Classified Step It Up Lyrics

Hand Shakes and Middle Fingers Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Intro: Ups and Downs
  • 2 That Ain't Classy
  • 3 High Maintenance
  • 4 Unusual
  • 5 Danger Bay
  • 6 Stay Cool
  • 7 Passion
  • 8 Maybe It's Just Me
  • 9 Young Soul
  • 10 Run With Me
  • 11 The Day Doesn't Die
  • 12 They Don't Know
  • 13 Step It Up
  • 14 Desensitized
  • 15 The Hangover
  • [Intro - Classified - talking]
    Uh
    Yeah
    Nowadays, everybody's always askin me
    "Yo Class, what can I do to make it in this music game, man?"

    [Chorus - Classified]
    (Step 1), get your flow, come out of your shell
    (Step 2), learn the game and study it well
    (Step 3), go for self, not anyone else
    (Step 4), if you wanna be heard (you gotta yell!)

    If you wanna make it in the music business
    I wrote a couple steps that you all could follow
    Gather all around, sit down and listen
    And when it's time to go in, kid go all out

    [Verse 1 - Classified]
    Uh, yeah, a lot of people be hittin me up
    Tryin to get into the game and mixin it up
    Like, I got a name and I'm livin it up
    Don't think I'm livin it up but I guess I'm gettin my cut
    (Step 1), always stay faithful
    And try to bring somethin new to the table
    The game's tough and the world can be hateful
    Prepare yourself 'cause that hate might break you
    Look, a label won't make you
    Just startin off? Don't worry about sendin in your demo
    Shit nowadays ain't nobody mail demos anyway
    Gotta learn, value every penny saved
    (Step 2), make your music timeless
    'Cause that'll live on after you gone in silence
    Never run out of gas like drivin a Hybrid
    You in for the long haul, so mind your mileage
    Now to make a record takes real talent
    But after that's when you face a real challenge
    That's when you see who's got the heart and the valence
    And honestly, it's hard to find the right balance
    You follow me? Good, now the record is done
    And the pressure is on and the lessons to come
    Now we separate one from the rest of the bunch
    The test has begun (the test has begun)

    [Chorus - Classified]
    (Step 1), get your flow, come out of your shell
    (Step 2), learn the game and study it well
    (Step 3), go for self, not anyone else
    (Step 4), and if you wanna be heard (you gotta yell!)

    If you wanna make it in the music business (yeah)
    I wrote a couple steps that you all could follow (ha)
    Gather all around, sit down and listen (uh)
    And when it's time to go in (yeah), kid go all out

    [Verse 2 - Classified]
    Alright team, let's huddle in it
    We gotta build our own buzz, the hustle begins
    I know you write rhymes but can you draw crowds?
    That's the key to success, so don't get locked out
    You gotta draw hype, everything is fair play
    Hit the blog sites, the streets and the airplay
    Avoid the negativity, any haters and low lifes
    And oh right, get your live show tight
    (Step 3), always step up your performance
    Nothin more important than doin shows and tourin
    Hit the open mics, hit your local promoters
    Who are puttin on shows and need a couple local openers
    Be the engineer and the manager
    And the record label and the janitor
    Be a pro in this whole pro-cess
    The promoter, the producer and you may progress
    (Step 4), and when the real work's done
    You know what they say "if you build it, they will come"
    The labels come callin but the tables have spun
    Now you got the under hand, you can take what you want
    You think sellin records, is gonna make you income?
    What I make in sales, I make in three shows and then some
    Remember this, anyone can sell your music
    But they can't sell your live show unless you're gonna do it
    You can take this for whatever it's worth, my word
    But there's no guarantees it's gonna work for sure

    [Chorus - Classified]
    (Step 1), don't believe all the shit they say
    (Step 2), the industry is a shady place
    (Step 3), and everybody is out for self
    (Step 4), so if you wanna be heard (you gotta yell!)

    If you wanna make it in the music business (yeah)
    I wrote a couple steps that you all could follow (ha)
    Gather all around, sit down and listen (uh)
    And when it's time to go in, kid go all out

    [Outro - Sample]
    It's a game, at times unrealistic
    But a game all the same
    Somebody wins and somebody loses
    It all depends on whoever chooses
    To take it most seriously [fades out]

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