Book of Rhymes - Nas
Alchemist you know me man
I'm the type of n_gga that write rhymes right on the spot in the studio
Soon as I hear the track, you know what I'm sayin'?
Word but I wanted to bring a couple of books to the studio today
Man I found these sh_ts up in the crib man in boxes man
I don't even remember when I was writing these sh_ts
Or what's in these sh_t's man probably a bunch of bullsh_t man
F_ck it check it
How can I trust you when I can't trust me?
Picture myself a old man, a old G
Some n_ggas will conversate with liers all day
Time pass...(Nah, let me start somethin' else)
Soul on ice death threats given by clowns
I guess livin' is prison when you live around clowns
I'm hexed cursed worse I been blessed first
I thought I was abnormal cause I would overcome any tasked called to
So there it is I'm a prince I'ma get slain
Some do minor sh_t swear they on the top of they game
Ya rhymin' is called "Vagina Monologue"
It kinda supports theories of scary n_ggas who should lie in the morgue
Rarely ya'll come in contact with the real
Since Pun passed he was the last shine of sun I could feel
Yo said there's a few left since music's expressions of life
Damn I wish I took more time to write in my book of rhymes
Oh sh_t Tina, I been lookin' for this b_tch number damn
No this rhyme is weak...
This is weak, I remember this bullsh_t right here
(My book of rhymes)
Gandhi was a...what the fu-?
Gandhi was a fool, n_gga fight to the death
The US Army is a school that teach ya plights of conquest
(I wonder when I wrote this, nah it's weak)
The money's ya religion sky the limit live life
Numbers is big business makes the poor live trife
The glimmers of hope provoke those without dollars to dream
Through your existence become wealthy knowledge is king
Pimps and card sharks thiefs murderers with hard luck
Addicts and fiends prostitutes passin' for teens is my society
Cops that shoot blacks is routine for noteriety
Grow up watchin' well dressed n_ggas with charms
Beautiful ladies on their arms
Dangerous new cars was my fantasy for Nas
Rubbin' my lips with Campophenique
Still behind the ears wet turned out to be
Pioneers vets amongst hustlers crack sellers and liers and squares...
(Nah, that was weak there)
My people be projects or jail never Harvard or Yale
Pardon me type in my two-way while I'm chargin' my cell
It's hard to be iced up with Gucci God poverty's real
I can't fight you cause you would sue me n_ggas be groupies
I see imitators tryin' to make albums spittin' my style
And they don't even realize that I notice they stealing Nas' sh_t
I pump some Rick James with that Tina Marie
My nina lean on me like Swoop it's crap this can't be
My book of rhymes
This can't be my book of rhymes writing this bullsh_t
(my book of rhymes)
Nah, never that, f_ck that, aw, why you laughin' Alchemist?
Huh, you a funny n_gga...nah yeah
(my book of rhymes)
I'm tellin' you I'm a come up with some new sh_t now
F_ck that I'm a write again now f_ck that
I musta been high on some sh_t, what the f_ck is this?
Look how we treat pregnancy women in the 'hood
Our values so low our values are no good
Things our mothers told us we shoulda heeded
Cause now we need it
We older almost able...
I'm jealous of you how come you so beautiful?
Smelling fresh youthful intelligent while I'm stressin' and sh_t
Aiyo I envy you cause all you do is smile and things come your way
Such a innocent child is what some say
I get upset cause I just want to be treated the way you are
Like a star not a worry in this world thus far
But wait a minute we both need ya mother's attention
I must be crazy jealous of my own baby infant