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This song is by Nas and appears on the album Stillmatic (2001) and on the movie soundtrack Like Mike (2002).

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Yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Nas, uh
Yo, yo, life, they wonder.
Can they take me under? Nah, never that!
Yo, yo, I come from the housing tenement buildings
Unlimited killings, menaces marked for death
Better known as the projects where junkies and rock heads dwell
Though I owe to it my success
Well, survival of the fittest every day as a child
I would think I'm a part of USA and be proud
Confronted with racism, started to feel foreign
Like the darker you are the realer your problems
I reached for the stars, but I just kept slipping
On this life mission, never know what's next
Ain't your king from Fiji, welcome Julius Caesar
Had a piece of the globe, every continent
There was Asia, Africa, Europe, France, Japan
Pakistan, America, Afghanistan
Yo there was Protestants, Jews, Blacks, Arabics
Call a truce, world peace, stop acting like savages
No war, we should take time and think
The bombs and tanks makes mankind extinct
Cut since the beginning of time, it's been man with arms fighting
Lost lives in the towers and Pentagons
Why then must it on, we must stop the killing
Tell me why we die, we all God's children

All this hate can't last forever
It's time that we stand together
Everybody wants to rule the world

Come on (World, world, world)
Peace (World, world, world)
Peace (World, world, world)
Peace (World, world, world)

All those brothers on the block posted up like they own it
That's Daytona from New York to California
Got blocks locked down
Like, dog, you safe whenever you with me
See, this is my town
So the youngstas, pros and ghettos goes to prison
At a early age, already know it's against them
So in order for him to survive one day
He must open up his eyes to the set backs
'Cause everybody wants a shot in this land of opportunity
Look at what this country's got
There shouldn't be nobody homeless
How can the President fix all the problems when he ain't fixed home yet
The earth wasn't made for one man to rule alone
To all colors and creeds is to whom it belongs
I want land, mansions, banks and gold
The diamonds in Africa, oil in my control
The world's natural resources own its residuals
But then comes foes, I have to guard it with missiles
And I become the most wanted
But is it worth hearing a million people problems and followed by secret service
I guess attempts at my life are loaded barrels
So move over Colin Powell, just throw in a towel, yo

All this hate can't last forever
It's time that we stand together
Everybody wants to rule the world

Come on (World, world, world)
Peace (World, world, world)
Peace (World, world, world)
Peace (World, world, world)

Y'all know that's my style and hit you at the right time
No other compares to what Nas write down
Tell you my dreams, show you my pain is yours
You could get what you love, be a chain to cause
You alive right now
There's so many that dead or locked up inside the beast
I'ma holler it now
It's whatever man think'll manifest to be real
The plan is to wake up 'cause time reveals
All this hate can't forever last
All my ghetto heroes in heaven, it's like you right here and never passed
You just transcend, I know I'm gonna see you again
Hoping I'll reach the world leaders and win
Ain't nothing without struggle, listen up, it's critical
We used to fear arms, now the weapons are chemical
In hip hop the weapons are lyrical
To be the best, you challenge the best, and the blessing is spiritual
Top of the world for the kid none less
Popping any Rappers head off his shoulders, no contest
I know the most high hear me, so far you can't hear me
You scared of a mirror
My theory is that knowledge is power
To every projects and every street corner
We gotta get out of this now

All this hating lasts forever
It's time that we stand together
Everybody wants to rule the world

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