If I Should Die - Jay-Z

[Jay-Z]
Come on...life...death...here...gone...Yo

If I should die don't cry my n_ggas
just ride my n_ggas bust bullets in the sky my n_ggas
And when I'm gone don't mourn my n_ggas
get on my n_ggas when it's real
say word to Shawn my n_ggas
If I should die *echoes*

Don't cry my n_ggas it's been one hell of a ride my n_ggas
in the middle of the trial I flip pies my n_ggas
I did joints with Mary J. Blige my n_ggas
I've eluded the coppers got booted with Big Poppa
Skated through with the Ceasar Picadas
At high school got head by the lockers
gassed the baddest girl in the class to show me her knockers
rocked jewels dropped school still didn't fail
rhymes still written well hold court in the street
never sit in the cell for a second then I'm gettin' my bail
shoot it out with the bounty hunters f_ck
sittin' in the county for summers if they should down me
everybody around us become one for that day
to live life get your sh_t right & play
Don't get it twisted like rays if I miss that's ok
but life's short don't miss a day uhh

If I should die don't cry my n_ggas
just ride my n_ggas bust bullets in the sky my n_ggas
and when I'm gone don't mourn my n_ggas
get on my n_ggas when it's real
say word to Shawn my n_ggas
If I should die...

[Wais]
...don't cry my n_ggas
it's been one hell of a ride my n_ggas
say word to Wais my n_ggas
when I'm gone don't mourn my n_ggas
just keep gettin' it on my n_ggas
say word is bond my n_ggas

I got a lot to look back on in '88
got my crack on ten years later gettin' my rap on
gettin' shorties like a thespian
had an episode with two lesbians got a fetish for that
drunk ginseng with Japanese chicks & pulled the root out
squeeze my whole clip to survive shootouts
been on both coasts fired all kinds of heat
probably be kinda glad to leave these mean streets
I got dead mens to meet and questions to fulfill
like is that mystery God real?
and how was Kennedy killed? I ain't mad
I must've smoked a ton of reefer sipped Coronas
with Latifah broke the code of Geneva
I know when I reach the other side I'ma see the
cat I had beef with who blood remains on my sneaker
then it's on again if I could be born again
I live my life through my son
and tell him never have a friend
just family reincarnated I'll show him the time
that I waited to get paid tell him never be afraid
n_ggas hearts pump Kool Aid and yo blood run thicker
never shed tears cry liquor my n_gga

If I die don't cry my n_ggas
it's been one hell of a ride my n_ggas
say word to Wais my n_ggas
when I'm gone don't mourn my n_ggas
just keep bangin' these songs my n_ggas
say word is bond my n_ggas
If I die...

[Half Dead]
...don't cry my n_ggas
just stay gettin' high my n_ggas
don't wonder why my n_ggas
when I'm gone live on my n_ggas
just follow my path my n_ggas
say word to Half my n_gga

I'm the aftermath of pleasure never die alone
born to live forever through life's struggles
I cut corners & took drastic measures
see you n_ggas life expire right in front of me
time could never mend what these cold streets
mentally done to me too often I close my eyes
and see my own coffin feelin' haunted ready to leave
this world that I'm lost in my only chance
to see the seeds I lost through abortion
when I'm gone y'all n_ggas better not mourn
keep flossin' as long as my name
lives on what's most important
I'll be down in hell scorchin' preparin' for life
afterlife still torchin' & blazin' these mics
It'd rain for 40 days & 40 nights
& I'd return on the 3rd like Christ
without my physical portion
my spirit a poltergeist for sure
I'll be back through the heist tomorrow
blood over y'all fake n_ggas door
What you thought? [huh]
What you thought? [n_gga]

If I should die don't cry my n_ggas
just stay gettin' high my n_ggas
don't wonder why my n_ggas
when I'm gone live on my n_ggas
just follow my path my n_ggas
say word to Half my n_gga
When I die...

[Wais]
...don't cry my n_ggas
it's been one hell of a ride my n_ggas
say word to Wais my n_ggas
when I'm gone don't mourn my n_ggas
just keep gettin it on my n_ggas
say word is bond my n_ggas
If I die...

[Jay-Z]
...don't cry my n_ggas
just ride my n_ggas bust bullets in the sky my n_ggas
and when I'm gone don't mourn my n_ggas
get on my n_ggas when it's real
say word to Shawn my n_ggas
If I should die...

...I'd tell Big they're still hearin' his songs
run into Pac ask him where we went wrong
tell him life is miserable when ya dealin' in the physical form
Is everything that's invisible gone?
I need to know will I still feel pain or will it be ironic?
Will I chill in the flames for all the ills of my brain?
Can I reveal the game to all the hustlers
trapped in the race and if so can I leave this place?
Can I puff cigars & drink Cristal?
If this is heaven to me is this considered heavenly?
Can I still touch lives answer they "whats & whys"
make sure everybody in my fam' clutch five?
If I should die...
...don't cry my n_ggas

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