.O.D.)   Everywhere   Faithful   Faithful   Faithful   Ferris Wheel   Food For Funk   Food, The - (live)   Forever Begins   Forever Black America Again   Funky for You   G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition)   Geto Heaven Part Two   Geto Heaven, Pt. 2   Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater   Ghetto Dreams   Ghetto Heaven Part Two   Ghetto Purgatory   Ghetto Show   Gladiator   Go!   Gold   Heat   Heaven Somewhere   Heidi Hoe   High Expectations   Home   Hungry   Hurricane   Hustle Harder   I Am Music   I Got Right Ta - Featuring Pharrell Williams   I Got a Right Ta   I Have A Dream   I Used to Love H. E. R.   I Used To Love H.E.R.   I Used To Love H.E.R. [Instrumental]   I Want You   I've Been Thinking   In My Own World   In My Own World (Check The Method)   Inhale   Inhale   Interlude   Introspective   Invocation   It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)   It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)   It's Your World (part 1&2)   Jesus Walks [Remix]   Jimi Was a Rock Star   Joy And Peace   Just in the Nick of Rhyme   Kingdom   Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)   Kingdom Remix   Let's Move   Letter To The Free   Like They Used to Say   Love Is   Love Is...   Love Star (feat. Marsha Ambrosius & PJ)   Lovestar   Lovin' I Lost   Made In Black America   Maintaining   Make My Day   Making A Name For Ourselves   Misunderstood   My City   My Way Home   Nag Champa   Nag Champa (Afrodesiac For The World)   Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)   New Wave   New Wave"(feat. Laetitia Sadier   Nirvana Is In The Blunt   No Fear   No Sell Out   Nobody's Smiling   Nuthin' To Do   One Day It'll All Make Sense   One-Nine-Nine-Nine   Orange Pineapple Juice   Out On Bond   Payback Is a Grandmother   Pitchin' Pennies   Play Your Cards Right   Pop's Belief   Pop's Rap   Pop's Rap Iii   Pop's Rap Part 2   Pops Belief   Pops Rap III... All My Children   Punch Drunk Love   Puppy Chow   Pyramids   Raw   Raw (How You Like It)   Real   Real Nigga Quotes   Real People   Red Wine   Remaning Me Of (Sef)   Reminding Me   Reminding Me (Of Sef)   Requiem For A Love   Resurrection   Resurrection '95   Resurrection [DVD]   Resurrection [Instrumental]   Resurrection [Large Professor Remix Instrumental] ...   Retrospect For Life   Retrospect for Life [Album Version]   Rewind That   Sex 4 Suga   Sex 4 Sugar   So Cool   So Far to Go   So Sweet   Soul By The Pound   Soul Power   Southside   Southside [Edited Album Version]   Speak My Piece   Star *69 (ps with Love)   Start The Show   Stay Good   Stay Schemin (Remix)   Stolen Moments Part I   Stolen Moments Pt. 1   Stolen Moments Pt. 2   Stolen Moments Pt. I   Stolen Moments Pt. II   Stolen Moments Pt. III   Strange Fruit   Sum Shit I Wrote   Sun God   Sweet   Take It Ez   Tekzilla   Testify   The 6th Sense   The Believer   The Bitch In Yoo   The Bitch in You   The Corner   The Corner [Last Poet Reprise]   The Corners   The Day Women Took Over   The Dreamer   The Food   The Food (Live)   The Food [Live]   The Food [Live]   The Game   The Hustle   The Hustle (Clean)   The Ladder   The Light   The Light [for U] [remix]   The Myth   The Neighborhood   The Next Chapter   The People   The People [Instrumental]   The People [LP Version]   The People [Radio Edit]   The Questions   The Remedy   The Sixth Sense   Thelonious   Thelonius   They Say   They Say...   Thisisme   Time Travelin'   Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)   Time Traveling   Time Traveling (A Tribute To Fela)   Time Travellin' (reprise)   To Find Mecca Is Within   Tricks Up My Sleeve   Trouble In The Water   Two Scoops of Raisins   U Still Got It (Interlude)   U Still Got It (Interlude) [Enhanced Stereo][Multi...   U, Black Maybe   Unfamiliar   Universal Mind Control   Universal Mind Control (UMC)   Universal Mind Control (UMC) [Instrumental]   Universal Mind Control (UMC) [Instrumental]   Universal Minds Control   War   Watermelon   We Can Do It Now   What A World   Windows   Wmoe   Yelling Away   Young Hearts Run Free

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