[Nas] It's been a long time, been a long time comin Looks like the death of me now But you know, there's no turning back now This is what makes me - this is what I am
[Puff] Feel me? Let's go
[Base Chorus: Puff Daddy] You can hate me now.. but I won't stop now.. Cause I can't stop now.. you can hate me now.. But I won't stop now.. cause I can't stop now.. You can hate me now.. you can hate me NOWWWW..
[1st Chorus: add Nas after each pause] Q.B., real niggas, Bravehearts, c'mon
[1st Chorus: after Nas add Puff Daddy ad lib] Well you hate me I'm gon' hate you too It's as simple as that Die motherfucker die motherfucker die You don't give a fuck I don't give a fuck Go down any way you want it to go down (do it now) Weak, jealous motherfuckers (do it now, do it now) Fuck y'all!
[Verse 1] Don't hate me, hate the money I see, clothes that I buy Ice that I wear, clothes that I try, close your eyes Picture me rollin, sixes, money foldin Bitches honies that swollen to riches, Nas get in ya Most critically acclaimed Pulitzer, prize winner Best storyteller thug narrator my style's greater Model dater, big threat to a lot of you haters Commentators ringside try watchin my paper Almost a decade, quite impressive Most of the best is in the essence for this rap shit that I stand for Expandin more to the big screen, Bill Gates dreams But it seems you'd rather see me in jail with state greens Want me off the scene fast, but good things last like your favorite MC still makin some mean cash First rapper to bring a platinum plaque, back to the projects but you still wanna hate, be my guest, I suggest
[Puff Daddy] Money is power motherfucker I got millions of thugs on salary, bitch (do it now)
[2nd Chorus: add Puff Daddy after each pause] I won't stop I can't stop You can hate me I hate you too You can hate me now.. You can hate me now..
[Nas] Do it now, I told you do it now [Puff] Let's go
[Verse 2] You wanna hate me then hate me; what can I do but keep gettin money, funny I was just like you I had to hustle hard never give up, until I made it Now y'all sayin that's a clever nigga, nuttin to play with Hate on me, I blew but I'm the same ol G People warn me, when you're on top there's envy Took my niggas out the hood, but you doubt on us Sayin we left the hood but can't get it out of us My bad, should I step out my shoes, give 'em to you? Here's my cars and my house, you can live in that too Criticize when I flow for the streets, hate my dress code Gucci this, Fendi that, what you expect hoe? Nickname Esco', took this game to its threshold Best flow I bet the whole U.S. know Try to make it like you the realest, but who the illest? Think we all know the answer to that, cause niggas feel this right
[Puff Daddy] You think I'ma come this far, and let you niggas stop me now? I hate you too!! (Do it now!)
[3rd Chorus: add Puff Daddy after each pause] I won't stop I can't stop You can hate me I hate you too You can hate me now.. You can hate me now..
[Puff] I like this.. I like the way this feels
[Verse 3] It's a thin line between paper and hate friends and snakes, nine millis and thirty-eights Hell or the pearly gates; I was destined to come Predicted, blame God, he blew breath in my lungs Second to none, wicked turn wives to widows Shoot through satin pillows, the desolate one Took a little time to claim my spot Chairman of the board until this game stop, and I side with the Lord Ride for the cause while drivin niggas shot at my doors Plottin I'm sure to catch me with they glocks to my jaws Tried, stickin me up, but I flipped on these ducks (you tried) Instead of me, ambulances were picking them up (that's what you get) Niggas fear what they don't understand, hate what they can't conquer Guess it's just the fury of man Became a monster, on top of the world, never fallin I'm as real as they come, from day one, forever ballin C'mon
[Puff Daddy] You ain't never seen a nigga like me, ever in your life And that's what you can't understand!
[4th Chorus: start w/ Puff Daddy, then after each pause] You can hate me now I won't stop I can't stop You can hate me I hate you too You can hate me now.. You can hate me now..
[Puff] You can hate me now [Nas] C'mon niggas [Puff] But I won't stop now [Nas] Do it now! Get this shit over with [Puff] But I won't stop now.. [Nas] It ain't gon' never stop niggas [Puff] I can't stop..