CL emcees Natti and Deacon The Villain wax poetic on the lack of substance in today’s culture and how it impacts the youth. Produced by Kno, CunninLynguists‘ “To Be For Real” is the third leak from Strange Journey Volume Two, the second installment of this year’s double release from the trio.

From make believe
Well I want to be for real

Natti
Some are real as the line in their big face bill
Others are counterfeit living off of Xerox meal
Quickly coming out their mouth like they put out grills
See the traffic in the sky but you take off still
Living the high life or limelight, I just like the light lime
Fabricating your life, I just have to write mine
Be ahead of the game, gotta have the right mind
I just do it while others just want the nike sign
I respect grind, finish line is asinine
Don’t roam, quit stop pretending sometime after nine
This is real life, shit gets physical
Pixar gangster niggas I find pitiful
Trying to back the rep you create is just criminal
Stop lying, flatline digital sales minimal
Defibrillators for your career, no one’s feeling you
A hundred cc’s of truth in your life is critical

From make believe
Well I want to be for real

Deacon
Listen, maybe Sade can tell you how love rock
Play it in the liquor store or in the drug spots
We all want love but tell me what’s love got
We’ll love you till it changes who you are then love stops
We loved Mike, we loved Elvis, we loved Pac
If that’s love nigga, maybe we should all love not
Paparazzi love got us fiending for love shots
Trying to fill a void, just a hole where love rots
Maybe it’s a phase, may it be a chapter
Just another story you can think on with laughter
So either leave or come American disaster
Behind all the Maybelline, dry wall and plaster
Under the million dollar rug swept ashes
And billion dollar lives that make debts from assets
The fast escape, run from who they are
I’d run from self but no man can run that far

Photography by Anna Cywinska

1 comment

This song man.. the violins, the drums, the subject matter.. it’s so calm but loud at the same time. They did it live last week, it was awesome. CL for the win! One of those brilliant songs in my opinion.

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