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Snow On Tha Bluff

Snow On Tha Bluff

J. Cole


Niggas be thinkin' I'm deep, intelligent, fooled by my college degree

My IQ is average, there's a young lady out there, she way smarter than me

I scrolled through her timeline in these wild times, and I started to read

She mad at these crackers, she mad at these capitalists, mad at these murder police

She mad at my niggas, she mad at our ignorance, she wear her heart on her sleeve

She mad at the celebrities, lowkey I be thinkin' she talkin' 'bout me

Now I ain't no dummy to think I'm above criticism

So when I see something that's valid, I listen

But shit, it's something about the queen tone that's botherin' me

She strike me as somebody blessed enough to grow up in conscious environment

With parents that know 'bout the struggle for liberation and in turn they provide her with

A perspective and awareness of the system and unfairness that afflicts 'em

And the clearest understandin' of what we gotta do to get free

And the frustration that fills her words seems to come from the fact that most people don't see

Just 'cause you woke and I'm not, that shit ain't no reason to talk like you better than me

How you gon' lead?

When you attackin' the very same niggas that really do need the shit that you sayin'?

Instead of conveying you holier, come help get us up to speed

Shit, it's a reason it took like two hundred years for our ancestors just to get freed

These shackles be lockin' the mental way more than the physical

I look at freedom like trees, can't grow a forest like overnight

Hit the ghetto and slowly start plantin' your seeds

Fuck is the point of you preaching your message to those that already believe what you believe?

I'm on some "Fuck a retweet," most people is sheep

You got all the answers but how you gon' reach?

If I could make one more suggestion respectfully

I would say it's more effective to treat people like children

Understandin' the time and love and patience that's needed to grow

This change is inevitable but ain't none of us seen this before

Therefore we just gotta learn everything as we go

I struggle with thoughts on the daily

Feel like a slave that somehow done saved enough coins to buy his way up outta slavery

Thinkin' just maybe, in my pursuit to make life so much better for me and my babies

I done betrayed the very same people that look at me like I'm some kind of a hero

Because of the zeros that's next to the commas

But look here, I promise I'm not who you think

Ran into this nigga outside of the store yesterday

He said something that had me like, "Wait"

He was like "Cole, 'preciate what you been doin', my nigga, that's real"

But damn, why I feel faker than Snow on Tha Bluff?

Well maybe 'cause deep down I know I ain't doing enough

The sun is shinin' today

The sun is shinin' today

The sun is shinin' today

Can you walk with me?

I hope we'll find the reason why we often sob, go on cry

Painful memories fuck up the vibe

Though I be tryna let the time heal my mind

I was once a child, I've gotten older

Still, I know I'm just a boy in God's eyes

Fill me up with wisdom and some courage

Plus endurance to survive, help mine thrive

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