Man by Choice Lyrics - Kardinal Offishall

Kardinal Offishall Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Volume 1 cover art
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Jason Harrow
release date: 2001-5-22
length: 4:40
producer: Kardinal Offishall
co-producer: Solitair and Tara Chase
INTRO [Kardinal Offishall]
He's got the green timbs with the fat laces, hahaha
Yo, yeah, uh huh
Checking in, *****
You say why I call you *****, think about it
You went from what...
From an African, straight to a ******, you know what I'm saying
We traveling over to what, to what,
Negro, and then we went to what
Then we went to black
Then it was on some Afro-American stuff
Afro-Canadian what have you, but guess what
It don't matter what you call yourself
It's what they call you behind your back
*****, straight up
Straight up and down, you know what I'm sayin
y'all know

[Kardinal Offishall]
A yo
Walkin through the uptown a black man (*****)
Walkin down Yonge St. a black man (*****)
Walkin through Flatbush a black man (*****)
When the revolution comes I got a finger on the trigga
I was born a regular man of the Earth
With a curse to walk like a soldier since birth
My exterior is shaded in by my melanin
Stereotype of my type is a felon
My people cause static cause automatically now a days we fire automatics
Grammatically adequate my people come equipped
With enough lyrics to move battleships
Blood brother ever since the slave ships
It doesn't matter who I am when I walk by
They still see me as a ***** whine I walk by
That's O.K. - this ***** will play the role and come again and take back the Earth another day

I'm a ***** baby, we some *****z baby
Some do walk, some do talk, some may buss their glocks
But I'm a ***** for lie and a man by choice

[Kardinal Offishall]
Walkin through London a balck man (*****)
Walkin through Rexdale a black man (*****)
Strollin through Dectaur as a black man (*****)
Yo, I was born to emcee representin with the Figurez
I can taste the history livin in my bones
For the thickness I got a love jones
I like my girls with the nappy dug out hips and chest buss out
Lips real full, gettin ready to cuss out
Parasuco gettin insulated by the structure
Body so powered that the labels be stickin out in 3-D
We salute the ladies - raped over time pushin out light babies
The slave masters with the devil in their eye
Saw nothin but a ***** when you walked by
But you the mother of creation
Let's bring back the family aspect and try to build a strong nation


[Kardinal Offishall]
Walkin through Chinatown a black man (*****)
Walkin through the projects a balck man (*****)
Strollin through Africa a black man (*****)
Some try to disrespect to make themsleves look bigger
I am a ***** since birth, a man by choice
Some men act ******ish pushin Rolls Royces
Thinkin them toys make a man
While you johnin them hookers
We tryin to make a stand
What you believe in?
Chris Rock? Or crack rock?
Soft rock? Or hard rock?
When I talk the whole world rocks
LIke the vote, we can change thinkin
Before you set a float your whole concepts sinkin
You know I like to see you back that *** up
But before you pass up, you should get your damn class up!
Take the hood out your mouth and parle!
So we can take back the world right now, today! *Vocal scratching*


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CD 1
  • 1 Intro
  • 2 Bakardi Slang
  • 3 Mic T.H.U.G.S.
  • 4 Husslin'
  • 5 Ol' Time Killin'
  • 6 Money Jane (remix)
  • 7 Man by Choice
  • 8 Maxine
  • 9 U R Ghetto 2002
  • 10 Quest for Fire
  • 11 Powerfulll
  • 12 G Walkin'
  • 13 Gotta Get It
  • 14 On Wit Da Show
  • 15 Go Ahead Den