Jay-Z feat. Gloria Carter – Smile (Lyrics | Video)

Lyrics “Smile” by Jay-Z feat. Gloria Carter

Good morn’ or evening, friends
Smile, you recordin’..

Slammin’ Bentley doors like we invented doors
20 years ago we drove Bentley Azures
We drinkin’ Cristal and.. yeah
Kept the tray on me like Chris Paul then
Drinkin’ Ace of Spades like it’s codeine now
Tryna put a million on the whole team now

Push through the pain so we can see new life
So all the ladies havin’ babies, see a sacrifice
Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
Society shame and the pain was too much to take

Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
I just wanna see you smile through all the hate
Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake

Bad times turn to good memories, smile
Even when I’m gone and you remember me, smile
Good times never fade away, smile
Even if I’m not with you here today, smile
Good morn’ or evening, friends
Here’s your friendly announcer

Far as draft picks, my name did not get called
Bet before I go I put a billion on the board
Hall of Fame Hov, I did it all without a pen
Y’all knew that was comin’, I had to remind y’all again, huh
Flyin’ paper planes through the projects
Now the whole projects on my jet

Now you see the real in the front row
In every one of y’all televised shows
Super facts
N*ggas switched sides, traded pride, we don’t do all that
A loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson
Appreciate the pain, it’s a blessin’

Bad times turn to good memories, smile
Even when I’m gone and you remember me, smile
Good times never fade away, smile
Even if I’m not with you here today, smile
Good morn’ or evening, friends

I mastered my aesthetics
I know you often heard me wax poetic
‘Bout bein’ back in the Lexus
But trust me, that was nothin’
A n*gga up in the hundreds of millions
I have no ceilings, ah, this that feelin’, I’m that boy

Anita Baker’s, You Bring Me Joy
Slappin’ out of the toy, the separation is clear
In my rear-view mirror, objects is further than they appear
Oh yeah, I was born with a pair
Playin’ for high stakes
Norman’s Cay, he looked up and out of the Lear

How n*ggas can’t relate
F*ck a slice of the apple pie, want my own cake
In charge of my own fate
Respect Jimmy Iovine
But he gotta respect the Elohim as a whole new regime
And n*ggas playin’ for power, huh

So our music is ours
N*ggas own their own houses
Ours was, f*ck you, pay me
Now it’s, f*ck payin’ me, I pay you
Put the rest away for Blue
That blood money, I giggle at it
Can’t even support my miss’s habit

Jewelry shoppin’ in Paris
All y’all jewelers should be embarrassed, huh
Blood diamonds drippin’ with guilt
I still ain’t trippin’, that’s life, winners and losers
Drug dealers and abusers, America likes me ruthless
My therapist said I relapsed

I said, Prehaps I Freudian slipped in European whips
God sent me to break the chain
I’m the true and livin’
God in the flesh, the rest of these n*ggas is vain
A stain on the white suit, inferior IQ
N*ggas’ll rip your shit off TIDAL just to spite you
Ahhhh, what did I do
‘Cept try to free you

N*ggas’ll love you but hate you ’cause they can’t be you
Dump ’em all in the bayou, uh
Everybody wave bye to the guy you thought you could lie to
This was meant to be a haiku, huh
But my story’s too wide to fit inside the line or two
Oh, these that drugs

Heron flow, I spaz on the stove
This is Hov, no flex zone, n*gga, who lied to you
Look, you a pedestrian
Don’t ever question the security I provided you
Oh y’all thought I was washed
I’m at the cleaners

Launderin’ dirty money like the Teamsters, huh
Shout out to Hoffa back home, he in the church
When I heard you got booked, that shit hurt
Fear for you, bro, we know the system don’t work
Take a young n*gga’s freedom over some dirt
Yet it’s legal in Colorado
Yeah, we deny

Black entrepreneurs, free enterprise
That’s why it’s a black market, that’s why it’s called the trap
That’s why it’s called the projects ’cause it’s exactly that
All these people was gon’ kill me, heh
‘Cause the more I reveal me, the more they ‘fraid of the real me
Welcome back Carter, smile

Living in the shadow
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
Because that’s what you want them to see
Living two lives, happy, but not free
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting
Your family or the person you love

The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
But you live with the fear of just being me
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
No harm for them, no harm for me
But life is short, and it’s time to be free
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed

➤ Album: 4:44
Produced by No I.D. and Jay-Z
JAY-Z 2017

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