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Song Lyrics

Check the bassline out, uh huh
Jigga, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, yeah
Let it bump though

It's the hard knock life, for us
It's the hard knock life, for us
Steada treated, we get tricked
Steada kisses, we get kicked
It's the hard knock life

From standin' on the corners boppin'
To drivin' some of the hottest cars, New York has ever seen
For droppin' some of the hottest verses rap has ever heard
From the dope spot, with the smoke glock
Fleein' the murder scene, you know me well
From nightmares of a lonely cell, my only hell
But since when y'all n*ggaz know me to fail? f**k naw
Where all my n*ggaz with the rubber grips, bust shots?
And if you with me, mom, I rub on your t*ts, and what not

I'm from the school of the hard knocks, we must not
Let outsiders violate our blocks, and my plot
Let's stick up the world and split it fifty-fifty
Let's take the dough and stay real jiggy
And sip the cris' and get p*ssy p*ssy
Flow infinitely like the memory of my n*gga biggie, baby
You know it's hell when I come through
The life and times of Shawn Carter
n*gga Volume 2, y'all n*ggaz get ready

It's the hard knock life, for us
It's the hard knock life, for us
Steada treated, we get tricked
Steada kisses, we get kicked
It's the hard knock life!

I flow for those 'dro'ed out all my n*ggaz
Locked down in the ten by fo', controllin' the house
We live in hard knocks, we don't take over we borrow blocks
Burn 'em down and you can have it back, daddy, I'd rather that
I flow for chicks wishin', they ain't have to strip to pay tuition
I see you vision mama, I put my money on the longshots
All my ballers that's born to clock
Now I'ma be on top whether I perform or not

I went from lukewarm to hot, sleepin' on futons and cots
To king size dream machines, the green fives
I've seen pies let the thing between my eyes analyze life's ills
Then I put it down type braille
I'm tight grill with the phony, rappers y'all might feel we homies
I'm like still, y'all don't know me, sh*t
I'm tight grill when my situation ain't improvin'
I'm tryin' to murder everything movin', feel me

It's the hard knock life, for us
It's the hard knock life, for us
Steada treated, we get tricked
Steada kisses, we get kicked

It's the hard knock life, for us
It's the hard knock life, for us
Steada treated, we get tricked
Steada kisses, we get kicked
It's the hard knock life

I don't know how to sleep, I gotta eat, stay on my toes
Gotta a lot of beef, so logically, I prey on my foes
Hustling's still inside of me, and as far as progress
You'd be hard-pressed, to find another rapper hot as me
I gave you prophecy on my first joint, and y'all lamed out
Didn't really appreciate it, till the second one came out
So I stretched the game out, x'ed your name out
Put jigga on top, drop albums non-stop for ya, n*gga

It's the hard knock life, for us
It's the hard knock life, for us
Steada treated, we get tricked
Steada kisses, we get kicked

It's the hard knock life, for us
It's the hard knock life, for us
Steada treated, we get tricked
Steada kisses, we get kicked

It's the hard knock life
It's the hard knock life
It's the hard knock life

Remixes

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Release History

The Jay-Z song "Hard Knock Life" appears on the following albums:
Jayhovah The God M.C.
2008

The Official Jay-Z Mixtape
2005

The Official Jay-Z Mixtape

  1. Intro (1:17)
  2. Intro 2 Death
  3. Brooklyn's Finest (4:17)
  4. Holla Holla (Remix)
  5. Mind Right (Remix)
  6. What They Done Wit Me
  7. It's Alright (4:02)
  8. Not Guilty
  9. Throw They Hands Up
  10. Excuse Me Miss (La La La)
  11. Do My
  12. Mi Amor
  13. Interlude (2:02)
  14. Give It To Me
  15. Frontin
  16. Ain't No Nigga (4:04)
  17. Jigga That Nigga (8:22)
  18. City Is Mine
  19. Never Sprung (2:03)
  20. Can I Get A .. (5:11)
  21. The Things That You Do
  22. Feelin' It (3:47)
  23. Dead Presidents (3:33)
  24. Imaginary Player (3:58)
  25. Take Over
  26. When Its Hot Its Hot
  27. They Don't Know (Remix)
  28. Show You How (2:59)
  29. Marcy
  30. Bitches
  31. Money, Cash, Hoes (4:13)
  32. Money, Cash, Hoes (Remix) (4:08)
  33. Bad Boyz Are Here
  34. If I Should Die (4:55)
  35. Girl's Best Friend
  36. Go Crazy
  37. Friend Or Foe Part 1
  38. Streets Is Watching (3:59)
  39. Friend Or Foe Part 2
  40. Izzo
  41. Give It To Me (Interlude)
  42. Girls, Girls, Girls (Remix)
  43. Girls, Girls, Girls (4:34)
  44. Hard Knock (Interlude)
  45. Hard Knock Life (1:23)
  46. DJ Rob-E-Rob
  47. Hey Papi
  48. Big Pimpin' (4:44)
  49. i Ryde 4 You Homie
  50. Poppin' Tags (6:00)
  51. Is That Your Bitch (4:38)
  52. Shake It Off (Remix)
  53. Niggaa What, Nigga Who
  54. That's How You Like It
  55. We Missing You
  56. R.I.P.
  57. Song Cry (7:04)
  58. Rhyme No More
  59. Reebox Freestyle
  60. Let's Go
  61. What You Think Of That
  62. Warm It Up Jay (1:02)
  63. Face Off (3:32)
  64. Lookin @ Me
  65. I Know What Girls Like (4:51)
  66. Money Ain't A Thang (4:15)
  67. Dynasty
  68. Reservoir Dogs (5:20)
  69. How Many Wanna Ryde 2Nite
  70. Rap Game/Crack Game (2:41)
  71. Ain't No Love
  72. It Was All A Dream (Interlude)
  73. Did It My Way
  74. It's Hovi Baby
  75. Time To Come Up
  76. Can I Live (1:58)
  77. 1-900-Hustler (3:51)
  78. All I Need (4:31)
  79. We Ryde
  80. Guess Who's Back
  81. Can't Be Life
  82. Outro (2:35)


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