Uh, uh uh uh, uh uh..
Hey yo ma
How you doing, its your son now
And I picked up the mic and put the drugs down
I'm just playing ma, you know I never smoke nothing
I never choke, never rolled, never sold nothing
It's little Richard, the one who used to bleed through you
Up in the kitchen, the same one used to read to you
While you was cooking dinner, hard night
Trying to get my grades right
I wouldn't listen
"Pay attention" is what you used to say (I was doing my own thing)
I thought about it today (I was just lonely)
See I'm sorry that I couldn't be a better son
Or prove to you I was half as smart as Stephen was
But I was never dumb
It just took me a lil longer to get it ma
But now I got it figured out
See I'd be lying if I said that I did it without you
I would have died, been in jail, or prison without you
Don't be surprised, thats the real truth
And while I'll always be there to give you
Whatever you want...
Whatever you want!
Whatever you need!
Whatever you want
And whatever you need..
I got a girl right
And I don't know if I'm in love with her
But I can bust a nut and still wanna fuck with her
Still wanna hug kiss her
But she is more than that
She got a spirit and I'm digging that
See you was there from the beginning
We built this whole shit together
Truth be told I would give this shit up if ever
It came down to
You or the music
Baby, you are my muse
And baby you are the movement
And the cutest when you on that mattress
I lay you on your back, we lock eyes and for the passion
Yeah you the realest, and I put this on that rap shit
Cuz when we got into it, you never put it on your status
You don't tweet about it
We meet up then we speak about it
Thats deep stuff homie think about it
You keep me up and tell me I'mma make it
Remember when we prayed through that whole abortion situation (rest in peace)
When life was crazy, yo you always cared
And thats the reason I will always be there
Too many nights with too little shine
Keep it real, what you know about skipping meals for studio time?
What you know about heating up the whole crib with that oven, yo?
And putting on three sets of clothes when that over broke
Untouchable since a little dude
Don't get it misconstrued
I was like this before the interviews
I been spitting jewels way back since middle school
When every dude was trying to kiss along Witherspoon
I'm 22, but sometimes I feel fifty
Cuz what I been through, I look back and feel shitty
Like, "is this how it'll end up?"
Ya'll still with me?
Man this pain, yo it builds up
It's gonna kill me
I'm jut trying to tell ya
What it feels like to be held back by the very thing that compels ya
To live, and still yo I act so rebellious
But on the real yo I feel so helpless
Truth is I'm not as ill as I pretend to be
Rhymefest said I need invulnerability
Black thought showed me the door to the industry
And my stupid ass passed on the opportunity, damn!
Tarik, I just wanna tell ya
If ya hearing this, I'm sorry that I failed ya
I'm so sorry that I fucked up
What's fucked up is I'm scared of success more than failure
Real niggas feel it in their soul
Fake nigga you will never know, die slow!
God told me "Rich," he said "you have to have faith"
And I realized with sunshine, you have to have rain
To balance out the good, you have to have pain
So many women that I've been with, one of them had to have AIDS
I'm just saying
It's so true how this game seems
Women used to yell "boo", now they say the same thing (hey boo!)
I guess its how you frame things in the context
The great king on his conquest
To hit the mainstream like a bomb threat
And then blow it up
The real Gs they gonna pour it up
And the nerds already know whats up
When they see this geek make it
Raise your calculators, yeah hold em up!
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