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The Ghetto - Too Short

Album: Short Dog's in the House

genre: Rap / Hip Hop

Talking bout the ghetto…funky, funky ghetto
Trying to survive, trying to stay alive

The ghetto
The ghetto
(Talking bout the ghetto)
The ghetto
The ghetto
(Funky, funky ghetto)

Even though the streets are bumpy, lights burned out
Dope fiends die with a pipe in their mouth
Old school buddies not doing it right
Every day it’s the same and it’s the same every night
I wouldn’t shoot you bro but I’d shoot that fool
If he played me close and tried to test my cool
Every day I wonder just how I’ll die
Only thing I know is how to survive
There’s only one rule in the real world
And that’s to take care of you, only you and yours
Keep dealing with the hard times day after day
Might deal me some dope but then crime don’t pay
Black man trying to break into my house again
Thought he got off dope doing time in the pen
Even though my brothers do me just like that
I get a lot of love so I’m giving it back to the ghetto

The ghetto
(Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
The ghetto
(Funky, funky ghetto)
The ghetto
(Trying to live our lives)
The ghetto
(Won’t ya tell ’em ’bout it Too $hort)

So just peep the game and don’t call it crap
‘Cause to me, life is one hard rap
Even though my sister smoked crack cocaine
She was nine months pregnant, ain’t nothing changed
600 million on a football team
And her baby died just like a dope fiend
The story I tell is so incomplete
Five kids in the house, no food to eat
Don’t look at me and don’t ask me why
Mama’s next door getting high
Even though she’s got five mouths to feed
She’d rather spend her money on a H-I-T
I always tell the truth about things like this
I wonder if the mayor overlooked that list
Instead of adding to the task force send some help
Waiting on him I’d better help myself
Housing Authority and the O.P.D
All these guns just to handle me in the ghetto…

The ghetto
(People are dyin’)
The ghetto
(Children are cryin’)
The ghetto
(Don’t have enough to eat)
The ghetto
(Don’t even have shoes on their feet)
The ghetto

Even though they put us down and call us animals
We make real big banks and buy brand new clothes
Drive fancy cars, make love to stars
Never really saying just who we are
We use alias names like TOO $HORT
Sell you stuff you might kill for
Young kids grow up and that’s all they know
Didn’t teach him in school now he’s slangin’ dope
Only thing he knows is how to survive
But will he kill another brother before he dies?
In the ghetto, you keep one eye open
All day long, just hoping and hoping
You can pay your bills and not drink too much
Then the problems of life you’ll be throwing up
Like me, but you don’t see
Ten years from now, where will you be?

The ghetto
(Tryin’ to get out of the ghetto)
The ghetto
(But I got no place to go)
The ghetto
(Tryin’ to survive in the heart of the ghetto)
The ghetto
(Ha, ’cause that’s the only place that I know)

So much game in a Too $hort rap
Can’t be white and whites can’t be black
Why you wanna act like someone else?
All you gotta do is just be yourself
We’re all the same color underneath
Short Dog is in the house, you better listen to me
Never be ashamed of what you are
Proud to be black, stand tall and hard
Even though some people give you no respect
Be intelligent, when you put ’em in check
‘Cause when you’re ignorant, you get treated that way
And when they throw you in jail you got nothing to say
So if you don’t listen, it’s not my fault
I’ll be getting paid and you’ll be paying the cost
Sitting in the jailhouse running your mouth
While me and my people try to get out

The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
(Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
(Funky, funky ghetto)
The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
(Tryin’ to survive)
The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
(Tryin’ to stay alive)
The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
(Funky, funky ghetto)
The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
(Got no place else to go)
The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)
(Tryin’ to stay alive)
The ghetto (Talkin’ ’bout the ghetto)

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Lyrics added by Thomas B. Watts

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"The Ghetto" discusses the struggles of living in the ghetto, drug issues and racial pride.
Song details
  • Publishing: Jive
  • Co-Production: Too Short
  • Composition: Too Short
  • Vocals: Too Short
  • Release Date: October 8, 1990
  • Samples: "The Ghetto" by Donny Hathaway
The song was featured on the fictional radio station "Radio Los Santos" in the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas".