[Chorus] I gotta lay down the block, when the block is hot I gotta use my imagination, to change the situation I gotta lay down the block, when the block is hot I gotta use my imagination, to change the situation
[Nas] Yea, Feds feast on street dons, look at their teeth showin' Salivatin' at the mouth, South to East Orange Keep pourin' that liquor, but nigga don't sleep on it You'll be givin' up your Jesus piece to your peeps to pawn it
For legal fees in the penal dorm Screamin' on the horn with 'bout thirty years on your conscience I'm watchin' brothers disappear, it's appallin' Some dudes had just only a year of ballin'
Counter-intelligence found a strange evidence (When the block is hot) Still we behind the wheel with heat on us, hangin' with predicates Position we placed in caves in, so they got us caged in Ways spinnin' like Mike Bivens from New Edition aging (I gotta... When the block is hot)
I got families I'm feeding 'cause my mans is bleeding Every five seconds look in all directions I come through prepared; I give 'em a call I'm close, bring them guns downstairs
[Nas] Uh, uh, it's beef week, Monday, murder Two niggaz dead, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday is hearse-day Friday, somebody-gotta-die-day
Saturday, put the gat away Chillin' wit your chick and a bag of haze Wonderin' how it's all gon' end and what type of way 'Cause Sunday back to gunplay
Mo' shit start over nothin' And get finished quick 'cause the art of repercussion Yeah, I seen it, a G' going out indecent (When the block is hot) Takin' a plea agreement, thinkin' he secret
Escape the crime scene, now you live straight like 9:15 Then one-time intervene (I gotta lay...) My man ain't like me sayin' I don't care if I die But the SIG Sauer on me now I'm scared to die
You thinkin' the one I send to clap you be a shorty But he old school, holdin' a .38, he in his forties
[Nas] (I gotta) Anytime brothers can't get jobs, then they rob (When the block is hot) A man rather die than live on his knees and starve Cops steady askin' your man what happened First he tell then he stop, like he not really rattin'
Guess he not really in that casket from a sawed-off (When the block is hot) Listen, peep game from the brain of an all-star The rain hurt niggaz bones who been shot Metal pins in their leg, they walk with a limp-hop
The streets lie, (When the block is hot) so you better be cautious Your man'll fry you plus, everybody talkin' A vet, a General, don't step where I walked in Make your own path, be a legend in your skin
(Hold down the block, when the block is hot) Make your own cash, don't stress what I'm forcin' Don't expect more when you put in less work than all them Queensbridge projects has taught him, and that's for life You heard me right, I got the block (When the block is hot)
When the block is hot I gotta use my imagination, to change the situation