Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise feat. L.V.

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Coolio - Gangster's Paradise featuring L.V.

The song was also listed #69 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time and number one biggest selling single of 1995 on U.S. Billboard.

In 2008, it was ranked number 38 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

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Lyrics:

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there's nothin' left
'Cause I've been blasting and laughing so long,
That even my mama thinks that my mind is gone
But I ain't never crossed a man that didn't deserve it
Me be treated like a punk you know that's unheard of
You better watch how you're talking and where you're walking
Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk
I really hate to trip but I gotta loc
As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
I'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like
On my knees in the night saying prayers in the streetlight

Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

Look at the situation they got me facin'
I can't live a normal life, I was raised by the streets
So I gotta be down with the hood team
Too much television watching got me chasing dreams
I'm an educated fool with money on my mind
Got my 10 in my hand and a gleam in my eye
I'm a loc'd out gangsta set trippin' banger
And my homies is down so don't arouse my anger, fool
Death ain't nothing but a heartbeat away,
I'm living life, do or die, what can I say
I'm 23 now, but will I live to see 24
The way things are going I don't know

Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me

Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody's running, but half of them ain't looking
What's going on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cookin'
They say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me
If they can't understand it, how can they reach me
I guess they can't, I guess they won't
I guess they front, that's why I know my life is out of luck, fool

Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me
Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me

Get COMPTON the NEW ALBUM from Dr. Dre on Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/Compton Music video by Dr. Dre performing Still D.R.E.. (C) 1999 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Music video by Eminem performing Stan. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 3,965,564. (C) 2002 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Download/Stream - http://smarturl.it/TheCollection_Coolio Tommy Boy Entertainment is a legendary Hip Hop & Electronic record label founded in New York City in 1981. The label is credited with launching the careers of notable legends Afrika Bambaataa, Coolio, Queen Latifah, House of Pain, De La Soul, and Naughty By Nature. ************************************ Tommy Boy: https://tommyboy.lnk.to/website https://tommyboy.lnk.to/facebook https://tommyboy.lnk.to/twitter https://tommyboy.lnk.to/instagram https://tommyboy.lnk.to/bandcamp https://tommyboy.lnk.to/soundcloud https://tommyboy.lnk.to/subscribe ************************************ Enjoy the lyrics. Let us know any corrections in the comments! Lyrics: Now I've seen places and faces And things you ain't never thought about thinkin' If you ain't peeped then you must be drinkin' and smokin' Pretending that you're loc'in but you're broken, let me get you open Now little Timmy got his diploma and little Jimmy got life And Tamikra around the corner just took her first hit off the pipe The other homie shot the other homie and ran off with his money And when the other homies heard about it they thought that it was funny But who's the dummy, cause, now you done lost the hustler A down-ass brother done been replaced by a buster And though I got love for ya, I know I can't trust ya Cause my crew is rollin' homers and your crew is rollin' dusters And just because of that you act like you don't like the brother no more Uh, I guess that's just the way it goes I ain't tryin' to preach, I believe I can reach But your mind ain't prepared, I'll see you when you get there I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there See you when you get there I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there See you when you get there More temptation than faith, I guess we livin' for the day I seen a man get swept off his feet, by a boy with an AK The situation so twisted everybody gettin' lifted I'm just tryin' to take care of my kids and handle my business Cause it way too serious so you gotta pay close attention So you don't get caught sittin' when they come and do all the gettin' Life is a big game so you gotta play it with a big heart Some of us gotta run a little faster cause we gotta lay the struggle I'd be a fool to surrender when I know I can be a contender If everybody's a sinner then everybody can be a winner No matter your rag color, deep down we all brothers And regardless of the time, somebody up there still love us I'm a scuffle and struggle until I'm breathless and weak I done strived my whole life to make it to the mountain peak Always keep reaching sure to grab on to something I'll be there when you get there with muted sounds bumpin' I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there See you when you get there I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there See you when you get there You need to loosen up and live a little And if you got kids let them know how you feelin' For your own sake give a little Oh, you don't want to hear that, you busy tryin' stack And keep up with the Joneses, takin' advantage of your own The realest homies that you've been knowing for the longest But some ain't missing a good thing until it's gone Could have built an empire if not for the jealousy that divides us We prefer to keep our eyes shut till it's right When there's something involved that we desire So hold your head up high if you're poor and righteous I know times seem strife, and problems seem endless But at the times of despair we gotta put ourselves together And if you feel you're out of the game then you need to get back in it Cause nothing worse than a quitter you gotta face responsibility one day, my brother So wrap up your pity and turn it to ambition And put your vehicle in 'drive' and stop by my side I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there See you when you get there I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there See you when you get there As we walk down the road of our destiny And the time comes to choose which shall it be The wide and crooked, or the straight and narrow We got one voice to give and one life to live Stand up for something or lie down in your game Listen to the song that we sing It's up to you to make it big I guess I'll see you when you see me I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there I'll see you when you get there I'll see you when you get there If you ever get there See you when you get there

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