Can't Cry - J. Cole

Yeah,
Need y'all n_ggas to feel me, yo,
Feel my pain,
Said soft n_ggas can't last hard times, yo,
Believe that sh_t,
Yea, (yeah) ay (ay),
Real n_ggas don't cry,
Look,
Yo-
Was just a youngin' with that fresh fade,
Bird chest, legs skinny,
That hoop dreaming had me tryna be the next Penny,
Fresh pennies on my feet,
Momma paid for everything I'm wearing,
At the fair staring at girls, not a care in the world.
Aw. n_gga, but sh_t done changed since "Mayne" was my nickname,
A little n_gga chasing things, tryna kick game,
Now I'm a man worried about my fam.
Let me explain,
It's like my pockets stay broke, and if not them sh_t's sprained.
And so I rap for my n_ggas trapped in the struggle,
Feeling like the world's on your back so you stumble,
And it feels like a quarterback get sacked, and then you fumble.
Jobs don't call a n_gga back, so it's back to the hustle.
N_ggas praying for they moms,
At the same time they moms pray for them.
Ask the Lord to stay with them, guide them on they way,
But damn a n_gga been a lost fate.
It hurts on the usual,
The only time you catch me up at church is a funeral.
(Damn)

[Chorus:]
Sometimes sunshine turn to rain my n_gga,
The same ones you love will bring you pain, my n_gga,
I don't know if I'll see tomorrow,
I won't cry (no), I can't cry.
And in this life times getting hard my n_gga,
But f_ck that, I'm aiming for the stars, my n_gga,
I won't stop- try 'til the day I die,
And I won't cry (no), I can't cry.
(Ay, ay, ay, yea)
(Listen, yo)

I sit back and watch the news every now and then,
Either get depressed or mad from watching the world just crash,
Even the weathers bad.
It be the same sh_t, got my brain twisted,
Like, "Damn it's '06 and n_ggas still up on that gang sh_t? "
Yesterday this kid got his whole frame split,
Only seventeen, he was finna to graduate.
And like, three weeks some stupid n_ggas got him for his chain,
But he fought back, they blasted him and left him on the pavement. (uh)
And now they telling me this little girl just got raped,
Some dude snatched her and she was standing at the bus stop,
Wait, man she just eleven!

What the f_ck is up with this world?
Got these grown n_ggas f_cking with girls?
Plus the cops harassing us,
Every week be blasting us, on accident- or so they claim.
Reporters sympathizing like they truly know the pain, (right)
They killed her only son,
Make her wanna blow her brains out,
Change the channel n_gga, I can't watch this.

[Chorus:]
Sometimes sunshine turn to rain my n_gga,
The same ones you love will bring you pain, my n_gga,
I don't know if I'll see tomorrow,
I won't cry (no), I can't cry.
And in this life times getting hard my n_gga, (yea)
But f_ck that, I'm aiming for the stars, my n_gga, (yea, uh)
I won't stop- try 'til the day I die,
And I won't cry (no), I can't cry.
(Ay, ay, ay, yea)
(Look, yo)

Take a ride through the city man,
And tell me what you witness,
Poverty, richness, crooked cops and misfits,
Violence, hatred, real devastation,
Neighborhoods looking like there's still segregation,
Welfare, single mothers, no jobs,
Tryna get a piece for yourself, but they hogging up the whole pie,
Fiegns in the street so high off of that crack sh_t,
This n_gga thirteen with a GAT under his mattress.
White folks got the road to success mapped and that's all good,
But why don't blacks got that same atlas?
I asked the same question a million ways,
And it seems like I had prayed for a million days,
Still the ills remain, just bills and pain.
Shoot outs and project buildings and children slain,
Skies filled with rain and I just sit and wonder why.
It's enough to make a n_gga wanna cry, but I can't though.

[Chorus:]
Sometimes sunshine turn to rain my n_gga,
The same ones you love will bring you pain, my n_gga,
I don't know if I'll see tomorrow,
I won't cry (no), I can't cry.
And in this life times getting hard my n_gga,
But f_ck that, I'm aiming for the stars, my n_gga,
I won't stop- try 'til the day I die,
And I won't cry (no), I can't cry.
(Ay, ay, ay, yea)

Yeah, sh_t dedicated to my cousin Ricky man,
Hoop dreams cut short man,
Learned he had a baby on the way,
N_gga wasn't even a senior in high school though.
Keep your head up, man.

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