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"The Shadows" By DDK


Hook:

I'm living life inside the shadows[1],

I pray to god to fight my battles,

Because if I catch a body they gon'

rat on me[2], Is you real or fake,

is you gon' rat on me?



I'm living life inside the shadows,

I pray to god to fight my battles,

Because if I catch a body they gon'

rat on me, Is you real or fake,

is you gon' rat, homie?


[Verse 1]:

These niggas fake and I can see right through them,

One day they your friend another day you never knew them[3],

That's why I just say screw them, fake niggas in my circle man, I

just can't do em', when I was gettin' in fights, mama said, "you win em', you lose em'"

but I ain't fightin' no more[4], I'ma get my gun out and shoot em', and I ain't fightin' no hoe



Man, I was failing my classes, I was trying to get me some dough[5], niggas was outside trapping

on the corner trying to sell dope[6],

I feel like there was no hope, when I was falling my nigga, where was you at with the rope[7],

And I was calling, my nigga so tell me where did you go? Where did you go?



Hook:

I'm living life inside the shadows,

I pray to god to fight my battles,

Because if I catch a body they gon'

rat on me, Is you real or fake,

is you gon' rat on me?



I'm living life inside the shadows,

I pray to god to fight my battles,

Because if I catch a body they gon'

rat on me, Is you real or fake,

is you gon' rat, homie?


[Verse 2]:

These niggas are funny, they don't want you to get to the money[8]

They want you to crash like a dummy, but I'ma keep going, I'ma keep running,

I'ma keep flowing, I'ma keep hunting, I'ma keep stacking my paper, and building my funding,

they hate to see what I'm becoming, call up my niggas and run it, I'm just gonna keep it 100,

Ooh, nigga you done done it, Y'all niggas really frontin', niggas always want something, but never give nothing

where was you when I was suffering?



Nigga you was just bluffing, all that talk, no coverage

no pride, no courage, in the ride i'm swerving,[9]

Niggas always be lurkin', man, I always be workin'[10]

sit back and observe it, ballin' no Kyrie Irving[11]

come through, I'm purgin', talk to me in person



Meditating with these verses[12], fake niggas I'm allergic, nigga clean like detergent,

what you get, you deserve it![13]



Hook:

I'm living life inside the shadows,

I pray to god to fight my battles,

Because if I catch a body they gon'

rat on me, Is you real or fake,

is you gon' rat on me?



I'm living life inside the shadows,

I pray to god to fight my battles,

Because if I catch a body they gon'

rat on me, Is you real or fake,

is you gon' rat, homie?

  1. DDK: all my life i've been doing things on my own. I have dreams of my own and I never really got any support
  2. DDK: Niggas out here'll do anything to get you killed or in trouble. If I kill someone, niggas gonna snitch.
  3. DDK: I remember I knew this one dude since 5th grade. My eighth grade year he acted like he never knew me -- he was never a real friend
  4. DDK: I used to get in fights a lot because niggas were always hatin' and talking shit. I will admit, I lost a lot of them, but it happens, you just gotta keep moving. DDK: Sometimes, you don't wanna fight no more and just shoot the person, because you are so fed up with the bullshit.
  5. Even though DDK was failing his school classes, he still pursued a rapping career and is looking to turn it into something permanent.
  6. He's talking about everyone else at his school that have no goals or dreams.
  7. DDK: When I had bad times, there used to be no one there to help me.
  8. DDK: These niggas are hypocrites. Funny. They hate on you, they don't want you to get money but when you do they come running and act like nothing happened.
  9. Even though there are haters, he will keep going because he knows those haters have no pride.
  10. DDK: I'm working, they just snoopin', trying to see what you doing with yourself and trying to stop it. They always try to be a part of something.
  11. He wants the haters to watch him get rich and famous.
  12. DDK: When I rap, i just feel calm. Peaceful. Rapping is my high, it can take my mind of anything. When I'm feeling down, I just put on a beat and start writing.
  13. DDK: If you get something good, you must deserve it. Haters have nothing, because they deserve nothing. DDK: But if you are a hater of course you still get something, you get the shit while the hard workers get the money and fame. They deserve it!

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