Better Me - Joe Budden
[Intro: Joe Budden]
I hear what n_gga's sayin'.
N_gga's gonna' talk to me like...
Like when I come on the plane an' sh_t, Louie's on.
When I sit out in front of the muh'f_ckin' plane wit' the daily news wit' my legs crossed an' sh_t.
Wanna' act like I ain't earn my seat, when I'm watchin' muh'f_ckas walk to the back an' sh_t, when it's Coach.
You Pat Riley in that sh_t, n_gga.
[Verse 1: Joe Budden]
I get a ghetto gospel
Only right considerin' the ghetto was my hostile.
Memory is gone, but I'm recallin' all through highschool
Even at my lowest, I was sittin' on my high stool;
That's what bein' high do.
If I couldn't do sh_t, was always able ta' toke
They tol' me that a n_gga die 'fore I was able ta' vote.
'Prolly 'cause me an' my constituents
An' all the sh_t we did
The MRI couldn't tell you what the issue is.
Wit' my treason came a cause that I believed in
Is it really wrong if a n_gga got a reason?
At times I had ta' take doe
N_gga did whatever for a peso
Bein' from the hood'll be my scapegoat.
A "can it be", 'cause I wasn't born into a canopy
Maybe I was prone ta' fallin' in love wit' vanity.
Tell me sh_t'chu reap is the sh_t'chu sow
Tell God I'm better than the sh_t I show
I gotta grow, c'mon.
[Verse 2: Joe Budden]
Now n_ggas say I floss too much
So... has he changed?
'Cause I don't think that thousand-dollar T cost too much.
All they should say is that he strong
Came out the fire unscathed, ye', I carried on
Lu Vuitton carry on.
?? wit' my blessing's at a delay
Now ta' lace my chick in ?? is sorta' cliche.
Plane ain't gonn' never land, less it's in the Netherlands
Twenty on that goldface, Breitling wit' the leather band.
Ask for a better hand
I tried collidin' wit my problems, ye', I never ran
That'll make me less a man.
I ain't go from not havin' it ta' bein' arrogant
I dreamt, went grabbin' it, jus' bein' passionate.
Some n_ggas get complaints an' why...
Dude's is newborn birds, jus' afraid ta' fly.
If you're foot's on the breaks, can't ride.
Me, I spread my wings, inhale an' embrace that high!
[Verse 3: Joe Budden]
Give it away, give it away, give it away now [x3]
Look, look, look...
Part of me was gruesome
I ain't changed, I grew some
An' if I did change, I welcomed that sh_t to come.
Dudes that smoked trees wit' me
Dudes that used ta' be wit' me
They say I switched up on 'em an' did a three-sixty.
'Cause I don't burn it down
But to me it's commonsense -
You wann' see the otherside, gott' turn aroun'.
Show 'em your game face -
I tell 'em we was on the same track, but wasn't runnin' that same race (n_gga).
Weighin' in the same space, but I ain't gonn' change pace
Some' won't let me slowdown, I can't explain fate.
So don't say I won't from broke ta' booshie
I'm far from far-end I jus' know what suits me, muh'f_cka.