Tell It Like It is - Ludacris

Intro
(a little kid)Daddy is that your car on TV
(Ludacris)you better belive it is baby
Now go in the other room
There about to be some grown fokes talkin here
Ok Alright

Thangs aint always what they seem or cracked up to be
Like all these fakin ass rappers in this industry
Talkin bout what they got and they dont got a damn thang
How you own three cars but you dont own your own name
Get your buisness right boys the first class is in session
Get an entertainment lawyer in the music profession
Start up your own company trademark the name
Thats gunna run you bout a grand so start savin your change
Open a bank acount quick a then follow these steps
Sign yourself to yourself and start signin your own check
Hit the booth and start recording at the speed of need
Whatever gets your juices flowin could be speed or weed
Get it mixed and mastered pressed up and plastered
Sell it to your whole hood out the trunk you bastered
Show all the non belivers what your destined to be
And in just a couple years you could be rich like me

(Chorus)x2
I cant hold my tounge(Ima tell it like it is)
This buiz aint all fun(Ima tell it like it is
Give it to you straight no taste(Ima tell it like it is)
Look you straight in your face and Ima tell it like it is

See mostly all your favorite artist got some serious problems
But money could be the problem but money cant solve 'em
Some get adicted to drugs and flat out lazy
Some taste a little fame and go flat out crazy
Im close cause those close wanna live off my fame
And that type of sh_t alone will drive a n_gga insane
Not to mension all the vulters the scandaless promoters
Crabs'll try to sue ya magazines'll misquot ya
Most of these lable heads they dont care nothin about ya
If ya stop sellin records they'll act like they dont know ya
Its hard mixin buisness with pleasure so dont play
Me and my crew argue and fight like every other day
Rappers aint above the law but our life is so fast
That we got a speacial task force of police on our ass
All that and this really just a start of it
"Hip-Hop" you really wanna be apart of it

(Chorus)x2

Whats worse than havin no money is havin it and losin it
Whats worse than havin some money is grabbin and abusin it
We never took no money from Chingy thought i was cool wit em
I wish his ass well but i dont want nothin to do with em
Some donate and publishin me i dont fool with em
Im down for my artist try my best to stay true to em
Cause outside my lable comptition is arellevent
Unless im still in compitition with my president
And belive that Im support the hover
Cause the industry Shady it needs to be taken over
But the first rule to acumulation the wealth
Is dont trust nobody but your goddamn self

(Chorus)x2

Outro
(a little kid)Daddy are you finished with grown folk talk
(Ludacris)Yea baby you can come back in here
You know I love you right
(a little kid)And i love you always

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