Jay‐Z feat. Serena Altschul Dope Man Lyrics

Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Hova Song (intro)
  • 2 So Ghetto
  • 3 Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)
  • 4 Dope Man
  • 5 Things That U Do
  • 6 It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)
  • 7 Snoopy Track
  • 8 S. Carter
  • 9 Pop 4 Roc
  • 10 Watch Me
  • 11 Big Pimpin'
  • 12 There's Been a Murder
  • 13 Come and Get Me
  • 14 NYMP
  • 15 Hova Song (outro)
  • 16 Anything / Jigga My Nigga / Girl's Best Friend
  • Millenium flow
    Serena Altschul's here live outside the criminal courthouse
    This is {bullshit} y'all
    In New York City for the first day in the trial of
    I'm gone
    The State vs. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z
    Uhh, uh-huh-uh, uhh, uh-huh-uh, uhh
    Whatever the verdict in this trial may be
    The effects will undoubtedly be felt worldwide

    Aiyyo, stand forward, 'fore you take notice
    Or witness to me killin the track
    Testify 'til me spillin the smack
    Now they got me for traffickin, racketeerin, audio crack

    They call me Dope Man, Dope Man
    I try to tell em I'm where hope, floats man
    Ghetto spokes-man

    A broke man, approachin the bench with intent
    To bury me under the cell, fingered me as the toast man
    Evidence stemmin from ninety-six
    They say the world ain't recovered from his fix
    While they was usin cut I was on some other ****
    Gave it to you raw and they just discovered it
    Nowaday, the jury got they brow raised
    Listenin to testimony about my foul ways
    Exhibit A: "Reasonable Doubt"
    They say this was the first thing that turned the peoples out

    You can feel the tension building here
    As an unprecedented number of people have turned out
    For what may be the "Trial of the Century"

    They call me dope man, dope man
    I try to tell em I'm where hope, floats man
    Ghetto spokes-man

    How come, you label your brand of dope
    "Volume 1" and spread it through the slums?
    Fed it to the young with total disregard
    Your honor, the State seeks the maximum charge
    And how could you, turn right around
    And release a lethal dosage called "Volume 2"
    And is true you operate the criminal enterprise
    Known as Roc-a-Fella in charge of his meteoric rise?
    And do you deny you're responsible for the demise
    Of record execs, and do you object?
    Your distribution's Polygram, and through your connects
    Def Jam, you pushed over five million SoundScan
    And not to mention, your co-horts and henchmen
    Dame, Biggs, Lyor, Kev' and Russell Simmons
    And we ain't gon' talk about Murder, Inc.
    That just establishes a darker deeper criminal link

    The State is seeking the maximum penalty
    And with the overwhelming amount of evidence
    The D.A.'s presented, things aren't looking good

    They call me dope man, dope man
    I try to tell em I'm where hope, floats man
    Ghetto spokes-man

    Despite the grim outlook at this point
    The rapper has been known to emerge triumphant
    In the face of adversity

    They call me dope man, dope man
    I try to tell em I'm where hope, floats man
    Ghetto spokes-man

    Jay-Z is taking the stand

    Right hand on the Bible, left hand in the air
    Before I spoke one word, made sure my throat was clear
    A-hem, I'm a prisoner of circumstance
    Frail *****, I couldn't much work with my hands
    But my mind was strong, I grew where you hold your blacks up
    Trap us, expect us not to pick gats up
    Where you drop your cracks off by the Mack trucks
    Destroy our dreams of lawyers and actors
    Keep us spiralin, goin backwards
    At age nine, saw my first hate crime
    Blindfolded, expected to walk a straight line
    Mind molded, taught to love you and hate mine
    Climbed over it, at a early age, Jay shined
    **** the system at Lady Justice I blaze nine
    Your Honor, I no longer kill my people, I raise mine
    The soul of Mumia in this modern day time

    While the jury is inside deliberating
    Outside the crowd is frozen with anticipation

    They call me dope man, dope man
    I try to tell em I'm where hope, floats man
    Ghetto spokes-man

    Well the verdict has just been announced: Not guilty!
    It is complete pandemonium out here!
    People are cheering and hugging - there he is
    Jay-Z is exiting the courtroom right now
    There is a swarm of cameras surrounding him
    And people are just rushing up to him
    Let's try and make our way over there, Jay-Z! Jay-Z!

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