Happy Fathers Day!

I’m here…And baby I ain’t going nowhere
I’m there…Through the good and the bad ‘cause I care
And you know…To my love nothing really compares
As you grow…I’ll make sure that you’re properly prepared

Verse 1: Substantial
I’m anything you need me to be at any moment
Whatever you need it’s yours if I own it
I’m a provider, protector, a mentor
Your shelter, a warm fleece blanket in the winter
A helper, your personal assistant, your trainer,
A nagger, your very own personal complainer
Your counselor and the president of your fan club
Never been a child more worthy of this man’s love
Your life coach, sensai, teacher, si-fu
Your very own griot, a king that’ll lead you
On a righteous path as we ward off evil,
Haters, naysayers, and fake people
Your co-creator and your go to guy
Until you find someone to go with and hop that broom
But not too soon little baby of mine
You got so much to do take it a day at a time

Verse 2: Truth
If it’s a baby let it grow that’s what my pops told me
So she grew to be beautiful, so lovely
Kind-hearted, young girl with good spirits
Charisma is the reason I relate to these lyrics
And fatherhood is like a unique challenge to stay on balance
And exceed far beyond the average
I can’t understand when the men do them abandonment issues
And run away from children that miss you
There’s no other thing that compares to this
Being a daddy its, just like life at its simplest
Children are the gift of a lifetime, they carry your lifeline
I know you love your daughter, she like mine
Or even if she not ‘cause she yours and that’s of course
The greatest part, and that’s why we raise ‘em with a heart
Damn right, life ain’t no crystal stair, there’ll be some mistakes there
Cant promise perfection but my best yeah

I’m here…And baby I ain’t going nowhere
I’m there…Through the good and the bad ‘cause I care
And you know…To my love nothing really compares
As you grow…I’ll make sure that you’re properly prepared

Verse 3: Ace
Ummm, let me see, damn I cant remember
A time when I felt something like this feeling
Like a renewed living, to change why I’m here
Know you gotta eat so I’m definitely prepared
Though the time took less than a year
Every schedule in my lifetime cleared from the moment you appeared
Like 2 months before you’ll be delivered
Practicing my holding techniques in the mirror
Mother laughing at me, keep saying I’m getting weirder
Guess its ‘cause I’m livid, excited ‘bout meeting our new spirit
Anything that you need, got a ticket
Fly you in on everything I know, with the quickness
Building wit your uncles, get a wind of the experience
Just an idea of it, knowing nothing like, really living it
But whatever’s required, I’m giving it
The power of creation, it can redefine living…

Verse 4: Kokayi
Listen…
Poppa Large, big shot of the home coast
Mr. Butter the bread that’s waffle and wheat toast
Ego booster
your number one fan
Stacking these bricks so on a foundation you stand
Your main investor, your room inspector
Mr. Look it up in the dictionary, ya’ need a firm answer. Ya’…
Shoulder to lean on, your band-aid for knee scrapes
I’m here to wipe away the tears when your cheeks need a break
A house in the storm, a light in the dark
I’m trying to give you the tools love to build your own ark
To… sail the seas and traverse this life
I’ll show you how to use to use the compass young but I can’t drive
Here to son you son on how to treat the opposite sex
And Princess, what it means to be shown respect
You’s a king and queen
Your futures is bright
It’s so much to do, take it a day at a time love

I’m here…And baby I ain’t going nowhere
I’m there…Through the good and the bad ‘cause I care
And you know…To my love nothing really compares
As you grow…I’ll make sure that you’re properly prepared

Happy Fathers Day!

5 comments

Great song, really. I’m lovin the chorus.

This is some of that “yes, sir"ness….hotness….... Three words describe what it is that music like this means for hip hop: redemption, evolution, and transcendence. This is like an apology to the art from non-offenders for all of the ones that have abused it. My GOSH!!!! Keep going, guys….

Absolutely amazing song. It could’ve been so cliche, but every single verse drips with sincerity and affection. I LOVE it.

I’ve loved this song since I first heard it, but only recently have I actually realised how beautiful Kokayis verse is.

Word. The last half in particular is unfuckwitable.

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