Shuffle Song Of The Day (8/29/18): “I Can” By Nas

“I Can” is a song by Nas from his 2002 album God’s Son. This song strays away from the usual rap messages of guns and whatnot and is instead a cautionary tale that tries to warn kids about the severity of their choices. Whether it be using drugs, a fake ID, or having unprotected sex, seemingly small decisions can weigh heavy on the outcome of your life. I wish more people would listen to songs like this and realize that rap is a lot more than selling drugs and murdering people. There are plenty of songs with positive messages, this song being a stellar example, and as entertaining as the gun and drug talk is, it’s stuff like this that makes me love rap.


LYRICS

I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)

If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)

I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)

Be, B-Boys and girls, listen up

You can be anything in the world, in God we trust

An architect, doctor, maybe an actress

But nothing comes easy it takes much practice

Like, I met a woman who’s becoming a star

She was very beautiful, leaving people in awe

Singing songs, Lina Horn, but the younger version

Hung with the wrong person got her strung on heroin

Cocaine, sniffing up drugs, all in her nose

Coulda died, so young, no looks ugly and old

No fun cause when she reaches for hugs people hold they breath

Cause she smells of corrosion and death

Watch the company you keep and the crowd you bring

Cause they came to do drugs and you came to sing

So if you gonna be the best, I’ma tell you how

I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)

If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)

I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)

I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)

If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)

I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)

Be, B-Boys and girls, listen again

This is for grown looking girls who’s only ten

The ones who watch videos and do what they see

As cute as can be, up in the club with fake ID

Careful, ‘fore you meet a man with HIV

You can host the TV like Oprah Winfrey

Whatever you decide, be careful, some men be

Rapists, so act your age, don’t pretend to be

Older than you are, give yourself time to grow

You thinking he can give you wealth, but so

Young boys, you can use a lot of help, you know

You thinkin life’s all about smokin weed and ice

You don’t wanna be my age and can’t read and right

Begging different women for a place to sleep at night

Smart boys turn to men and do whatever they wish

If you believe you can achieve, then say it like this

I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)

If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)

I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)

I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)

If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)

I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)

Be, be, ‘fore we came to this country

We were kings and queens, never porch monkeys

It was empires in Africa called Kush

Timbuktu, where every race came to get books

To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans

Asian Arabs and gave them gold when

Gold was converted to money it all changed

Money then became empowerment for Europeans

The Persian military invaded

They learned about the gold, the teachings and everything sacred

Africa was almost robbed naked

Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships

Egypt was the place that Alexander the Great went

He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces

Shot up they nose to impose what basically

Still goes on today, you see?

If the truth is told, the youth can grow

They learn to survive until they gain control

Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes

Read more learn more, change the globe

Ghetto children, do your thing

Hold your head up, little man, you’re a king

Young Prince that’s when you get your wedding ring

Your man is saying “She’s my queen”

I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)

If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)

I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)

I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)

If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)

I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)

Save the music y’all, save the music y’all

Save the music y’all, save the music y’all

Save the music


Shuffle Songs Of The Day Spotify Playlisthttps://open.spotify.com/user/uktsrm7377738r178iaacxnjz/playlist/5zEvXmKpS7QJmK1jDsf45c?si=wkdMD4QhQ6iMmTYi8uGaNA

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