Black Star - Twice Inna Lifetime Lyrics

Yo, we been through this before right?
So we figurin', if we gonna do it, we gotta freak it, y'know what I'm sayin'?
'Cause everything gotta go up from here, right?
So Hi-Tek, turn it up a notch

Hail Mary, 'matta fact hail Jane
Niggaz take my name in vain like I was cocaine
My affirmations kill emcees like assassination
Bringin' you pain until you wish you had a vaccination

Or vaccine, I shine like Vaseline
Gas plays like petroleum, walk over them like linoleum
My vocab expand like a rubber band
Walkin' nekkid through the motherland, give the finger to my brother man

Niggaz just don't understand my reasons, I transcend like season
And scar these rappers like legion
It's treason, my suspension attract attention
I'm ventin', givin' these chicken heads detention

Did I mention my name, yo, go by the Jane Doe
Drenched in Polo, chill downtown in Soho
You don't know, this is just half my potential
Check my credentials, come harder than sequential

It's essential, you listen, I drive, you a pedestrian
They bless me on the track 'cause I attack with' the estrogen
Rhyme against the best a men, Jane burn it up
When you hear it in the whip, tell your man to turn it up

Yo, get it, yo
Yo, we fortified live, supportin' allies
The wack is tryin' to shorten our lives, it sorta waters my eyes

But here is some'n the cryin' talk about
The verse on that cassette you and cousin fought about
That led to God and Satan's fallin' out
Encourage the liquor for those who ain't here that you pourin' out

On 3-way, your parents, preacher and spouse called my house
Revive or ruin, my theories of mics
Sony or Aiwa, black or white, I fit in all stereotypes

Search for a cast to plot, I make you a laughin' stock
So shook, I could walk a half a block and feel the aftershocks
Rain of acid drops, seek some help, now don't rewind
Get it the first time, shouldn't have to repeat myself

Eternally verbally, I have numbers, succumb to time outs
In rhyme bouts you'll dial 9, just to get a line out
Known fact or factors and non-rappers fractured
Results in more cast appearances than a hundred actors
Emcees I'm testin' like diseases injected in gerbils
Wordsworth, Kweli, Hi-Tek, Reflection Eternal, what

My style high life like Fonz when I burn heads like a conk
'Cause niggaz front, when their chances get slim like Pharoahe Monch
Thinkin' they shits is heavy when they light like illumination
Intellectual masturbation with premature ejaculation

I'm comin' cleaner than vaccinations
My fascination with character assassination
Got these niggaz burnin' like sensation

We keep it hot like matches and on lock like latches
Wack emcees get they microphones snatched like Lee patches
So you go, to every wack muthafucka that you know
My lyrics they get up in your genes like Parasucos

So there's no mystery about the father, niggaz is hot and bothered
Like the bitches that they are, takin' pictures with stars
And got 'em open, but after they little hopes and dreams get broken
Me and Hi-Tek, we live long and prosper like Vulcans

Think I'm jokin'? We both got sons, we make cream and break dreams
See through the fake schemes, wipin' your slate clean
Like a squeegee, we be lightin' shit up like phosphorus
Turnin' flamboyant niggaz anonymous, depressin' to optimus
You stoppin' us is preposterous, like an androgenous masohganist

You pickin' the wrong time, steppin' to me
When I'm in my prime like Optimus
Transformin', from rookie of the year to veteran
Hip-hop is big business like Con Edison or medicine
But fuck it, they gonna let us in, or else we rush the door
I got too many reasons, save your whys and what fors

This is twice inna lifetime so I'm lettin' you know
Black star, Wordsworth, Punchline and Jane Doe
Lyrical compete and we emcee
We got the fortified five, exhibit level degree

Check it, I keep dough in my pocket while you follow the false prophet
Get deep like Islamics wrapped in a white garment
I touch topics that try to open up your optics
Vacate in the Tropics, you dodgin' bullets in the projects

Cut the nonsense, I'm hotter than alot a men
Start honorin', got more wifes than Solomon
Fuck the squad you in, a yo, we be the biddomb
Regardless what I spit on, you worse with the tracks I shit on

Once you get on, it's fair you can't trust
Words and Punch, make rappers march like the third month
I build with friends, lyrically spit gems
Call me diamond, 'cause I'm your girl's best friend

Emcees are born losers, alcoholic abusers
I'll go on the radio and start a gay rumor
And then I'll talk about how the crowd tried to boo ya
Label shoot ya, stressed out with brain tumors

My gat claps, 50 percent of the wack
Take it back to real rap, Krylons with' the fat cap
Get robbed for your as cap, leave you inside
Fortified live, reppin' NY 'til I die

Black body radiation situation that we workin' with'
My verb exists enlisted by the bogeys campin' services
The purpose is, make you go and purchase this, no nervousness
We are, hot like black tar, Black Star with emergerence

Superlative, you fabricated like the word absurditive
I'm rockin' this from here to where the purges live
To Brooklyn where the merchants live
Next door to the murderers
And bourbon is a elder man's medicinal alternative

My memory is furnished with, back streets to back seats to fat Jeeps
Legendary athletes who play by the trash heap
My crew wasn't that deep, but beef we didn't act sweet
Treadin' on these stompin' grounds you better catch some black feet

Flashy, it was between DeKalb and Pulasky
Off the meter like an out of borough taxi
They run your pockets fastly, black and nasty, nappy and crafty
That's why they either sittin' in Clinton or coxsackie
Mayor Rudolph can screw off, you too soft to stop us
You and your coppers should seek some foot doctors
Got your burnt chest popped up, but keep your guns cocked up
'Cause all them cats that you knocked up and always gon' be locked up

Hide ya self like Donna Summer, another number one
And comin' from the underground, this is how it's comin' down
Baby, let me run it down,
Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jane Doe, Punch, Wor, hmm, umm, e

Excuse me, just ate another emcee
Sometimes that's just how it be
Bout ta wash you down with green tea and some lime
We like the five on the fist, fortified organized like dis

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Black Star Twice Inna Lifetime Comments
  1. 7Kingsmen

    Question to all y’all: Which track y’all like better?

    Twice Inna Lifetime


    Rock Rock Y’all

  2. 7Kingsmen

    Wordsworth verse...Salute!

  3. gl0bal74

    "Black Body Radiation" Mos Def is in another dimension.

  4. Austin Edwards

    Black Starr Foundation forever

  5. Master Jedi

    Black body radiation.

  6. Robey Williams

    “Off the meter like an out of Burrough taxi... “word play is bananas !!!
    This was the unpredictable and inevitable beginning of the end of Mos Def and the rise of Yasin Bey!

    john Taylor

    Off the meter like an out of order taxi.

  7. Pakitto69


  8. Constanze Amalie Von Braunschbank Albrechtsberger

    the instrumental reminds me a Wu Tang song

  9. Pharaoh Head

    Yo 2019 I’m still deep in thought

  10. arex82

    Black and nasty, nappy and crafty
    That’s why they’re either sittin in Clinton or Coxsackie .... wooOOooOoo 🔥🔥🔥

  11. arex82

    Yo them 3 & 4 syllable schemes that Mos came with took the track to another level. Really helped him stand out amongst a solid roster of prolific wordsmiths. I love the way that man’s mind works. He’s always been a kind of lyrical mentor to me:

    Mos Def
    Black Thought
    Aesop Rock <<<(sleep NOT on this man, lyrical GENIUS)

    Big up to real hip hop. Let’s keep it alive in these musically trying times lol

  12. Rams Sebako

    Jane Doe killed this track, I wish Jean Grae & Whip Montez were also featured

  13. gerard

    4:16 is what all you guys came for , i mean the whole song is dope but yeah you get me

  14. IslamicRageBoy

    it was between Dekalb and pulaski

  15. IslamicRageBoy

    Sick beat

  16. aurelius rule

    Jane words punch kweli def

    Tony Anderson

    aurelius rule you’re a moron if u think mos didn’t have the best verse

  17. Shannon Valenti

    cyphers! todays music lacks this ability

  18. Joel Widgins


  19. Joel Widgins


  20. Austin Edwards

    Black Starr Forever

  21. Austin Edwards

    Yo, Talibs Kweli,s verse is Fire asf



  23. MCesike MCes ! Vargas Bustamante

    mcesike ldch tfpt cd original l701 r1144 r1142 , jewel box papel prepicado celofán , in time cry for you ..

  24. Joel Widgins

    RIP Delores Widgins

  25. niccomakk

    Mos def cracked the door and let GOD in on this shit!!!

  26. Kory Green

    "You stopping us is preposterous like an androgynous misogynist." I'm fuckin' done. Smh.

  27. MegaLadygagasucks

    "im hotter than a lota men" man did that line fall short pretty gay

  28. yani kastrissios

    Fuckin Wordsworth man..... what a don.

  29. Elliot Parker

    Everyone on this is dope. But Mos Def left the planet.

  30. Arnold Shabangu

    2018 this track will still burn any new shit thats out right now....!!!

  31. Chiazo Anyaso

    I'm loving Jane Does intro and voice so much.
    So Afrocentric.

  32. Richard Brown

    Black streets/back seats in fat jeeps
    Legendary athletes who played by the trash heaps

    Kory Green

    "back streets to back seats in fat jeeps"

  33. MegaLadygagasucks

    now mos def some sjw trihard liberal muslim apologist (probobly isis suporter) when he used to be dope as fuck

  34. Alexandre Masseron

    Use with friends on Basket-ball street court ;)

  35. Alexandre Masseron

    Real Us Hip-Hop ... Thanks !

  36. Jack Johnson

    did she mention her name yo?????


    it's Jean Grae alias


    Tryste that us not Jean Grae bruh chill it's Jane Doe

    Craig Rahman

    Go by Jane Doe.......

  37. Éliphas Lévi

    Mos Def is such a beast!To name two examples; His verse in this song & his verse in "RE:Definition" from the same album.Two of the best verses I've ever heard!

    Mauro Pedrosa

    Respiration and Thieves in the night are probably my favorite tracks from that album. 2 monsters

  38. Jonathan Gómez García

    Best track of the album

  39. No Comment

    Everyone chatting bout "so and so" kills it, they all kill it! One of Blackstar's best, Talib and Mos always gonna be sick, Jane Doe was always good but underground and under-rated and Wordsworth the same but got some shine through Blackstar, EMC, TCQ and Demigodz. All in all this tune will always be one of my favourite US hip hop bangers, one of the reasons i bought this shit on vinyl back in the day, don't and can't get bored of it!

    P.s. A message to all the yout, if you like an artist, buy records to support them, trust me a lot of independent music artists need the revenue, not just to produce more music but also alot of the time to pay the rent. Plus that shit sounds better spinning on the 1's and 2's ;)

  40. tangly mold

    shit is mad lit 👌

  41. Blackhorn & Lynx

    I love this beat

  42. Exceptional Pleb

    "revive a ruin, my theory of mics,
    Sony or Aiwa, black or white,
    I fit in all stereo(types)"

    this is one of the best lines I have ever heard

    Mad Titan

    Juan Rangel so shook I can walk a half a block and feel the Aftershock

  43. Matt

    Mos Def's verse just ripped a hole in the space time continuum

    Michael Pacheco

    Accurate as fuck.

    Liam Broderick

    LOL what else is new

    Nugs McDankerson

    I swear DOOM based his whole career off that rhyme scheme




    @Nugs McDankerson DOOM was already rapping somewhat differently at this time. Listen to his stuff with KMD when was known as Zev Love X.


    It's like God made real girl rappers better and outshine male rappers because a lot of people is stereotype.96 is the greatest the movie set it off them girls had a longer harder trail than most males so when girls rap they come out better most of the time then male rappers.Listen to Sole verse on Who That and Eve verse on We Going To make It and 1 of my favorites is the last verse on "Welcome To My World"

  45. Everythingforsalepro

    •REP•L[]$ 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫

  46. Robert King

    Mos had the hardest spit

    Thuro F.A.R.

    +rob king Naw fam. Kweli shined the hardest on this one.


    Talib 4 sure u tippin


    Wordsworth verse

  47. bsauce420

    Jane Doe & Talib Kweli KILLED IT in ATL last nite. Gott Dam!!




    Aria T.u

    thanx man! its weird that shes not anywhere on yt though


    yeah you are right. I wonder why that is?

  48. Weird Title

    punchline kills it


    Weird Title eeew I think he’s weak on this but he usually kills it!


    Also, Punchline verse on “Rock Rock y’all” is dope but Wordsworth verse is not on that track but here on this one it’s reversed! 😆

  49. Weird Title

    one of the dopest songs I have ever known

  50. jay kj

    Yo any1 think these verses were freestyles? It was def a cypher but my bro has been arguin wit me that all these cats went in off the dome. I ain't convinced

    victor hosey

    I agree with your bro.


    @jay kj Hot verses. not freestyles.


    yo, Punchlines verse is from a cypher with 50 cent, Nore, and Consequence. go look it up its nasty

    Arnold Shabangu

    Yho, i honestly felt like this track was like a cypher where evryone came through to spit from the top of the dome...!!!

    Kory Green

    I think Mos' verse was off the dome. He's an elite freestyler like Juice, Biggie, Snoop, Black Thought, etc.

  51. trotters213

    Jane Doe is awesome on this track ! Kweli and Mos Def kill shit as usual.

  52. Aba aslan

    def murked it

  53. CitzaMatza

    much love

  54. schokoprinz

    "cause all them cats you locked up...aint always goin' be locked up" - damn mos def

  55. Jason Hyman


  56. zitzblitz123

    talib killed his verse

  57. TheHarryBalzonya

    my favorite mos def verse