mos def – frontlines lyrics
on urban terrain, i strive to maintain
stress and strain with a whole heap of pain
alot of f-cking games that i can’t seem to win
i’m living in the land of sin
i close my eyes and i count to ten thousand
sh-t is still f-cked up down at public housing
turn in the tv just to see my man on the news
no job but he had to pay a hundred dollar shoes
so i get my head ready cuz i know where i’m at
i got good sense and now i need thousand gats
cuz timess in america is all out of order
u gotta pay just to get good drinking water
they going bucknuts and i ain’t trying to hear it
the ??? is hear
i stay cool in the babylon swelter
bout to build a house with a f-cking bomb shelter
cuz it’s a lot of smaller faces out here and i don’t
m-th-rf-ckers make a wrong move and imma bust em
i’m sleeping on the floor with my nines by the door
war ain’t fair it’s war
u can never underestimate your enemy.
u gotta realize there’s people who wake up 6 am in the
morning to jog
running for they life cuz they don’t underestimate your
sh-t in here’s getting kinda warm
m-th-rf-ckas’ didn’t know that i had this form
i’m spitting buckshots and u could all get dropped
m-th-rf-cka best i’m taking all head shot
it’s the great beat breaker brakalak jacker
dominant g, son, it gets no blacker
u scared b-tch -sses with the style u lack
i’m having reoccurring dreams of blowing out your back
so take that and that and that and that
i’m as hard as it gets u can’t sit where i sat
role with an i’ll crew pack a big ?? juel
i ain’t the b-tch steady trying to get a new hair
look u ain’t gotta like it cuz sh-t is real
imma say it feel the truth must be revealed
your eyes wide open and u still can’t see
steady smoking blunts talking bout ‘i’m free’
spend all your time sleeping with the enemy
doing dumb sh-t that u seen on the tv
can’t get caught up in the hocus pocus
times is so hopeless i gotta keep focus
and imma do whatever it takes
cuz sh-t ain’t easy but that’s the breaks
times is too wil’ to smile
i’m ready to get it on, son, you know my style
can’t clam cuz i’m here for mine
from now to 99, frontline motherf-cka!
there’s no room for fear. we’re giving these heads the
respect and credit that
they don’t deserve.
you know what i’m saying? that’s why they don’t respect
when we start to realize who we are, then we can
clearly see who they are.
originallity is now a ??yummy sound bite??
everything sound ??type of trife but don’t sound
treading over urban terrrain is a great source of pain
but that’s the path i chose so i can’t complain
if i get honory pardon me gems and jets
i’m on a mission in a very f-cking literal sense
if heads don’t understand there’s no consequence
cuz now everyones worthy to hold my confidence
in a world so ?? i stand frontline
could capture this motion and mad explosion
the vision decension and m-ss attention
strifiling congestion and no progression
i try to keep on looking at the prize
but i’m stready wiping blood out my eyes
mr charlie could u ??pop some record mother??
and we f-cking turn around and shoot each other
run for cover well that ain’t a f-cking option
i’m coming thru head first i ain’t stopping
suckas wont speak cuz i speak on these topics
but don’t sleep i’m keeping heat like the tropics
a full clip and my hand on my d-ck
i’m like a motherf-cking elephent i don’t forget sh-t
from megaevers down to ??
black bodies swinging from trees outlining american
talk all that racism sh-t if u want to
but white man i don’t trust u and i will bust you
even if u try to act trife
it’s the m o s all loked out for life
a hundred years ago you brought the rah rah
now it’s recycle and k-mbaya
and i ain’t going out like a punk
you say ?? you could call it what you want
no sipping i gotta stay aware
i’m too prepared to be stepping out scared
brothers eyes are watching can’t go out like a sucka
mos def is sending another frontline, motherf-ckas
vctory is your only choice. there’s no other
alternative for victory.
and the only way to vbe victorious is to understand
you gotta understand they’re fighting to survive and
we’re fighting to live.
they’re fightng for something totally different and the
differences are great.
and we have to realize tat they’re times is up.
and if they’re desperate then the desperate enemy
should not be hard pressed
because has nothing to lose.
he will take him to h-ll with him.
so you either fight to win or fight to die.
fight to win or fight to die.