Gangsta’s Paradise, by Coolio – 2017

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothin’ left
‘Cause I’ve been blastin’ and laughin’ so long
That even my momma thinks that my mind is gone
But I ain’t never crossed a man that didn’t deserve it
Me be treated like a punk, you know that’s unheard of
You better watch how you talkin’ and where you walkin’
Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk
I really hate to trip, but I gotta loc
As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke
Fool, I’m the kinda G that little homies wanna be like
On my knees in the night, sayin’ prayers in the street light

Keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
Been spending most their lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise

Look at the situation they got me facin’
I can’t live a normal life, I was raised by the street
So I gotta be down with the hood team
Too much television watching, got me chasing dreams
I’m a educated fool with money on my mind
Got my ten in my hand and a gleam in my eye
I’m a loc’d out gangsta, set trippin’ banger
And my homies are down, so don’t arouse my anger
Fool, death ain’t nothin’ but a heart beat away
I’m livin’ life do or die, what can I say?
I’m 23 now, will I live to see 24?
The way things is going I don’t know

Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me?

Keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
Been spending most their lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise

Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody’s running, but half of them ain’t lookin’
It’s going on in the kitchen, but I don’t know what’s cookin’
They say I gotta learn, but nobody’s here to teach me
If they can’t understand it, how can they reach me?
I guess they can’t, I guess they won’t
I guess they front; that’s why I know my life is out of luck, fool!

Keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
Been spending most their lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Livin’ in a gangsta’s paradise

Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me?
[x2]

Ain’t no gangstas living in paradise [x2]

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One thought on “Gangsta’s Paradise, by Coolio – 2017

  1. Eu amo tanto essa música. Não só pela batida, mas sim pela sinceridade dela. a letra da música A canção começa com uma passagem do Salmo 23:4 da Bíblia: “Conforme eu caminho pelas sombras do vale da morte” mas então se diferencia com: “Eu dou uma olhada em minha vida/ E me dou conta de que não sobrou mais nada”. Então eu percebi que ao mesmo tempo que ele dá um som calmo a música, ele faz um desabafo, percebe-se que ele esta cansado, e sem saber o próprio caminho. O coral com sons de choros no fundo da música também contribuem para um tom mais religioso, é eletrizante e magnifico ao mesmo tempo o que fizeram com a música. “Olhe para a situação que eles me deram.
    Não posso viver uma vida normal.” Uma parte poética, e ao mesmo tempo tão lamentável, por que é isso que a sociedade rouba das pessoas, a chance de uma vida em paz, colocam padrões religiosos, morais, beleza. E esquecem que temos a oportunidade da escolha, Com certeza, a música é mais do que versos e batidas legais.

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