"And as the mouthpiece Of every single citizen without peace Direction and leadership I'ma spit it 'til your ears can't believe this shit We got weapons of mass destruction, and we is it"
"Talk To You (remix)"
"I wish the government would quit tappin' phones in the ghetto (Leave us alone) I wish my student loans were all settled I wish they'd quit riggin' elections, the shit is depressin' Bet your bottom dollar Bush wins again, no question I wish AIDS didn't exist I wish I didn't have flashbacks of my cousin slittin' his wrists I wish there weren't so many single mothers and deadbeat dads Yeah"
"You mad at the last album, I apologize for it Yo, I can't call it, man muh'fuckin' Wyclef spoiled it"
"Two roads diverged in a wood, I took the one less travelled I'm patient so that's one less hassle If I dream it, I can live it I've seen the light with vivid imagery I need to write with fits of energy But it's hard tryin' to get where I'm goin' Without a hint or an omen It's too late to turn around Perseverance, gotta learn it now But I'm stubborn how Am I supposed to survive this rollercoaster hurtlin' to the ground?"
"I guess it's true what they say, the third time's a charm I grabbed the game and let it die in my arms Then resurrected it Changed clothes, same flow, perfected it They know Swain though they still won't respect the kid But I ain't slowin' up This time, blowin' up Sponsors, concerts, everybody showin' up Know enough tricks of the trade to get a record deal: Fresh kicks, press kits, sex appeal Had to mail my demo out 'cause I ain't had enough bus pass To take the bus first class So frustrated, had to puff-puff-pass Sent my CD out to Puff, Puff passed Must've had enough trash on his desk this year Sent one to So So Def, but it fell on so so deaf ears I never once shed tears, this must be a test here"
"D. Swain ain't never dwell on shit So why would he start now? The perfect time for him to depart, vowed To make a name for myself Get some fame, maybe gain some wealth (what else?) I gave you the pain of a black man going through thangs Just being myself and showing you Swain Now a nigga feelin' disenchanted, jaded 'Cause instead of gettin' props, Danny got hated Yeah I made it to the top, but I'm tossin' myself off D. Swain kill his image? Chalk it up as a loss Goodbye"
"So one time for my disillusioned artists, I hear ya Two times for the kid that air-guitars in the mirror Three times for the 9-to-5-in' bus ridin' dudes And four times for my dreamers, yo I'm just like you That's why I sing for my queens with their own pair of wings My brothers flyin' beside me, drama behind me Mama tried to find me, she inquired emphatically I was in the sky with all these other ghetto kids, defying gravity, uh"
"Fly, Pt. 2"
"Tribe purist to the fullest If'n you ain't feelin' this track, then you're full of it Pull that li'l shit if you wanna, ya dig But you ain't gonna do me like you did those Kidz, and clown me Homage, comma, props Call it what you want, but I'm not gonna stop Record hit the store and I'm not gonna flop And if I do, well then it's fodder for the message boards tomorrow"
"I, once was retired but he's sort of back Haven't been the same since Uncle L sneezed on a track (Heee-shay!) I'm 'bout to throw some D's on the 'Lac Sike...my guest appearances is cheese for the rats Pease porridge hot? Nah nigga, pease porridge black Please pour a batch of Singaporan tea, more than that Y'all gon' need some bigger cups if you fuckin' with me and Naledge Even college was a hustle to him, like me at Claflin We is laughin' at the competition deviously So much accomplished, Wikipedia's peeved"
"Guess Who's Back"
"But she just stood there, scared that I might snap I looked in her eyes and there were years of disappointment starin' right back And I was scared too, scared of what she would say But I was embarassed like I, like I sat through three Madea plays Before she walked away, Misery stopped And she said 'look at your music career, you're in the same spot' 'Nah,' I said, 'don't even try me Because you used to stand beside me But I moved so far ahead you're ninety feet behind me'"
"[Relationships] never seem to work out, I mean it gets to the point where I have to be extremely cautious. You have to understand, this stardom thing is still new to me, I don't even consider myself "famous". It's 2008: if you have a blog, a mixtape and two pairs of skinny jeans you, too, can be 'famous'."
"I wasn’t reluctant about it. I’ve had so many fans online and at shows ask for my old material that I was surprised. So when I had the chance to release my back catalog on iTunes it was really for the fans. I’m still surprised when a fan comes up to me and ask about F.O.O.D. I want to please those fans that have enjoyed my previous albums and I also want to be able to see the progression of my music for posterity sake."