Misunderstood: A Hustler’s Tale

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Misunderstood: A Hustler’s Tale

Driven by dreams of material things
Cant blame em; on TV that’s all he seen
Takes more than a reckless spirit
To build a crack empire
Learn the ways of the street fast
Or your life will soon expire
Fiends is clickin’ to what they got on 43rd
So you set up shop next to the woods on 45th
House in the cut you don’t want no shit

Takes more than a reckless spirit
To do what your doing
More like economics and trade agreements
In that language you’re fluent
If only Columbia or Harvard came to the hood
Maybe this young man wouldn’t be misunderstood
With these practices
You’d be a top CEO
But instead we’re relegated to the streets
It ain’t fun out here
Everybody’s packing heat

So you wholesale your product
So all the abusers come to you
Now their consumers
Are your customers
And everybody knows you
Business is good, assets and such
Be careful brother, don’t press ya luck
You got big dreams
To get ya family out the hood
Never was too flashy
But now your rims are what make you look good
Just some more attention
Before they wave ya ass goodbye
Coppers watching, enemies plottin’, snitches will end ya life

He coulda been bigger than John Rockefeller
Coulda taken his charisma
And used it for something better
The world judges you
For serving with hope with despair
The streets is watching
You cant sleep
This lovely crack house
Is surrounded by fiends
Your enemies creep with guns
With ambitions to blow holes in your dreams
Yet the cops pick you up
Putting football numbers behind this big dream
Too many keys to count
You’re on your way to the bing

Don’t get me wrong, they crooked too
You ain’t got no boats
To get all these drugs through
All them drugs they caught you with
Didn’t even make it to the precinct
They supply your competition
And our communities are still bleeding
Only if Penn State and Temple
Came to the hood
Maybe this young mans life
Wouldn’t be so misunderstood

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3 Responses to “Misunderstood: A Hustler’s Tale”

  1. Profile of a Black Billionaire: Mr. Michael Lee-Chin « Seth and Ray’s blog Says:

    […] People also ask why I focus a great deal of my writings on issues that affect the Black community. Well, first of all, I am much more familiar with issues that affect the Black community so it’s easier for me to have an opinion on these issues. Because I know that the Black community suffers from many insecurity complexes, I like to highlight those Black people in the world who have risen above the fray to become outstanding individuals. By doing so, I hope to show others in the Black community that there are other ways of “making it” besides playing ball, becoming an entertainer, or selling drugs. […]

  2. scratchatary Says:

    I liked the tale. We are always one bad judgement away from going that route. It is defintely easy to say don’t do this or that when you are on the outside looking in. When you are inside the jar it is that much harder to get out. However, we must get out. That person in the tale saw what was around him, but sometimes you need to ask yourself is there more to life than what I see. To be able to succeed turn off the television, put away the videos and take a journey within yourself. Read a book, read your relgious book of choice, but don’t let this tale be your only story.

  3. nativenotes Says:

    i thank you for commenting my brother. We can not let this be the only tale for young brothers but sadly it often is. We need more than this blog, we need more than a few good speeches. We need some good speeches with some good action. We have to show brothers there is another way. We can not do that if we go off, get educated and don’t give back to the very place that we come from!

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