won’t be long lyrics – rakim

“won’t be long”
(feat. tracey horton)

[intro: rakim]
in the words of the late great… martin luther king:
“how long? not long” [beat starts] [11 seconds insrtumental]
won’t be long…
uh-huh!
uh, uh!
sing along!

[chorus: (rakim)]
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong (uh-huh!) ’til the trouble and the struggle is gooooone.
the hustle make the struggle get gooooone.
[rakim:]
it’s hard to make a move, we strugglin’! (uh-huh!)
everybody hate to lose (uh!) but they love to win. (uh!)
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong ’til the world sings the words to our sooooong. (sing along!)
that way we forever live ooooon! (uh!)
[rakim:]
back on my grind, i’m hustlin’. (uh-huh!)
it’s just a matter (uh-huh!) of time an’ i’ll come up again! (uhh!)

[rakim:]
they told me hustle never prolong
but i got caught up in the struggle like a slow song. (uh-huh!)
cause my love and respect for this is so strong
i question the state of hip-hop (uh), major labels, et cetera and so on! (uh!)
the show’ll go on. – still fiend to get my blow on
but if it’s like this, then i might quit.
but hold on! (uh!) – this can only go wrong – but for so long (uh-huh!)
get right quick or i might flip!
try to keep a tight lip, not to complain (sssssshhhhhhh!)
ramblin’, mind scramblin’ cause patience ain’t blockin’ the pain. (uh-uh!)
mic’ sick, lyrics is still locked in the brain, (uh-huh!)
like mike vick sittin’ in jail watchin’ the game. (uh!)
i wait ’til the day i (day i!) – play my position (ch’eah!)
or should i say the day i – obey my addiction. (uh-huh!)
then complete my legacy (uh!)
without compromisin’ my artistic integrity. (c’mon!)

[chorus: (rakim) {tracey horton}]
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong (won’t be long!) ’til the trouble and the struggle is gooooone. (uh!)
the hustle make the struggle get gooooone.
[rakim:]
it’s hard to make a move, we strugglin’!
everybody hate to lose but they love to win. {yeeeaahhhhhh! hmmmmmmmm!}
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong {oooh!} ’til the world sings the words to our sooooong. (no words!)
that way we forever live ooooon! {oooh!}
[rakim:]
back on my grind, i’m hustlin’. (yeah, it’s true!)
it’s just a matter of time (uh!) an’ i’ll come up again! (uh-huh!)

[rakim:]
so when they ask where i go from here (go ‘head!)
the road and the goal is clear (uh!) but it’s so severe. (uh!)
sometimes i feel like lettin’ go, i swear
i had setbacks my whole career. (straight y’all!)
messin’ with my grind’s like messin’ with my mind (uh!)
but yo! – i’m still breathin’, so i guess it’s just a sign. (uh-huh!)
but it’s meaning to the message in the lines (word up!)
some things happen for a reason (uh!) like a blessin’ in disguise.
but success was in my eyes, the shine was blindin’ me
the fame and a little bit of change, it took some time to see!
the lesson for the wise – profit more. (uh!)
time to be a record and the prize (uh-huh!) was poppin’ off. (uh!)
finally i made a couple of moves. – got my own label (gotta get it!)
me and a couple of dudes, we at the dope table. (let’s get that money!)
took a oath to stay true (uh!) now it’s an empire
put out the new rakim alb*m and it’s fire!

[chorus: (rakim) {tracey horton}]
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong (uhh!) ’til the trouble and the struggle is gooooone. (won’t be long!)
the hustle make the struggle get gooooone. (won’t be long!)
[rakim:]
it’s hard to make a move, we strugglin’! (uhh!)
everybody hate to lose but they love to win. {yeeeaaaaaaahhhhhh!} {ooooh!}
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong ’til the world sings the words to our sooooong. {ooooh!}
that way we forever live ooooon! (uh-huh!)
[rakim:]
back on my grind, i’m hustlin’. (yeah!)
it’s just a matter of time (uh-huh!) an’ i’ll come up again! (yeah!)

[rakim:]
feel like i’m back where i belong when i’m in the booth (uh!)
produce and perform at my pinnacle. (uh-huh!)
speak the truth in my songs and my interviews (the truth!)
for the youth and my dons and my women, too! (uh-huh!)
guap insisted. – watch your bidness with a drama, dunn. (get that money!)
hustlers is where we get persona from!
gotta get it, not just wish a dollar come (uh, go get it!)
we optimistic since obama won.
but these days of recession
we ain’t safe yet! (uh-uh!) – pray! – a paycheck away from the great depression. (uh!)
major stressin’! – but we wait for blessings
long as the federal reserve still paper pressing. (uh!)
i wrote the plot – for gettin’ this cabbage in the hood (uh-huh!)
where the average cat can triple his status in the hood.
don’t stop! – ’til we livin’ lavish in the hood (uh-huh!)
i’m like barack (uh!) with “the stimulus package” (uh!) in the hood.

[chorus: (rakim) {tracey horton}]
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong ’til the trouble and the struggle is gooooone. (soon it’s over!)
the hustle make the struggle get gooooone. {ooooooohhhhh-ohhhhhhh!}
[rakim:]
it’s hard to make a move, we strugglin’! (uh-huh!)
everybody hate to lose but they love to win. {yeee-aahhh-yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!}
[tracey h.:]
it won’t be looooong {ooooh!} ’til the world sings the words to our sooooong. {ooooh!}
that way we forever live ooooon! (you know the words, sing along!) {ooooh!}
[rakim:]
back on my grind, i’m hustlin’.
it’s just a matter of time {ooooh!} an’ i’ll come up again! {ooooh!}

[bridge: tracey horton (rakim)]
it won’t be looooong (stay focused!) ’til the trouble and the struggle is gooooone. (change gon’ come!)
the hustle make the struggle get gooooone. (just be ready for it!) [beat fades out]
it won’t be looooong ’til the world sings the words to our sooooong.)
that way we forever live ooooon!

/ rakim lyrics