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    [Chous: Woman singing]
    I see people hating other people
    Tell me what's the reason
    That your kid is hungry, you ain't got no money
    What's the reason?

    [Verse 1: Nas]
    By the time of age nine I'm already decidin'
    If I can protect mommy from the hood by fightin'
    Or usin' a knife or a gun when I'm twenty-one
    By by then them hoods woulda pushed their way in our apartment
    And we die then, so I been a young nervous wreck in the projects
    Watchin' them older niggaz pass pot and they high man
    I'm just a young boy, snot nose, hair nappy
    Cops ride by squeezin' their trigger fingers at me
    So I would go to school and try to get good grades
    Teacher wrote mommy and kicked me outta school for havin' braids
    So she cussed them, said "My son ain't no motherfuckin' hoodlum"
    They judged us, thinking that we dumb 'cause where we come from
    Got a little older and now I see
    Young niggaz wanted by the powers that be (powers that be)

    [Chorus: Woman singing]
    I see people hating other people
    Tell me what's the reason
    That your kid is hungry, you ain't got no money
    What's the reason?
    For these wars we're fighting with each other
    Season after season
    When you're workin' hard, but there ain't nothing comin'
    What's the reason?

    [Verse 2: Nas]
    Uh, picture a Black nanny and a baby in a basket pushin' down 5th Ave
    She never had it, it's not hers to begin with
    She gives it breakfast, baths and dinners
    Treats it so tender while her own kids live alone at home with no phone on
    Ain't had a good meal in so long, but so long as mommy's a maid
    Cookin' and cleanin', she wanna feed her kids and her kids are dreamin'
    Where's my daddy, who's my daddy, have you seen him?
    I could imagine them askin', what type of human be-ing
    Could leave his family, go back to the Carribean?
    Was he locked up, shot up, does he have freedom?
    Mom said wipe your tears, keep readin'
    But daddy's somewhere, spirit broken, feelin' defeated
    A man feels he has to conquer all
    The world is his oyster, his pearl so y'all know

    [Chorus: Woman singing]
    I can't find no reason why we can't all live in peace
    'Cause this world keeps spinning, yet still I wonder what's the reason

    I see people hating other people
    Tell me what's the reason
    When you're workin' hard but there ain't nothin' comin'
    What's the reason?
    Oooh-whoa-ooh-whoa

    [Verse 3: Nas]
    I know a girl, her boyfriend was a fugitive
    She's intuitive, be on some stupid shit
    She called the cops 'cause she hated his mother
    Now he away doin' numbers, now she gay with her lover
    How many niggaz gon' die this summer?
    I pump life in my music, but still life is a wonder
    There's a officer in a squad car, he's a prostitute serial killer
    It's odd, huh? 'Cause he's the same cop in church with his wife
    He's molestin' his son and she ignores it at night
    Little bad ass bastard, lights a match and kills Betty Shabazz
    in her pad while she slept
    They said Prescott Bush funded Hitler while the world's in a twister
    Nigga, what you expect? Imagine what's next

    [Chorus: Woman singing]
    I see people hating other people
    Tell me what's the reason
    That your kid is hungry, you ain't got no money
    What's the reason?
    For these wars we're fighting with each other
    Season after season
    When you're workin' hard, but there ain't nothing comin'
    What's the reason?

    Woman harmonizes as Nas talks:
    "Uh, uh, man, man'll search the whole planet, looking for what
    Try to conquer all. So what? To all my niggaz with they
    kids that love they kids, man. All the daddies out there
    To all the niggaz that died tryin'a figure out what's what
    Tryin'a be the biggest of the big, you know. Yeah, yeah
    Ladies forgive us. Gotta forgive us. For we know not what
    we do. Breakin' hearts, leavin' the crib, buggin' out and
    shit. Just man... man."

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