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Thug Story ft. Israel Roemer

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This is a story I wrote which is about the life of a thug. In the first verse him and his crew are on a corner selling drugs and what not. A car drives by and shoots up the corner. He gets shot and he gets brought to the hospital where he survives but his best friend, Jermaine, ends up getting killed and doesn't make it. Within a week he's back on the block trying to get revenge for his friend and finds the car that drove by in the parking lot of a Motel 6. He shoots up the hotel and then the chorus comes in for the first time asking if it's worth it. The overall street life of money, drugs, and violence. If taking someone else's life (even if it's for revenge) is worth causing someone else's mother to cry when that mother could be yours. Shout out to Izzy (Israel Roemer) for KILLING this hook by the way. I just knew his voice would fit perfectly there. Anyways the second verse starts with our main character in jail and he's wondering if it was worth getting revenge. You find out he has two children, a boy who is 5, and a girl who is about to go on her first date. He's wishing he could go back to them but that's the risk when you live this sort of lifestyle. The third verse is about how the cycle repeats in his son. His son grows up without a father to guide him, and his family in general is struggling to eat. His son, now older, has to sell drugs to make enough money for his family and is falling into the same cycle as his father. Our main character wants to tell his son not to end up like him or he'll end up "right beside him" in the same jail. He can't do this however because his son hates him and hasn't answered his calls since he was 13. His son sells drugs on the same corner as his father and even drives around in the same car (Range Rover). The father tries calling his son again with the payphone and not surprisingly, he doesn't answer. He turns around and he sees his son standing in line to use the same payphone as his son has now ended up the same jail as him. There's no happy ending to this story. It's meant to show people how hard this cycle is to break, but ultimately for anyone living this type of lifestyle to really think if it's worth it.

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Verse 1:

A thug cocks back, about to take his block back
His fellow criminals caught him slippin but now he's back on track
The previous owner of the corner barking orders to his soldiers slanging drugs and bustin slugs as his heart gets colder
But one day, on a Sunday, a car pulled up on that corner, and it started to spray
He got clipped on the hip, the blood started to drip
On his way to the hospital but his homie didn't make the trip
Damn.. That's the life of the streets
The next week ready to hit the block, revenge is what he seeks
He cruised around and found the car from that day in the parking lot of a Motel 6
The killers, were inside doing Lord knows what with a few bad, chicks
He banged on the door, the people inside hit the floor
Unloaded the AK in the name of his friend that died on that day

Chorus:

Is it worth it?
Taking another life, long as it's for the right price
Causing someone's mother to cry and ask God why
Is it worth it?
When that mother could be yours if you slipped up
The pain and regret in exchange for the money, fame and the drugs

Verse 2:

In the jail cell thinking did he make the right decision
The clock is ticking
Visiting hours in a minute
Gets to kick it with his children
Didn't think about this in the rage when he lost his friend Jermaine
Little boy already in the 5th grade
His daughter about to go on her first date
Wishing he could go back to them with a clean slate
But hey, that's the risk you take when you get involved in this game
To be a street king with the drugs, money and ice, you're forced to sacrifice your family life
But go ahead and take a chance
Get those rubber band stacks
To throw on strippers so they make they ass clap
And show you those breast implants
A little extra for the lap dance
All thanks to selling crack
While your family at home wondering where the hell you been
Now you locked up, wishing you could go back again

Chorus:

Is it worth it?
Taking another life, long as it's for the right price
Causing someone's mother to cry and ask God why
Is it worth it?
When that mother could be yours if you slipped up
The pain and regret in exchange for the money, fame and the drugs

Verse 3:

Now watch the cycle repeat
Statistically your son is much less likely to get his degree
And a lot more likely to end up on the streets
No dad in his life, your family struggling to eat
So he gotta sell drugs just to make ends meet
You wanna say son, don't end up like me
Follow in my footsteps and you'll end up right beside me
But he hasn't answered your calls, since he was thirteen
It's too late he posted on the same corner
Even rides around in your old Range Rover
He gonna live by the gun, and die by the gun
Illegally increase his funds and live life on the run
The pay phone rings with no with answer, you ain't surprised
Then turn around and see your son with your own eyes standing in the line
No happy endings, this ain't a love story
Cause this a thug story

Chorus:

Is it worth it?
Taking another life, long as it's for the right price
Causing someone's mother to cry and ask God why
Is it worth it?
When that mother could be yours if you slipped up
The pain and regret in exchange for the money, fame and the drugs

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from All In, released January 11, 2014

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