Jay-Z – Smile (feat. Gloria Carter)

[Verse 3: JAY-Z]

I’m that boy
[Intro: JAY-Z & Stevie Wonder]
Huh, blood diamonds drippin’ with guilt, I still ain’t trippin’
In every one of y’all televised shows
Yet it’s legal in Colorado, yeah, we deny
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
No harm for them, no harm for me
[Chorus: JAY-Z & Stevie Wonder]
Objects is further than they appear
The separation is clear in my rear-view mirror
[Chorus: JAY-Z & Stevie Wonder]
Fuck a slice of the apple pie, want my own cake
Take a young nigga freedom over some dirt
I just wanna see you smile through all the hate

Smile, you recordin’?
Good times never fade away, smile
Living in the shadow
But my story’s too wide to fit inside the line or two
Oh yeah, I was born with a pair, playin’ for high stakes
Good morn’ or evening, friends
But he gotta respect the Elohim as a whole new regime
This is Hov, no flex zone, nigga, who lied to you?
But trust me, that was nothin’ a nigga up in

Kept the tray on me like Chris Paul then
Even when I’m gone and you remember me, smile
This was meant to be a haiku, huh
I know you often heard me wax poetic ’bout bein’ back in the Lexus
Now you see the real in the front row
Drug dealers and abusers, America likes me ruthless
Bad times turn to good memories, smile
Now the whole projects on my jet
Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake
That blood money I giggle at it, can’t even support my miss’ habit
Look, you a pedestrian, don’t ever question the security I provided you
Even if I’m not with you here today, smile
Niggas’ll love you but hate you ’cause they can’t be you

Super facts

So our music is ours, niggas own their own houses
Good morn’ or evening, friends
Even if I’m not with you here today, smile
I said, "Pre-haps I Freudian slipped in European whips"
God in the flesh, the rest of these niggas is vain
Appreciate the pain, it’s a blessin’
Ours was, "Fuck you, pay me" now it’s, "Fuck payin’ me, I pay you
Tryna put a million on the whole team now
Anita Baker’s "You Bring Me Joy" slappin’ out of the toy
God sent me to break the chain, I’m the true and livin’
[Verse 1: JAY-Z]

Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Good morn’ or evening, friends
And niggas playin’ for power, huh
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
Y’all knew that was comin’, I had to remind y’all again, huh?
That’s why it’s a black market, that’s why it’s called the trap
Everybody wave bye to the guy you thought you could lie to
[Outro: Gloria Carter]
Good times never fade away, smile
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?
I mastered my aesthetics
Niggas switched sides, traded pride, we don’t do all that
But you live with the fear of just being me
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
Welcome back Carter, smile
‘Cause the more I reveal me, the more they ‘fraid of the real me
All these people was gon’ kill me, heh
Niggas’ll rip your shit off TIDAL just to spite you
The hundreds of millions, I have no ceilings, ah, this that feelin’
20 years ago we drove Bentley Azures
Here’s your friendly announcer
Even when I’m gone and you remember me, smile
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Oh y’all thought I was washed? I’m at the cleaners
Oh, these that drugs, heron flow, I spaz on the stove
Dump ’em all in the bayou, uh
Drinkin’ Ace of Spades like it’s codeine now
Push through the pain so we can see new life
Fear for you, bro, we know the system don’t work
Living two lives, happy, but not free
Shout out to Hoffa back home, he in the church
Norman’s Cay, he looked up and out of the Lear
That’s why it’s called the projects ’cause it’s exactly that
My therapist said I relapsed
Society shame and the pain was too much to take
Flyin’ paper planes through the projects
A loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
Bet before I go I put a billion on the board
Put the rest away for Blue"
Jewelry shoppin’ in Pa- all ya jewelers should be embarrassed
‘Cept try to free you Ahhhh, what did I do?
Launderin’ dirty money like the Teamsters, huh
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
In charge of my own fate, respect Jimmy Iovine

Hall of Fame Hov, I did it all without a pen

A stain on the white suit, inferior IQ
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed
When I heard you got booked, that shit hurt
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
So all the ladies havin’ babies, see a sacrifice
[Verse 2: JAY-Z]
Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
We drinkin’ Cristal and…yeah
Black entrepreneurs, free enterprise
Slammin’ Bentley doors like we invented doors
Far as draft picks, my name did not get called
That’s life, winners and losers
Because that’s what you want them to see
How niggas can’t relate?
Bad times turn to good memories, smile
But life is short, and it’s time to be free