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[Chorus:] x2
These days, you gotta be strapped
I'm already knowin ain't nobody got my back
These days you gotta be down
Who said it was easy claiming Dogg Pound

I believe I got good skills
We been makin music since we were kids
That's all I wanna do, for life
Keepin it real until the day I die
Obstacles get in my way
Continue to mash and don't forget to pray
I keep my hand on my steel
Because I love my life and I always will
Whatever people say to me
I take it in stride I'm thinkin negro please
If you really don't know me
Then you best back up, I suggest strongly
They started this dpg
Until the day I D-I-E
For my L-I-F and E
No matter where I look that's all I see
And I know...

[Chorus:] x2

Many ni***z cling to me
I think it's because they see me on bet
'cause everybody knows my name
All the police think I'm serving cane
Jealous ni***z call us out
But I don't worry long as I hear their mouths
If ever they decide to kill
You better be prepared because I know I will
I think I can guarantee
You don't wanna be standin next to me
Before my final curtain call
I forsake save hen and wont be long
So if we bump hits in the streets
Or even at some party
You ni***z really can't see me
My request is that you stop trying
Before I let go...

Chorus x2

Daz-
Everyday, the 45 stays I'm jackin for whoever
I bustin takin now bowin down never
Gotta watch my back for these coppers
As well as these ni***z that I kick it with
They stick you faster than these b*****s will
Since I'm pimpin everybody wants my riches
And I can't keep the Don from buying weed actin everytime
I smoke constantly and can't flinch me
From commitin the murders so I chill and puff the herb
Who gots my back nobody
Little John Gotti's layin ni***z down at the homey's party
All be goin crazy I guess we are bein who we are
Really say the n***a gotta be a star
I gots to get mine and if I blast then it's my destiny
If I die then it was meant to be intentionally
Worry stressin I'm guessin no confession
When the murder take place set yourself protection

Chorus x4 to fade



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