By now you should know who you are, and Oddisee as well. Also, you should know that the word “acoustic” usually means that there are no sounds coming from an electronic instrument, like the guitar in the video for example. Nevertheless, this video’s stripped down composition certainly allows the listener to hear a great emcee enunciate meaningful lyrics with hardened passion, worth your bottom dollar. It’s free though.
You were there from the start/ taught me to be aware of the sharks & prepare for the dark/ you kept a secret you practiced what you were preaching against/ your inner demons were praying I would tear apart/ you won’t admit but you competed just a little a bit/ I could tell cause you’d be heated over little sh*t/ telling me to quit trying & get real/ I got a little shine you was like big deal/ I was pursuing dreams, steady doin my thing/ you wasn’t doing the same you wasn’t doing a thing/ from my truest to a brutes to a judas/ to who knew that this would happen/ but the fraction was brewing it seems/ I should have seen, mistaking smoke for a little steam/ it turned to fire you burned me hoping to ruin me/ I won’t even mention your name in the bars, it’s too close to the scars/ but I’m sure n*gga you know who you are/
You Know Who You Are
You were there from the start/ you told me what ever I’m doing to do it from the heart/ I was pursuing a dream that was cloaked in the cloth of the uncertain/ making money music & art/ and it wasn’t perfect/ you told me what ever’s worth it is worth hurting/ double edge seemingly sharp, rather unnerving/ but still, you believed in a brother/ I was starving as an artist, you was feeding a brother/ you could see in a brother what I couldn’t see myself/ when couldn’t see myself needing help/ one reason or another I was trying to do it all/ there’s allot of ways to fail but that’s the fastest to the fall/ but through it and after all you was with me not against/ you cheered me from the bench/ and now you’re with me as I ball/ and that meant, I ain’t got to mention your name in bars/ you know you’re close to my heart/ so I’m sure that/
You were there from the start/ before you were even aware of a plan you part/ of the scheme, grand as it could seem at the top/ man can only go so high before you reached where we can’t breath/ but you know your limitations you walk patient/ while everybody starts to run for their plan B/ like a fire escape, but you stay in the kitchen/ let them sleep on their dreams, you just lying awake/ you stay eyeing the cake, they getting greedy/ and then they turn their side against you like their getting sleepy/ try to prevent you cause you ain’t too what they bout/ get in your mental convince you to take the way out/ please, let them try, let the me fail/ let them tell lies on you let them be/ let them see you prevail/ let them bail on their attempt to stunt a star/ in any event be sure that you know who you are.