Rule Lyrics

Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah
Nas, uh, yo, yo
Life, they wonder
Can they take me under?
Nah, never that, nah, yo, yo

I come from that housin' tenement buildings
Unlimited killings, menaces, marked for death
Better known as the projects where junkies and rock heads dwell
Though I owe to it my success

With survival of the fittest, everyday is a chal'
I would think I'm a part of U.S.A. and be proud
Confronted with racism, started to feel foreign
Like the darker you are the realer your problems

I reached for the stars but I just kept slippin'
On this life mission, never know what's next
Ancient kings from Egypt up to Julius Caesar
Had a piece of the globe, every continent

Yo, there's Asia, Africa, Europe, France, Japan
Pakistan, America, Afghanistan
Yo, there's Protestants, Jews, Blacks, Arabics
Call a truce, world peace, stop actin' like savages

No war, we should take time and think
The bombs and tanks makes mankind extinct
But since the beginnin' of time
It's been men with arms fightin'

Lost lives in the Towers and Pentagon
Why then must it go on
We must stop the killin'
Tell me why we die, we all God's children

All this hate can't last forever
(Uh, c'mon)
It's time that we stand together
(Yeah, for the world)
Everybody wants to rule the world
(What, what, what, what, what, c'mon)


Yo, there's brothers on the block, posted up like they own it
That's they corner from New York to California
Got blocks locked down
Like, "Dog, you safe whenever you with me, see, this is my town"

So the youngsters grows in ghettos, goes to prison
At an early age, already know it's against him
So in order for him to survive, one day he must
Open up his eyes to the setbacks and rise

'Cause everybody wants a shot in this land of opportunity
Look at what this country's got
There shouldn't be nobody homeless
How can the President fix other problems when he ain't fixed home yet

The earth wasn't made for one man to rule alone
To all colors and creeds is to whom it belongs
I want land, mansions, banks and gold
The diamonds in Africa, oil in my control

The world's natural resources, all its residuals
But then comes foes
I have to guard it with missiles
And I become the most wanted
But is it worth hearin' a million people problems
And followed by secret service

I guess attempts at my life with loaded barrels
So move over Colin Powell or just throw in the towel, yo

All this hate can't last forever
(Uh, c'mon)
It's time that we stand together
(Yeah, for the world)
Everybody wants to rule the world
(What, what, what, what, what, c'mon)


Y'all know, that's my style to hit you at the right time
No other compares to what Nas write down
Tell you my dreams, show you my pain is yours
You could get what you love, be a chain of cause

You alive right now
There's so many that's dead or locked up inside the beast
I'm a hot light now, it's whatever man think of manifest to the real
The plan is to wake up 'cause time reveals

All this hate can't forever last
All my ghetto heroes in Heaven, it's like you right here and never passed
You just transcend, I know I'm gonna see you again
Hopin' I reach the world leaders and win

Ain't nothin' without struggle, listen up, it's critical
We used to fear arms, now the weapons are chemical
In hip hop, the weapons are lyrical
To be the best you challenge the best and the blessings are spiritual

Top of the world for the kid and unless
Poppin' any rapper's head off his shoulders no contest
I know the most high hear me
So fly you can't near me

You scared off a mirror
My theory is that knowledge is power
To every projects and every street corner
We gotta get out of this, now

All this hate can't last forever
It's time that we stand together
Everybody wants to rule the world

Yo, niggas ain't forget shit, know what I'm sayin'?
Niggas ain't forget nothin' man
The men, women and children killed by the police and shit
Niggas ain't gon' forget that, man, you know what I mean?

Yo, what this war just show me is like, whatever you want out of life
Whatever you feel is rightfully yours, go out and take it
Even if that means blood and death
You know, that's what I was raised up on
That's what this country's about
This is, this is, what my country is and my country's a muthafucka'

Songwriter(s): Ian Stanley, Samuel Barnes, Jean Olivier, Chris Hughes, Nasir Jones, Roland Orzabal, Amerie Rogers
Copyright: Universal Music - Z Songs, Mi Suk Publishing, Emi Virgin Music Ltd., Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Emi 10 Music Ltd., Ill Will Music Inc., Emi Virgin Songs Inc., Ekop Publishing LLC, Sony/A
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