E-40 feat. Devin the Dude Lookin' Back Lyrics

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CD 1
  • 1 Mr. Flamboyant 2k11
  • 2 Drugs
  • 3 Hillside
  • 4 Gunz
  • 5 Slow It Down
  • 6 Me & My Bitch
  • 7 Beastin'
  • 8 My Money Straight
  • 9 I Love My Momma
  • 10 I Am Your
  • 11 In the Morning
  • 12 Punkin' Em Out
  • 13 Born in the Struggle
  • 14 Fuck Em'
  • 15 Rear View Mirror
  • 16 Lookin' Back
  • 17 Stay Gone
  • 18 Movin' Organized Business (M.O.B.)
  • 19 Tired of Selling Yola
  • 20 Click About It
  • [CHORUS: Devin The Dude]
    Lookin back when the days wasn't so easy
    You were either hustlin or strugglin
    Make it or break it, would take all different pieces
    And we'll make somethin of nothin

    [VERSE 1: Devin The Dude]
    Lookin back at the times when we had to grind
    When it came to freestylin we was glad to rhyme
    When it was hard to make a dime, let alone get a dollar
    Had to get your hustle on, knew not to ask your mama for it
    When you got it you couldn't blow it
    So I saved what I had in the bag, then I would go get
    Radio batteries, I'd buy the cassettes
    LPs, 4-tracks, wires and (?)
    And we was down for hours, we was known around town
    Come through with the crew and break the cardboard down
    Heh... glide (?)
    Then the whole thing started with the Odd Squad parties
    Met E-40 at the Rap-A-Lot office
    Him and Bela cool niggas with the Click that stay drunk
    We was gettin Houstin high, they already had the Bay crunk
    Straight up old school, wasn't no ProTools
    Jack you for your jacket, and they'll jack you for yo shoes
    Back then you had friends who had your back
    You only had three choices - sports, rap or crack
    And ah, it's a blessing to still be part of the game
    And I wouldn't change one thing

    [CHORUS: Devin The Dude (E-40)]
    Lookin back when the days wasn't so easy
    (It wasn't easy, mane)
    Were either hustlin or strugglin
    (Workin, hustlin and strugglin)
    Make it or break it, would take all different pieces
    (All of the pieces)
    And we'll make somethin of nothin
    (That's right, mane, we'd make somethin of nothin, mane)

    [E-40]
    Make somethin out of nothin
    Hey Devin
    This 40, mane
    Let me gas it right quick, bro
    Let it tell it from my perspective, you smell me?
    Look here
    I just wanna spit a few bars
    Listen up, family
    Listen

    [VERSE 2: E-40]
    Lookin back before YouTube and social networks was founded
    A&R's'd go to the hood to find artists with talent
    Recording engineers was low-key lightweight crooks
    Not all of 'em but some of 'em'd take all day to fly hooks
    That's how they did it back then, based on a hourly rate
    The longer they make, the mo' money they make
    All we wanted to do was rap, young and enthusiastic
    Hopin that one day our tapes would be in stores shrinkwrapped and packaged
    We used to beg the promoters to do us a favor
    Let us perform for free, pimpin, mane, the money gon' come later
    We knew the money was gon' come later
    We was just tryina get our name out there
    And it ended up workin, mane, for real though
    Rehearse and practise, practise and rehearse
    Me and Too $hort, Bun and Pimp C wouldn't charge each other to spit a verse
    We all knew what we was worth, future legends up in the game
    RIP Pimp C, way ahead of his time
    Everybody wanna be that guy, everybody wanna be that dude
    But everybody don't wanna pay dues like 40 and Devin The Dude
    Two good dudes, old school but new school
    Meet 'em in person, you gon' say, "Them some cool fools"
    Good music still around, just gotta know where to find it
    The seasoned entrepreneur independently grindin
    20 plus 3 years deep in this music
    People always be askin me, "40, how the fuck is you still doin it?"

    [CHORUS: Devin The Dude (E-40)]
    Lookin back when the days wasn't so easy
    (It wasn't easy, mane)
    Were either hustlin or strugglin
    (Workin, hustlin and strugglin)
    Make it or break it, would take all different pieces
    (All of the pieces)
    And we'll make somethin of nothin
    (That's right, mane, we'd make somethin of nothin, mane)

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