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  1. Persistence

From the recording Long Dark Night

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Lyrics

- INTRO -"Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong."("the universal greeting" sample from the 1986 'Transformers' movie)- VERSE -It's all about getting beat down and left for dead/and going strong all alone when the rest have fled/it's about never backing down and taking the hits/about keeping it together like a braid and a twist/it's all about jottin' the words & playing the riffs/recording, mixing the ingredients & making a hitand getting on point like a fadeaway when it swish/whether you sober, getting crunk or inhaling the piff/it's all about catching the vibe and spreading the feeling/cuz you know they gotta have it like sexual healing/it's about discovering yourself, projetcing, revealing,/and pushing the product like you're a veteran dealing/it's about looking at a hater straight in the face/and not letting him phase you, let 'em say what he say/it's about knowing your strengths and knowing your weaknesses/and to yourself, being the dopest emcee there is!/it's all about having versatility/manipulating words like a surgeon lyrically/tweaking the music until you're sure you feel the beat/until you feel them shaking with that nervous energy/it's all about understanding your craft/and knowing how to pull a rabbit out the magical hat/hacking Orcs to pieces with your battling axe/or getting pyrotechnical and having a blast/it's all about showing love to your crew/but understanding that nobody better come before you/and that the next man's hustle's got nothing to do/with the moves you gotta make so don't get stuck like a fool/running round and round in circles chasing your tails/and not taking any risks cuz you're afraid that you'll fail/go and catch you a big fish, turn a page in your tale/like Captain Ahab baiting a whale/- HOOK -I hock and spit bcuz I got persistence/y'all workhorses can't trot the distance/dropping hot shit so you can stop and sniff it/twenty four seven open up the shop for business/- VERSE -It's about looking in the mirror everyday/and not caring that you're pushing thirty, getting the grays/not letting these trivial number get in the way?just like it's never too late for you to get into shape/it's all about never letting anybody define you/they talk behind your back bcuz they're riding behind you/that means you two steps ahead, drive by 'em like I do/you're hating's too weak to be dividing up my crew/it's all about loyalty to the fam/the ones you know that you could trust with a key to the pad/having them for the ride, never leaving 'em back/let's have a party at my crib for peepin' the tracks/it's all about having no regrets/having peace in your soul when you go to rest/man, I've made a few omelets and broke some eggs/but I've got both hands and both my legs/for this long road to walk holding wifey's hand/it might be a beach and it might be sand/it might be a dark night, we might be damned/but as long as she's with me, I ain't frightened, man/it's all about saying "F it!" sometimes, know what I mean?/say whatever you wanna but you ain't slowing the dream/every word out your mouth, straight baloney to me/I'm-a walk like the big macaroni with cheese/it's all about just believing in self/and serving y'all the sweetness like Keebler the elf/go ahead and curse my album to never leaving the shelf/but if I'm-a be damned, bet I'm-a see you in hell/it's all about never being all about just one thing/keeping your listeners guessing, keeping 'em wondering/too many done thuggish and too many have done "bling"/too many of y'all need a hug you ugly ducklings/- HOOK -I hock and spit bcuz I got persistence/y'all workhorses can't trot the distance/dropping hot shit so you can stop and sniff it/twenty four seven open up the shop for business/- BRIDGE -Listen to the beating of the drums through your system/sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/never back down, they got persistence/C'mon and listen to the beating of the drums through your system/sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/never back down, they got persistence/- VERSE -it's about facing odds, saying "I have to beat this!"/like the prince of Zamunda chasing after Lisa/sharpening your saw so you can hack a deep cut/you can have a real woman, or keep tappin' cheap sluts/digging in your pants for your platinum visa/you can freestyle, or you can write a master thesis/you can take bad advice from ass backwards people/or learn from your own mistakes, man you need to/it's all about having no shame in your game/don't be that one that take their dignity and trade it for fame/get to chillaxin' every now and then and lay in the shade/and when you're ready to get pumped like an inflatable/dame put the pedal to the metal and remember to breathe/and when you get an instrumental, be the better emcee/every letter that you're penning better definitely/be incredible, you get to represent for the beat/so make it bang hardcore like a conjugal visit/cuz the game's all yours if you're on top of your business/a little rainfall pouring shouldn't bother your picnic/remain y'all's course and stay strong to the finish/it's all about persistence, duke it out to round seventy/stomp a Shelbyville-an by the hometown lemon tree?even if you come out of the win missing eleven teeth/live to see your first born born some November week/live to see your childhood homie getting married/get together, act a fool like you're Moe, Curly and Larry/get to loookin' pimpin', pay a visit to the hair cutter/and if he don't do you right, he don't get a nair nuddah/live to see the family pet, Coco Bear - waddup/I make it obvious to y'all like a scared stutter/it's B-O-N to the EZ, your long haired brother/from another mother, F-er U-cker, playa shut up and just.../- BRIDGE -Listen to the beating of the drums through your system/sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/never back down, they got persistence/C'mon and listen to the beating of the drums through your system/sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/never back down, they got persistence/- HOOK -I hock and spit bcuz I got persistence/y'all workhorses can't trot the distance/dropping hot shit so you can stop and sniff it/twenty four seven open up the shop for business/- BRIDGE -Listen to the beating of the drums through your system/sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/never back down, they got persistence/C'mon and listen to the beating of the drums through your system/sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/never back down, they got persistence/- ENDING -it's about dreaming and believing/persist, succeed and never settle, keep it moving/never doubt what has happened and when/no pain equals the end, there's wisdom in conquering/every challenge you meet,/never accept defeat/you keep on fighting, be it for yourself or your family/live so long as you breathe,/never seek sympathy/you live, you learn 'til it's your turn to go persistence is key/Play 'PERSISTENCE' on YouTubePlay 'PERSISTENCE' on iTunes/Apple Music Play 'PERSISTENCE' on Spotify Play 'PERSISTENCE' on CD Baby Play 'PERSISTENCE' on Amazon