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What We Doin' (Ballin)

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Write songs and we mourn em. Pay em no attention til they gone cuz they funeral is the most thats ever been spent on em. Sent warning shots when HIS pops was replaced with the block. Nine glock on his waist with a little bit of weight in his socks and the laces that he rock in his all black shoes either red or they blue or they gold, or they got a color code letting everybody know that he bang for the Lords or the Folks or the Moes or the foes. They say the games to be sold. Niggas can't afford. So a nigga aint never been told that the shit that he sold's provided by the people that'll put him in the hole. Solitary or casket the fact is, this shit aint built for black kids. They shop for the product of the block pushing product on the block. Now they got a whole cell block full of have nots.

A young nigga from the center of the map, where that senator barack represented, epicenter of the trap where they hustle to get by like sinnerman sample. Sentiment shared so I send em in there. they swear I'm Snapple, made from the best stuff here, til I sit em in chair. Make em watch like citizen but please don't stair. you gon need an elevator for the heights I've cleared. Size 13’s for the nikes I wear, my pairs unlucky and of heights they scared. The mayor don't care so the towers gon tear, now they praying that my project drop next year. Though nothing compares to them terrorist acts, Trade center for they moment in the sun like Shaq. The hood ground zero like tare in fact, so a cheer for every kid young, gifted and black. We (ballin)

Push to the limit for them niggas on the block that grind on the corner, pray the laws don't watch. Niggas swear they'll ride til somebody arrive at the coroner, the bullshit stop.
Ride for the kids being raised by video games, videos, gangs. Aint shit changed. I was raised in the era of killin niggas for J's.
And still ill kill for the sevens or the eights
And still I feel it'll never be straight.
Pause. Nevermind let em eat cake
Au bon pain. Swanna know when its all gon change, But that's like tryna find waldo mayn
Guess that's why niggas ball on chains, make it rain in the club, stay fly when the price of the planes goin up; Cuz they aint give a fuck when it rained on us.
Yall aint learn shit 9-11? Whats 600 gon do in a recession? Niggas heard barack at the 04 convention and voted george bush in the got damn election.
Nevermind the war and inflated oil when the black vote split on gay marriage and abortion.
Black folks split on saying nigga in recordings. Had to be a nigga with a perm in the pulpit.
Now they say it aint race its the poor and I was born in a city where black people the poorest. How you tell a nigga that the streets aint for him when his daddy aint around and mama can't afford him?
Four dollar gas, 200 for the Jordans, 700 flip on a ounce of that raw. And I'd be lying if I said I could solve it, tryna figure what im gon wear on tour. We (ballin)


from The Manhattan Project, track released September 7, 2010
(C. Butler, D. Giles, E. Dillard). Produced by Brenmar & The Paxtons. Recorded by The Paxtons, New York, NY. Mixed by Zacharias Wise at Depth charge Studios, Alexandria, VA. Spoken Vocals by Sleep E. “What We Doin” Samples “Hate” by Jay-Z.


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The Paxtons Brooklyn, New York

In an industry where perception routinely trumps reality, it’s easy to confuse instantaneous buzz with enduring success. Deriving their name from the block on the south side of Chicago where they were born and raised, The Paxtons strive to create timeless, genre-bending music that innovates without regard to the latest trends. ... more

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