Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli and Consequence, “Chain Heavy” (Lyrics + MP3)

13 Nov

MP3 at Ye’s or here via Nah Right. Lyrics after the jump.

Lyrics

(Kanye West)

Uh
We got the black elite in the house tonight
Rosewood!
I feel like I’m at the NAACP or som’n right now
Essence Festival
Q-Tip on the beat, too
Uh, uh

My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy
My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy

They tried to tell me my chain broke the levee
Maybe ’cause it’s flooded
While you walk around with a baby cross’ cousin
My teeth already white, y’all gon’ make floss for nothin’
My teeth real diamonds, what’s the cause of the frontin’?
Why y’all got all caps on?
Don Cheadle time, get extra black on ’em
Burn, Hollywood, burn
Take too long for niggas to get they turn
Prolly be cremated before I get my urn
They tried to tell me the aliens built the pyramids
I swear life’s a bitch on a period
For every inch they cut the nose off the Sphinx
I make my jeweler add a few more links
You could look at me there, and fuck what nobody think
And my face always lookin’ like somebody stinks

My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy
My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy

Here we go, like we should
Feel the sweat on your face
Here we go, like we should
Feel the sweat on your face

All right, okay
Here we go, like we should
Like we should, like we should
Like we should

Question
What color was the skin of the man who beared the cross?
No matter how many lashes, they couldn’t beat it off
How many Cassius will we see in one lifetime?
That’s why it’s Miles Davis, Kobe, it’s Mike time
I keep that G.O.A.T. book on the ottoman
And wrote hooks about slaves that were slaughtered in
The 1800s, y’all forget it
I got called nigger on Twitter so many times, yo, I lived that
Now I’m just tryna find where to raise my kids at
‘Cause they don’t want niggas next to where their crib at
Hey, realtor, I’m lookin’ for a nice park
Twelve noon, she said my family gon’ make it too dark
This is the flow that, solar eclipses
So hopefully one day, that real soul will eclipse
The bullshit they got us listenin’ to, and its existence
Don’t give up now, just a little more persistence
I am the day Ice Cube met Michael Jackson
“Keep ‘im away, huh, som’n might happen!”
This is the making of a masterpiece
So we broke out the chains and told the master “Peace!”

My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy
My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy

Here we go, like we should
Feel the sweat on your face
Here we go, like we should
Feel the sweat on your face

All right, okay
Here we go, like we should
Like we should, like we should
Like we should

(Talib Kweli)

Some wear a suit and tie, they don’t wanna remain average
Some wear a suit and tie like a chain and a straitjacket
My chain heavy, stoppin’ that traffic, coppers harass us
The DA attack us, want us in chains like B.A. Baracus
So’n the major factor in my decision to be a rapper
Was rebellion, being anti-establishment was attractive
To a black kid from Brooklyn, flames got them thangs cookin’
Land of the jooks where the lames get they chains tooken
It ain’t lookin’ good for you if you a tourist here
Sometimes the rhymes is on a frequency that only purists hear
A couple rappers tried to beef with me, nobody scared
Niggas was so fuckin’ corny that nobody cared
Why I gotta battle rappers? I debate scholars
Question, do it gotta make sense if it make dollars?
Sick visions is livin’ us out our brains
It’s like we sadomasochistic, addicted to whips and chains
Figuratively, quite literally, clinically insane
Spit flames when I visit the higher plane
Try in vain to ignore, don’t buy the chain if you can’t afford it
Ye, they’ll know the owl Horus by divorce, trust

(Consequence)

That ol’ ball and chain had me chained up for weeks
So of course I’m off the chain as soon as I hit the streets
And now when we link, she sayin’ the game’s over
I drove her crazy, and she became a chain smoker
Now the new dude she sayin’ that could stay over
Should be a chain, who goes by the name of Choker
That’s what he did when she told he should play this over
So the chains on the dorm on the way over
But when I came over, his only response
Was “You must be the owner of a chain of restaurants
‘Cause I’ma eat your food for that chain that I want
‘Cause you be runnin’ round like the chain make the man”
So it’s obvious that he don’t know the chain of command
‘Cause my chain commands that kind of respect
And it’s so chunky that it’s a pain in the neck
But it came wit’ a check, I remember, on Chaining Day
It spoke for itself, and this was what the chain would say:
“Them chain-snatchers are hopin’ that you ain’t ready
So don’t get distracted, keep your aim steady
Or there’ll be a chain reaction since my chain’s heavy”

My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy
My chain heavy, yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy, my chain too heavy

Here we go, like we should
Feel the sweat on your face
Here we go, like we should
Feel the sweat on your face

All right, okay
Here we go, like we should
Like we should, like we should
Like we should

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