Childish Gambino
Hold You Down Lyrics

Ooh, I want it, yeah
Whenever you need my help
I’ll hold you down, oh
Ooh, you want it, yeah
When the fuck these niggas
Tryin’ to hold me down

You such a fuckin’ lame
That’s what they used to yell back in 7th grade
My mama said she’d get me that new jacket when the cost go down
Hit the office stole some Tommy Hill from lost and found
Not bad for a family of foster child
Lookin’ fly, man I’m flossin’ now.

But them niggas saw through me
Are you serious? What is this?
Took the jacket off third period
Listening to “Sky is the Limit” on my Walkman
Thinking if Biggie can make it through it
Man, than I can
Dope boy swag, I always wanted that
But my persona was always more of that Arthur Ashe
But no love for the son of a commuter
Who was a radiohead
And okay at the computers at the post office

It’s funny how you smoke niggas
Then you start coffins
All my people need throat lozenge
My fear is dead
Ambition drove the hearse
When niggas get to feeling I ain’t black enough to go to church
Culture shock in barber shops ’cause I ain’t hood enough
We all look the same to the cops
Ain’t that good enough?

The black experience is black and serious
‘Cause being black my experience is no one hearing us
White kids get to wear whatever hat they want
When it comes to black kids one size fits all


We the baddest nigga
We the baddest nigga
Yeah, we the baddest nigga
We the baddest nigga, come on
(x 2)

The reason that they say I’m nothing
But they seen it hurts
The same reason Will Smith always opposite Latino girls
They only see you how they wanna see you
‘Til you make ’em see you in some other way
I’m trippin’ off the other day
‘Cause God knows what these white kids say and do
You’re not NOT racist ’cause The Wire’s in your Netflix queue

Subtle racism, it’s hard to pin it
‘Cause you’d only understand if you were me for just a minute
This one kid said something that was really bad
He said I wasn’t really black because I had a dad
I think that’s kinda sad
Mostly ’cause a lot of black kids think they should agree with that
If you’re a father you should stick around if you could
‘Cause even if you’re bad at it you’ll get Tiger Woods
Or M.J.
We warriors, we all need senseis
Change everything that we done so far

I don’t mean make ’em BET, T-E-R
I mean just the way we see each other
I won’t stop until they say James Franco
Is the white Donald Glover
Yeah, these niggas want a cookie
But instead I gave ’em Loch Ness
Sick boy for life, my swag is in the hospice
Aimin’ for the throne
Jay and Ye said to watch that
They ask me what I’m doing
And I say I’m stealin’ rock back

[Chorus] (x 2)

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