'Now listen' [Mos] .. Doin this song for you. All my little brothers.. Out in the street. Strugglin to survive.. Keep your eyes on the prize, you know
[Kweli] Yeah, the revolution will not be televised Or broadcast live on the net My man Mos said it's personal.. Knamsayin? It's gotta start from right up in here, you know
[Mos & Kweli] You can't stop, you know [3x] You can't stop when we rep
[Kweli] We rep the ain't-gots Ain't nobody can't start no party like us, we crush the faint hearts From Hallsey to St. Mark's, walk in the main blocks Painted with blood that's still hot, so deep it stain socks The pain spark frustration, situations lead to hatin Some deal with drug distribution, others walk the plantation Some know the code a' the streets, some got a college education Come down on the weekend, and peep the conversation
[Mos] Yo On the corner, units stormed out Ghetto lookin bombed out Police waited to roll, for those who walk the wrong route Shorties goin all out, they got they swords drawn out Ready to brawl out, gettin fought til they fall out Black like Morehouse, 40 o'z is tossed out For brothers that they mourn bout, get wrecked til it's dawn out Whether they broke or flossed out, honeys pass they draws out Lookin for a ticket out the poor-house A jungle out here Lions keep they claws out, fangs and jaws out Weak just get forced out Names is called out, ghetto-fame is sought out You wanna be the man that they talk bout I walked out I had some things on my mind to sort out I thought bout the wild circumstance we born out Remember myself at your age, when I was just like you If that was now, I don't know what I would do My answer's? Closest to me So what I say to you is goin for me Son we both still growin indeed But where you at, I was, and where you been, I left Utilize my experience to guide your step Some people get love but don't command respect It's somethin that you can't ride with a check Over-rollin your lex or icy links that hang from your neck If it's real, who need to deal with the special effects?
[Kweli] Come here, come here, yo Lemme drop this on ya, look they gotchu cornered The corner of the block is hot, I ain't got to warn ya 'Cause I see you every day, trapped in every way 'shit, I'm a thug, and that's all that I can say' Who are you anyway? Mary J.? I spend, many nights awake, watchin you while you sleep Tryin to figure out how to be the example, 'cause talk is cheap As you walk the streets, study cats on the real In a convo, just make your point to relax and chill [Niggas] wanna destroy each other in a cypher instead a' build Be a- man of will, don't be- standin still If you- don't plan ahead, then you- plan to fail Do? In a daze when the ways reveal Like they funny style but I'm not laughin Serious [niggas] makin money while the police is passin Can't wait for opportunity to knock, you gotta make it happen It ain't about no spectacular ways a' rappin Just immaculate ways a' action.. Dig?
[Mos sings] Little Brother I know that times is hard Keep your mind on guard Stay clear of things that are harmin You'll get along I sing my song For little brothers Out there in the street Strugglin to make ends meet Gotta hold the heat Strugglin so hard to compete Stay clear of things that harm Do it for y'all Try to stay strong Keep movin on [6x]
[shoutin out Little Brothers all over the area, simultaneous singing]