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No Sellout

This song is by 8Ball & MJG and appears on the album On The Outside Looking In (1994).

8Ball:
Tell me what's goin' on, damn, I need help to see
I have chains on my brain from the strain of the
Mental corruption eruptin through this industry
All I see is New York rappers back and forth on BET
See, I'm the first true southern funkadelic preacher
Drink a 'yac and smoke a blunt and watch it get deeper
But not so deep I have to perpetrate to gain respect
Instead of judgin me you need to get yourself in check
And I'm not gonna be the wanna-be you want to see
Oh no, I cannot sell my soul

MJG:
MJG for the Nine-Fo, what's it gonna be?
Another year for the p-i-m-p in the street
Yes, it's me, the one who clocks when it's time to get explicit
It's comin' from the truth when I kick it
So dear critic, you thinkin' on terms of how it needs to be
I'm tellin' you how it is and what I has to live and what I got to give
To the ears of the ones who wanna listen
Some don't understand, so they really don't know what they're missin'
Hard times made hard heads in the South
You get respect bein real, no sell-out

8Ball:
In '93 I was rappin' about my curls and my Cadillac
The pimp blast, takin' you fast, smokin' grass and all that
Players got the message, busters didn't attempt to listen
Thinkin' that we was talkin' about that on-the-corner fake pimpin'
Hell yeah, I'm that player from the underground
All-black assassin from the neighborhood of Orange Mound
They don't understand, why, they being society
The white people who run this nation got somethin' against me
Me bein a young black male with an education
Teachin this pimpin', so the blacks will one day rule this nation
But every day another brother tries to kill me
Jack me because of the poverty in communities
Where you either have to sell crack or jack, man
What I'm tryin' to stress to you is, don't step to the fat man
Because today I'm rappin', rockin' shows and pullin hoes
But tomorrow I might be on the cut slingin dope
See, in the studio I'm killin' fools vocally
But if it came down to it, I could do it silently
Fuck the President, the media can quote me
Listen to them lyrics, fool, I ain't sellin out, gee

MJG:
You gotta be hard in this business, ain't no suckers, ain't no sell-outs
It's the way that you go in it, that's the way you gonna go out
First of all: never break up with them hustlers that you started with
Long as this happens you and your click won't accomplish sh...
Should've thought about it real hard
Now how could any group that's meant to be together be apart?
And if you start with a strong mind, think with a strong mind
B-u-s-i-n-e-ss time
I'm in the lab, chiefin hay, comin' up with gold
Pimp mobile, hit the reel, let the platinum roll
See, I was taught, not the easy, but the hard way
Hustle after hustle after hustle each and every day
I gotta stay down to earth, 'cause I'm from Orange Mound
See, that's my hood, understood in the M-Town
Memphis-bound players, pimp type, black, strong, young
Level-headed Tennesseee, hustlers got it goin' on
Bad to the bone when I roam through the area
Carry a, automatic weapon for my burial
When it's all over what it is and what it's all about?
Stay true to your homies and your music, no sell-out

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