Look, I never been perfect, but a youngin' always tried
'Cuz my mother taught me my heart's worth more than my pride
I push love to the front & push hate to the side
Running to win, so I tend to take it in stride
Best believe that a nigga's staying focused
I seen careers decompose with the locusts
One year, you hot & considered the dopest
A couple wrong moves, that same nigga is hopeless
Shit, I won't let it be me
Homie, I'm working hard to represent PG
They try to say we ain't got no identity
I don't need the MVA to make 'em remember me
I got the heart that most ain't got
The potential of the bullet the pistol ain't shot
I apologize for the knowledge I be speaking
I call it "putting on", the stupid call it "preaching"...
I'm giving you my heart & giving you my soul
Showing you my fight and running for my goals
Giving you my pain & showing you my grind
But still living my life, I love it, cuz it's mine, I love it cuz it's mine...
I was supposed to die 6 hours before writing this
With that said, I'mma put my whole life in this
See, I lost a lot of time off chasing my dream
Even lost my own way off chasing my teams
I done showed a lotta love & they took it for weak
So that shows me that niggas be as they fake as they seem
So I spit bars for way more than making cream
I'm finna get it regardless, cuz I'm sick as an artist
But I use words to show you where my heart is
Couldn't be heartless, 'cuz that's where God lives
If I died, who would really give a fuck?
Niggas will wish me well while wishing I give it up
Wishing death on me while telling me "live it up"
Smiling while I drown in liquor, my mental & liver fucked
They know a nigga much stronger when he sober
And their biggest fear is me taking over...so it's over...
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