In This Life… Lyrics - Gang Starr feat. Snoop Dogg & Uncle Reo

Uncle Reo The Ownerz cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2003-6-24
Genre: Hip Hop
Style: Conscious
length: 3:07
producer: DJ Premier
vocal: Guru
guest: Uncle Reo and Snoop Dogg
co-producer: Guru
composer: DJ Premier, Guru
lyricist: Guru, Snoop Dogg, Uncle Reo
DJ Premier]
Word up
Aiyyo Rome' (yo)
Yo life ain't what it's cracked up to be these days, why'knahmean?
Word! Knahmsayin?
Life hard out this muh'****er, why'knahmsayin?

[DJ Premier]
So you gotta make the best of a bad situation, and hold your head

Know what I'm sayin? You gotta progress through the struggle man

[Guru] In this life.. (ohhh, this life)
[DJ P] "You better wake up"
[Guru] In this life.. (talkin bout this life)
[DJ P] "are-are-Remember this"
[Guru] In this life.. (whoah-ohhh)
[DJ P] "S-S-Survival of the fittest" -> Nas
[Guru] In this life..
[DJ P] "I go all out" - "why'knahmsayin?"

[Verse One: Guru]
From New York to Cali it remains the same
***** *****z always want to go against the grain
The strong will survive, the weak shall perish
Why'all need more courage, I keep why'all nourished

Get in line, I let you know right now
You need to slow right down or you get blown right now
From what I see it's systematic how we push to addicts
Demographics make the street life hell or drastic

In the hood we see oppressive genocide
'Cause if it's on it's on, you know at least 10 men'll ride
But on the other side, corruption runs deep
I'm aware of the conspiricies, discussion is brief

They're building more prisons, spendin less on schools
On the block Smith & Wess-ons and Teflons rule
It's hard to escape it, certain laws are sacred
In this life my *****, it's mad hard to make it

[Guru] In this life..
[Dogg] Money is key
[Dogg] And everybody you see ain't what they claim to be
[Guru] In this life..
[Dogg] I try to do right
[Dogg] I live a treacherous life, I know I ain't right, mm
[Guru] In this life..
[Dogg] You got to keep on
[Dogg] You got to be strong, you got to hold on
[Guru] In this life, heh, I come in peace
[Guru] But still yo, I come from the streets

[Verse Two: Snoop Dogg]
This one's for my sons and my lil' daughter
Peace to JMJ and my ***** Headquarters
A +GangStarr+ with a gangster, on a mission
World +Premier+, limited edition

My mind keeps driftin cause I haven't had a spliff in
A long time, I'm doin fine, I feel teriffic
I bop up the street, see-walk to the beat
It's cold outdoors, so I got to keep some heat

I never know when a cutthroat gon' try to test me
Disrespect me, things could get messy
Yes he, shoot a good game, like James
I mean Jesse, watch out *****, heavens to Betsies

The big drum beater
With a car full of heaters and some fly senoritas
In some Stacy's or some Chucks, cause I gotsta keep it G'd up
Run up on the Dogg man you bound to get beat up

[Guru] In this life.. (ohhh, this life, I'm tryin to make it better)
[DJ P] "You better wake up"
[Guru] In this life.. (I won't have to struggle no mo', no I won't)
[DJ P] "are-are-Remember this"
[Guru] In this life.. (ohhh, this life, this life)
[DJ P] "S-S-Survival of the fittest" -> Nas
[Guru] In this life.. (tryin to make it better, yes I am)

[Outro: Uncle Reo]
Ooooohhh, talkin bout this life
Whoahhhhh, this life, this life...

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CD 1
  • 1 Intro (HQ, Goo, Panch)
  • 2 Put Up or Shut Up
  • 3 Werdz From the Ghetto Child
  • 4 Sabotage
  • 5 Rite Where U Stand
  • 6 Skills
  • 7 Deadly Habitz
  • 8 Nice Girl, Wrong Place
  • 9 Peace of Mine
  • 10 Who Got Gunz
  • 11 Capture (Militia, Part 3)
  • 13 Riot Akt
  • 14 (Hiney)
  • 15 Same Team, No Games
  • 16 In This Life…
  • 17 The Ownerz
  • 18 Zonin’
  • 19 Eulogy