Urban Living

“I’m up the block, around the corner and down the street/ from where the pimps prostitutes and the drug lords meet” Jay-Z – “Where I’m From”

“I grew where you hold your blacks up, trap us expect us not to picks gats up, where you drop your cracks off by the mack trucks/destroy our dream of lawyers and actors, keep us spiralin going backwards/ at age nine saw my first hate crime/ blindfolded expeted to walk a straight line/ mind molded, taught to love you and hate mine”

Jay-Z “Dope Man”

“I  grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side/ staying alive was no job, had second hands, moms bounced on old man/ so then we moved to Shaolin land”

Raekwon – “C.R.E.A.M.”

“Think of how many dudes died tryna be down with you/ eveybody’s under 6 feet of ground but you”

Nas – “Purple”

“Unmarked police cars roam the streets hard the heat is God/ somebody tell these shorties reach for the stars/ instead they tell him how to reach through the bars/ holding a mirror looking down a tier in jail making weapons to kill ya/”

Nas – “Purple”

“C’mon home with me, where grandmothers’ is 30, one gram of that butter is 30”

Jim Jones – “Come Home With Me”

“I’m seeing body after body and now Mayor Guilianni ain’t tryna see no black man turn to John Gotti”

Notorious B.I.G. – “Everyday Struggle”

 

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