Jay-Z – Smile (feat. Gloria Carter) (4:44 Album)

Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake
Niggas only own houses

You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?
Shout out to Hoffa back home, he in the church
Anita Baker’s "You Bring Me Joy"
In every one of y’all televised shows
Can’t even support my Mrs. habit
But you live with the fear of just being me
All y’all jewelers should be embarrassed, huh
Living in the shadow
Don’t ever question the security I provided you
Because that’s what you want them to see
And niggas playin’ for power, huh
I said, "Prehaps I Freudian slipped in European whips"
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
Push through the pain so we can see new life
Welcome back Carter, smile
I mastered my aesthetics
Ours was, "Fuck you, pay me"
Even when I’m gone and you remember me, smile
[Outro: Gloria Carter]
Feared for you, bro, we know the system don’t work
But he gotta respect the Elohim as a whole new regime
I’m at the cleaners

[Chorus: JAY-Z & Stevie Wonder]
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed
Smile, you recordin’?

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
And too old, these that drugs
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Oh yeah, I was born with a pair
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
So all the ladies havin’ babies, see a sacrifice
Slammin’ Bentley doors like we invented doors
Now the whole projects on my jet
All these people was gon’ kill me, heh
‘Bout bein’ back in the Lexus
How niggas can’t relate?

A stain on the white suit, inferior IQ
I have no ceilings, ah, this that feelin’, I’m that boy
Good times never fade away, smile
Hall of Fame Hov, I did it all without a pen
That’s why it’s called "the projects" ’cause it’s exactly that!
Chargin’ my own fate

[Verse 2: JAY-Z]
In my rear-view mirror, objects is further than they appear
That blood money, I giggle at it

God sent me to break the chain
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
[Intro: JAY-Z & Stevie Wonder]
20 years ago we drove Bentley Azures
Now you see the real in the front row
Ahhhh, what did I do?
Respect Jimmy Iovine
Drug dealers and abusers, America likes me ruthless
Black entrepreneurs, free enterprise
Norman Cake, he looked up and out of the Lear
[Verse 1: JAY-Z]
Put the rest away for Blue"
Society shame and the pain was too much to take
Launderin’ dirty money like the Teamsters, huh
No harm for them, no harm for me
[Verse 3: JAY-Z]
Even if I’m not with you here today, smile
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
Even when I’m gone and you remember me, smile
But my story’s too wide to fit inside the line
Take a young niggas freedom over some dirt
Kept the trey on me like Chris Paulin’
Slappin’ out of the toy, the separation is clear
Here’s your friendly announcer
Drinkin’ Ace of Spade like it’s codeine now
Living two lives, happy, but not free
Flyin’ paper planes through the projects
I just wanna see you smile through all the hate
Look, you a pedestrian
That’s why it’s a black market, that’s why it’s called "the trap"
Far as draft picks, my name did not get called
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
But trust me, that was nothin’
Good times never fade away, smile
God in the flesh, the rest of these niggas is vain
Good morn’ or evening, friends
Fuck a slice of the apple pie, want my own cake
A nigga up in the hundreds of millions
But life is short, and it’s time to be free
Jewelry shoppin’ in Paris
Super facts
Bad times turn to good memories, smile
My therapist said I relapsed
‘Cept try to free you
A loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
Dump ’em all in the bayou, uh
Bad times turn to good memories, smile
Blood diamonds drippin’, we cute
I know you often heard me wax poetic
When I heard you got booked, that shit hurt
Niggas’ll love you but hate you ’cause they can’t be you
This is Hov, no Flex zone, nigga, who lied to you?
Heroin flow, I spaz on the stove
[Chorus: JAY-Z & Stevie Wonder]
Everybody wave bye to the guy you thought you could lie to
‘Cause the more I reveal me, the more they ‘fraid of the real me
Y’all knew that was comin’, I had to remind y’all again, huh?
Yet it’s legal in Colorado
This was meant to be a haiku, huh
Oh y’all thought I was washed?
I still ain’t trippin’, that’s life, winners and losers

So our music is ours
Niggas switched sides, traded pride, we don’t do all that
Bet before I go I put a billion on the board
Yeah, we deny
Tryna put a million on the whole team now
Now it’s, "Fuck payin’ me, I pay you
Appreciate the pain, it’s a blessin’
I’m the true and livin’
Playin’ for high stakes
We drinkin’ Cristal in, yeah
Niggas’ll rip your shit off TIDAL just to spite you
Good morn’ or evening, friends
Even if I’m not with you here today, smile
Good morn’ or evening, friends