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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones ( /nɑːˈsɪər/; born September 14, 1973), better known mononymously as Nas ( /ˈnɑːz/), is an American rapper and actor. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, four of which topped… more »

[Intro: Chrisette Michele]
Hip-Hop - it will never die
Hip-Hop - Hip-Hop will never, never die

[Verse 1: Nas]
 Ghetto niggaz struttin' with nothin' but dreams and Queens broke
Mack-10's, you can smell the PCP smoke 
Mele Mel told it real in the music he wrote  Those were the days I remember 

We used to be close, then I was nine, coldest winter I remember 
Was slippin' in December, two feet of snow
Yeah, that's the East Coast, that black ice
 Symbolized the rap life

It was slick and smooth 
I understood I had to come from the hood
Doin' the Pee Wee Herman, the Smurf  Before them phones chirped

The block's drugs flowin', didn't have your own work
You had to have somebody else's, a small chrome on your pelvis  Starter Jacket, Blue Georgetown or Green Celtic
Your girl's too expensive, she wants shellfish

Red Lobster was poppin', standin' on that line forever 
I wish somebody would step on my Bally leather's
Now it's whatever... hip-hop's forever 
Kept my radio on 98 or BLS 

Had a pre-pubescent lyric gift but niggaz never hear me spit
My little brother tried to warn 'em, I was a tornado comin'
He knew from inside, like the eye of a storm 
And told my pops about it

He gave us tickets to that Wild Style flick
 Double Trouble, retarded, we was the proudest 
I never had a summer job
Sweepin' leaves, socks to my knees 

 Homemade shorts cutoff, Lee's
I ain't work a day in my life
Wipin' away eraser of the paper man
I'm just tryin' to say it right 

Big radio, tape slowin' down
 Lower the lights go, battery dead
I gotta freeze 'em 'til they ice cold
In the freezer later, I'm starin' at the speaker 

Sunk in them 808's deeper, cleanin' my sneakers 
Wit the bristles of a toothbrush, soap and water 
I let the shoe strings soak in water...

[Chorus is sung over Nas outro]

[Chorus: Chrisette Michele]
Live hip-hop live, live hip-hop live
Give hip-hop give, give hip-hop give
Stay hip-hop stay, stay hip-hop stay
I pray, hip-hop pray, I pray hip-hop stays 

[Outro: Nas]
Ain't got nothin' to do wit old school, new school  Dirty South, West Coast, East Coast 
This about us, this our thing, 'knaw'sayin'?
This came from the gut, from the blood, from the soul

 Right here man, this is our thing man
You know, so I say what I say
And I say what I say, and I mean it
Y'all take it how you wanna take it

'Cause if you're askin' - Why is hip-hop dead?
It's a pretty good chance you're the reason it died, man
It's a pretty good chance your lame ass, corny ass, is the reason it died, man
You don't give a fuck about, you don't know nothin' about it

You want this paper, be a hustler 
You a hustler, you ain't a rapper 
Get your paper man
You know what I'm sayin, but this rap shit is real
Bitch, this shit is real, bitch, ha-ha

[Chorus: Chrisette Michele]
Live hip-hop live, (Stay) live hip-hop live
Give hip-hop give, give hip-hop give
Stay hip-hop stay, (Live) stay hip-hop stay (Live)
I pray, hip-hop pray, I pray hip-hop stays 

Live hip-hop live, (Stay) live hip-hop live
Give hip-hop give, give hip-hop give
Stay hip-hop stay, stay hip-hop stay
I pray, hip-hop pray, I pray hip-hop stays

Written by: NASIR JONES, LESHAN LEWIS, CHRISETTE PAYNE, CHRISETTE MICHELE PAYNE

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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