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Talib Kweli Greene (October 3, 1975) is an American rapper who performs under the name Talib Kweli. His first name in Arabic means "student" or "seeker" (طالب); his middle name in Swahili means "true". Kweli gained prominent recognition through Black Star, a collaboration with fellow MC Mos Def. more »


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They wanna know (All you have to do) 
Know how I do 
Maybe you don't (All you have to do is call me, call me) 
Why you playing, why you playing? 
I be going like two and two 
With some hot shit ready to spit for you 
With the songs that you love just to get you through 

Back in effect 
I'm back to collect 
Got the respect 
Which will turn into the cash or a check 
You can, pay me in fear, you can pay me with love 
You can, pay me in tears or you can pay me in blood 
Spray me with slugs, and the revolution live, I never die in vain 
The writer might be dead but the piece remain on the train (yea) 
The music help you be true to yourself, accumulate wealth 
So what I spit is the embodiment I do for self 
As a teen it was kinda hard to find a job 
I took over my writer's bloc and ran it like a spot 
I'm Pimp see in this game nigga, I'm a hard 
But I'm never feasting on it, keep speaking on it God 
That's what they say when I'm building, I keep my dialogue street 
But still spiritual like we deep inside a mosque 
Or the sin of God that don't preach or go where the sinners are 
And keep the fire burning like a slum lord in the Bronx 


Rhyme writer from nine to five 
It's the 25 to lifers with the balance of the acrobatic high wires 
The pain of the slave with his back feeling like fire 
Cause the whip talking to his ass like Knight Rider 
Most of these rappers now days be sounding like liars 
Got visions of guns in they head like the Pied Piper 
When I bust they start to disappear like my lighters 
Cause they shit is faker than the dreads on Mikah Phifer 
The industry is in trouble 
Plus these industry niggaz is fake, so they tend to be in a bubble 
So I hit the block where they're known to thicken the plot 
Sticking up cops, kids be pocket-picking they Glocks (my man) 
Balling outta control, don't be forgetting that niggaz is broker than dishes at a Greek wedding 
They might try to run up on you, take your life quick 
It's like this when you walk the strip up on the night shift 


This right here the bare essentials with no extras y'all 
I kept it raw from the school of thought where less is more 
Brooklyn is cooking and I blessed it with the special sauce 
I got the soul of a prophet and never take a loss 
Fresher than kicks out the box, the kids on the block 
That is street hungry trying to get that sweet honey out the rock 
Crack in the socks when they click the row thicker than sour sop 
Listening to my black power rock 
Music, of this hip hop we be rock to it 
I'm a river, you a valley, watch me run right through it 
You wanna learn how to do it, tell the truth in your single first 
Lil' Kim went to jail for what you do in every single verse (free Lil' Kim) 
Lyrics is perjury, your beats is more plastic than surgery 
And we in the United States of emergency 
One of the main reasons none of you lames worry me 
Is I change lanes like I change planes and change currency 


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