Brand Nubian Claimin’ I’m a Criminal Lyrics

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Verse One: Lord Jamar

7 in the mornin, they kickin down my momma's door

Now tell me what is this **********in drama for?

Can a ***** get rest after rest without the stress?

Then they put the Glock to my chest

Best think 'fore I twitch or I'm popped

off to the clink with this ***** *** cop

They gotta ***** locked like the dread on my head, jack

And if I try to fight back, well then I'm dead, black

I got the right to an attorney and to stay silent

They got the right to try to burn me if I play violent

I know the game so I just roll with the procedure

Illegal search and seizure, somethin that they're doin at their

leisure

Down at the station, interrogation is takin place

Overcrowded jails but for me they're makin space

Tell the devil to his face he can suck my ****

It's the whole black race that they're ****in with

Come to find my crime was lettin brothers know the time

Only the devil is stoppin me from eatin swine

And plus my prior record sealed my fate

One For All and In God We Trust got me sent upstate

But still I won't bite my tongue

I just write tight **** to incite the young, to fight the one

who keeps them on a level that's minimum

That's the number one reason

Chorus: (sample of Luther Ingram's "I'm Tryin To Sing A Message To

You")

(*They claimin I'm a criminal*)

This time and day

Ooooh, gotta run for time

(*They claimin I'm a criminal*)

This time and day

Ooooh, gotta run for time

*repeat*

Verse Two: Sadat X

I was frustrated, I can't do no more push-ups

*****s be swole up, locked down 'cause of a hold-up

"The devil made me do it" is what I say

Got some bad news on my one phone call the other day

"I love the kids and I teach em to love their father

I'll get you some kicks and try to send some flicks

but it's over, baby, yes it's over"

Ain't much you can do when you're holdin a phone

A million inmates but ya still alone

You're not cryin but inside ya dyin

You might cry in the night when ya safe and outta sight

Damn I miss my peeps and the rides in the jeeps

and my, casual freedom, where's my crew when I need em?

A visit ain't the same like being in the game

but I'll take it, at least with that I'll make it

The beast is a ***** and I see it

I do the knowledge to em, so next time I can do em

"Yo X, I got ta lock it now but write me real soon

I know that you're a busy man, give me a minute"

You can never know the penal til you been locked the **** up in it

Chorus:

This time and day

Ooooh, gotta run for time

This time and day

Ooooh, gotta run for time

(*They claimin I'm a criminal*)

This time and day

Ooooh, gotta run for time

(*They claimin I'm a criminal*)

This time and day

Ooooh, gotta run for time

(*They claimin I'm a criminal*) (x12)

(*They claimin I'm a criminal*)

This time and day

Ooooh, gotta run for time

*repeat to fade*
Everything Is Everything Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Word Is Bond
  • 2 Straight off da Head
  • 3 Weed vs. Weaves (interlude)
  • 4 Nubian Jam
  • 5 Alladat
  • 6 Step Into da Cipher
  • 7 Sweatin’ Bullets
  • 8 Lookin’ at God (interlude)
  • 9 Lick Dem Muthaphuckas (remix)
  • 10 Another Day in the Beast (Thoughts From a Criminal)
  • 11 Claimin’ I’m a Criminal
  • 12 Gang Bang
  • 13 Down for the Real
  • 14 Return of the Dread
  • 15 What the Fuck…
  • 16 Hold On
  • Artists A to Z: