Dave East – How We Livin’ (Lyrics, Video)

Dave East - How We Livin'

Dave East premieres the official music video for the “How We Livin'” song. Read the lyrics to the new track.

Dave East How We Livin'
Dave East How We Livin’

Dave East has remained one of the fiercest MCs to emerge out of New York in the past decade. From his days of freestyles and mixtapes to getting a life-changing co-sign from Nas, he’s continuously proven that there’s no limit to his lyrical aptitude. And while he previously leaned deeper into the world of acting, he’s been back in the rap game this year with a point to prove.

This morning, the rapper slid through with his latest release, “How We Livin.” With string-laden production backing him, East’s authenticity blazes through the track with boastful bars. The song also includes a mention of Trouble who passed away earlier this month. “Not one of ’em n***as that talk a lot/ Think of Trouble before I take another shot/ That was really my brother, ain’t nothin’ to talk about,” East raps on the song.

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Lyrics

[Intro]
(Jay S on the beat)

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[Chorus]
Welcome to life, how we livin’
Shit, I gotta live right ‘fore they miss him (They miss him)
On my grind, if you blink, you might miss him (You might miss him)
I might sip one more drink, just for rhythm (One more)
I might smoke one more spliff ‘fore I spin him (One more)
I might pull up on timin’ and kill him (Skrrt)
I’m a hero, they paint me the villain (Paint me the villain)
I know niggas that ain’t no convincin’ (Ain’t no convincin’, nah)
On your top if I ever get mentioned (On your top)
On your block with a hunnid lil’ niggas (On your block)
Why you post and you ain’t in the picture? (You ain’t in the picture)
Make the call and the gang’ll come get you (Come get you)

[Post-Chorus]
Look, still on my mission, I’m still with them niggas they talk about (They talk about, they talk about)
They see me in person, it’s not what these niggas been talkin’ ’bout (Talkin’ ’bout, talkin’ ’bout, no)

[Verse 1]
He think with his dick, called my lil’ bitch, once he get drunk, she gon’ walk him out
I’ll make him [?] off that parking lot (Parking lot)
Right when he see him, his heart’ll stop
Not with them niggas that talk a lot
Thinkin’ trouble ‘fore I I took another shot
It was really my brother, ain’t nothin’ to talk about
It ain’t nothin’ to talk about
I’m the type that’s gon’ shine when it’s dark inside
Hunnid shots, through the clip at apartment now (Brr)
I ain’t tryna drive by, let’s go walk ’em down
Ain’t no Benz, got that pack, they kill order now

[Pre-Chorus]
Still on my mission, I’m still with them niggas they talk about (Stay with them niggas)
They see me in person, it’s not what them niggas been talkin’ ’bout (It’s not what them niggas—)

[Chorus]
Welcome to life, how we livin’
Shit, I gotta live right ‘fore they miss him (They miss him)
On my grind, if you blink, you might miss him (You might miss him)
I might sip one more drink, just for rhythm (One more)
I might smoke one more spliff ‘fore I spin him (One more)
I might pull up on timin’ and kill him (Skrrt)
I’m a hero, they paint me the villain (Paint me the villain)
I know niggas that ain’t no convincin’ (Ain’t no convincin’, nah)
On your top if I ever get mentioned (On your top)
On your block with a hunnid lil’ niggas (On your block)
Why you post and you ain’t in the picture? (You ain’t in the picture)
Mix the cold and the game and come get you (Come get you)

[Post-Chorus]
Look, still on my mission, I’m still with them niggas they talk about (Stay with them niggas)
They see me in person, it’s not what these niggas been talkin’ ’bout (Never)

[Verse 2]
No one I can trust, seen fiends in a rush, Uncle tweakin’ off the dust
I had to be tough when my sneakers had holes, summer jeans, I was cut
Rubbin’ on luck, niggas had to fight the cold, only thing we had was us (Us)
They see how I’m cut, this a different type of fabric, found my passion on that bus
Let me fly South with a package in my bag, prayin’ that this shit don’t stop
Run the town, I might charge him a dime, hunt a town, it’s like thirty a pop
Life lessons that I learned from my Pop, he know that the murder don’t stop
Like, you gon’ end up with a nurse or a plot?, If I bury you, it’s gon’ hurt me a lot
Nigga, you ‘posed to get money and leave
I heard what he said, never stopped what I did (Never)
Had to get to it, I couldn’t ask Mama for Jordans
I learned to get shit how I live, still in the crib
Finna hop out with the red, right before she kicked me out (Kicked me out)
Used to have guns in the couch, but all of this hatin’ about
Like, once we get in, ain’t no way we be out

[Chorus]
Welcome to life, how we livin’
Shit, I gotta live right ‘fore they miss him (They miss him)
On my grind, if you blink, you might miss him (You might miss him)
I might sip one more drink, just for rhythm (One more)
I might smoke one more spliff ‘fore I spin him (One more)
I might pull up on timin’ and kill him (Skrrt)
I’m a hero, they paint me the villain (Paint me the villain)
I know niggas that ain’t no convincin’ (Ain’t no convincin’, nah)
On your top if I ever get mentioned (On your top)
On your block with a hunnid lil’ niggas (On your block)
Why you post and you ain’t in the picture? (You ain’t in the picture)
Mix the cold and the game and come get you (Come get you)

[Post-Chorus]
Look, still on my mission, I’m still with them niggas they talk about (Stay with them niggas)
They see me in person, it’s not what these niggas been talkin’ ’bout (No, they pussy)

[Outro]
Whole conversation change as soon as I see niggas (I see niggas)
Word to my mama, not a love (Not a love)
Well wishes, how the family doin’? (Family doin’)
Online, it be gangsters, man (Gangsters, man)
And keep that shit on the internet (Internet)
Yeah, hahaha

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