* this song borrows from Common's "The People" [Intro] I keep it all the way honest with you I just be spitting a lot of those punch lines because A lot of people tell me that's what they want to hear And me, honestly I feel like I grew out of it I honestly don't even like rap like I used to You know? It's real easy to spit 160 bars about nothing Uh, uh, uh Don't hurt 'em Hammer Uh, uh, uh Don't hurt 'em Hammer [Repeat - x8] Let's get it, let's get it Don't hurt 'em Hammer [Hook 1] Told y'all, not with the gimmicks, I keep it so raw Hold y'all, under contemporaries, I blow ya nose off Most y'all, rappers be making me want to dose off That's why I raised the bar just like the game of pole vault [Verse 1] Hold up, look at the game and appreciate it Stop hating on all the artists, while albums even get rated Tell you to be creative, and as soon as you be creative The same people that say it don't like it, they like "I hate it" They make a club song and the minute you do the same The same people that said it, will say "You in need of change" The music is getting lame, the people in it the same The house, the car, the strip, are the only thing in the frame [Hook 2] Told y'all, not with the gimmicks, I keep it so raw Blow y'all, out of the box with a flow that go off Money and fame done cost me a bunch of road dogs Gotta keep that, iron near me but it ain't no golf [Verse 2] Looking it at the TV, I can't believe I'm hearing it I can't understand ya, it's just like your speaking Arabic In love with rap, so I made the mistake and married it Now I'm feeling like, get away from me, you embarrassing iTunes downloads and ringtones tearing it Into smithereens, if you loving music then cherish it Listening to music that's older than what my parents is So beautiful like a model think her appearance is [Hook 3] Told y'all, not with the gimmicks, I keep it so raw Hold up, listen to Lil Weezy and Hova Most of, rappers be having funny aromas Know a, player gon' get it like I'm supposed ta [Repeat - x8] Let's get it, let's get it Don't hurt 'em Hammer [Chamillionaire talking] I know I ain't gonna be a rapper forever And not because I think I'ma fall off or anything It's because, I just don't feel rap I used to man I remember I used to just wake up in the morning And I used to look at my pad, and it was empty And I would fill it up with nothing but lyrics You know what I'm saying? I know a lot of people talk Like they don't write down their lyrics and they do it all in their head But me, hey I take pride in writing down lyrics man I used to scratch out everything on the paper And change the whole rap, up until I felt it was perfect I used to perfect my craft so much and just make each rap Be the best one that I could possibly make it And I try so hard to, you know To get back to that feeling I used to have, but I just can't you know I look at a piece of paper now and it just doesn't give me that same feeling it used to No matter how hard I try, people say that the industry will burn you like that And they say it's mainly because of the pressures in the record industry but I don't know man, I don't know what it is but I just know The same feeling I used to get from music, I just don't get anymore like I remember the feeling I used to get when I heard them live instruments on Snoop Dogg's Gin & Juice Or you know when 'Pac was going off on everyone in the industry or Or when Scarface and 2Pac did a song for the first time Or the first time I heard UGK's One Day I was like "Maaaan", them boys real Or even when I was bumping that east coast music And I heard Canibus say a verse on The Firm album, he was like "At a thousand degrees Celsius I make y'all iggans melt, F' my record label, I appear courtesy of myself!" I was like "Maaaaaaaan" hahaha, man that boy killed dat And I even used to be bumping Wu-Tang Clan I remember Method Man was like, you know it um "I came to bring the pain, hard core from the brain" I was like "Man them boy's throwed" And I can't put the blame on nobody You know I can't just say I don't like music all music There's a lot of music I like, but I just don't like it the way I used to And that goes for all of it, including me Even when I'm in the studio, and I'm behind the mic It just ain't the same man, you know I like to talk man, that's the realest part of everything to me But I don't get to speak what's on my mind like I am now Like I do at the awards, you know? I mean I guess life goes on though Don't hurt 'em Hammer!