Keyamsha and the Awakening of 2Pac

I see no changes.
Wake up in the morning and I ask myself:
Is life worth livin?
Should I blast myself?
I’m tired of bein poor and even worse
I’m Black
My stomach hurts
so I’m lookin for a purse to snatch.
Cops give a damn about a negro.
Pull a trigger.
Kill a nigga. 


He’s a hero.
Give the crack
to the kids
who the hell care?
One less hungry mouth
on the welfare.
First ship em dope
and let em deal to brothers.
Give em guns
step back.
Watch em kill each other
Its time to fight back.
That’s what Huey said.
Two shots in the dark.
Now Huey’s dead.
I got love for my brothers
but we could never go no where
unless we share with each other
we gotta start makin changes
learn to see me as your brother
instead of two distant strangers
and that’s how its supposed to be
how can a devil take my brother
if he’s close to me?
I’d love to go back to the way we played
as kids
but things change
that’s the way it is

(Refrain)
That’s just the way it is
Things will never be the same (repeat 2x)

I see no changes.
All I see is racist faces.
Misplaced hate
Makes disgrace for races
we under
I wonder what it takes to make this
one better place?
Let’s erase the wasted.
Take the evil out the people
they’ll be actin right.
Cuz more black than white
is smokin crack tonight
and the only time we chill
is when we kill each other
it take skill
to be real
time to heal each other
and although it seems
heaven sent
we aint ready
to see a Black President
(uh)
It ain’t a secret
don’t conceal the fact
the penitentiary’s packed
and it’s filled with Blacks.
But some things will never change
try to show another way
but stayin in the dope game
Now tell me what’s a mother to do
Being real
don’t appeal
to the brother in you
you gotta operate the easy way
(I made a G today)
But you made it in a sleazy way
sellin crack to the kids
(I gotta get paid)
well hey
That’s they way it is.

(Refrain)
That’s just the way it is
Things will never be the same (repeat 2x)

We gotta make a change.
It’s time for us as a people to start makin some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat,
let’s change the way we live,
and let’s change the way we treat each other.

You see the old way wasn’t workin
so it’s on us to do what we gotta do
to survive.

And still I see no changes.
Can a brother get a little peace?
It’s war on the streets
and war in the middle east.

Instead of war on poverty
they got a war on drugs
so the police can bother me.

And I ain’t never did a crime
I ain’t have to do.
But now I’m back
Givin you the facts
Givin facts to you
Don’t let em Jack you up
back you up
crack you up
and pimp smack you up.

You gotta learn to hold your own.
They get jealous when they see you
with your mobile phone.
But tell the cops: “You can’t touch this.”
I don’t trust this
and when they try to rush
I bust this.
That’s the sound of my tune.
You say it ain’t cool.
My momma didn’t raise no fool.
And as long as I stay Black
I gotta stay strapped
and I never get to lay back.
Cuze I always gotta worry bout the payback.
Some buck
that I roughed up
way back
coming back
after all these years.
ratta tat tat tat tat
that’s the way it is

(Refrain)
That’s just the way it is
Things will never be the same (repeat 3x)