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Now, Who the f*ck are you to judge me? Who the f*ck are you to tell me what I can & can't do? Can you repeat the feats I'm achieving to rhymes and beats Or even conceive that I'll be competing still even when I'm deceased Now beating me is easier than finding peace, But niggaz still criticize my work and my lines and my shirt down to the size In a world of scouring eyes, and words compounded by lies The artistry of lyricism I epitomize It's overwhelming, cause there's so much to say and so much to change But for every rapper constantly bitching, I made a record that's honestly different Just watch the world scoff in the distance, and cynic's bark in resistance And still, in its wake, this archetype's bound to mimmicked This is the new hip-hop, devoid of boundaries, gimmicks Or rigid genres, with no apologies given To solemnly sing aloud and then spit poly's without inhibition In a world where courage is reprimanded, but cowardice isn't The power to listen and learn, keeps me adaptive A tribe fan that appreciated the classics But damn if I'm trapped in the past, I act to surpass what they crafted And still manage to travel the path on the maps that they drafted And man, I'm rappin on behalf balance The do it all MC, with the 2 long sleeves, and a passion for practical magic A tap of the wand, and I'm graphic - another tap, I'm the fastest You tap again, and I'm chanting on a piano ballad The preconceived notions get shattered F*ck mainstream & underground - is the shit any good? is what matters Why categorize? There's wack and there's nice So, I put all that to the side and reset the standard for any cat that just asks for a mic So what that in mind, Them niggaz won't last after they've established their hype While mine's only added, more than half of my life And I'm last in a line of cats with divine talent - Don't ask for a sign Answers will rise in the passage of time - Cause I'm the Archetype [Chorus] 'Cause I'm the archetype. Original as they come Ayo, they broke the fuckin mold when they made this one Said I'm the archetype, cause there can only be one The day intelligence sells, we'll leave the industry stunned
Written by: BURTON C. BELL, DINO A.M. CAZARES, RAYMOND HERRERA, CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS
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