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Man Above

This song is by Rakim and appears on the album The Seventh Seal (2009).

Ladies and gentlemen, ghettos all across the world

The man above been talking to me
He said he understands my view
He's always walking with me
'Cause he sees what I've been through

When the world starts kicking me around
All in my face, make me wanna put 'em down
Trying to earn, trying to learn, trying to love like a man
Sometimes it feels like it's out of my hands

I'm from the hood that's forever sinning
Where life is took for granted here so death is winning
Nothing but blues around, feels like we're losing out
Times that spent in this environment confuse a child

As a juvenile I ran wild, I ran out of blessings
Been in and out of prison as an adolescent
My goal was getting it 'til something said to turn my life around
Redirect my hustle and go legitimate

'Til I get corporate and invest fortunes
With exec bosses sitting behind a desk at the office
But I'm left jobless, nobody hiring ex-convicts
That don't mean I'm less conscious

It's so hard when they close doors
And when you looking like a so-called hip hoppa you get nada
Stereotyped, scarred for life stigmata
But still a kid's gotta get a dolla

The man above been talking to me
He said he understands my view
He's always walking with me
'Cause he sees what I've been through

When the world starts kicking me around
All in my face, make me want to put 'em down
Trying to earn, trying to learn, trying to love like a man
Sometimes it feels like it's out of my hands

I tackle choices every day that's hopeless
I hear a voice saying, "Stay focused"
Fast money, cars and broads will mislead you
Love backwards here is evil but it's legal

Multi-task, I make a fortune faster
Keep rhymin' 'til I'm climbing up the corporate ladder
In my community, you've gotta go out of your way
If you're out to get paid than back up and wait for opportunity

I try not to blame society
I eat my pride 'cause I know deep inside it's me
But not entirely, when a man try to live righteously
And propriety turn to anxiety

I thought I paid back the system when I stayed in prison
I left the stripes, see what success is like
But the way they set the price
You spent your childhood in the wild hood you're in debt for life

The man above been talking to me
He said he understands my view
He's always walking with me
'Cause he sees what I've been through

When the world starts kicking me around
All in my face, make me wanna put 'em down
Trying to earn, trying to learn, trying to love like a man
Sometimes it feels like it's out of my hands

They say I'm from the hood
That mean I'm no good

I figured out what was talking with me
When I do right I feel him walking with me
So I'm adamant, some call it arrogance
I can cope it 'cause I know I'm broke for having sense

But my back's against the wall, it's getting rough to get a buck
In a job with a minimum wage won't get enough
Faced with giving up and my lady friend's beefing
Ends ain't meeting, we just an argument away from splitting up

It gets lonely, my fam disowned me
Called me the black sheep 'cause I act street
Yeah, it's that deep, I tried to change clicks
Homies flipped on me 'cause I don't hang we have beef

But I'm at peace so that cease, at least
I ain't got no ties on my Porsche ride
And no time for no crime, knowing that the most high
Is watching with a close eye

The man above been talking to me
He said he understands my view
He's always walking with me
'Cause he sees what I've been through

When the world starts kicking me around
All in my face, make me wanna put 'em down
Trying to earn, trying to learn, trying to love like a man
Sometimes it feels like it's out of my hands

They say I'm from the hood
That mean I'm no good
They say I'm from the hood
That mean I'm no good
They say I'm from the hood
That mean I'm no good

Written by:

William Jr Griffin; Dominick Lamb; Josef Zawinul

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