[Intro: Jay-Z]Geah... whassup?Where's all my street niggaz, project niggaz,Real niggas, worldwide.Let's reflect... e'rybody got a story,We all ghetto, B – here's mine,Geah![Verse 1: Jay-Z]See I was – born in sewage, born to make bomb music,Flow tight like I was born Jewish,Used the streets as a conduit – I kept arms, 38 longs inside my mom's Buick,At any given moment Shawn could lose it, be on the news,Iron cuffs – arms through it; or stuffed with embalmin fluid,Shit, I'm goin through it – mom dukes too,Tears streamin down her pretty face, she got her palms to it.My life is gettin too wild,I need to bring some sorta calm to it,'Bout to lose it; voices screamin, "Don't do it!"It's like '93, '94, 'bout the year,That Big and Mack dropped; and Illmatic rockedOutta every rag drop, and the West had it locked,Everybody doin 'em, I'm still scratchin on the block,Like "Damn; I'ma be a failure!"Surrounded by thugs, drugs, and drug paraphernalia,Cops courts, and their thoughts is to derail us,Three-time felons in shorts with jealous thoughtsTryin figure where your mail is, guesstimate the weight you sellin,So they can send shots straight to your melon; wait!It gets worse, baby momma water burst,Baby came out stillborn, still I gotta move on,Though my heart still torn, life gone from her womb,Don't worry, if it was meant to be, it'll be – soon.[Chorus: Jay-Z]This can't be life, this can't be love,This can't be right, there's gotta be more, this can't be us,This can't be life, this can't be love,This can't be right, there's gotta be more, this can't be us.[Verse 2: Beanie Sigel]Chill, dog,Second oldest born, from Michelle Brown my mother,Hell bound, grew with two sisters and one brother,Pop wasn't around, so many stories, that's another,I'm thinkin': “Damn how my older sister goin' make me tougherWhen steel sharpens steel?” I'ma keep it real,I'm tired of tryna hide my pain behind the syrups and pills,Dead to the world, stretched out like a corpse for real,Y'all niggas thinkin' what y'all readin' in The Source is real.What my life like, you lookin' at the source, it's real.What your life like? Mine, dog, of course it's real.Passin' judgment, you niggas second-guessin' Beans,'Cause you don't eat swine, don't make you mu'min,Dog, you know a couple suras out the Qur'an,I guess you all on your din and I ain't on mine,Stop that, akki, 'fore I send shots though your body,Make 'em feel hell on earth before Allah drop me.I feel the line's drawn here, nothing more can stop meTill them feds pick me up, or them boys pop me,There's only three things that make Mac not act like Beans –Amatullah Tisha, Po Aldin, Samir Amin,My seeds, dog, gotta teach 'em that before I leave, dog,Shit, I know that I'ma see 'em when I leave, dog,I come back in the afterlife,Like, fuck it, I done touched hell twice, what's the meaning?[Chorus: Jay-Z]This can't be life, this can't be love,This can't be right, there's gotta be more, this can't be us,This can't be life, this can't be love,This can't be right, there's gotta be more, this can't be us.[Verse 3: Scarface]Yeah... uhh...Now as I walk into the studio, to do this with Jig',I got a phone call from one of my nigs,Said my homeboy Reek, he just lost one of his kids,And when I heard that, I just broke into tears.And see in the second hand; you don't really know how this is,But when it hits that close to home, you feel the pain at the crib,So I called mine, and saddened my wife with the bad news,Now we both depressed, countin our blessings cause Brad's twoPrayin for young souls to laugh at life through the stars,Lovin your kids just like you was ours,And I'm hurtin for you, dog; but ain't nobody pain is like yours,I just know that heaven'll open these doorsAnd ain't no bright side to losin life; but you can view it like this:God's got open hands, homey, he in the midst of good company,Who loves all and hates not one,And one day you gon' be wit your son.I could've rapped about my hard times on this song,But heaven knows, I woulda been wrong,I wouldn'ta been right, it wouldn'ta been love,It wouldn'ta been life, it wouldn'ta been us.This can't be life.[Chorus: Jay-Z]This can't be life, this can't be love,This can't be right, there's gotta be more, this can't be us,This can't be life, this can't be love,This can't be right, there's gotta be more, this can't be us.This can't be life.
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