American Dream - August Alsina

Ever since day one
Somebody probably say you wouldn't be nothin'
I bet they told you this over and over again on repeat like a re-run
Nobody ever told you you could live up
To anything you want, don't give up
They rather tell you, you're destined for failure
That's what they tell you
But you just say
What about Martin?
What about Garvey?
What about Rosa?
What about Malcolm?
What if somebody told they they wouldn't be nothin'
And they believed this, think about the outcome
Would we even be the way we are today?
Even if it weren't, could have been a harder way
Even though we lost a lot of people on the way
Had to sacrifice to get us in a better place

I hope you listen to these wizzords
All they want us thinking about is sipping on some sizzurp
And they got us thinking something better we don't deserve
And that we shouldn't try it's no use
But that couldn't be further from the truth
Don't believe them that's what they told me too
When I was growing up (they told me)
They told me (that I wouldn't make it too far)
And when I battle it will hold up
(They told me) they told me, yeah
(That I wouldn't get anything)

That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
When we were little ones
That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
We're supposed to be kings and queens
That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
When we don't believe them
That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
Trying to live the American Dream

They say the balance is a eleven each
As a reminder the people they would never be
Jealousy got them sick without a remedy
Thinking when I die nobody's gonna remember me
I was told that nobody care
So the dreams that I had turned to nightmares
It's dinged that life really ain't fair
Need help but it ain't there
See it's really hard to stay dedicated
When the bottom screaming they was never educated
On the come up getting high just to medicate it
Cause the teachers just told him he would never make it
Now he feeling like he made it cause he stuck in paper
But probably won't let him spend the money later
Nobody ever told us we could be greater
Everybody on the ground in the paper chasers

I hope you listen to these wizzords
All they want us thinking about is sipping on some sizzurp
And they got us thinking something better we don't deserve
And that we shouldn't try it's no use
But that couldn't be further from the truth
Don't believe them that's what they told me too
When I was growing up (they told me)
They told me (that I wouldn't make it too far)
And when I battle it will hold up
(They told me) they told me, yeah
(That I wouldn't get anything)

That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
When we were little ones
That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
We're supposed to be kings and queens
That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
When we don't believe them
That's what they told me, they told me, they told me
Trying to live the American Dream

(That's what they told me, they told me, they told me)
They'd rather see me dead, never gone make it
(That's what they told me, they told me, they told me)
They'd rather see me fail, never gonna be anything
(That's what they told me, they told me, they told me)
They'd rather see me in jail, you're never gonna be sh_t
(That's what they told me, they told me, they told me)
Everybody die, you ain't sh_t
(That's what they told me, they told me, they told me)
But not everybody lives, I told you
(I told you you was gonna make it)
We gotta get out of this
When did you tell me sh_t?
You just gotta tell yourself
That somehow I'ma make it

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