I Can Lyrics - Nas

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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 at 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 that
Heroin, cocaine, sniffin up drugs all in her nose...
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Coulda died, so young, now looks ugly and old
No fun cause now 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,
Put your hands in the air, and take a bow

[Chorus - 2x (Nas and Kids)]
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 at 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 write
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


Be, be, 'fore we came to this country
We were kings and queens, never porch monkeys
There 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 heard 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
Then 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 Princess when you get your wedding ring
Your man is saying "She's my queen"


Save the music y'all, save the music y'all
Save the music y'all, save the music y'all
Save the music

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we all grew very quickly and a lot fast | Reviewer: pavrun | 9/8/14

As I was there my best friend come over to see me at the park and we need it fast as we can be at it and we need to all try our best for it and so quick

well, good song indeed!!! | Reviewer: msinda bhebhe | 12/10/12

this one of Nas's greatest song, like it or not.He has been in the game for so long with his undieng storytelling talent, he could be compared to Pac & Biggie the two slain greats.For one to try and prove those lyrics wrong as far as history is concerned is just insane , history is history & will never be totally accurate so why argue about something u also read from the books, it's jus a matter of differing sources and obviously there is going to some descripencies here & there so pliz can u pliz stop yapping talking shit about Nas!!!

i | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/14/12

ah telling lies negates learning. you cannot teach by selling lies. the fact is that this is Afrocentric and Zooey supported by a small minority of African Americans. your as guilty as europe for thinking Greece and Egypt are black or white. why would you want another's legacy anyway just make your own you know deep down it's disingenuous anyway. I have no problem with the message(metaphorically) but being of med decent I've seen my people's legacy at the center of a tug of war. as stated above lies cannot pass as knowledge. the insistence of blacks and white think otherwise doesn't change that fact

Why I love this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/9/11

I understand that some people get the need to correct facts ( its cool I do it too...) but we're forgetting the message of this song! It's a message to youth by the wiser and inspiring MC that you can be whatever you wish to be, and that you have to keep your eye on your true goals and not divert to the low road...That's the message of the song not teaching the listeners a history lesson!

This is the best hip hop song ever,ñ Nas is the Best lyricist ever in hip hop. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/29/11

Nas is da Legendary n i believe this is the best Song ever in Hip Hop, ñ he is that right sayin Timbuktu is where people cam to learn as we knw Africa is the Craddle of Mankind Civilization started in Africa especially Egypty...!

Dude seriously? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/29/11

Dude did you just seriously question 911? That is so low, thousand of people lost close friends and family. What are you saying the nauis weren't responsible for WWII just because we can't go back in time and go check? What the hell do you think history is, guessing and conspiracy? That's just plain stupid, and just because you know the name of the Greek goddess of wisdom doesn't mean you're an authority on the matter. If you really want to disprove him go to college and university, study anthropology with a focus on archeology and disprove him, don't bite of pieces bigger than you can choose and don't offend people, we finally got the bastard responsible, don't go pointing fingers unless u do have a time machine and can disprove it.

Well, I just can't take the psuedo-intellectualism, dang, just review the song... | Reviewer: intelleqt | 10/6/10

Why can we not just bask in the glory of the song people? I swear, if this was a discussion board on the accuracy of the history being expressed in the song, the arguments would be just grand! However, this is song, people. Perhaps, to some, his history may deem itself inaccurate, but we forget the underlying message is to raise up a generation and encourage young children (and even some teens, whoo! and some adults- SMH) to be better. As for the review of the song: This is a wonderful song! I used to love it when I was in elementary school and I love it today. I could use the most generic line and say, "I wish more rappers (well, 'rappers are not that lyrically and deeply inclined to contain some kind of couth about their ish) wrote songs like this." Much too expected, eh? I feel it is necessary to have a few lyricists and artists in the game that are the, presumed, 'truth'. Just think, every rapper in the game made music like this, it would honestly become old, everybody 'spittin' the truth'. What would that do to the rap or hip hop game?? Either way, the song is beautifully written. Raw (in a good way? lol) and it gets to the point. Simple to analyze in a child's mind: You can be whatever you wanna be with hard work and determination. Yes, that's quite idealistic, but in today's era, many of America's 'ghetto youth' (from the Boondocks)are using their plight to their advantage. That ideal is a basis for our success, becoming the blueprint for our 'American Dream'. I digress, it's good song for anyone needing a little encouragement in the form of rhyme and a catchy beat, you know?

nAs fuh life! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/3/10

Where that dude get his Info Wikipedia come on man. People always talk shit bout Nas.. Why? Top 10 greatest rappers are 1.Tupac 2.Biggie 3.Nas 4.Big L 5.JayZ 6.Talib 7.Wu-Tang Clan [They should be first cuz they jus fuckn unstopale] 8.Ras Kass 9.eminem 10.Big Pun.. like come on dude my daughter can do bettuh punchlines than him.. everybody jumps from person to person switchn up flows like Fab or lil wayne or fuckn drake. like come the fuck on dude Nas is pure a true MC. People will never get sick of him, if they do then they aint into music muh dude. Nas is the only Rapper to write a fuckn song backwards like on sum real shit.. N.Y state of Mind part 1 and 2. them shits are crazy along wit Take it in Blood, Silent Murder, gangstuh tears, Hope freestyle, nd queens get the money freestlye.. he's a legend muh man, He collides wit artists from all around, peep the wakeup show anthem from earlie 90's shits insane. u better check yeh self comen wit lil wayne is better shit. cuz thats sum foney shit muh man. stop listenin to the radio and start feelin the real music..

UHH I hate the Third review person | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/15/10

OMFG! listen,Unless you own a time machine and travled back in time with pen and paper you don't know spit just cause you rembered a few things from the history books you read in grade school dosen't make you Athena (Godess of wisdome in greek mythology) your only writing what you were told by some stuck up hipocrates next time your trying to be einstien the least you could do is be correct this is why stupid people shouldn't have any connection with technology I bet you thought Jesus was white too but seriously im not here to give a history lesson I am here to call you out on your bluff though oh and don't try to explain your self either I hate when people try to explain stupidity. whatev. my point:just cause the government says it dosen't mean it's true (911)

Mikey you fool | Reviewer: simon | 2/10/10

nas still the last real rapper in the game, any1 who don't know about ancient african kingdoms, do your homework rather than be an ignorant foool...n fuck lil wayne, he pales in comparison to nas when it comes to lyrical content and ability..but if u like music for 10-18 year old girls, lil baby's your man...nas,slaughterhouse,talib kweli, big l, jadakiss,wuuuu,pun,pac...if u dont listen to at least 3 of those u dont know what raps alll about SON!

person who compared nas and lil wayne | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/23/09

what are you doing nas is amazing and you compare him to some piece of shit lil wayne sucks cant rap and sounds like a fag. then you go on to compare him to lupe and talib which is great but y lil wayne. Im going to throw up for reading lil waynes name in the same sentence as those three greats

History lesson. | Reviewer: Aaron | 12/14/09

Nas is definitely not a historian or Anthropologist, most of his words in this song would be considered inaccurate or false by all major academic instituitions, and by the way eyptians are north african which are very different from the West african slaves brought to the americas from the 16th thru the 19th centuries which means they are as genetically differnt from each other as north africans from cuacausians are. Timbuktu was founded by Nomadic Tuareg muslims around 1050 A.D about 1500 years after the classical greek period and 600 years after the fall of the roman empire. And all the University's and center of learning and wealth that popped up in the 1300,s were created by Muslim Arabs and the muslim culture not black west africans, in fact the arabs enslaved west africans which is how the african slave trade started. Timbuktu was a muslim city that served as a distribution center for the wealth that the arabs were getting from west africa, gold ,ivroy ,gems and slaves. Alexander the great never knocked the noses off statues, and the greeks knew very well what the egyptians looked like, they had been working for them as mercanary soldiers and sailors for 800 years prior, infact Herodotus authored many greek historical texts on egyptian history. Kush was a kingdom south of Egypt its culture was mostly borrowed from its more advanced northern neighbor but it was comprised of dark skinned east africans, and obviously they had kings, And persians never came west of the nile because there was no need too 1000 miles of desert seperate africa proper from egypt.

Truth Be Told | Reviewer: genx65 | 5/19/09

Anyone interested in finding out why some civilizations have thrived while others failed should read "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. I think it is important to remember that technology is not at accurate measurement of how civilized one society is compared to another. What Nas is rapping about are universal truths and the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacles. Love and peace will always prevail over hate and war.

love this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/22/09

this song is very tru dat stuf bout slaves but for al u peopl out der lif cam from mesopotamia BUT love dis song and nas nd lil wayne r BEASTS nas tells a story in evry sng of hiz lik lupe nd talib kwali

Everybody need to do their homework | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/11/09

History has proving that the Human began in Africa. Let's break the word Hue-man, which means man of color. Each human being have melanin which produce the color of skin. You should also read Heredotus and Homer who talk about the great Ethiopians. The Greek word for Burnt was Ethios and the word for face was ops. So before you make a comment study true histoy first and stop sounding like an ignorant person. This is why the world is the way it is, because people walk around as if they are smart but are blind to the truth.
Peace out Slushee9

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