Chinese Food Lyrics


album: Track 13 in album I Promise
release date: 2006-11-1
popularity : 3 users have visited this page.
genres: Hip Hop
length: 3:19

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my life has been like one long journey
filled with alot of ups and definitely alot of downs
check it...

i dedicate this verse here
to my grandfather who passed away earlier this year
at his funeral i ran through a whole box of tissues
my tears are dry but i still miss you
and i promise that ill never forget you
these last six bars just made it official
yeah i know he can hear me
even though he don't speak english he can understand clearly
what his grandson is trying to express
*sighs* it's tough but im trying my best
i remember as a kid just running with him
every year i would spend a whole summer with him
visit him in the projects
and he knew i was intrigued by them shiny objects
cutting a rolex out of a magazine ad
told me when i grow up i can buy one for my dad
so much energy like me, quite clever
these are memories i will treasure forever
every now and then i still shed a tear
walking through chinatown i feel the spirit in the air
for your legacy i blow harder
tell my kid that your great grandfather was a great grandfather
but lemme walk you through the timeline
take you back to my pops and my moms grind
they both immigrated to this country as teenagers
you know typical american dream chasers
immigrating blew up like disco
heads were moving to new york to the frisco
my pops said NY lets go
this was in the 70s when he used to rock a fro
bell bottoms, pimp hats, with the tilted brim
i've seen pictures and i still don't think it's him
fast forward to '82
that's when he met my moms got married and had a baby too
that baby's who?
that baby's me, jin au-yeung
my moms was wild young
only 18 a senior in high school
when i was 18 that was my school
???? imma charge her for life
i put that on every single bar that i write
picture a young couple trying to get on track
what are the options? a restaurant? a laundromat?
so they went with plan a
from that point on i was at the restaurant every damn day
but i was only 12 i just wanted to play
when my friends would come i'd give the food away
i know that's bad for business
so i apologize now if it still makes a difference
i guess deep down i just hated the fact
i felt trapped and that was my way of getting you back
i can't go back in time and i hate it
but i can tell you, your hard work is appreciated
see to the customer thats just a plate of rice
but to my family that shit could save a life
and this is more than chinese food
it's a life story of a chinese dude
and i aint come here to tell you what to eat
im just serving food for thought over a beat
nah i aint here to tell you what to eat
its just food for thought over a beat

Track Listing

  • 1 Name Calling
  • 2 Yeah
  • 3 Determination
  • 4 Doin' What I Do (feat. Dina Rae)
  • 5 Myspace Collabo (skit)
  • 6 I Download
  • 7 36-24-36 (Applebottom Jeans)
  • 8 Perfect Strangers (feat. Brian Ellis)
  • 9 Clap Your Hands
  • 10 Can't Wait (feat. Yung Mac & Dina Rae)
  • 11 Crafty Awards (skit)
  • 12 Award Show
  • 13 Chinese Food
  • 14 I Promise
  • 15 Goodbye