View of A Loser From On Top of The World

by Gif

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    A legend in the making...

    The Brooklyn native Gif, uses poetic language and vivid imagery in his lyrics to make a real impact on anyone who will listen. He shows a level of maturity and a real ode to old school hip-hop with his intricate beats and social introspection of black culture. Please give this a listen and you will not be disappointed! I recommend "I Wonder" and "We Live 2 Die" to get an accurate depiction of his true style... - by College Know-it-all, Itunes

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This was the voice of my life at the time that I made it. Going through homelessness, seeing jealous friends revel in idea of me being down, being broke, and feeling alone, I was in my own personal hell.

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released July 16, 2005

Production by: J. Streets, Kid a.k.a Stephen Pinks, Sha'born, Rainor Raimond. Written by Shawn Folk for IAMTHEGIF Ascap publishing 2005 All rights reserved.

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Gif New York

Has appeared in the Daily News, El Mundo, Trace Magazine, & many other publications and blogs. Performances @ Apollo theater, BAM, Harlem Stage, & more. Featured on legendary blend DJ Silva Sirfa’s mixtape “The Rise of Silva Sirfa” with Doug E. Fresh & DJ Ophax’s, winner of Justo award for best international mixtape DJ, mixtapes “Call It How You See It” and “I’mma Take What’s Mine”. ... more

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Track Name: Divine Blessing
Brothers are outlandish/ can't respect a man until a pistol in his hand is brandished/ and they hear about the body's that vanished/ like Atlantis/ put it in the bible God damned us/ the curse of Ham/ son of Jahova life over like life in Veitnam/ lucky we live to grow older solder believe the scam/ no blood of Lam on doors to protect your loving fam/ from thugs that will slam through doors with fours pause and...Blam!/ just to settle scores when the mettle roars/ in a place where pimps pedal whores and drug peddlors/ pipes placed in jaws keep money flowing like reservoirs/ speak in admittance/ our life is like a jail sentence/ with dry eyes I shed tears through every written sentence/ just to put it down/ people be preacher but dogs don't want to listen till they locked in the pound/ so I rap to/ give you a hap view/ of rotten parts of the big apple where cops will entrap you if they don't clap you or just let the butt of the gun smack you/ us being poor is unnatural/ follow the road that Garvey and Malcom put X on the map to/ with aggression/ we shouldn't be oppressed people/ they prey on oppressed people/ instead of joining together and fighting oppression/ since the slavery transgression we still aint learn our lesson/ man this depressing/ but I got a suggestion/ damn a clothes line we have a whole Continent to invest in/ more expensive clothes for bros to flip o's and rip foes when shit blows to keep themselves dressed in/ being black aint a curse man....It's a divine blessing
Track Name: Who U R
WHO U R

(Verse1)
You used to catch me on the block getting twisted man/ twisting up getting lifted man/ used to say that I would stay high till the day I kicked the can/ thank god foot had bad aim damn/ know uncle Sam want me on the lam caught up in a scam so he can use the battering ram on the doors of my fam/ though I’m just trying to survive the struggle/ crack juggle pack trouble bubble, in the hood we all/ aspire to Skip To My Lou street ball/ but so often we fall that aspiration needs a recall/ slaves to the dollar think it’s time I freed all/ think big when we small/ powerful to the powerless but to the powerful we have no power at all/ politicians fuck us then tag our names on the bathroom stall/ got a hundred million students but the class to small and I ask you all

(Chorus)
Who you are is really nothing to who you could be but that’s just something you refuse to see




(verse2)
See a black man run to the top, another black man trip him/ that’s why, I say of this white mans world I ain’t a victim/ I’m a victim of the black man ignorance to the set up of the system/ cause it ain’t hard to dodge the dagger old man impotent dick can’t rise up unless they keep feeding us Viagra/ they stop we drop and fall like Niagra/ left for the cops to beat up and drag ya/ tie you to the back of a truck like James Byrd Jr./ hang you from a tree and then laugh like silly coon ya/ but we could get better if we invest our fortune in a future rather than a fly chain or a sweater/ ya’ll can laugh like whatever indulge in pleasure blow your whole income tax on an Acura Integra/ living in your moms house sleeping on your moms couch playing play station conversating bout niggas hating and waiting

(Chorus)
Who you are is really nothing to who you could be but that’s something that you refuse to see


(verse3)
I sit and think whatever happened to them knights/ that got locked spending nights/ for fighting for civil rights/ like oh yeah forgot/ niggas got civil rights, stages, mic’s, and lights now they fights for the rights to be uncivil/ look and see no soldiers in the struggle/ just corporate snobs went after government with guns and they offered them jobs/ we’ve lost breath why save the life of a people when the cost death/ and all they do is cause stress/ this issue I address/ you care less unless a pistols pressed to your flesh/ and somebody shouting die nigger/ oh now you want to cry nigga so hard to show a picture to closed eye figure/ but I try and I/ try and a ya/ treat me like I’m tryna sell ya ice in the cold of Alaskan winter/ until them bullets poke holes in your center/ and end ya/ man I’m telling you

(chorus)
Who you are is really nothing to who you could be but that’s something that you refuse to see
Track Name: DangerVill
DANGERVILL


(verse1)
A yo they say the time we living in a gift from God/ call it the present, I’m the present to present time/ call me the gif/ bust like a fifth uplift what I leave you a line so divine it should be written in Hebrew/ turn bricks to bread and feed you with a message I hope that you take heed to and breed through/ preaching like I was put here to lead you brothers with bids is countless so if I give you pound it won’t be sixteen ounces/ just a sign of respect that you reject neglect or take your teck/ and attempt to stick me place a red dot on my neck niggas holla look at that hickie then as I turn just hit me/ make my momma miss me cry over coffins and kiss me/ if this be the end of I, bet equal Y like it’s Algebra/ miles from a savior behavior be craze man/ we in the last days man/ just praise God and be brave man it’s real

(chorus)
It’s so real we endangered kill we live in danger vill we will never die/ it’s so real niggas bang the steal niggas get banged and killed we will never fly/ It’s so real we endangered kill we live in danger vill we will never die/ it’s so real niggas bang the steal niggas get banged and killed we will never fly

(verse2)
Say, give me your ears and I will give you my heart/give me your heart and I will ask for your mind and try to change the world/ give me your stress and I will bring out your best/ you hunger I’ll cut my chest and make food from the flesh/ you tire I’ll catch insomnia and give you my rest/ so many sacrifices in this land of crisis/ footsteps in the sand my hand is in Christ’s/ via mic devices I save future lifers from selling they self for a fraction of what they price is/ make them stray from they vices free of they strings Mia Anglou we know why the caged bird sings/ locked tryna stay calm while this racist CO sport a tattoo of a black baby getting hung on his arm/ we a ticking time bomb/ and they tryna defuse us with the way they confuse us we are not losers nigga we are not losers

(chorus)

It’s so real we endangered kill we live in danger vill we will never die/ it’s so real niggas bang the steal niggas get banged and killed we will never fly/ It’s so real we endangered kill we live in danger vill we will never die/ it’s so real niggas bang the steal niggas get banged and killed we will never fly


(verse3)
Don’t say I aint promised tomorrow/ cause I aint never been promised I aint promised tomorrow man I’m planning for the future/ tryna change what I’m used to/ like going to a store shopping and not getting followed around like I’m a booster/ or stopped by a state trooper in a coopda-vill/ face of the watch with iced out acne it need Clearasil for real/ it’s outrageous sick yall want the virus and praying that it’s contagious/ 25 looking 18 my face ageless/ yall niggas spit the flu I spit AIDS in its final stages I’m real nigga I’m oh so real

(chorus)
It’s so real we endangered kill we live in danger vill we will never die/ it’s so real niggas bang the steal niggas get banged and killed we will never fly/ It’s so real we endangered kill we live in danger vill we will never die/ it’s so real niggas bang the steal niggas get banged and killed we will never fly
Track Name: Vision ft Lryikill
VISION


(verse1)
We roll/ clips strips flips whips and honey dips honey lips blow, dice, Vegas with the blue chips/ I glow, ice, hang like dang/ that’s, so, nice I love that chain/ money make them give the insane brain make your body jerk swerve in the lain/ “,get a hold on” gotta get my roll on/ pocket get it’s swole on/ for I’m rolled on left Monica so gone/ thrill the crowd like “,oh Shawn” bag hoes fuck them in every Orifice/ crawl to fly you can call it metamorphosis/ as I metamorphosize see them guys lie/ I always knew he would make it he was such a great guy/ as I be like Yeah! fellas tryna live man I’m tryna double that and multiply it, it by it’s square/ top of the game man I want to go there get the picture can you view it vision ever so clear/ yeah, vision ever so clear


(verse2)
Ball like Lucile/ jump up in the whip layback right on the wheel/ roll the window down, left out ice on the wheel/ shorties all in my grill/ chatting they want to chill/ hit them and then I peal/ off to the spot pot blowing in the air/ step up in the atmosphere/ fly fresh like the prince of Bellaire ice shivering in my ear/ girls stop, stare, watch the kid like daycare rise eyes kicks to laced hair/ till I run up on them like sheer panty hoe tear let them through rear and ride it like oh yeah/ through it on Shawn (dj scratch) can I get a soul clap, come on, clap come on, clap come on/ so this is what if feels like to live right and I can see it like/ yeah, vision ever so clear/ it’s crystal /vision ever so clear it’s crystal/ my vision ever so clear
(verse3 Lyrikill)
In the quest to get paper I done lost my mind put heads to bed just to let the thing one time and them fools that done fucked up and crossed that line learned how hard it is to even think about mine I done told yall boys I’ll fold yall boys this thing a make a whole lot of noise just to get ahead in life get a little bit of bread in life it’s so real and it’s so trife cause the close ones a do it to ya not the ones that ya seen not the ones that ever made to your team so you got to watch everything every plot every sceam cause everybody hating on your dreams I see it so clear it’s crystal I see it so caear they all out there
Track Name: Struggle
Struggle

(Verse1)
They make laws don’t nobody abide guns get fired vehicular homicide niggas ride then slide no electric tecks get wiped then tossed after being bust off on bitch niggas that floss we bang with no remorse aim to be the boss see the game like pussy and play forced intercourse kill and kiss the cross mimic Shakurs and Christophers stick our dick hores cops kick in doors empty draws brake up the floors on the search tryna find the nine and the drugs left shells on the seen now police done came and found your prints on the slugs overtime coffee mugs wire taps and bugs jail time tears and hugs you slipped now your going on a long trip extra time cause you flipped through a chair at the judge and the bitch held a grudge now you packin fudge better watch your ass nigga cause

(Verse2)
Say all roads lead to Rome but not when you forget to wipe your prints leave evidence and then detectives find the chrome no more streets to roam you locked writing home randomly spasing like you got turestsyndrome stairing at the walls dial for babies moms but she won’t except your calls niggas writing you letters say her chin is bouncing balls miss them two runts herd some kids mom boyfriend molested her once and you ain’t seen your daughter in months how fucked up is this she cheating on you with your arch nemesis herd she was nocked up man you almost shitted you stressed man admit it some nigga tried to test you puts some cans in a bag and beat him the face with it you lost reminiscing on the days you used to floss while getting your salad tossed and you still think you’re the boss you’s motherfucking joke whole life up in smoke
Track Name: Depths of Hell
Depths of hell


Yo I’ve got a brother took shots not slain bullets still in him and it shift when it rain late night you a see him cringe from the pain sleep see it again nightmares ain’t Dayna Dayne childhood spent smoking blunts mixed with cain moms kicked him out had him sleeping on the train hoe think he gone holler he run up and snatch her chain funny how a bullet stopped his life from going down the drain see life is a struggle we maintain through the strain crack juggle pack trouble yall don’t understand see the fly shirt but you focussed on the stain while we on the road to hell high swerving in the lain sleep at the hungry starving the streets got meal only thing iced in our life is a grill keep a dog starving for food he a kill slanging on the strip clip in the steel posted up watching out for cars with the sheild run up on you yoke you up rob you steel fuck your phantasies homy life is for real our life is for real

For every day of sunshine I get a week of rain a lot stress a lot of struggling a lot of strain my desire to gain comes from fire fueled by my pain and my hunger to attain back against the wall man we go against the grain and start blasting them all man we can’t take a fall man we want it all in the depths of hell, the depths of hell trapped in the depths of hell

Say the hate you give little infants fucks everybody cause they grow up to be men that buck everybody idolize Scarface killers like Ghotti burn down trees slang crack in the lobby see them on the news like yall that’s little Robby hear one of your dudes like yall he tried to rob me they blow triggers streets turned hot headed kids to cold killers warfare gorillas rappers rapped in they chinchillas lose sight of the fact that in these streets they tryna kill us we targets roasting clostraphobic and closed in hear the pistoles unloaded rapid fire explosion body parts will corosion could get fucked In these streets no trojan raw dog all dog the soul of men uh when will they learn we burn like we caught in friction from the earths turn but yall ain’t listening man so yall don’t understand no yall don’t understand man hell naw see yall don’t understand
Track Name: Moment of Silence
MOMENT OF SILENCE


I imagine life is good I’m off probation I’m out of the hood rain stopped head is out of the hood blocking my eyes from the sun shines shine this little light of mine increasing the sight of mine at a time when I saw nothing but night time I’m on top of the world blue diamond a black pearl something special no more people to stress you priest that molest you cops that arrest you pops that a sex you brothers popping shots that arrest you ain’t got to sneeze to hear that god’s blessed you life is celestial death bread love and love breed life, life inhales death and exhales with the same breath no more bids no more man I wish I was home I miss my kids no more struggle no more having to crack juggle to bubble no more poverty no more aids no more buck fifties from blades no more police raids no longer a suspect because I’m black with braids getting pulled over rolling in escalades sitting on twenty two’s twenty dudes twenty bars rhyming we superstars spit bars rhyme make money rock enough Ice to freeze time it’s funny used to think that my life was a waste of time so crummy so bumy wanted god to take it from me walked around no food in tummy late night stroll rocking the same Timbs till I was walking on the insole so depressed swole heart in my chest stressed and homeless hoping it’s just gods test a part of me just wanting to end it all back against the wall five seven tryna stand tall sipping alcohol waiting for the day I could ball inside silently screaming fighting this demon hoping I’m only dreaming
Track Name: In The Eyes
IN THE EYES

(chorus)
Tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ Am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know, yo/ tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know

(verse1)
In the eyes of the law/ I’m a criminal first time felon/ rebellin crack sellin dumpin shots into niggas telling/ slangin hangin bangin like a gang in colors on brothers/ that endanger lives of others and cause covers to cover mothers sons and shit/ polluting my lungs and shit/ busting guns and shit/ and having fun with it/ another nigga boostin pollutin lootin unworthy of an education deserving of an execution/ who time spent, getting bent, plotting robberies to pay the rent that spray to vent and never really worked and made a scent/ role in stolen whips holding chips hips on honey dips guns and clips strips taking trips when the money flips statistic/ prints on the pistol in ballistic/ criminal court defendant rocking a Jesus pendent/ guilty till proven innocent, guilty when proven innocent/ menace to society all is rotten in me gee/ this is what they see, but I ask you man…. is it me I ask you man….. is it me

(chorus)
Tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ Am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know, yo/ tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know



See in the eyes of my fam/ I’m a brother a lover a son a dad/ somebody that means good but does bad/ provider protector stuck in saintins sector trying to get wealthy/ playing the game of life with the hand that Gods dealt me/ tryna rise, sick of wiping the tears from my moms eyes and at the same time hold back my cries/ feeling stuck between, quicksand and brass skies quick hand to blast guys sicknan to pass wives/ I need to be baptized/ black people white lies crack lethal life lies lifeless/ tryna find a reason for what life is, while ice is, blinding me from tryna learn a lesson only lifers got time to see/ while young and making mistakes like aint no mind in me fighting between my mind and me/ moving so fast I got no time for me/ in a place, where dangers got a sign to see but I pay no mind to see/ got to get mine for me, all on the mind of me yo

(chorus)
Tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ Am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know, yo/ tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know


Look in the eyes of me/ and see, what a brother done seen a little to damn much too soon/ everyday a problem occur/ its so much it’s a blur/ and I just can’t take it each noon/ sit and I drink/ sip then I think/ I’m tryna get by, dealing with this sometimes I feel I might die/ but I try, and I try, and I try/ to maintain without always being high/ when I’m working my nine to five/ give my all on this job/ why we as black people can’t strive, I pays it no mind, I stays on my grind, and I don’t let these haters mess with my time/ cause when it’s all on me/ I’ll be damned if I be/ broke with no place to go no food to eat/ cause when it’s all on me, I’ll be out in these streets, trying to get mine cause I got to eat Hey!

(chorus)
Tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ Am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know, yo/ tell me what I am in your eyes am I something that you despise/ am I something you idolize am I the cause of your cries am I the reason for lies/ let a nigga know
Track Name: We Live 2 Die
2 DIE



Finaly I have arrived/ pumping blood in my veins from parents which I’ve derived/ strengthened by tribulations and struggles which I’ve survived/ child often deprived with a life that’s jeopardized so trife where he resides/ motivated by tears in his moms eyes scandalous bitches lies and fronting hoes that get him energize/ on a quest for paper that stack to the skies like a sky skyscraper where some guys caper can land you where guys rape ya/ and reality can take your, aspirations and brake them down to the size of a crystal in a salt shaker/ so when in the slums I live for today cause yesterdays gone forever/ and tomorrow never really comes/ reason I put it down until the day I’m put in the grown with red roses and reefs deceased/ tryna get a, piece of the pie feeling like I got no arms tryna reach for the sky struggling just to get by stuck struggling just to get by stuck


We party live it up/ smoke weed and drinks it up/ scream we don’t give a fuck/ know we live to die


Floe fire burn more bodies than Adolf/ heavy shoulder got a lot of dirt to shake off/ A-K force take face off me and a foe face off never more/ turn him into Skelator peddle raw drug peddle like Armstrong feet to meddle/ rain homey, sit listen hear the thunder and lightning life is a open book but I got doctor hand writing/ fighting just to advance to the point where I can transfer floes into a system and oversell it like cancer/ only share the recipe with my homey V and we share a connection so close we could trade lines through telepathy/ only other person next to me be my girl sweet mother my pearl/ otherwise it’s em in eight mile me against the free world/ tryna, make it happen while rapping walking these dark streets spark beats or be another Eddy from the heartbeats stuck

We party live it up/ smoke weed and drinks it up/ scream we don’t give a fuck/ know we live to die
We party live it up smoke weed and drinks it up scream we don’t give a fuck know we live to die




A yo I’m tryna leave a life that’s a tragedy for living life lavishly/ say that’s it’s a game I’m a play it like Agasie/ with my back to the wind face to the sun cause talk cheap life short and you only get one/ could live by the pen and still die by the gun/ ask big ask pac ask L ask Pun/ reason why you pack one all ready for action can’t sleep niggas creep no sound or caption/ greedy partners want the whole pie not a fraction/ can’t trust anyone nigga you turn able cause brothers is cain leave you slain glock a slay you/ when it rocks your cradle/ you maybe, left resting in peace like rock a by baby/ glock, pop, goodbye baby/ leave your moms on the block not my baby/ heart knock life but I’m not Jay Z/ know it’s a bitch and you die heard Nas and Az but till Jesus is resirrected and come and save me it’s me/ yeah it’s me living to
die
Track Name: I Wonder
I WONDER


I wonder
What is beauty to a blind man?
What are words to a depth man?
What are the thoughts of a dead man?
What’s life without living?
What’s freedom to a man in prison ?
What’s moneys worth?
I wonder…
What’s the reason we were put on this earth?
What if we were told the reason at birth
Couldn’t say it and couldn’t spell it
And the dent between our nose and lips
Came from when GOD took his fingers and said
Shhhhhhhhhhh
Don’t tell it
I wonder
If we’ll ever get paid what’s owed to us
Wonder if there’s a hell
Man, I wonder if heavenly gates are closed to us
Wonder why man walk and birds fly
Wonder if rain is tears of pain
That falls from the clouds when the sky cry
I wonder
If we ever really die
Wonder if life’s a lie
I wonder if deaths the truth
And we fear death
cause lies hurt less than the truth
I wonder


I wonder if death and sleep is the same
love and pain is the same
I wonder what’s GOD’S real name
I wonder
why black people could never get over
Cause we keep pulling each other under
I wonder
With all these foundations
Collecting billions in donations there’s still hunger
I wonder

Are people truly lost
How could we curse a gun
And bow to a cross
When they both are instruments of death
I wonder
How we go to church
Pray for the best
Wishing
Clutching a symbol that has such a heinous definition
Wonder if they see
Where in the bible does god say use this to praise me
I wonder
Deep in your heart my friends
Do you praise Jesus out of love
Or for the fact he died for your sins
I wonder
Think so hard
What if Christ killers
Were devil worshipers, and with no regard
Sacrificed Christ to the symbol of sainten
As a slap in the face to God
I wonder
If cancer, homosexuality, and AIDS
Aids crusades for people utilizing its role
As a form of population control
I wonder
If racism and classism role
Is to keep us fighting to get fucked as a whole
I wonder
Why black people so threatened by black people
And want to be anything rather than black people
But perpetrate as if they so proud to be black people
And black people aint got nothing but black people
That want to sell us crack people
Raps that tell us to clap people
And I know I’m floating off the subject of the track people
So let me stop chill try to get it back people