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If Rap Gets Jealous

This song is by K'naan and appears on the album The Dusty Foot Philosopher (2005) and on the album Troubadour (2009).

So good things come to those who wait
Sure, I've waited about pop-pop-pop-pop
That's four cousins shot!
I got grudges, let's discuss this, my music needs no touch ups
I got a long record of fuck ups, trust me you don't know who has a past as weird as mine, or a life as hard as mine.
I had to hustle, chop, sell drugs, grind, whatever you want to call it is fine,
But just listen, and don't pre-judge
I don't want anyone dismissin' me as another thug or some shit like that,
No Sir! If I fall I will get right back,
I got circumstances, but let me stop dancin' around the issue
And tell you straight forward, I'm poor
A refugee, been in prison and survived the war
I come from the most dangerous city in this universe
You're likely to get shot at birth!...

So how can rap quench my thirst?
I don't even hear verses no more
I hear jerkin' off, punks with lip glosses and purses
I don't see nobody I can reach anymore
I see nurses, fuck that! I'm gonna stay alive! I'd rather do a stage dive!

And if rap gets jealous 'cause I rock heavy
It don't worry me if m'aa fuckers don't get it
Yo, if rap gets jealous, words that were admitted
I used to be a public enemy don't forget it.
And if rap gets jealous 'cause I rock heavy
It don't worry me if m'aa fuckers don't get it
Yo, if rap gets jealous,'cause of where I'm headed
Aggression, obsession, we're pain in the gain.

Basically I gotta release occasionally,
I gotta let you know what's goin' on with me
And facing me are some tough choices
I got a good side and bad side,
Inside my head I hear screams and loud voices
And I can't lie: I ain't got shit, I ain't got to brag,
I'm hard-pressed for some cash to send to my ill dad
You're so superficial, of course it's for shizzle
Now my choice is to piss on you boys
'Cause my mission is the world
To know my name, my aim is plainly success
But I still gotta confess

So how could rap quench my thirst?
I don't even hear verses no more,
I hear jerkin' off punks with lip glosses and purses!
I don't see nobody operating shit anymore, I see nurses!
Fuck that! I'm gonna stay alive! I'd rather do a stage dive!

And if rap gets jealous 'cause I rock heavy
It don't worry me if m'aa fuckers don't get it
Yo, if rap gets jealous, words that were admitted
I used to be a public enemy don't forget it.
And if rap gets jealous 'cause I rock heavy
It don't worry me if m'aa fuckers don't get it
Yo, if rap gets jealous,'cause of where I'm headed
Aggression, obsession, we're pain in the gain.

[Laughs] That's what it is, it's pain, know what I'm sayin'?
I don't know, man, it's like...
You spend years developing your artistry,
Know what I'm sayin'? Perfecting your skills
And you can't do shit with it! [laughs]
That's gotta be Fucked up! Know what I'm sayin'?
Ha! That's gotta be fucked up.
You know, just imagine like, imagine you build a fuckin' castle,
And you can't live in it! That's what it is.
You can't live in it, you know.
And you got problems, you got family, I got family
Moment of truth right!
And I still gotta confess

So how could rap quench my thirst?
I don't even hear verses no more,
I hear jerkin' off punks with lip glosses and purses!
I don't see nobody operating shit anymore, I see nurses!
Fuck that! I'm gonna stay alive! I'd rather do a stage dive!

(x2)
And if rap gets jealous 'cause I rock heavy
It don't worry me if M'aa Fuckers don't get it
Yo! if rap gets jealous, words that were admitted
I used to be a public enemy don't forget it
And if rap gets jealous 'cause I rock heavy
It don't worry me if M'aa Fuckers don't get it
Yo! if rap gets jealous,'cause of where I'm headed
Aggression, Obsession, we're pain in the gain

And if rap gets jealous 'cause I rock heavy
It don't worry me if M'aa Fuckers don't get it
Yo! if rap gets jealous,'cause of where I'm headed
Aggression, Obsession, we're pain in the gain

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