AUGUST ALSINA - Testify

This song is from the album Testimony(2014), released on Apr 15, 2014.
I loved the message in this song, it felt just right. He talks about the hardships that he had to suffer through when he was younger and the trouble he went through to get some food to eat. The production of the song felt really tight and impressive. The rhythm could have used some better hi-hats, although it felt adequate. August's performance and execution of this song is beautiful.
SongRating: 8/10

Requested By Christian Felix
Scale: D Minor
Time Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 69
[INTRO] Dm A C G Bb Gm
[VERSE]
Dm          C               Dm
I remember wakin' up, bein broke 
              C
But still it wasn't breakin' us
    Bb                     C
I remember why I broke the rules,
              Dm                      Bb
Cuz I ain't really have nobody to look up to
     Dm               C
I remember cuttin' class, bein' bad,
              Dm                      C
Cuz I ain't have what them other kids had
           Bb                      C
I remember wishin' that I knew my dad,
                  Gm       C             Bb
Then I remember wishin' I could get him back

             C                    Dm
For every single night that he told me he was comin' and he didn't,
            Dm                     C
For every single dollar that my mama 'nem was missin'
                   Bb
For every thing I wanted and was told I couldn't get it,
                    Gm                C           Dm
And that I had to face it that my daddy was addicted (damn)

Dm
That's right it wasn't easy growin' up,
Dm
Mama was exposin' us to life as she knew it
Dm                C
So we all went through it,
     Bb
I remember bein' down and out, sleepin, on my homie's couch
Gm
In & outta trouble ever since my mama put me out

[BRIDGE]
Dm
Damn it's gettin real, Damn it's gettin real
Dm                                          C
Didn't graduate, I'm thinkin damn I gotta deal
      Bb
So I hit da block, sellin rocks just to eat a meal
         Gm
So I grabbed da Glock, kept it cocked..
Gm
Peace is still

[VERSE]
Dm
In da back of da tracks, my nigga's stayed wit da packs
Dm
And if a nigga was schemin', my brotha stayed with tha gat
             Bb
Yea, yea we stayed in da trap, yea everyday in da trap
                Gm                                 Bb         C
These ho's was chasin' da cheese, so we would stay wit da rat's
            Dm
And we was ridin down, dippin low, I stayed in da back
       Dm
In the X5 stuntin, we ain't know how to act
           Bb
Spendin' money like it's nothin, cuz we gone get it back
 Gm
17 never thought that I'd be gettin dem racks,
      Dm
Had a dream but I said I wasn't fuckin' wit that
      Dm
Mel told me I would make it, I ain't fuckin wit that..
         Bb
But he told me that it wouldn't hurt to give it a try
          Gm
Hardest thing out in New Orleans never see 25

[VERSE]
              Dm
Right then I woke up, broke out, told my nigga's had to roll out,
Dm
Moved to the A and got motivated,that inspiration don't run out
          Bb
Heard my brother got gunned down and it hurt me to my heart,
       Gm
So I kept grindin', I kept pushin', he told me to go far
        Dm
So I can't stop at no crib, can't stop at no car,
 Dm
Gotta. Keep. Goin. Like there ain't no tomorrow
    Bb
So I'm goin hard everyday, til I got nothin' to say,
Bb                        Gm
Nothin' can stand in my way,
Gm                    C                         Dm
I gotta stay, to show my nigga's a different way (waaayyy)

[HOOK x4]
Dm
Imma tell da truth and da whole truth,
Dm
Cuz there ain't no need to lie
    Bb
And I ain't tryna keep it all inside,
             Gm
So I gotta TESTIFY
         C             Dm
For you and I, I testify)

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