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​The Way I Live

This song is by KRS-One.

I'm on the grind fo' real and that's the way I live
Oh, I gotta make it, something's gotta give
I'm on the grind fo' real and that's the way I live
Oh, I gotta make it, something's gotta give

Look, I wake up in the morning and I plan my day
'The Blueprint to the Movement', you stand in my way
Got heavy artillery, my hands and my K
Prepare to spray then I look in the mirror and pray

Like please God Almighty, please politely remove me
From the blind, deaf and the dumb but life is a doozy
Life is a movie and you can call this a drama
Every scene show the team gettin' caught up in a problem

Solve it with a revolver, not too wise
But you can't tell a nigga nothin' when you don't know pride
Everyday fly, everyday high, medicate why?
Shit, I feel fine and I'm dead in my prime

Bread on my mind, that's the only reason I wonder
Would a slice make me feel nice and feed all my hunger?
At least if I'm under then I can hit the top
'Cause at the top when you hit bottom, shit just stop but I

I'm on the grind fo' real and that's the way I live
Oh, I gotta make it, something's gotta give
I'm on the grind fo' real and that's the way I live
Oh, I gotta make it, something's gotta give

Keep it movin', keep it movin', get yo' hustle on
Whatever you're doin', pursue it from dusk 'til dawn
No handouts, we plan routes
Anywhere we go, we stand out

Huh, I'm like a hip hop junkie
I'ma stay hungry, we abouts to get money
Man, it's funny, cats get money and turn to Silly Putty
Soft and lovely, that ain't for me

You can listen to my tummy
It's constantly growlin' and howlin', you got somethin' for me?
Uh, you can't ignore me, I got somethin' on me
I be hustlin', how you think I got to 40?

Huh, keep hustlin' even when it hurts
'Cause when you lose your job, you find your work
It's in you, it's called 'Survival Skills'
That entrepreneurial spirit, we gots to build up

I'm on the grind, on the grind, on the grind
Everyday, all the time, all the time
You can't hold me down, can't take my crown
No way, no, no way

I'm on the grind, on the grind, on the grind
Everyday, all the time, all the time
You can't hold me down, can't take me down
I'm in this thing to stay

I'm on the grind fo' real and that's the way I live
Oh, I gotta make it, something's gotta give
I'm on the grind fo' real and that's the way I live
Oh, I gotta make it, something's gotta give

Keep it movin', keep it movin', get yo' hustle on
Lord, help me, on the grind
I'm on the grind everyday, all the time
Can't hold me

Something's gotta give, something's gotta give
I'm on my grind all the time
Something's gotta give, something's gotta give
That's the way, that's the way I live

Written by:

Kenyatta Blake; Mary J. Blige; Curtis Eugene Cross; Lawrence Parker