Today (A Tribute)

Once upon a time, not 2 long ago
It was Run DMC & Kurtis Blow
It was all fun 2 me, the way their words would flow
& now these are the breaks, that we learned to know/
So, I was in 3rd grade, back in the day
When the girls used 2 call me Jam Master Jay
I still can’t believe the homey passed away
& now Runs House a show, & a household name/

It was all innocent, until they brought the business in
& beef turned 2 people getting bucked like some venison
They chomped Big & PAC alive, reaped all the benefits
Hip hop homicide, u can see what they left us with/

These lame rappers got the game backwards
Tryna be a G Like the Greenbay Packers
B grade actors, your cheese ain’t factor
Into the qualities, we rate our emcee’s after/

(Today) – It’s a little different than I’m used to
Things changed since KRS & The Juice Crew
(Today) – Ain’t the same as it was when we rocked the bells
It all changed since the day they shot Big L

I remember when Brenda had a baby,
& Common used to love her way before she got Shady
Slow down, Brand Nubian was crazy
Whose world is this, I’m feeling it like Jay-Z/

Maybe I can’t knock the hustle, props to Russell
I need a beat, it’s tricky, lots to juggle
So no sleep till Brooklyn, we on the double
I know I gotcha open Buckshot is trouble/

So Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka
Tthis is for the whole Duck Down & ya don’t stop
This is for the days of transformers & gobots
When Rakim was moving the crowd they would go nuts/

This is for the clan that taught me to protect my neck
Inspectah Deck, the RZA, & the rest connect
Red & Meth, taught us How High was best to get
We took hits from the bong but nevertheless/

(Today) – It’s a little different than I’m used to
Things changed since KRS & The Juice Crew
(Today) – Ain’t the same as it was when we rocked the bells
It all changed since the day they shot Big L

This is history, forget what’s in the making
Here we go yo, the scenario is changing
Back in the day when we had to hit the pavement
The only online, was on line to make a payment/

For my favorite tape, as they take it out the plastic case
Place it in a plastic bag, unwrap the plastic wrap encased
Play it in my boombox, raise it & blast the bass
Pop it on my shoulders, start bopping to Masta Ace/

These are the days when Onyx made it slam
& Dre dropped the chronic like the cops stopped his Lamb
Fuck the police, let me ride was my jam
Code of the streets, get the dough in advance/

Go over to Queens, the Mobb Deep & the Tribes large
If hip hop is dead, must’ve been an inside job
Peter Phillips is downloaded to my iPod,
When they reminisce over you, my God/

(Today) – It’s a little different than I’m used to
Things changed since KRS & The Juice Crew
(Today) – Ain’t the same as it was when we rocked the bells
It all changed since the day they shot Big L