16 On Death Row

I wish I woulda known while I was out there / Now I’m straight headin for the chair
Death Row
That’s where motherfuckers is endin up

Dear mama
I’m caught up in this sickness
I robbed my adversaries
But slipped and left a witness
Wonder if they’ll catch me
Or will this nigga snitch
Should I shoot his bitch
Or make the nigga rich?
Don’t wanna commit murder
But damn they got me trapped
Hawkin while I’m walkin
And talkin behind my back
I’m kind of schizophrenic
I’m in this shit to win it
Cause life’s a Wheel of Fortune 
Here’s my chance to spin it
Got no time for cops
Who trip and try to catch me
Too fuckin trigger happy
To let them suckers snatch me
Niggaz gettin jealous (jealous)
Tryin to find my stash
Whip out the nine
Now I’ma dime up your ass
Peter picked a pepper
But I can pick a punk
Snatched him like a bitch
And threw him in the trunk
The punk thought I was bluffin
But swear I’m nothin nice
Before I take your life
First wrestle with these mics
I listen to him scream
Until he went insane
I guess the little mites 
Had finally found his brain
New Rovers pull me over
I’m sentenced to the pen
Remember that little bird
He snitched and told a friend
It’s trouble on my mind
I’m with the old timers
And fuck five-oh, blaow blaow.. 
Tturn em into forty-niners

[Chorus] [Cool Russell]
Bye bye, I was never meant to live
Can’t be positive, when the ghetto’s where you live
Bye bye, I was never meant to be
Livin like a thief, runnin through the streets
Bye bye, and I got no place to go...
Where they find me? 
16 on Death Row

Dear mama
These cops don’t understand me
I turned to a life of crime
’Cause I came from a broken family
My uncle used to touch me
I never told you that
Scared what you might do
I couldn’t hold you back
I kept it deep inside
I didn’t let it fuel my anger
I’m down for all my homies
No mercy for a stranger
The brother in my cell is 16 as well
It’s hard to adapt
When you’re black and you’re trapped in a livin hell
I shouldn’ta let him catch me
Instead of livin sad in jail
I coulda died free and happy
And my cellmate’s raped on the norm
And passed around the dorm
You can hear his asshole gettin torn
They made me an animal
Can’t sleep, instead of countin sheep
Niggaz countin cannibals
And that’s how it is in the pen
Turn old and cold
And your soul is your best friend
My mama prayed for me
Tell the Lord to make way for me
Prepare any day for me (why?)
Cause when they come for me they find a struggler
To the death I take the breath from your jugular
The trick is to never lose hope
I found my buddy hangin dead from a rope
16 on Death Row


Dear mama
They sentenced me to death
Today’s my final day
I’m countin every breath
I’m bitter cause I’m dyin
So much I haven’t seen
I know you never dreamed
Your baby would be dead at 16
I got beef with a sick society that doesn’t give a shit
And they too quick to say goodbye to me
They tell me the preacher’s there for me
He’s a crook with a book
That motherfucker never cared for me
He’s only here to be sure
I don’t drop a dime to God 
’Bout the crimes he’s commitin
on the poor, and how can these people judge me?
They ain’t my peers
And in all these years, they ain’t never love me
I never got to be a man
Must be part of some big plan
to keep a nigga in the state pen
And to my homies out buryin motherfuckers
Steer clear of these Aryan motherfuckers
’Cause once they got you locked up
They got you trapped
You’re better off gettin shot
I’m convinced self-defense is the way
Please, stay strapped
Pack a gatt every day
I wish I woulda known while I was out there
Now I’m straight headin for the chair


16 on Death Row
It’s to all my partners in the penitentiaries
16 on Death Row