You know what free is nigga? What's free? Free is when nobody else could tell us what to be Free is when the TV ain't controllin' what we see Told my niggas "I need you" Through all the fame you know I stay true Pray my niggas stay free Made a few mistakes but this ain't where I wanna be Before I'm judged by 12, put a 12 on my V Told my niggas, "I need you" Stay up I know these times ain't true Real life, what's free Since a lad, I was cunning Just got a pad out in London I keep stackin' my money, I need a ladder by summer AK shots, niggas duckin' stray shots Been a Top Dawg, that's before the K.Dots Crackin' in '06, immaculate showmanship Talkin' like you Mitch, disastrous on the strip Holdin' on your bitch, coulda never sold you a brick With them people you never been on a list Mona Lisa to me ain't nothin' but a bitch Hanging pictures like niggas swinging from his dick We so different you thought these didn't exist The Megalodon never seen on his wrist I'm from the South where they never make it this rich God is the greatest, but Satan been on his shit Walkin' the pavement, I pray I'm illuminated Over a decade and never nobody's favorite Pot and kilo go hand in hand like we Gamble and Huff My amigo, a million grams and we countin' 'em up You was dead broke, I let you hold a pack You paid for it, but I fucked around and stole the track Screaming "gang gang" now you wanna rap Racketeering charges caught him on a tap Lookin' for a bond, lawyers wanna tax Purple hair got them faggots on your back What's free? Free is when nobody else could tell us what to be Free is when the TV ain't controlling what we see Told my niggas "I need you" Through all the fame you know I stay true Pray my niggas stay free Made a few mistakes but this ain't where I wanna be Before I'm judged by 12, put a 12 on my V Told my niggas "I need you" Stay up I know these times ain't true Real life, what's free? Fed investigations, heard they plottin' like I trap 20 mil' in cash, they know I got that off a rap Maybe it's the Michael Rubins or the Robert Krafts Or the billionaire from Marcy, and the way they got my back, uh Seein' how I prevailed and now they try to knock me back, uh Lock me in the cell for all them nights and I won't snap, uh Two-fifty a show and they still think I'm sellin' crack, uh When you bring my name up to the judge just tell em' facts Tell em how we fundin' all these kids to go to college Tell him how we ceasin' all these wars, stoppin' violence Tryna fix the system and the way that they designed it I think they want me silenced (Shush) Oh say you can see I don't feel like I'm free Locked down in my cell, shackled from ankle to feet Judge bangin' that gavel turned me to slave from a king Another day in the bing, I gotta hang from a string Just for poppin' a wheelie, my people march in the city From a cell to a chopper view from the top of the city You can tell how we rockin' soon as I pop up we litty Poppin' like Bad Boy in '94, Big Poppa and Diddy And niggas counted me out like my accountant ain't busy That's five milli' in twenties, sit up and count 'til I'm dizzy Phantom, five hundred thousand, hundred round in a stizzy Is we beefin' or rappin'? I might just pop up with Drizzy like What's free? Free is when nobody else could tell us what to be Free is when the TV ain't controlling what we see Told my niggas 'I need you' Through all the fame you know I stay true Pray my niggas stay free Made a few mistakes but this ain't where I wanna be Before I'm judged by 12, put a 12 on my V Told my niggas 'I need you' Stay up I know these times ain't true Real life, what's free? In the land of the free, where the blacks enslaved Three-fifth's of a man I believe's the phrase I'm 50% of D'USSÉ and it's debt free (Yeah) 100% of Ace of Spades, worth half a B (Uh) Roc Nation, half of that, that's my piece Hunnid percent of TIDAL to bust it up with my G's Since most of my niggas won't ever work together You run a check up but they never give you leverage No red hat, don't Michael and Prince me and Ye They separate you when you got Michael and Prince's DNA, uh I ain't one of these house niggas you bought My house like a resort, my house bigger than yours My spou- (C'mon man) My route better of course We started without food in our mouth They gave us pork and pig intestines Shit you discarded that we ingested, we made the project a wave You came back, reinvested and gentrified it Took nigga's sense of pride Now how that's free? And the people stole their soul and hit niggas with 360's I ain't got a billion streams, got a billion dollars Inflating numbers like we 'posed to be happy about this We was praisin' Billboard but we were young Now I look at Billboard like 'Is you dumb?' To this day, Grandma 'fraid of what I might say They gon' have to kill me Grandmama, I'm not they slave (Ha-ha-ha) Check out the bizarre rappin' style used by me the HOV Look at my hair free, care free Niggas ain't near free Enjoy your chains, what's your employer name with the hair piece? I survived the hood, can't no Shaytan rob me My accountant's so good I'm practically livin' tax free Factory, that's me Sold drugs, got away scot-free That's a CC, E-copy Guilt free, still me And they expect me to not feel a way to this day You would say y'all killed me Sucker free, no shuckin' me I don't jive turkey Say "Happy Thanksgiving" Shit sound like a murder to me Smoke free All of y'all calling out toll free Label rob you for millions, yet you wanna put a hole in me Sugar free, seasoned but I'm salt free You lay a hand on Hov, my shooters shoot for free I promise World War three Send a order through a hands free Kill you in 24 hours or shorter you can't ignore the hand speed On god, it's off the head this improv But it's no comedy Sign I fail, hell naw (Ha-ha-ha)
Written by: Burt F. Bacharach, Carlos Daronde Broady, Christopher Wallace, Clemm Rishad, Hal David, Nashiem Sa-Allah Myrick, Nicholas M. Warwar, Robert Rihmeek Williams, Sean Puffy Combs, Shawn Corey Carter, Tarik Azzouz, William Leonard Roberts, Burt Bacharach, Carlos Broady, Nashiem Myrick, Nicholas Warwar, Robert Williams, Sean Combs, Shawn Carter, William Roberts
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