They say nothing comes easy, day-in day-out
Thinking about my dreams, this game how will it play out
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

Chasing a dream is a constant mission; you have to actively chase it every single day if you want it to come to fruition. Malik is reflecting in this bar about that and how he’s unsure of how this “game” will play out.

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Or what I worked for, it hurts more feeling so stressed
Unaware of the future my mind stuck in a mess
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

Malik has worked incredibly hard to get to the point that he’s at right now and he’s feeling the pressure of just that. He’s not sure where his future will take him and for now, “his mind is stuck in a mess”.

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I'm in the pursuit of happiness
The nastiness of fame and success
Has made me filthy not appreciating what I have left
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

Malik is always striving to find happiness in whatever he does, despite the negative parts that come with chasing a dream. Referring to those negative, or “dirty” aspects, Malik uses the metaphor that chasing success has “made him filthy”.

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Success is creeping up on me just like a prowler do
Of course I change that's what every fuckin dollar do
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

The New York emcee understands that for him, success is right around the corner. And yes, the money he’s bringing in has certainly shaped his current personality.

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I got a lot to lose, done a lot, still got a lot to do
You can't have no weak links when you making power moves
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

Emilio is conscious of the fact that even though he’s done a lot so far, he still has a lot more to do. Emilio also reinforces the fact that you can’t have any weak aspects of your team if you’re trying to make moves as significant as he is.

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If I'm feeling any doubts in your soul
You get left out in the cold, they not around me no more
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

If Emilio has any type of doubt in regards to your personality, he’ll happily leave you behind. For good.

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Can't control the cats around you then you gotta leave em
Don't gotta team gotta congregation they all believers
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

Simply put, if the people around you won’t do what you need them to do for you to succeed, then you have to leave them behind. Emilio’s got a “congregation” of believers to emphasize that he has a ton of people on his side.

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People told me give it up and finish schoolin
And I wasn't learning there, it was just me and bitches coolin
On the campus acting foolish, unruly, I didn't go to class
We was laid up in my dorm, grabbing holdin ass
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

The people around him encouraged him to finish getting his education, but Emilio wasn’t progressing there. All he’d do at school was hang out with the ladies and mess around on campus.

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I gravitated towards living kind of a lavish state
Doing full shows, in empty rooms for like half my rate
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

Because of the waiting he was forced to do, Emilio made living the lavish life his immediate goal. He wanted to live that life so bad that he would even perform entire sets for very small crowds.

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I remember growing up it was a lack of fate, when I scratched the plate
They didn't work on my schedule then I'd had to wait
Nothing Comes Easy by Malik Ferraud (Ft. Emilio Rojas) 17

Emilio is reminiscing on his growing up experience and how the people around him weren’t on the same page. He had to wait to do what he wanted to do because of this.

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