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Lookin' Back (feat. Devin The Dude) Lyrics

Album Name : Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift & Graveyard Shift (The 44 Trax Deluxe Pack)
Release Date : 2011-03-29
Song Duration : 4:25

E-40 Lookin' Back (feat. Devin The Dude)
(Devin the Dude)
[Verse 1]:
Lookin back at the times when we had to grind
When it came to freestylin we was glad to rhyme
When it was hard to make a dime, let alone get a dollar
Had to get your hustle on, knew not to ask your mama for it
When you got it you couldn't blow it
So I saved what I had in the bag, then I would go get
Radio batteries, I'd buy the cassettes
LPs, 4-tracks, wires and
And we was down for hours, we was known around town
Come through with the crew and break the cardboard down
Heh... glide
Then the whole thing started with the Odd Squad parties
Met E-40 at the Rap-A-Lot office
Straight up old school, wasn't no ProTools
Jack you for your jacket, and they'll jack you for yo shoes
Back then you had friends who had your back
You only had three choices - sports, rap or crack
And ah, it's a blessing to still be part of the game
And I wouldn't change one thing
Lookin' back when the days wasn't so easy
(It wasn't easy, man)
Were either hustlin' or strugglin'
(Workin, hustlin and strugglin)
Make it or break it, would take all different pieces
(All of the pieces)
And we'll make somethin' of nothin'
(That's right, man, we'd make somethin' of nothin', man)
Make somethin' out of nothin'
Hey Devin
This 40, man
Let me gas it right quick, bro
Let it tell it from my perspective, you smell me?
Look here
I just wanna spit a few bars
Listen up, family
[Verse 2]:
Lookin' back before YouTube and social networks was founded
A&R's would go to the hood to find artists with talent
Recording engineers was low-key lightweight crooks
Not all of 'em but some of 'em'd take all day to fly hooks
That's how they did it back then, based on a hourly rate
The longer they take, the more money they make
All we wanted to do was rap, young and enthusiastic
Hopin' that one day our tapes would be in stores shrinkwrapped and packaged
We used to beg the promoters to do us a favor
'Let us perform for free, pimpin' - man, the money gon' come later!'
Rehearse and practice, practice and rehearse
Me and Too $hort, Bun and Pimp C wouldn't charge each other to spit a verse
We all knew what we was worth, future legends up in the game
RIP Pimp C, way ahead of his time
Everybody wanna be that guy, everybody wanna be that dude
but everybody don't wanna pay dues like 40 and Devin The Dude
Two good dudes, old school but new school
Meet 'em in person, you gon say, 'Them some cool fools!'
Good music still around, just gotta know where to find it
The seasoned entrepreneur independently grinding

Song Meanings for Lookin' Back (feat. Devin The Dude)


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