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The Prelude
JAY-Z Lyrics


"You know you got this fantasy in your head
About getting out of the life
And setting the corporate world on its ear
What the fuck you gonna do
Except hustle
Besides pimping
You really ain't got the stomach for that"

The game's fucked up
Niggas beats is banging
Nigga ya hooks did it
Ya lyrics didn't
Ya gangsta look did it
So I would write it if y'all could get it
Being intricate'll get ya wood critics
On the internet
They like you should spit it, I'm like you should buy it
Nigga that's good business
Forget this rap shit I need a new hustle
A little bit of everything, a new improved Russell
I say that reluctantly 'cause I do struggle
As you see I can't leave so I do love you
But I'm just a hustler disguised as a rapper
In fact you can't fit this hustle inside of a wrapper
Back when crack was what these pills are
I was a real star complete with real cars
No video ones, you can and come set up a camera
Let the video run
In my real life complete with real ice
VVS boulders all invisibly set
Head and shoulders my invisible neck
You see Hova wasn't digital yet
Before Steve Jobs made the iPod
Was getting head jobs, we call that intimate
Back when rappers wouldn't dare play lyrical roulette
With an automatic weapon I was rapping with a Tek
Fresh like Manny be chain like antifreeze
Shoe box full of cash
Dealer man hand me keys
Pantries full of Arm & Hammer
Don't take Nancy Drew to see what it do
I'ma damn g
Just sent a million dollars through a hands free
That's big money talk can you answer me?
Before the Answer was a three
I was down in Georgetown with a Hoya chick, loyal chick
Sure he's rich now 'cause he saw this shit, all this shit
That's why they call him Hov cause he came before all this shit
Bought a six, quarter seven skipped on them quarter 8s
Bought a nine for nonstop glockwork all the time

Guess who's back
Since this is a New Era got a fresh new hat
Ten year veteran
I been said I been through with this bullshit game
But I never can
I used to think rapping at thirty eight was ill
When last year alone I grossed about thirty eight mill
I know I ain't quite thirty eight but still
The flow so Special got a .38 feel
The real is back

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Shawn C Carter, Mark James

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SMASHVILLE6217

The game's fucked up
Nigga's beats is bangin', nigga your hooks did it
Your lyrics didn't, your gangsta look did it
So I would write it if y'all could get it
Bein intricate'll get you wood, critic
On the internet, they like you should spit it
I'm like you should bite it, nigga that's good business
Forget this rap shit I need a new hustle
A little bit of everything, the new improved Russell
I say that reluctantly cause I do struggle
As you see I can't leave so I do love you
But I'm just a hustler disguised as a rapper
In fact you can't fit this hustle inside of a rapper
Back when crack was
What these pills are, I was a real star
Complete with real cars, no video ones
You can come and set up a camera, let the video run
And my real life, complete with real ice
VVS boulders oh they're visibly set
Head and shoulders, my invisible neck
You see Hova wasn't digital yet
Befo' Steve Jobs made the iPod
Was gettin' head jobs, we call that intimate
Back when rappers wouldn't dare play lyrical roulette
With a automatic weapon I was rappin' with a Tec
Fresh like Mannie be, chain like anti-freeze
Shoebox full of cash, dealer man hand me ki's
Pantries full of Arm & Hammer, don't take Nancy Drew to see
What it do, I'm a damn G
Just sent a million dollars through a hands free
That's big money talk, can you answer me?
Before the answer was a 3
I was down in Georgetown with a Hoya chick, lawyer chick
Shorty's rich now cause he saw the shit, all this shit
That's why they call him Hov', cause he came before all this shit
Bought a 6, quarter seven, skipped on them quarter eights
Bought a 9 for non-stop Glock work all the time
Woo! Guess who's back?
Since this is a new era, got a fresh new hat
Ten year veteran, I've been set
I've been through with this bullshit game but I never quit
I used to think rappin' at 38 was ill
But last year alone I grossed 38 mill'
I know I ain't quite 38 but still
The flow so Special got a 38 feel
The real is back



All comments from YouTube:

Shirley Pettes

The man said the flow so special got a 38 feel the real is back I've been listening to Jay z for 19 years now I'm 35 I'm just now appreciating this man's lyrics 🤷🔥🔥🔥💯

Devin Hill

I grew up on Jay credit to my pops. This been my all time favorite song since 2006, 6th grade bus ride to middle school on my MP3 from limewire. Long before I could fully comprehend the content I knew it was fire for a reason

Hill Boyce Jr

thats the way it always is wit dudes like Jay

truestdude

Only Jigga can deliver in such a way. This is actually 1 of my favorite albums by Hov

Raymond Maggelet

That 38 scheme was ridiculous

Raymond Maggelet

Brah dat shit hard!!

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Michael Delgado

One of the best songs ever made

Azeez Messiah

Ok

Michael Delgado

@Bailey Sincere the wordplay is the difference maker!

Adam Pratt

@Bailey Music Unedited 2 dont forget beach chair

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