There's no myth or fable about the pimpin' at your label

What goes on under the table, why you think your deal is so unstable?

Now, whose the macaroni, A&R's acting phony

Once you make the matrimony, then he start to slackin' don't he

Or could it be the president that's being hesitant

Playin' his artist like a corner workin' specimen

And I ain't kidding you when I say it's political

The way they make a ridicule of artists can be pitiful

You know damn well there shouldn't be no company CO

Trying to show me about rap that's 53 or so

But yet and still they want to add advice, trying to keep their status right

When they should be working records for Gladys Knight

Who shape artists, man they catching rape charges

Once you sign on the dotted line, they lead you in the blind

Then you find, your state of revenue remains the same

Cause you getting less points than Steve Kerr be getting in a game

And just because it be too hardcore to judge it

They won't even touch it, and get to frontin' on the budget

When new artists come out, I can foresee the worst outcome

Cause everybody I know got beat their first album

So I took my contract to a lawyer so he can check it out (He don't know)

Then I took it to Dionne Warwick so she can read my hand (She don't know)


[Chorus ]

It's a shame, when artists gotta deal with cheats

They got game, for every young rapper they see out on the streets

You sign your name, they get like Big Red on the Five Heartbeats

Now who the blame, when you starvin' and your record label eats


[Verse 2 ]

Preach brother

They say the truth will set you free, but I see signs of treachery

Go on perpetually, here's how they get you G

They use the tricks, just to juice your mix

But cross be in their heart like a vampire stabbed with a crucifix

I had the enemy in my vicinity with the false identity

Of a friend to me to injure me

They ride along just to guide you wrong

Play like they beside you strong, and start to faking moves like Olajuwon

Who side you on, revealing all that low down dirty dealing

I can see your skin peeling it changed like a chameleon

First you believe in them, but once you disagree with them

They try to get Magilla repertoire and that ain't even them

And all those who has betrayed, be fast to fade

Cause they cast a shade, with the masquerade

What's dealt, is low blows below the belt

Lord have mercy, I know how Julius Caesar must have felt

I start to think back when I was just a youth

I should have listened to the words of the God Born Truth

He said, "look out for black snakes they all up in your cypher

Black snakes you can't see therefore they sneak up and they bite ya'"

They get to flippin' cause they think you slippin'

So remember, don't get to slippin' cause they get to flippin'

And trippin', what's that you grippin', beside your hippin'

You think my heart is skippin', go save that game for Scottie Pippen


[Chorus ]

It's a shame, to see how far left people be going

They got game, to think that all this time you said you know them

It ain't the same, Aah, so now you see the way they flowin'

Now who they blame, ain't nothing but a wolf in sheep's clothing


[Verse 3 ]

Now, wait a minute, I'm starting to see lotsa, hip-hop imposters

Is rap a category at the Oscars?

Too much Nino Brown up in your life

Cause since then, man I done seen Wesley Snipes playin' a drag queen

But yet and still you want to mimic the stars of cinema

Pretending huh? So full of it they need an enema

Cause see dig, they all like to talk big

But then they want to renege, when there's a curling iron in their wig

You talking loud and saying nothing, what's the world becoming?

The frontin', now pay attention you may learn something

Now, I ain't knocking you, but come on let's be logical

You know that it's impossible to stop the unstoppable

I would suggest that they, go back and check my resume

Cause tunes that I made yesterday, can hang out with the best today

Peace to Easy Mo, cause he makes the beats to flow

And I grab the microphone and flip it like pizza dough


[Chorus ]

Shame

Now who the blame

I need to be the Mayor, so I can change the things around here

I need to be the Governor, I need to be the Governor
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Shame! Lyrics

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