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J. Cole – Let Nas Down

让你失望 J. Cole – Let Nas Down 中英双语MV

我的音乐曾经让偶像失望。心存鸿鹄之志,若我的音乐能抨击人心这就好像打开另一扇门,让人们重新认识什么是真诚,那些冒牌者们的区别就在于内心的真诚,而这首歌就像是我的毕业论文……


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[Intro]
Freedom or jail, clips inserted
植入记忆片段 是自由亦或是被禁锢
A baby’s being born same time a man is murdered
轮回之后 新生命的诞生标志着一个英雄的陨落
The beginning and end, as far as rap goes
It’s only natural, I explain my plateau
And also what defines my name
只有那Rap 才能诠释我的巅峰和捍卫我的名字

[Hook]
Yeah, long live the idols, may they never be your rivals
你是我一辈子的榜样 愿你永无敌手
Pac was like Jesus, Nas wrote the Bible
Pac犹如耶稣 圣经出自你的笔下
Now what you’re ’bout to hear is a tale of glory and sin
No I.D. my mentor now let the story begin
你们将听到一段荣誉和罪恶交错的故事。No.ID我的导师啊 让故事拉开序幕吧!

[Verse 1]
I used to print out Nas raps and tape ’em up on my wall
我曾将你的词藻打印并粘贴在墙上
My niggas thought they was words, but it was pictures I saw
兄弟们眼里那仅仅是歌词 可是它们却像一幅幅画烙印在我脑海中
And since I wanted to draw, I used to read ’em in awe
每每我想提笔泼墨 怀着对你的敬意 你的词便从口中脱引而出
Then he dropped Stillmatic, rocked the cleanest velour
你掷出的Stillmatic 颠覆了原本如纯净白天鹅绒般的世界
Fast forward, who thought that I would meet him on tour?
时间快进 巡演与你相见让我难以置信
I’m earnin’ stripes now nigga, got Adidas galore
条纹就是我成功的象征 我拥有你代言的每一双Adidas
Backstage I shook his hand, let him know that he’s the man
在后台与你握手 毋庸置疑你就是我的英雄
When he said he was a fan it was too hard to understand
我不敢相信你居然是我的粉丝
No time to soak up the moment though, cause I was in a jam
我还困在瓶颈里 没有时间沉浸在这幸福时刻
Hov askin’ where’s the record that the radio could play
Jay质疑有哪个电台肯播放我的专辑
And I was strikin’ out for months, 9th inning feeling fear
九局比赛过后(棒球) 三振淘汰几个月的我 被恐惧侵蚀
Jeter under pressure, made the biggest hit of my career
真希望能像压力下的Derek Jeter那样 打出我生涯最伟大的全垒打
But at first, that wasn’t clear, niggas had no idea
但是首先 毫无头绪的我知道一切都是不确定性的
Dion called me when it dropped, sounded sad but sincere
专辑问世 Dion告诉我虽然听起来悲伤却无比真诚
Told me Nas heard your single and he hate that shit
Said you the one, yo why you make that shit
Nas听了你的单曲之后 难掩心中怒火。他说你的天赋怎么会做出这么不堪的东西?
I can’t believe I let Nas down
不敢相信我让你失望了
Damn, my heart sunk to my stomach, I can’t believe I let Nas down
该死 我的心沉到胃里了。不敢相信我让你失望了
I got defensive on the phone, resentment was in my tone, fuck it
质疑的声音在电话那头不断响起 对自己的不满却憋在心里 该死!

[Verse 2]
I couldn’t help but think that maybe I had made a mistake
我不禁疑惑是不是自己犯了一个错误
I mean, you made “You Owe Me” dog, I thought that you could relate
你总说“小子 这是你欠我的” 我不知道这之间有什么关联
But while I shot up the charts, you mean tellin’ me
当我看到那一个个歌手排行榜并大喊的时候 你告诉我
That I was not up to par, when I followed my heart
只有遵从内心 你才能达到高于常人的水平
Granted, my heart was tainted by my mind, I kept on sayin’
Where’s the hits? You ain’t got none
你说的对 我的内心被思想所玷污。我不满为什么自己的歌不能进热门歌曲排行榜(得失心太重)
You know Jay would never put your album out without none
因为只有你的专辑尽善尽美了 Jay才会同意你发行它们
And dog, you know how come
Labels are archaic, formulaic with their outcomes
小子 你比我更加清楚这个圈子为什么会沦落到如此田地。那些陈腐 公式化的唱片公司永远只关心最后专辑的销量结果
They don’t know, they just study the charts
唱片公司永远无法理解 因为他们只关心那一张张销量数据表格
Me, I study the shows, the fans, study their hearts
我却仔细研究每一场演出 尽可能理解每一位歌迷 并与他们将心比心
I had a feelin’ I was killin’, and this music we were spillin’ out
这次发行的专辑 让我有一种取人首级的感觉
Would change lives forever, fuck the label, put it out
去他的唱片公司 只要能改变现有的生活 大胆地发行吧!
Friday Night Lights blew, that was classic number 2
Now it seemed as if the Nas comparisons was comin’ true
就像电影《胜利之光》那样(Friday night lights是一部电影) 看样子我追赶你的脚步也越来越近了
Still no release date from the label, are they insane
唱片公司是疯了吗?居然还没有公布新专辑发行日期
Gucci told me play the game to change the game but on the way
Gucci告诉我进说唱圈子就是为了改变这个圈子 但是前进的道路上
I let Nas down, I got no one to blame, I’m ashamed I let Nas down
我让你失望了。我只能自责 你对我的失望让我惭愧
But this is God’s plan, you could never understand, fuck it
或许这是上帝给我的试炼吧。谁知道呢?该死!

[Verse 3]
I always believed in the bigger picture
我心存鸿鹄之志
If I could get them niggas to listen outside my core then I can open a door
若我的音乐能抨击人心 这就好像是打开了另一扇门一样(上帝关上了一扇门 总会打开另一扇)
Reintroduce ’em to honesty, show ’em that they need more
让他们重新认识什么是真诚 并告诫他们诚实是必不可少的
The difference between the pretenders and the Kendrick Lamars
那些冒牌者们和喇嘛的区别就在于内心的贞洁
And so, I took the fall like the son of the Lord
On the cross, dyin’ for that fake shit you niggas bought
所以 我情愿做一只替罪羊 像上帝之子那样 背负着命运的十字架 献出生命 为的是赎清你们的罪
For the past decade, if I should pass please let this be my last essay
过去这几十年 这首歌就是我的毕业论文 希望我能顺利通过
Therefore I write from the heart
因此 这首歌我创作于心
Apologies to OG’s for sacrificin’ my art
对不起Original Gangster 我牺牲了我的艺术
But I’m here for a greater purpose, I knew right from the start
但是从一开始我就知道我是为了更远大的目标拼搏着
I’m just a man of the people, not above but equal
吾等只是众生中的一粒沙尘
And for the greater good I walk amongst the evil
为了那鸿鹄之志 我行走于罪恶之中
Don’t cry mama, this the life I choose myself
无需为我哭泣 妈妈 只是我自己选择的生活
Just pray along the way that I don’t lose myself
只需沿途为我祈祷 愿我莫要迷失自我
This is for the nigga that said that hip-hop was dead
那些断言Hip-hop没落的人 这首歌送给你们
I went to Hell to resurrect it, how could you fail to respect it
Lettin’ Nas down, I got the phone call quietly I mourned dog, I let Nas down
我在地狱走了一遭 死而复生。可是还是前功尽弃 无法挽回让你失望的事实。拿起电话 我像小狗一样发出呻吟 让你失望了。
Yeah, and on this flight may I never lose sight, fuck it
这趟旅程愿我能欣赏沿途风景而非最终目的地(呼应前文吧) 该死


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