Kweli, Talib - I Try Lyrics

[Talib Kweli]
Yeah, yeah
New Talib Kweli
Yeah, you know what it is
Come on, come on, yeah
Hey yo *repeats*

[Hook: Mary J. Blige]
I try, I try (that's all we can do)
I try, you know I try
I try, I try (yeah)
I try, you know I try

[Verse 1: Talib Kweli]
K. West! Kweli!
Got searched on the plane, Arabic first name
Disturbed by the fame just like Kurt Cobain
Breath of life, kiss of death, my lips pursed the same
You flirt 'til she came
Nothin' hurt like the pain and torture
Daughters of the dust lookin' for a vein
Something to take in vain like the Lord's name
Put your hands together, got 'em all sayin'

[Hook: Mary J. Blige]
I try, I try
I try, you know I try
I try, I try
I try, you know I try

[Verse 2: Talib Kweli]
Yo, it's all ghetto in gear higher, the floor settle
More metal for beef that we don't let the law settle
I try to navigate the treacherous waters of
America's ghettos that set up the slaughteres
But there's more of us
Although we speak in different languages
We all pretty familiar with what anger is
Young and dangerous, ??
Get up on some gangsta shit
Guns to bang ya wit'
And we put it on records to entertain ya wit'
I'm grown with pains way deeper than Mike Seavers
Our uniforms is white sneakers and white T-shirts
On top of wife beaters
We like to light reefers
The 'hood need us for rappers, just ain't the right leaders
I put a lot into it
This is my product and I gotta move it
Stop the industry but you can't stop the music

[Interlude: Mary J. Blige]
An upside down kingdom where life is just not fair (upside down kingdom)
Some many sufferin' cuz deep inside they're scared (so scared)
Fear pumped into their veins to keep them from their destiny
Where would they be if you and I don't care?

[Hook: Mary J. Blige]
I try, I try, you know I try
I try, I try, I try, you know I try

[Verse 3: Talib Kweli]
Yo, the things I'm seein' on the news is insane
A stock broker shoot his kid and throw himself in front of a train
A mother leave her baby home for two weeks all by himself
Three years old, eatin' ketchup and mustard, cryin for help
Tryin' to bring your struggle to life
The label want a song about a bubbly life
I have trouble tryin' to write some shit
To BANG in the club through the night
When people suffer tonight
Lord knows I try

[Hook: Mary J. Blige]
I try, I try, I try, you know I try
I try, I try, I try, you know I try

[Interlude: Talib Kweli]
Life is a beautiful struggle
People search through the rubble for a suitable hustle
Some people usin' the noodle, some people usin' the muscle
Some people put it all together, make it fit like a puzzle
Come on, say it now
Life is a beautiful struggle
People search through the rubble for a suitable hustle
Some people usin' the noodle, some people usin' the muscle
Some people put it all together, yeah

[Outro: Mary J. Blige]
I try, I try, you know I try
I try, oh Lord I try
Everyday I

[Mary J. Bliges harmonizes with the beat]

Upside down kingdom
Oh, they're so scared
Everyday on the news we can't look around with
something somewhere
I try, I try, you know I try
I try, I try, I try, you know I try
Lord knows, Lord knows we try

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Kweli, Talib I Try Comments
  1. bwilli34

    2020 and it's still on point! ARTIST.

  2. James Francis

    2020 anyone??

  3. devon dudley

    This song so underrated should of been a hit

  4. rise4 hercules

    It's been 5 years since i heard this song still know the lyrics

  5. wr513


  6. pirco pizi

    max quality 480k->must be good

  7. Titou Bangalito

    2020 and i still try

  8. Ted Francis

    This is timeless...y'all should make more music together. Whas this drought spell y'all got the world in?

  9. Patrick Walker

    Yoooo this was my joint!!!!!! This is a classic! They dont make music like this no more

  10. True2Luv

    You know I TRY.... ❤

  11. Ethan Baltzer

    Man I miss this shit. Those were the days

  12. lil bud

    Im just here for 3:02

  13. Jason Bishop

    Dont remember this song but hostile gospel

  14. nkolo blondel

    2019 we are

  15. Jason Gafar

    I went through a lot in my life, and this incredible hook by Mary J just helps me heal.

  16. Blissfully Me

    Another flamer From the "MC"  sorry I'm late on the props

  17. Andrea Robinson


  18. sujith Das

    Who's here after Mike Posner legacy

  19. Zomin Yazeed

    Kanye West on the beat



  21. Jordan Mcfly

    still fireeee 2019.......

  22. Lama Cabe

    Great song. It was slept on back in the day. I never understood why.

  23. Hubert Bieskiewicz

    Mary is so beautiful! Talib 🔥 NewYork, NewYork Baby!

  24. Toronto416

    Mary J Blige is so beautiful. A perfect hood chick!

  25. Suhalia Sauls

    This song still brings me to tears. When I was a little girl I saw a bunch of stuff I shouldn't have seen. Music was my only escape. I didnt want to be a musician but I needed somebody to just say what I was dying to say. Then I heard this song. I cried because it captured everything I was going through. It still makes me cry like a baby. I'm out of that situation and have been for ages now but the scars are still there. Im not into hip hop much but this song helped release the frustration I had. Listening to it now I can't believe what I've overcome. I'm all grown up and graduating from law school, aiming towards a PhD and a big family. I'm gona make sure my kids never see what I saw.


    Suhalia Sauls Stay blessed.Congrats.keep going ! 💪🏾

  26. Nammo300win

    So this is why Marlo Stansfield os so angry

  27. Profit Omega

    Music that saved my life!

  28. Boss A. Nova

    To be fair I could hear Mya on this too
    Would be dope either way

  29. Isja Marie

    2019 💯💯💯


    I could never get into Talib's music, Can't understand a lot of what he says; the way he pronounces his words isn't clear.

  31. Fyah Marcus

    Dammmn this is still hot in 2019..!!

  32. DW 001

    Who's listening in 2019!!!!!!!!! OK ok... I see u

  33. ImMrAllen

    Talib actually has made 2 of my favorite all time videos, one being "Hot Thing" and the other being this. I loved this song from the first time I heard it but the video with it is just a masterpiece. The part towards the end when the kids give him back his book and their respect makes me damn near tear up because I love to see stuff like that.

  34. Art Of Clouds

    I miss the Old Kanye... This song should of been bigger.

  35. Native Sun

    Young John Legend on the Keys.

    Nicky Krystals

    Nah that's not him it's a sample

  36. Matt Zolotenki

    Talib kweli is such a crappy singer

  37. k Lepe


  38. brcharlesii

    ADOS Coming Talib Kweli, you ain't go be an Ally, Ha, whats up with your Twitter Beef with ADOS we don't want any parts of RWS were a black agenda is pushed to the back burner, Looks like your brother working in the kitchen that is aimed at putting our Fire out, heard he working wit MS HARRIS Dixiecrat - Democrats who opposited extending civil rights, Neely Fuller says question anything that is Un-Constructive, so he eating off democrats plates and so how you eating since BET stopped pushing your videos, not many ADOS come to your concert do they, BET made us listen we really didn't want to

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  40. rustleup 1000%

    Look like I need to view this 1 million times myself, this need more views people!!

  41. TQ Dat Manye

    I Try this is all time classic for The people

  42. Wisemen Wisemen

    Hip Hop!

  43. Justin Stewart

    Great tune and great video. Always loved this one.

  44. Michael Greene

    Kweli is a REAL craftsman to his trade...

  45. Breffanie. mc sneaks Andrews.sneaky

    Back when radio was the s###!

  46. Stephanie Salazar


  47. Shizzy Mack

    Alot of us can relate to the kid in this video.

  48. Ibzi Ahmed

    true say

  49. Cora Lewis

    The Beautiful Struggle

  50. DJBlack909

    The label want a song about a bubbly life
    I have trouble tryin' to write some shit
    To BANG in the club through the night
    When people suffer tonight

  51. Corey McRae

    I used to manage a club in Park City, Utah called Club Suede. I gave one of the owners, who did all the booking, a wish list of different artists that I thought would go off in our club. She fulfilled at least 2/3 of that list. Of Course Talib was on there, and DID NOT DISAPPOINT!! Then after the show we hooked up a little after party. Not too crazy, but a great time, with great people. Local police showed up cuz our neighbors always call. My brother is used to it (kind of the club's house), so he moved to the door. Talib stops him, "I got it man." Talked to cops, came back in and had the music turned down, and said to my brother and I, "Where were we?" Talib, you are a class act man. LIveLove.

  52. yirk1

    October 2018?

  53. Lamar

    I swear to GOD! . Talib best Rapper alive !!

  54. TC Nemesis 610

    Young Marlo Stanfield.

  55. Matt Kenna

    The beautiful struggle, I try...

  56. Vic Jones

    Fuck i LOVE THIS SONG!!!!! 😂🎤🎧🖤🖤

  57. Teeq Toque

    This track way too prophetic.

  58. unanimous anonymous

    No guns...ya'll joke ass house naggas

  59. dynamic

    Thats my joint

  60. DJ Manny Stylz

    wow kweli..

  61. Alexandra

    Two incredible artists

  62. David Webb

    Honda commercials bring me here haha jp

  63. Mike

    Come on people, only 3 million views.
    This is unbelievable. So underrated

  64. Zee Wright

    2018!! Aayyee

  65. Phoenicia Simmons

    Real Hip Hop

  66. Phoenicia Simmons

    Still hot 2018👍💣💣🔥🔥🔥

  67. Diane Evans

    Life is nothing, but struggle for existence!

  68. Dea Theth

    I found my way to Talib Kweli just today after reading a quote of him on a website giving advice on songwriting.
    Honestly: Wow! His lyrics man! Finally not some other uhmm unconcious, 'meaningless' message. I don't want to be disrespectful because I am sure there is hard work behind every song, but nowadays some are just so ugh idk. I just really appreciate artist who put out music with a social message a.k.a address issues sometimes.
    I listen to almost all kinds of music except for maybe folk and hardcore. Still I consider it hard to find an artist I like as much as I do (now) Talib. Especially on the radio - like you can't turn it on. Always the same new songs over and over again, mostly pop and pop rap. The diversity is blooming on the charts... only a teenage girl writing here so don't mind me but keep trying and chasing your dreams.

  69. Christine Victoria Penda

    Who liste it in 2018!

  70. Miz Trigga

    Maan... This Brother here!!! Not only are his songs inspirational.. but the story telling of the video's have me all in my feelings.. Lol.. This is greatness at work.. #Art #Official #Classic

  71. Jt Taylor

    Keep ya head up and keep trying

  72. Lisa JosephUCC1-308

    Still Listening in 2018

  73. CStarz

    I remember wanting to beat the shit out of those kids for harassing lil homie..He already had a lot of shit he was dealing with.

  74. J Bond

    A young Kanye beat can never do a rapper wrong

  75. Kabir Najeeb

    still feeling Talib in 2018

  76. Harlon Pete

    This is back on my 2018 music list! Goes out my baby mom and kids!!!!

  77. J. Ascension

    Probably the only song I like with MJB...idk I just never got into her

  78. Pistol1783

    Why does this track not stay on 4/4 time. It's a nightmare to do long mixes with! (But it's still gold)

  79. D Brown

    great song!!!

  80. Cheech Wizard

    King TQ

  81. go away

    in b4 post malone is crying in the comments with us.

  82. Lachlan

    Here because of Vince staples

  83. Richii Jimenez

    Vince staples


    lol me too

    Judy Ann

    Me too lol

  84. ELJoseNova

    Talib tried to be that last breath of fresh air, the last gasp of breath for hip hop. I️ am great full for him

  85. Quincy Hyde

    Kanye used to love music

  86. Naaomi Sealy

    This made me cry <3

  87. tripos1

    Excellent. Thank you everyone.

  88. Ja2808

    Almost 15 years ago, times flies.

  89. Michael Gardner

    Question? Why would you come here and give  a thumbs down? It's Talib!!!

  90. Felix

    Definitely A Hip Hip Hop Classic !