if i should die lyrics – jay-z

life, death, here, gone, yo

if i should die, don’t cry my n*gg*s
just ride my n*gg*s
bust bullets in the sky my n*gg*s
and when i’m gone, don’t mourn my n*gg*s
get on my n*gg*s, when it’s real
say word to shawn my n*gg*s

if i should die don’t cry my n*gg*s
it’s been one h*ll of a ride my n*gg*s
in the middle of the trial i flip pies my n*gg*s
i did joints with mary j. blige my n*gg*s

i’ve eluded the coppers, got booted with big poppa
skated through with the caesar picadas
at high school got head by the lockers
g*ssed the baddest girl in the cl*ss to show me her knockers

rocked jewels, dropped school, still didn’t fail
rhymes still written well, hold court in the street
never sit in the cell for a second then i’m gettin’ my bail
shoot it out with the bounty hunters f*ck
sittin’ in the county for summers if they should down me

everybody around us become one for that day
to live life get your sh*t right and play
don’t get it twisted like rays if i miss that’s okay
but life’s short don’t miss a day

if i should die don’t cry my n*gg*s
just ride my n*gg*s, bust bullets in the sky my n*gg*s
and when i’m gone don’t mourn my n*gg*s
get on my n*gg*s when it’s real
say word to shawn my n*gg*s

if i should die don’t cry my n*gg*s
it’s been one h*ll of a ride my n*gg*s
say word to wais my n*gg*s
when i’m gone don’t mourn my n*gg*s
just keep gettin’ it on my n*gg*s
say word is bond my n*gg*s

i got a lot to look back on in ’88
got my crack on ten years later gettin’ my rap on
gettin’ shorties like a thespian
had an episode with two lesbians, got a fetish for that

drunk ginseng with japanese chicks and pulled the root out
squeeze my whole clip to survive shootouts
been on both coasts fired all kinds of heat
probably be kinda glad to leave these mean streets

i got dead mens to meet and questions to fulfill
like is that mystery god real?
and how was kennedy killed? i ain’t mad
i must’ve smoked a ton of reefer sipped coronas
with latifah broke the code of geneva

i know when i reach the other side
i’ma see the cat i had beef with who blood remains on my sneaker
then it’s on again if i could be born again
i live my life through my son and tell him never have a friend

just family reincarnated, i’ll show him the time
that i waited to get paid tell him never be afraid
n*gg*s hearts pump kool aid and yo blood run thicker
never shed tears, cry liquor my n*gg*

if i die don’t cry my n*gg*s
it’s been one h*ll of a ride my n*gg*s
say word to wais my n*gg*s
when i’m gone don’t mourn my n*gg*s
just keep bangin’ these songs my n*gg*s
say word is bond my n*gg*s

if i die don’t cry my n*gg*s
just stay gettin’ high my n*gg*s
don’t wonder why my n*gg*s
when i’m gone live on my n*gg*s
just follow my path my n*gg*s
say word to half my n*gg*

i’m the aftermath of pleasure never die alone
born to live forever through life’s struggles
i cut corners and took drastic measures
see you n*gg*s life expire right in front of me

time could never mend what these cold streets
mentally done to me too often i close my eyes
and see my own coffin’ feelin’ haunted ready to leave
this world that i’m lost in my only chance
to see the seeds i lost through abortion

when i’m gone y’all n*gg*s better not mourn
keep flossin’ as long as my name
lives on what’s most important
i’ll be down in h*ll scorchin’ preparin’ for life

afterlife still torchin’ and blazin’ these mics
it’d rain for forty days and forty nights
and i’d return on the third like christ

without my physical portion
my spirit a poltergeist for sure
i’ll be back through the heist tomorrow
blood over y’all fake n*gg*s door
what you thought? what you thought n*gg*?

if i should die don’t cry my n*gg*s
just stay gettin’ high my n*gg*s
don’t wonder why my n*gg*s
when i’m gone, live on my n*gg*s
just follow my path my n*gg*s
say word to half my n*gg*

when i die don’t cry my n*gg*s
it’s been one h*ll of a ride my n*gg*s
say word to wais my n*gg*s
when i’m gone don’t mourn my n*gg*s
just keep gettin’ it on my n*gg*s
say word is bond my n*gg*s

if i die don’t cry my n*gg*s
just ride my n*gg*s, bust bullets in the sky my n*gg*s
and when i’m gone don’t mourn my n*gg*s
get on my n*gg*s, when it’s real
say word to shawn my n*gg*s

if i should die, i’d tell big they’re still hearin’ his songs
run into pac ask him where we went wrong
tell him life is miserable when ya dealin’ in the physical form
is everything that’s invisible gone?

i need to know will i still feel pain or will it be ironic
will i chill in the flames for all the ills of my brain
can i reveal the game to all the hustlers
trapped in the race and if so can i leave this place

can i puff cigars and drink cristal
if this is heaven to me is this considered heavenly
can i still touch lives answer they whats and whys
make sure everybody in my fam’ clutch five

if i should die don’t cry my n*gg*s

/ jay z lyrics