Now you see me standin' in the lights But you never saw my sacrifice Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive Had to lose it all to win the fight I had to fall so many times (Oh-oh-oh) Now I'm the last one standin' Uh, you weren't with me on the cold block nights Now you front row for the spotlight Now the diamonds in the Audemars bright Jets overseas for a far flight Young nigga on bullshit, and I ball on 'em, Bill Cartwright Knew I could shine through the darkness I guess I always been a star type That lion in me made my heart fight Coulda been a victim of a opp pipe Took a million risks just to get to this 'Cause we ain't the ones that the cops like Been so many timеs God tested me Thеy only see the answers I got right They commentin' all on the blogs Tryna tell me how to live my life And I waited so patiently If you could take off, don't wait for me No days off, grind faithfully I keep thankin' God for savin' me Front line, showcasin' our bravery I know that top spot, it was made for me It all paid off, so we felt the struggle so painfully Now you see me standin' in the lights But you never saw my sacrifice Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive Had to lose it all to win the fight I had to fall so many times (Oh-oh-oh) Now I'm the last one standin' Yeah, you know the code we gotta live by Never mind all the ice cubes on this wrist, wearin' the big body Live by the gun, get bodied, or it's hella time in that cell It was hella times where I failed When I had to double back from them Ls Bet he don't double back when he tell 'Cause it ain't no comin' back when you tell Why would you leave me here by myself? A nigga be lonely Ayy, I blew the whole bag on they flights, ain't leavin' the homies If he really gang, then get him a chain, no cubic zirconies Why's arm in a stogie, stood firm, never folded Furthest thing from a rodent, you put the jacket on and you bogus Yeah, big dawg and they know it I had to spin-off to stay focused Longev' on the motion We don't abandon ship when it's hopeless Sound of the microphone, and they know I make it look easy Like I made it overnight I make it look easy But you don't see the dark side And all of the monsters I had to fight (Fight) And all of the nightmares (Nightmares) Made me stronger than life (Yeah) Y'all say I've changed Really though? How so? Got all this bread I'm still sourdough (Sour tho') I don't know, square peg, round hole Like a block of cheese in a paper towel roll Rocky Balboa, never been no towel thrower Even when I got kicked to the curb Life knocked my dick in the dirt I got back up, flipped it the bird 'Til I earned the attention I yearned Not to mention, I learned How to turn resentment and hurt to an unquenchable thirst In the simplest terms, it's revenge of the nerd In every sense of the word But all you see is the fame and the millions You don't see the strength, the resilience How I rack my brain, but it feels as if I'm tryin' to explain it to children So a lot of this pain isn't healin' No escapin' it, this anger is spillin' Almost like recreatin' the feelin' Of 911 when the second plane hit the buildin' So let 'em paint me the villain Some of this just may be a symptom Of havin' way too much income But when you struggled every day just to get some Now all of this hate is a syndrome When they can't relate and that stems from Money lookin' like it grows on trees Yeah, they're green, but those aren't leaves Sufficed to say, with every sacrifice I made It's like I gave up my life to fame All the nights that I lied awake Nights I stayed up to write and prayed Had to claw, scratch, and fight my way Just follow me and I'll light the way Look to the hook if your sky look grey And rappers, how can we be On the same level now when I gotta look down and see these Clowns that are on the ground? Bitch, I got clouds beneath me Ever since I put out the EP to the height of 2003-me You ain't see the struggle to make it out The D. Because I made it somehow look easy Now you see me standin' in the lights But you never saw my sacrifice Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive Had to lose it all to win the fight I had to fall so many times (Oh-oh-oh) Now I'm the last one standin' (Oh-oh-oh) Now I'm the last one standin'