Jay‐Z Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) Lyrics

Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Intro - Hand It Down
  • 2 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
  • 3 If I Should Die
  • 4 Ride or Die
  • 5 Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)
  • 6 Money, Cash, Hoes
  • 7 A Week Ago
  • 8 Coming of Age (Da Sequel)
  • 9 Can I Get A…
  • 10 Paper Chase
  • 11 Reservoir Dogs
  • 12 It's Like That
  • 13 It's Alright
  • 14 Money Ain't a Thang
  • Check the bassline out, uh-huh
    Jigga (bounce wit it), uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh, yeahh
    Let it bump though

    ["Annie" sample]
    It's the hard knock life (uh-huh) for us
    It's the hard knock life, for us!!
    Steada treated, we get tricked
    Steada kisses, we get kicked
    It's the hard knock life!!

    From standin on the corners boppin
    to drivin some of the hottest cars New York has ever seen
    For droppin some of the hottest verses rap has ever heard
    From the dope spot, with the smoke Glock
    fleein the murder scene, you know me well
    from nightmares of a lonely cell, my only hell
    But since when y'all *****z know me to fail? **** naw
    Where all my *****z with the rubber grips, bust shots
    And if you with me mom I rub on your ****, and what-not
    I'm from the school of the hard knocks, we must not
    let outsiders violate our blocks, and my plot
    let's stick up the world and split it fifty/fifty, uh-huh
    Let's take the dough and stay real jiggy, uh-huh
    And sip the Cris' and get pissy-pissy
    Flow infinitely like the memory of my ***** Biggie, baby!
    You know it's hell when I come through
    The life and times of Shawn Carter
    ***** Volume 2, y'all *****z get ready

    It's the hard knock life, for us
    It's the hard knock life, for us!!
    Steada treated, we get tricked
    Steada kisses, we get kicked
    It's the hard knock life!!

    I flow for those 'dro'ed out; all my *****z
    locked down in the ten by fo', controllin the house
    We live in hard knocks, we don't take over we borrow blocks
    Burn em down and you can have it back daddy, I'd rather that
    I flow for chicks wishin, they ain't have to strip to pay tuition
    I see you vision mama, I put my money on the longshots
    All my ballers that's born to clock
    Now I'ma be on top whether I perform or not
    I went from lukewarm to hot; sleepin on futons and cots
    to King Size, dream machines, the green fives
    I've seen pies let the thing between my eyes analyze life's ills
    Then I put it down type braile
    I'm tight grill with the phony, rappers y'all might feel we homies
    I'm like still, y'all don't know me, ****!
    I'm tight grill when my situation ain't improvin
    I'm tryin to murder everything movin, feel me?!

    It's the hard knock life, for us
    It's the hard knock life, for us!!
    Steada treated, we get tricked
    Steada kisses, we get kicked
    It's the hard knock life, for us
    It's the hard knock life, for us!!
    Steada treated, we get tricked
    Steada kisses, we get kicked
    It's the hard knock life!!

    I don't how to sleep, I gotta eat, stay on my toes
    Gotta a lot of beef, so logically, I prey on my foes
    Hustling's still inside of me, and as far as progress
    you'd be hard-pressed, to find another rapper hot as me
    I gave you prophecy on my first joint, and y'all lamed out
    Didn't really appreciate it, til the second one came out
    So I stretched the game out, X'ed your name out
    Put Jigga on top, and drop albums non-stop for ya, nigguh!

    It's the hard knock life, for us
    It's the hard knock life, for us!!
    Steada treated, we get tricked
    Steada kisses, we get kicked
    It's the hard knock life, for us
    It's the hard knock life, for us!!
    Steada treated, we get tricked
    Steada kisses, we get kicked
    It's the hard knock life!!
    It's the hard knock life!!
    It's the hard knock life!!

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