HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

[hook]
Some people have, somethin’ from they past
That’ll help motivate em to double they pace
Humble beginnings, doesn’t mean our ending
Will end up full of nothin’ but struggle and pain
But other people have, somethin’ from they past
That’ll make em go astray and not finish the race
Fortunate beginnings, doesn’t mean the ending
Of our journeys will all end in a similar fate

[verse] - Cole
Let me take you back to my beginning /
When Nintendo was super, bein’ played by so many /
When Nickelodeon released the tv show Ren & Stimpy /
And when the animated series of Batman was nearing, yeah /
That year, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested /
Freddie Mercury, died from his infection /
The internet went public with their connection /
And The Terminator made more money than the rest did /
But Check this, it was also when I was born /
Momma was 17, Daddy was 18 /
The reason they made me, is momma quit taking /
Her birth control because she wanted someone that could love her more /
Than anyone had ever loved her before /
She wanted love unconditional because she was worn /
The storms poured it was visible on her physical form /
War torn from the critical cynical scorn /
That she felt strongly pumping through her chambers of childhood /
A child should never have to do what she had to do /
So she made it absolute that I would never go through the same /
And she made the decision to give me up for my father to raise, ugh /
What a sacrifice for her son /
Every time I think about it tears begin to run /
It is motivation flowin’ like air through my lungs /
And that is why I love the year 1991 /

[hook]
Some people have, somethin’ from they past
That’ll help motivate em to double they pace
Humble beginnings, doesn’t mean our ending
Will end up full of nothin’ but struggle and pain
But other people have, somethin’ from they past
That’ll make em go astray and not finish the race
Fortunate beginnings, doesn’t mean the ending
Of our journeys will all end in a similar fate

[verse] - Ruslan
Little Russian boy, fresh off the boat /
Never understood how the language was spoke /
Only thing he knew was the interesting folks /
All had stereos and the music was dope /
Six months later, the Soviet fell /
But he ain't understand cuz the music was well /
His way to escape, the b-boys would break /
The artists would paint and the DJ's had crates /
N.W.A., LL Cool J /
Momma said knock you out in a cool way /
2Pacalypse was Naughty by Nature /
Yo, MTV raps was finally gettin' major /
It spoke his language his brain got branded /
Even though a lick of English he couldn't understand it /
In 91 it was cartoons and playin' tapes /
What it takes for a boy to fully assimilate /

[hook]
Some people have, somethin’ from they past
That’ll help motivate em to double they pace
Humble beginnings, doesn’t mean our ending
Will end up full of nothin’ but struggle and pain
But other people have, somethin’ from they past
That’ll make em go astray and not finish the race
Fortunate beginnings, doesn’t mean the ending
Of our journeys will all end in a similar fate