Macklemore – I Said Hey Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
The first time I heard Digital Underground I was in the first grade
My homie lace brought it over and he dubbed it on a mixtape
I would do the Humpty Hump and perform to his verses
12 Years later, I learned that Shock G and him were the same person

I loved Hammer I can't front he taught me how to dance
Along with Bell Biv DeVoe I had Jay-O's and a pair of zebra pants
But this was the foundation
What would come to be a life long passion, journey and drive an MC
Some people ask me what it means
I dont know where to start
Its the deepest connection between my soul and my heart

When I first stepped to do a cypher in a jam at the park
I got served No for real I got served

But see I learned something observed others
And watched an urge hungered
Verse studier earned a turn on that block

I dont care who you are or where you're from or what you believe in
But if you love Hip Hop I bet
Its more or less for the same reason

This is it when you spit you exist in that moment
And if you're sick with that gift you then rip it when you perform it
Then all the shit that you live begins to lift off your shoulders

And the audience well they get to experience where your soul is
The most amazing feeling rocking a crowd to your anthem
To the front to the back with their motherfucking hands up

Cause I'm an MC won't be the first won't be the last
Just another B-Boy and I'ma die in my stance


[Hook]
If you got a pen and a pad put your heart down
If you got a record and can crab lay your scratch down
If you got a marker and a can bomb your art now
If you got a floor and you're fast kick that ill style
If you got a pen and a pad put your heart down
If you got a record and can crab lay your scratch down
If you got a marker and a can bomb whole damn town
But If you live for hip hop dont ever put your hands down

Dont put your hands down Keep that shit up
We're gonna rock it like this

It goes front back front back front back front Come on
It goes front back front back I said front back

To my people you know it
It goes front back front back it goes front back
Ok Bring it down


[Verse 2]
I dont know if its the clothes the hoes or the cars
That make people rap like they're trapped inside these bars

This shit ain't complicated man just be who you are
To busy searching for the light missing the fact that you're a star

Now whose got passion stand the hell up
Cause I want to hear somebody rapping whose got it inside their cuts

Now you can get intricate displaying your fancy cadences
But if you're not speaking the truth you might as well be saying shit
I said whose going to teach the kids
You wanna blow up and get famous so you can get some new rims
All the money in the world can help you look like a star
But money can't buy you the heart to go and put inside your bars

And I like nice shit too
Believe me I Got a closet full of Nikes and whole bunch of Velour suits
Fitted white Tees and an Icy earrings like the whole youth population of hip hop
But look beyond it when I record to these beats

But if I dont speak me
Whats the difference between my lyrics and what you hear on MTV

People fear if they're steering away from the mainstream
Then the album won't sell but I could give a fuck
Im just gonna freestyle and spit whats inside my gut

And if you want to you can go and label me concious
But remember theres a kid at a bus stop beatboxing
Whose life's gonna be affected by whats inside of this walkman


[Hook]
If you got a pen and a pad put your heart down
If you got a record and can grab lay your scratch down
If you got a marker and a can bomb your art now
If you got a floor and you're fast kick that ill style
If you got a pen and a pad put your heart down
If you got a record and can grab lay your scratch down
If you got a marker and a can bomb the whole damn town

But if you live for Hip Hop dont ever put your hands down

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