Live & Die In LA

by Tara Ellis

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One day I'm sitting in my living room and Biggie Smalls video comes on..... Big Poppa. I remember saying out loud "I miss this guy, and I miss when lyric writing was an art. What's happened to the life that words use to have?" So I begun some research on some of my favorite old school Hip Hop songs and read through the lyrics. Inspired through melody, I sat down with my guitar and wrote my own version of these songs. This is my way of reminding the world of how great some of these artists are, and on the flip side how much the art has gone down hill, backwards and completely out of touch. You decide which one is which.

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released December 2, 2008

Album produced by Benny Cassette and Mixed by Jared Robbins. All Vocals and Guitar by Tara Ellis. All other instruments by Benny Cassette except Big Poppa, Guitars, Drums, and Bass by Robert Petersen. All songs recorded at The Pentagon and Petey's House. Live and Die in LA by Tara Ellis is a Crimson World Production.

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Track Name: Nothin But A G Thang
“NOTHING BUT A G THANG - SNOOP DOG”

VERSE 1
One, two, three and to the fo
Snoop doggy dogg and dr. dre are at the do
Ready to make an entrance, so back on up
[cause you know we bout had to rip shit up]
Gimme the microphone first, so I can bust like a bubble
Compton and long beach together, now you know you in trouble

CHORUS
Aint nothin but a g thang, baaaaabay!
Two loced out gs so were craaaaazay!
Death row is the label that paaaaays me!
Unfadable, so please dont try to fade this [hell yeah]

VERSE 2
But, uh, back to the lecture at hand
Perfection is perfected, so Im a let em understand
From a young gs perspective
And before me dig out a chick I gotta ta find a contraceptive
You never know she could be earnin her man,
and at the same time burnin her man

CHORUS

OUTRO
Its like this and like that and like this and uh
Its like that and like this and like that and uh
Its like this and like that and like this and uh
Its like this
Track Name: California Lov
“CALIFORNIA LOVE - 2 PAC”

VERSE 1
Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west
A state that's untouchable like Elliot Ness
The track hits ya eardrum like a slug to ya chest
Pack a vest for your Jimmy in the city of sex
We in that sunshine state with a bomb ass hemp beat
the state where ya never find a dance floor empty
And pimps be on a mission for them greens
lean mean money-makin-machines servin fiends

CHORUS
California...knows how to party
California...knows how to party
In the city of L.A.
In the city of good ol' Watts
In the city, the city of Compton
We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!

VERSE 2
Out on bail fresh out of jail, California dreamin
Soon as I step on the scene, I'm hearin hoochies screamin
Fiendin for money and alcohol, the life of a Westside player
where cowards die, and the strong ball
Only in Cali where we riot not rally to live and die
In L.A. we wearin Chucks not Ballies (yeah, that's right)
Dressed in Locs and khaki suits and ride is what we do
Flossin but have caution we collide with other crews

CHORUS OUT
Track Name: Sprinkle Me
“SPRINKLE ME - E-40”

VERSE 1
I be more hipper than a hippopotamus
Get off in your head like a neurologist
I Pushin more weight than Atlas
Got a partner by the name of 2Pacalypse

CHORUS
Timah timah.... forty widah
Sprinkle me main,
Sprinkle me main,
Sprinkle me main
Big timah timah, big timah.... forty widah-ahh
Sprinkle me main,
Sprinkle me main,
Sprinkle me main

VERSE 2
Here comes the top notch, ooh ooh ooh here I be
Clicked out me Suga T from the V
I`m quick to smob, always down for the job
Ya gotta strut that`s a gang of shot (gang of shot)

CHORUS OUT
Kick the shit suga
Track Name: So Fresh So Clean
“SO FRESH SO CLEAN - OUTKAST”

VERSE 1
Those huge baby eyes get to runnin off at they mouth
Tellin me everything that's on yo nasty mind
They say your malnutrition in need of vitamin D
And inviting me to that tingle in yo spine

B-SECTION
I love who you are
I love who ya ain't
I love who you are
you're so Anne Frank

CHORUS
Ain't nobody dope as me I'm just so fresh so clean
Don't you think I'm so sexy I'm just so fresh so clean
Ain't nobody dope as me I'm just so fresh so clean
I love when you stare at me I'm just so fresh so clean
Track Name: I'm In Lov Wit A Ganster
“I’M IN LOVE WIT A GANGSTER (STRIPPER) - T-PAIN”

VERSE 1
His body is the hottest, wit that 6 pack I see you boy
On the low, comin down from your high, smoking more
I know what your packin, yeah yeah yeah
That’s how you keep stackin, yeah yeah yeah
Gotta get you over to my crib but you in lockdown

CHORUS
I’m in love wit a gangster
He’s poppin he’s rollin he’s rollin,
His caddy dropped low-n
I’m in love wit a gangster
He’s trickin he’s bangin he’s bangin
I ain’t goin no where cause he’s blangin

VERSE 2 (rap)
Caught my eye on a day
Rollin deep in LA
Icy ears and golden neck
Had me runnin backround checks

How could you, gangster
Be so fine, gangster
Body laced in tattoos
Pushin caddy’s packin nines

I think im gonna loose
All my lady ways
Just call me Mrs. Gangster…

CHORUS OUT
Track Name: Fight For Your Right To Party
“FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY - BEASTIE BOYS”

VERSE 1
You wake up late for school man you don't wanna go,
You ask your mom "please?" but she still says "NO!"
You miss two classes and no homework
but your teacher preaches class like your some kind of jerk

CHORUS
You gotta fight, for your right,
to paaaaaaaaaarty, hey hey hey hey party

VERSE 2
Your pops caught you smokin man he said "NO WAY!"
That hypocrite smokes two packs a day!
Man living at home is such a drag
Now your mom threw away your best porno mag (Busted)

CHORUS


BRIGDE
Don't step outta this house if thats the clothes you're gonna wear!!!!
I'll kick you outta my home if you dont CUT THAT HAIR!!
Your mom busted in and said "WHAT'S THAT NOISE!?!?"
Aww, mom your just jealous it's The Beastie Boys!

CHORUS OUT
Track Name: I Need Lov
“I NEED LOVE - LL COOL J”

VERSE 1
When Im alone in my room sometimes I stare at the wall
And in the back of my mind I hear my conscience call
Telling me I need a boy whos as sweet as a dove
For the first time in my life, I see I need love

CHORUS
I need love (repeat 3)

VERSE 2
There I was giggling about the games
That I had played with many hearts, and Im not saying no names
I can feel it inside, I cant explain how it feels
All I know is that Ill never dish another raw deal

CHORUS

VERSE 3
See what I mean Ive changed Im no longer
A play boy on the run I need something thats stronger

CHORUS OUT
Track Name: Today Was A Good Day
“TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY – ICE CUBE”

VERSE 1
Just waking up in the morning gotta thank god
I dont know but today seems kinda odd
No barking from the dogs, no smog
And momma cooked a breakfast with no hog
I got my grub on, but didnt pig out
Finally got a call from a boy wanna dig out
Hooked it up on later as I hit the do
Thinking will I live, another twenty-fo

CHORUS
I can’t believe, today was a good day (repeat 3)

VERSE 2
Drove to the pad and hit the showers
Didnt even get no static from the cowards
Cause just yesterday them fools tried to blast me
Saw the police and they rolled right past me
No flexin, didnt even look in a brothas direction
As I ran the intersection
Went to short dogs house, they was watchin yo! mtv raps
Whats the haps on the craps
Shake em up, shake em up, shake em up, shake em
Roll em in a circle of hommies and watch me break em

CHORUS OUT
Track Name: Lollipop Remix
“LOLLIPOP REMIX- LIL WAYNE”

We don't need another rapper......
you you you can keep your lollipop, yeah (repeat 4)

CHORUS
Tired of these thugs
and slimy lil clubs
Tired of the scum
so keep your hands off my lovely lady lumps (repeat)

VERSE 1
You only wish you had a swag like mine
And that your hair was real down your back like mine
Your head is spinnin round from all that lyin
Man you better stop wastin all my time
Cause man you ain't never gonna hear me purr
Suggest you move around like a 180 turn
I’m sayin back it off like erp erp
And make yourself gone your a perv perv
You you you can keep your lollipop, yeah (repeat 4)

CHORUS

VERSE 2
(Get off the streets, get off,Get off the streets, drop it you ain't hot.) Imma sayin that the lyrics that you spittin ain't shit
And quit taken that cold medicine from the kids
And why did it take so many songs to get a hit
Stop callin me shorty, shorty barely reach my chin
Can't rock like thisCan't roll like that
Imma get a refund imma take this record back
Imma get a refund imma take this record back yeah, take this record back yeah,You can keep that

CHORUS OUT