Dope Man Lyrics

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Dope Man Lyrics

Artist Jay-Z

{*sound of a camera taking a picture*} [Jay] Millenium flow [MTV] Serena

Altschul's here live outside the criminal courthouse [Jay] This is {bullshit}

y'all [MTV] in New York City for the first day in the trial of [Jay] I am gone

{*car speeds off*} [MTV] the State vs. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z [Jay] Uhh,

uh-huh-uh, uhh, uh-huh-uh, uhh [MTV] Whatever the verdict in this trial may be

the effects will undoubtedly be felt worldwide [Jay-Z] Aiyyo, stand forward,

'fore you take notice or witness to me killin the track Testify 'til me spillin

the smack Now they got me for traffickin, racketeerin, audio crack {Hook:} They

call me Dope Man, Dope Man I try to tell em I am where hope, floats man Ghetto

spokes-man A broke man, approachin the bench with intent to bury me under the

cell, fingered me as the toast man Evidence stemmin from ninety-six They say the

world ain't recovered from his fix While they was usin cut I was on some other

shit Gave it to you raw and they just discovered it Nowaday, the jury got they

brow raised Listenin to testimony about my foul ways Exhibit A: "Reasonable

Doubt" They say this was the first thing that turned the peoples out [MTV] You

can feel the tension building here as an unprecedented number of people have

turned out for what may be the "Trial of the Century" {Hook} [Jay-Z] How come,

you label your brand of dope "Volume 1" and spread it through the slums? Fed it

to the young with total disregard Your honor, the State seeks the maximum charge

And how could you, turn right around and release a lethal dosage called "Volume

2" And is true you operate the criminal enterprise known as Roc-a-Fella in

charge of his meteoric rise? And do you deny you're responsible for the demise

of record execs, and do you object? Your distribution's Polygram, and through

your connects Def Jam, you pushed over five million SoundScan And not to

mention, your co-horts and henchmen Dame, Biggs, Lyor, Kev' and Russell Simmons

And we ain't gon' talk about Murder, Inc. That just establishes a darker deeper

criminal link [MTV] The State is seeking the maximum penalty and with the

overwhelming amount of evidence the D.A.'s presented, things aren't looking good

{Hook} [MTV] Despite the grim outlook at this point the rapper has been known to

emerge triumphant in the face of adversity {Hook} [MTV] Jay-Z is taking the

stand [Jay-Z] Right hand on the Bible, left hand in the air Before I spoke one

word, made sure my throat was clear A-hem, I am a prisoner of circumstance Frail

nigga, I couldn't much work with my hands But my mind was strong, I grew where

you hold your blacks up Trap us, expect us not to pick gats up Where you drop

your cracks off by the Mack trucks Destroy our dreams of lawyers and actors Keep

us spiralin, goin backwards At age nine, saw my first hate crime Blindfolded,

expected to walk a straight line Mind molded, taught to love you and hate mine

Climbed over it, at a early age, Jay shined Fuck the system at Lady Justice I

blaze nine Your Honor, I no longer kill my people, I raise mine The soul of

Mumia in this modern day time [MTV] While the jury is inside deliberating

outside the crowd is frozen with anticipation {Hook} [MTV] Well the verdict has

just been announced: NOT GUILTY! It is complete pandemonium out here! {Hook;

Serena keeps speaking} People are cheering and hugging - there he is Jay-Z is

exiting the courtroom right now There is a swarm of cameras surrounding him

{*pop bulbs flashing*} and people are just rushing up to him Let's try and make

our way over there, Jay-Z! Jay-Z! {*sounds of cameras keep flashing*, *music

fades*}

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