J-Live /

Longevity (radio mix)

[Verse 1]
With or without the mic when my mind gets phonetic
The mouth gets kinetically energetic, its simple as your alphabetics
My words you mark and never mock, long as my name has been Jean-Jacques
I keep you open like your pupils in the dark.
Dogs bark, at the gate, to negate what I create
Still I write rhymes, regardless of the stop signs,
In tough times or nice times, for shade or for sunshine
Throughout time, all times have been the right time, to recite mine to mankind
Who wants mine, come get mine, you best combine minds
Before you cross that fine line and say who is so called inclined
Press rewind, you'll find if you're blind, you can't see
How this defines and redefines M-U-S-I-C
Who I be H-I-P H-O-P
You know we as them strangers that some wish they could be or not to be
Impossibly as it transcends from the pen, to the key
To the mind you will find an emcee, good enough to envy
As long as I'm alive it'll send me to that next shit
That some just can't get wit' or F with
My alma matter told you that "it don't quit" kid
It don't start until it all seems to be so easy

[hook]
Easy
Emcee is my ambition
The incredible, lyrical and original
Emcee is my ambition

[Verse 2]
Who in their right minds thinks they can put a stop to hip hop
If it don't stop till I stop and I don't stop till it stop
Fake emcees that soak props like rag mops must get dropped
Risin' to the top of the bottom that's how I got 'em
If your hearts glass ceiling is my mind's glass floor
Whose style do you suppose reaches higher plateaus
While you kick those sellout flows in hope to sell out shows
But get your spots taken easy as the wind blows
J remains reppin all the heads whole steppin
Whose style shall be the illest with or without the weapon
With or without a doubt I maintain with just the facts
Improving skills with or without the record contracts
And yet still if that be's the case my presence was a gift in its own right
So I remain strong
Long as hands cap on, snare drums tap on
J's word stays bond and cornballs who rap on get snapped on
Live lyrics will be just that, just phat
Just right for all those who feel my flavors tight
I'm dedicated to the flow
The only way the true lyricist could ever make it seems so damn easy

[hook]
Easy
Emcee is my ambition
The incredible, lyrical and original
Emcee is my ambition

[Verse 3]
As I reserve the right to renovate the Raw Shack with lyrical scaffolds
Heads are battled as tracks are travelled
You're unraveled or should I say "unrapped" in this world where mics get checked
And all cornballs get slapped
Alright rhymes get rewritten, no bullshittin
Perfected JL run point and stays on it
Mastered styles look back and laugh at first drafts
Freestyles make toes wanna paydownponit
Do anything but lay down on it
Anestesiatics get trapped like rats in attics to craftmatics
but then transform like skilled wax to insomniacs
With my name in your almanacs infact
I let my glory be that never ending story
Like those that still inspire since seven albums before me
Cause yo from this old school comes a new degree
Yet to be mastered till longevity seems to be so easy

[hook]
Easy
Emcee is my ambition
The incredible, lyrical and original
Emcee is my ambition