One Day at a Time [Em’s Version]

Why do ghetto birds die / Before we learn to fly
Sometimes its hard
To wake up in the morning
Mind full of demons 
I don’t wanna hear them anymore
Got me heartbroken, fine
So many babies screamin’
Cuz they seein destruction 
Before they see a human bein
So they start smoking
We will never get our day
Until we learn to pray
Keep our families in shake
Cuz they all broken
Why do ghetto birds die
Before we learn to fly
Somebody else should try 
Cocking guns, smoking
We can all make a change
So I’m told but I haven’t seen a change unfold
I’ll keep hopin please
If you prefer to breathe
Communities in need
Of people that will lead
Keep your eyes open
I can only say I’ll try
Until the day I die
I promise to be wise
With my heart open, greed
Brings only misery
Away the tragedy
So I stay sucker free
Only a few chosen rise
My ghetto queens rise
Don’t be afraid to try
Too many of us die
Before they daughter open wise
My brother’s speak wise
Stay focused on the prize
Though everybody dies

If we can only learn to take
Our anger and our hate
Control our mental stakes
Settle down and set it straight
Maybe we can learn to take 
A second to pump the brakes
Before we said it
Regret it later and let it escalate 
Cuz by then its just too late
There’s so much we can take
And there’s only so much someone can swallow and tolerate
To the point that he just brakes
Snaps, and its all it takes
You think that we was learnin from other rappers mistakes
But we ain’t
Its plain to go against, 
With every artist comes the image he portrays 
And the picture that he paints
But in the mist of all this anger and this angst 
Never once did you heard me say I’m a gangster 
And I aint hear any complaints
But I know
That I will always continue to grow
As long as I lead
And never follow no one else’s shadow
There will never be another me
And that I can guarantee 
That’s why the fuck I remain sucker free
To this day, the game
Will never be the same
No matter how much fame and success they attain
There will never be another me 
And no matter what they do
There will never be another you
You can search but you’ll never find
You can try to rewind time
But in your hearts and your minds
We will never die
We are forever alive
And we continue growin

One day at a time

[Young Noble]
Don’t get caught in the publicity
And caught in the hype
Rappers are 
Regular people minus money ya like
Seachin for fortune and fame and superstardom
All the jury, all the calls
Who grouse is harder
There’s not a hip-hop police
The villains is watchin
And the kids think beef
Is they only option
Outlawz born filthy
Guilty as charged
My memories took a die
But Makaveli lives on
You think the industry is fun
And no pity with guns
And when your money is up
That’s when your enemies come
So if he die, and came back
Would he try to save rap?
We needing a change
The drama remains the same

[Hussein Fatal]
I spend my whole life
(yeah) fightin myself
That I cant win
So I’m invitin some help
And hey now then
I take rights and no lefts
I’m still, just like a kid
Lookin for stripes on my belt
Yeah, that there is a fight in itself
So I just pray and hope God
Take a light to myself
No matter how much I try
Stay alive, I’m a die a man
Still standin there in love my pride

[E.D.I. Mean]
My heart, frivolous beats
We past that
I’m tryin’ to keep some income coming in
And collect on my ASCAP
The rappers in the game 
Ain’t changed
And I finally realize 
That we’re not in the same game
The hatin’ will never end
So I guess I’ll deal with it
Them .45’s will pop killas
Yes, I’m still with it
The streets is military
You gotta be a soldier
Gotta stay leery
And keep your eyes on the rollers
They do what they gotta do
To shackle and hold us
So we gotta do what we gotta do
To keep rollin’
One way at a time
Keep the faith in your mind
And we continue growin

One day at a time