Ghetts – Autobiography

Autobiography Lyrics

Intro
I remember when Justin was around three, we were at a church concert. Asked him, “What you wanna watch performances?” I turned away for a moment, when I looked up, Justin—my three-year-old—had managed to find himself on stage in front of thousands of people. As if he was ready to perform next. From that moment, I knew Justin would be headin’ for platforms bigger than that stage. I know he would stand tall in this world

Verse 1
Started out in Nasty Crew
Just after Dizzee Rascal blew
Stana took me Jammers
I remember it was afternoon
I was still on tag then
Fresh home from Hunter Coombe
Jammer played “Destruction” to me
Told me it was coming soon
Sharky taught me patience
Marcus bought me stations
Back to back with Kano
Had me working on my cadence
Spitting in my bedroom
Nurturing the basics
While I was tryna work out how to turn this into papers
First I clashed Dimples
Then I sent for Flirta D
I swear either man was singles
Couldn’t end the murder spree
Every time they heard me touch the microphone, first degree
I was tryna rub these niggas out the culture permanently
Then beef and music mixed and someone said I can’t go out
It was on sight with SLK from when I knocked Swarvo out
Then they caught me lacking
Sidewinder Milton Keynes
I was with-
I shoulda bought the whole of Plaistow out
The second phase is when the pressure came
Double, Monks and Foots left
And Marcus tried to set up Kane
I told him that he’s wrong for that
And I ain’t with the set-up games
Then Newham turned against me
Like I ain’t from the ends again
Mike Skinner tour
Mind’s still on war
Knife with me still
I’m five-figure poor
Why give in for?
I’m still on form
It ain’t just the deal
Why I’m in it for
My nigga pissed ‘cause I ain’t been to see him
I was in the lab
Working on my tape with Rich and Ian
By the time Risky rung my phone, I was a different being
I was taking less risk on road even in the PM
Outside my yard, chipped tooth
Who set the levels?
Mouth full of bars, true stories
Check the records
Where the fuck is the awards?
Who’s collecting medals?
Who connected dots?
‘Cause I connected several
People always ask me how The Movement start
First I met Devlin through a mutual spar
When I met the brudda Mercston, he was moving grub
Scorcher rung me out the blue and showed me super love
Told me I was cold, I said, “It’s mutual, blud”
Then my nigga 32 came to stus with us
And we was boring through with no excusing us
Next ting I know it’s Boy Better Know and Movement dubs
Before we was making money, on the tour bus
I was tryna make a duppy with a war dub
Me versus P Money, that was pure crud
Tell NME I find it funny they ignored us
All these man say they kings, it’s just self-proclaimed
Don’t call yourself a king, you ain’t helped the game
Everybody in this ting must’ve felt the same
All I see is complaints, but we’ve only got ourselves to blame
I changed grime sonically
Waged war properly
Done the impossible
Made them say possibly
All I got in exchange is niggas tryna copy me
And people that don’t really know the culture running commentary
They didn’t want me here
I had to bob and weave
You ain’t self-made
What kinda odds you beat?
What time you wake up?
How long you sleep?
Me and Dominic, we was obsolete

Chorus
If you don’t tell your story, they gon’ tell it for you
Who’s on the panel that’s a rebel for you?
God said, “Chill, there’s something special for you”
I know you been through hell, l so I got Heaven for you
If you don’t tell your story they gon’ tell it for you
Who’s on the panel that’s a rebel for you?
God said, “Chill, there’s something special for you”
I know you been through hell, l so I got Heaven for you

Verse 2
Before we go
I’m just making sure my story’s told
Collin used to manage me
When his office was in Walthamstow
Promises and guarantees
Until we didn’t talk no more
I just needed clarity
‘Cause I was chasing waterfalls
Darren, you was watching
When Channel U was popping
If I’m absolutely honest
My attitude was shocking
Wasted opportunities
Based on insecurities
Had to make a comeback
Display some ingenuity
Let’s talk about my CV
Thought about it deeply
Is being great the norm?
We don’t talk about it really
How can I create the storm
And walk around this freely?
I appreciate the tools
That brought me out of dreaming
Carly shot my videos
Danny engineered me
Simmone let the Mini go
I blew the engine nearly
Marnie held me down from the day we met yearly
Anyone who helped me out
Thank you, sincerely
Four minutes forty-eight, ya boy ain’t finished yet
I mention all these names, but I ain’t no one’s silhouette
I done built my own brand up so before you try and interject
Sprinkle some respect up on my name and watch your nigga rep
Anyone who say I ain’t the GOAT, incorrect
Disrespect
Disconnect
Fuck Radio 5, biggest set
Name another line-up since including Chip, Grim and Devs
Purist say I’m falling off
When they was tryna work out what to call it, I just caught the drop
When you wanna make some music slightly left
They’re quick to call it soft
Call me Jack the way I’m jumping out that awkward box
‘Cause this ain’t all I got
I see what the problem is
Scene full of politics
Pride and the ego aside, we could’ve profited
Instead it’s blatant disrespect and behind-the-door apologies
But if you trigger me, it’s trigonometry
I disapprove when rappers diss with no discography
People say they want the truth, but they settle for dishonesty
Analyse the game and all you’ll find is Greek mythology
Stories with no evidence which inherently bother me
Industry’s full up of victims of mental health
Don’t forget about yourself while you entertain the world
Can you tell if they’re laughing at you
Or laughing with you?
Well even Dave ain’t been the same Chappelle

Chorus
If you don’t tell your story, they gon’ tell it for you
Who’s on the panel that’s a rebel for you?
God said, “Chill, there’s something special for you”
I know you been through hell, l so I got Heaven for you
If you don’t tell your story they gon’ tell it for you
Who’s on the panel that’s a rebel for you?
God said, “Chill, there’s something special for you”
I know you been through hell, l so I got Heaven for you

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