Bridging the Gap

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Olu Dara

Olu Dara Jones (born Charles Jones III; January 12, 1941) is an American cornetist, guitarist and singer. He is the father of rapper Nas. more »

"The light is there."

[Olu Dara]
See I come from Mississippi 
I was young and runnin' wild
 Ended up in New York City, where I had my first child
I named the boy Nasir, all the boys call him Nas
I told him as a youngster, he'll be the greatest man alive 

Let's go! Hey, hey, hey, hey 
 Tribrary of these rap skits, styles I mastered 
Many brothers snatched it up and tried to match it
But I'm still number one, everyday real
 Speak what I want, I don't care what y'all feel
 Cause I'm my own master, my Pop told me be your own boss
Keep integrity at every cost, and his home was Natchez Mississippi
Did it like Miles and Dizzy, now we gettin' busy
 Bridging The Gap from the blues, to jazz, to rap
The history of music on this track 
Born in the game, discovered my father's music 
Like Prince searchin' through boxes of Purple Rain
But my Minneapolis was The Bridge, home of the Super kids
Some are well-known, some doin' bids
I mighta ended up on the wrong side of the tracks 
If Pops wouldn't've pulled me back an said yo

[Olu Dara]
 Greatest man alive (Yeah, turn it up!)
 Greatest man alive!

The blues came from gospel, gospel from blues  Slaves are harmonizin' them ah's and oh's
Old school, new school, know school rules
All these years I been voicin' my blues 
I'm a artist from the start, Hip-Hop guided my heart  Graffiti on the wall, coulda ended in Spoffard, juvenile delinquent
But Pops gave me the right type'a tools to think with
 Books to read, like X and stuff  Cause the schools said the kids had dyslexia 
In art class I was a compulsive sketcher of
 Teachers in my homeroom, I drew pix to mess them up
 Cause none'a them would like my style 
Read more books than the curriculum profile
Said, "Mr. Jones please come get your child  Cause he's writin' mad poems and his verses are wild"

[Olu Dara]
 Greatest man? The great-greatest man alive 

Hey, hey, hey, my Poppa was not a Rollin' Stone 
He been around the world blowin' his horn, still he came home
Then he got grown, changed his name to Olu
Come on, tell 'em 'bout the places you gone to

[Olu Dara]
I been to Saudi Arabia, Mozambique 
Madagascar, Paris, Greece 
The Middle Africa is where we lived  Better known as Queenbridge 

Nas, Nas you don't stop
Olu Dara in the house, you don't stop
 Muddy Waters' Howling Wolf you don't stop
From the Blues to Street Hop you don't stop
Tell 'em Pop 

[Olu Dara (Nas)]
See I come from Mississippi (Let 'em know)
I was young and runnin' wild (Runnin' wild)
 Ended up in New York City (Yeah!)
 Where I had my first child (That's me)
I named the boy Nasir (Yeah, Daddy!)
All the boys call him Nas (Luh ya, boy)
I told him as a youngster 
He'll be the greatest man alive (You the greatest, Pop)
 Greatest man alive (You the greatest, Pop) Greatest man alive!
Rest In Peace Ray Charles


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