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James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J, for Ladies Love Cool James ), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York. He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", and "Mama Said Knock You Out". He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008's Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Recordings, and currently has a new studio album in the works. He has also appeared in numerous films, including Halloween H20: 20 Twenty Years Later, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama… more »


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Nothin' can save ya 
Nothin' can save ya
Nothin' can save ya

Just throw your hands in the air 
And wave 'em like you just don't care 
Keep 'em there 
Yo, run the jewels, run the jewels, run the jewels 

Can you feel it?

I used to be rollin' like a millionaire 
Cash in a flash, bankroll to spare 
Homeboys hangin', champagne and girls 
Got my main woman diamonds, my mistress pearls 
Everybody laughin' at my corny jokes 
I was stupid, I thought that they were sincere folks 
It turned out they liked the money and the fame 
If I ain't get paid, I'd be that nobody James 
The nobody who dreamed about bein' somebody 
Chief rocker at the party 
And they was hangin' like, "Yo, I'm your man 
I don't even care about the ring on your hand" 
We'd go out to eat and chill 
But they would go to the bathroom 
When it was time to pay the bill 
I didn't notice all the chuckles and laughter 
Too busy with a female, tellin' me I'm the master 
I was slick like, "Huh, do I know you? 
I got play, here, let me show ya" 
Used to have a girl that was on the ball 
When the cash flow got low, so did her calls 
Used to have a homeboy, always chillin'
My cash went low; he told me I was illin'
And don't call 'cause he don't hang with derelicts 
Broke with no cash, yo; I was in the mix 
Everybody stepped 'cause my pocket wasn't fat 
My girl got a new man; I fixed his flat 
I'm the one that they're laughin' at 
They say, "Cheesy rat, you ain't all that" 

Can you feel it? 
Can you feel it? 
Can you feel it? 
Can you feel it? 
Nothin' can save ya 

I mean crabbin', played out by backstabbin'; I feel like tyin'
A anchor to my ankle and jumpin' right in the ocean 
Cause I'm ashy, and I can't afford lotion 
So-called friends in the jewelry store 
Told me, "Todd, come back when you get off tour" 
Souped as hell; I really regret it 
Now the only thing I got in my pocket is bad credit 
How can a man like me 
Be walkin' around in a world of misery? 
And if women like a man with a body, it's not mine 
Cause they be walkin' past me like I'm a stop sign 
My homeboys laugh when they pass the forty 
Sayin, "Todd, as if he used to have a sporty" 
The Benz was slammin', the Jeep was pumpin'
Ain't that somethin'? 
I just laugh; this isn't what I was raised for 
When I walk away, it's like ain't this a
Kick in the rear that I'm standin' here 
And can't afford a tissue for my tear 
Should I drink wine and brandy 
Or get a job puttin' stripes on candy 
Or put a hole in donuts? 
Cause when you're broke, your middle name is "so-what?" 
I had to learn in an incredibly fast way 
When you ain't got no money, they treat you like an ashtray 
I pawned all my jewelry and clothes 
Right after that, I got dissed by all the hos 
That I thought was mine but really never was 
Soon the whole neighborhood got the buzz 
That my tank was on "E", and that means empty 
That Twinkie looks good, so mister don't tempt me 
Everybody thought I was trippin'
I rode the back of the bus, but my grip kept on slippin'
I'm the man that they're laughin' at 
They say, "Cheesy rat, you ain't all that" 


I want to hang with my man like, "Let's do this" 
But this man like, "Who this?" 
That's right, the brother got two faces 
They got me puttin' the tips on shoelaces 
P on the Puma, a mop and a bucket 
My motto is: I don't care 
I don't give a damn; so what, why try? 
I might as well rob some Blake Carrington sucker for his money 
It's so funny 
Cars ride by, with the boomin' system 
Sayin, "Leave him alone, my man already dissed him" 
Now I'm on the cheese-line, poverty-stricken 
As the red tape thickens 
I go to the park; they want to baseball-bat me 
I go to the mall; they throw my old tapes at me 
I'm so horny 
And every girl I know be like, "He's so corny" 
I want money in a hurry 
I'm gettin' tired of leftover curry 
I want to fall off, but I don't know where the edge is 
I'm so hungry, I eat my neighbor's hedges 
Now I realize I gotta go for mine 
It's windshield time 
I take quarters, pennies, dimes, and nickles 
And a kiddy's tricycle 
I'm a desperado 
"I'm a steal your rims" is my motto 
I watch wrestlin' until I'm dizzy sore 
So if you're cashin' your rent check, know how to get busy 
Go to the drive-through, run with a milkshake 
Go to the supermarket, pocket a raw steak 
I need beer 
I'm a catch the Miller truck out there 
You know how they throw the newspapers in the morning?
The owner don't want 'em 
I'm the man that they're laughin' at 
They say, "Cheesy rat, you ain't all that." 


So yo, one more time, one more time 
Party people in the house tonight 

Just throw your hands in the air 
And wave 'em like you just don't care 
Keep 'em there 
Run the jewels, run the jewels, run the jewels

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