Mos Def - Love Lyrics




They say the goodness in life belongs to those who believe
So, I believe...YES!

[Chorus 2x]
I start to think, and then I sink
Into the paper, like I was ink
When I'm writing I'm trapped in between the line
I escape when I finish the rhyme (aiyyo)

My pops said he was in love when he made me
Thought about it for a second, wasn't hard to see
I could hear he was sincere, was a game of promotion
The entire affair's probably charged wit emotion
But love call your heart, I guess you got to persue
12-11-73 my life is testament
Praise the beneficent, element that rest
Devoid in the form that make love manifest
I spent my early years in Roosevelt Project
It was a bright valley wit some dark prospects
In '83, Venny C was the host wit the most
I listened to the Rap Attack and held the radio close
I listened to the Rap Attack and held the radio close
This is far before the days of high glamour and pose
Aiyyo power from the street light made the place dark
I know a few understand what I'm talkin about
It was love for the thing that made me wanna stay out
It was love for the thing that made me stay in the house
Spendin time, writin rhymes
Tryin to find words that describe the vibe
That's inside the space
When you close yo' eyes and screw yo' face
Is this the pain of too much tenderness
To make me nod my head in reverence
Should I visit this place and remember it?
To build landmarks here as evidence
Night time, spirit shook my temperment
To write rhymes that portray this sentiment
We live the now for the promise of the infinite
We live the now for the promise of the inifinite
And we believe in the promise (love, love [repeated])
Yes yes y'all and we don't stop because

[Chorus]

I got love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E to MC
Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E I MC
Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E to MC
Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
The M-O-S-D-E-F-initely

Check it out y'all, feel me out y'all
Feel me out y'all, hear my out y'all
Check me, out y'all
Feel me out y'all, check it out y'all
Now hear out (bounce) y'all
Check me out y'all, feel me out y'all
Check me out y'all, feel me out y'all
Feel me out y'all (hear me bounce y'all)
Check me out y'all, check it out y'all

My folks said they was in love when they had me
I take they love they made me wit to make rhymes and beats
(Can you feel?) The raw deal, it's all wheel-driven
Contemplate the essence of beats, rhymes and living
Speech in line wit the rhythm, designed wit the rhythm
Ears and eyes keepin good time wit the rhythm
I shine wit the rhythm, the Black Star Gallactica
Big number fleetin, we ancient like the Abbacca's
After us, I see most proceed to be trees
Sproutin leaves, given breeze to the we who believe
I MC, which means I Must Cultivate the earth
Back straight backs, hard beats and hard work
I be the funky drummer to soften the hard earth
(Amin) Pray Allah keep my soul and heart clean
(Amin) Pray the same thing again for all my team
This go out to Fort Greene and on out to Queens
Uptown to Boogie Down, yo just look around
AND SHOOK UP THE WORLD!, like Ali in 6-3 (right)
I'm reachin the height that you said cannot be
I'm bringin the light but you said we can't see
Saw the new day commin, and it look just like me
Some burst through the clouds, my photo ID
I bring light to your day and raise yo' degree
The Universal Magnetic, you must respect it
From end to beginning, ? true and livin
EVERY CHANGING, it was a state of magnificent
Building it now for the promise of the infinite
Building it now for the promise of the inifinite because

[Chorus]

I got love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E to MC
Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E to MC
Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E to MC
Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
The M-O-S-D-E-F-initely





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Mos Def Love Comments
  1. Hannah GODDESS

    💘💝💖

  2. sam thornhill

    Saw the new day coming it looked just like me sun burst threw the clouds my photo ID..genious

  3. Alvero Rivera

    Love my real Rap/HIP-HOP Community on youtube .. pc and Love 2 y'all the real Revolutionary People 👑

  4. Anthony Truman

    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  5. ayoub leassafri

    ouf hot fire !!!!

  6. tom sawyer

    20 ans plus tard toujours un plaisir à l’écoute 👌🏾👍🏾✊🏾💪🏾😉😎

  7. A Phantom Reads

    I have never regretted buying this album. It's an all time classic.

  8. vonschuhart

    This is one of the greatest examples of lyricism hip-hop has ever manifested. this song (and this whole album in general) is ingrained with Mos Def's philosophy. Listen closely and you'll hear that Mos Def sees hip-hop not just as a talent. His love of the craft is a mark of divinity. KRS-ONE once said that the highest form of being God is Love. Mos-Def takes that sentiment to heart to the extent that he WORSHIPS rhyming like it's God himself. The whole outlook is inspiring and optimistic. It paints the world and everybody in it as just a piece of God, and Rhyming as an expression of the love he feels for God and the love God feels for him. It's so wonderfully Transcendental. No other rapper has been able to make hip-hop seem so beautiful.

  9. Mack Mann

    This song reminds me of candid film noir footage of SoHo at night, c. 2000. Back when the Twin Towers still stood, and "DON'T WALK" signs littered the city. There are scenes involving steam rising from out of potholes, and long exposure shots of subway trains whizzing by. Think the "Respiration" music video, but shot entirely at night.

  10. IDK Jean

    Reminds me of elementary school lol
    Anyone else? 😂

  11. arthur turner

    Mos shit be 🔥

  12. Derek Rodriguez

    New York is percussion, keyboards etc right???

  13. Mort Winkler

    Show me a better hip hop song than this one.

  14. maslefunk

    Numero uno in my book of rhyme heroes. You know he got it going on when he lifts rakim's(mc god) lyrics so smoothly

  15. Paul Sais

    Nas vs mos def would be best rap battle ever😭😭😭😢🤕

  16. The Dead Presidents VEVO

    Great Song

  17. Heavy-D:40

    This whole album gives me so much energy and creativity it’s really like a drug

  18. cherry9951

    Omg I love def❤️💋🌹💞🌷

  19. elements1985

    Supremely talented.

  20. JO_sqrl Music

    L O V E to emcee get love

  21. Wurskind

    “Spendin time writing rhymes trying to find words to describe the vibe” Favorite part of this song hands down he meant that shit came from the heart

  22. sayidcali ynwa

    Mos [email protected]@

  23. Alessandro Picci

    "..Building the now for the promise of the infinite.."

  24. Dima Kubrakov

    Rasta RAP Forever!)✊

  25. Dr. Madthumbz

    You know, i've always been hip hop. Talking about Rakim, Kool G, Big Daddy & them...
    This song is my favorite hip hop song, ALL era. THX Mos for this beautiful song.

  26. hyppe Nkosi

    Still bumping black on both sides in 2018

  27. SRTHEMIMOPAR

    God bless USA and President Trump for great music..free music...love music!!!!!!

  28. GZA

    A perfect emcee, Mos (Yasiin) is a top 10 rapper in my category, love his projects.

  29. Dikeledi Sibanda

    This right here..😍

  30. Kuji Chagulia

    *I used to listen to this on my long walks home from studying in college at 1am...I graduate this weekend.*

  31. Our Lord is Coming

    Damn I should have found this sooner

    MEGATRON

    This not for you, this for believers in ALLAH, not zombie jesus worshipers.

  32. odyssey696

    Still here 2018 bitch!!

    Ron Asesino

    I’ll listen to this in 2027 this song touches the soul.

  33. K Burke

    My folks said they was in love when they made me
    I take the love they made me with to make rhymes and beats
    (Can you feel?) The raw deal is all-wheel driven (right)
    Contemplate the essence of beats, rhymes and livin'
    Speech align with the rhythm (right), designed with the rhythm
    Ears and eyes keep in good time with the rhythm
    I shine with the rhythm, the Black Star Galactica
    You're big number fatin', we ancient like the abacus
    After us, I see most proceed to be trees
    Sprouting leaves, givin' breeze to the we who believe
    I M.C., which means I Must Cultivate the Earth
    Straight back, straight back, heartbeats and hard work
    I be the "Funky Drummer" to soften the hard Earth
    (Amin) Pray Allah keep my soul and heart clean
    (Amin) Pray the same thing again for all my team
    From Restoration to Fort Greene, and on out to Queens
    Uptown To Booggiedown, yo just look around
    Shook up the world like Ali in 6-3 (right)
    I'm reaching a height that you said cannot be
    I'm bringing a light which you said we can't see
    Saw the new day comin', it look just like me
    Sun bursts through the clouds, my photo ID
    I bring light to your day and raise your degree
    The universal magnetic, you must respect it
    From end to beginning: bright, true and living
    Ever changing but sustaining magnificent
    Building the now for the promise of the infinite
    Building the now for the promise of the infinite
    Because...

  34. K Burke

    [Intro]
    They say that goodness in life belongs to those who believe:
    So, I believe. Yes

    [Hook]
    I start to think, and then I sink
    Into the paper, like I was ink
    When I'm writing, I'm trapped in between the lines
    I escape, when I finish the rhyme
    I start to think, and then I sink
    Into the paper, like I was ink
    When I'm writing, I'm trapped in between the lines
    I escape, when I finish

    [Verse 1]
    My pop said he was in love when he made me
    Thought about it for a second wasn't hard to see
    I could hear he was sincere, wasn't game or promotion
    The entire affair's probably charged with emotion
    When love call your heart I guess you gotta pursue
    12-11-73, my life is testament
    Praise the beneficent
    Element that breath
    Devoid in the form that make love manifest
    I spent my early years in Roosevelt Projects
    It was a bright valley with some dark prospects
    In '83, Vendy C was the host with the most
    I listened to the Rap Attack and held the radio close
    I listened to the Rap Attack and held the radio close
    This is far before the days of high glamour and pose
    Ayo, power from the streetlight made the place dark
    I know a few understand what I'm talking about
    It was love for the thing that made me wanna stay out
    It was love for the thing that made me stay in the house
    Spending time, writing rhymes
    Trying to find words that describe the vibe
    That's inside the space
    When you close your eyes and screw your face (close your eyes)
    Is this the pain of too much tenderness
    To make me nod my head in reverence?
    Should I visit this place in remembrance?
    Or build landmarks here as evidence?
    Nighttime, spirit shook my temperament
    To write rhymes that portray this sentiment
    We live the now for the promise of the infinite
    We live the now for the promise of the infinite
    And we believe in the promise
    (love x10)

  35. Joe Julet

    One of the best hip hop albums

  36. Juken The Bold

    Erbody forgets mos def when they talk top 5.

    Not me.

  37. suppositionstudios

    Every syllable o' this track pops, rolls, and flows and it's just so fucking good.

  38. Nathan Flaskegaard

    This is music.

  39. FRED SMARTSTONE

    Peaceful and Soulful track.

  40. Kid21

    He is such a special person , his work speaks volumes

  41. Dhani Assad

    Am I the only 12 year old here?

  42. Sean STROMAN

    Love THIS reminds me of Low End Theory Tribe Mos wears him influences man Brooklyn stay winning

    Len Walker

    Sean STROMAN tribe from Queens

  43. Jocsan Somarriba

    Wish there was an instrumental :/

  44. Poetic G

    Most def one of the greats

  45. Graham Ives

    It's so good when it hits your ears.

  46. flyroni68

    Legend!!!Reppin BK 2 the fullest!!!

  47. 2 ManMob

    "Power from the streetlights, made the place dark,
    I know a few understand what im talking about"

  48. vic o

    this song touches the soul..salute to mos def

  49. Teddy Wells Films

    WE GOTTA!

  50. Rayshawn Barns

    Has to be one of the best hip hop albums of all time thank you Mos Def for your body of work.

  51. Ali Majeed

    They say the goodness in life belongs to those who believe
    So, I believe...YES!

    [Chorus 2x]
    I start to think, and then I sink
    Into the paper, like I was ink
    When I'm writing I'm trapped in between the line
    I escape when I finish the rhyme (aiyyo)

    My pops said he was in love when he made me
    Thought about it for a second, wasn't hard to see
    I could hear he was sincere, was a game of promotion
    The entire affair's probably charged wit emotion
    But love call your heart, I guess you got to persue
    12-11-73 my life is testament
    Praise the beneficent, element that rest
    Devoid in the form that make love manifest
    I spent my early years in Roosevelt Project
    It was a bright valley wit some dark prospects
    In '83, Venny C was the host wit the most
    I listened to the Rap Attack and held the radio close
    I listened to the Rap Attack and held the radio close
    This is far before the days of high glamour and pose
    Aiyyo power from the street light made the place dark
    I know a few understand what I'm talkin about
    It was love for the thing that made me wanna stay out
    It was love for the thing that made me stay in the house
    Spendin time, writin rhymes
    Tryin to find words that describe the vibe
    That's inside the space
    When you close yo' eyes and screw yo' face
    Is this the pain of too much tenderness
    To make me nod my head in reverence
    Should I visit this place and remember it?
    To build landmarks here as evidence
    Night time, spirit shook my temperment
    To write rhymes that portray this sentiment
    We live the now for the promise of the infinite
    We live the now for the promise of the inifinite
    And we believe in the promise (love, love [repeated])
    Yes yes y'all and we don't stop because

    [Chorus]

    I got love, L-O-V-E and I be
    Love, L-O-V-E to MC
    Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
    Love, L-O-V-E I MC
    Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
    Love, L-O-V-E to MC
    Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
    The M-O-S-D-E-F-initely

    Check it out y'all, feel me out y'all
    Feel me out y'all, hear my out y'all
    Check me, out y'all
    Feel me out y'all, check it out y'all
    Now hear out (bounce) y'all
    Check me out y'all, feel me out y'all
    Check me out y'all, feel me out y'all
    Feel me out y'all (hear me bounce y'all)
    Check me out y'all, check it out y'all

    My folks said they was in love when they had me
    I take they love they made me wit to make rhymes and beats
    (Can you feel?) The raw deal, it's all wheel-driven
    Contemplate the essence of beats, rhymes and living
    Speech in line wit the rhythm, designed wit the rhythm
    Ears and eyes keepin good time wit the rhythm
    I shine wit the rhythm, the Black Star Gallactica
    Big number fleetin, we ancient like the Abbacca's
    After us, I see most proceed to be trees
    Sproutin leaves, given breeze to the we who believe
    I MC, which means I Must Cultivate the earth
    Back straight backs, hard beats and hard work
    I be the funky drummer to soften the hard earth
    (Amin) Pray Allah keep my soul and heart clean
    (Amin) Pray the same thing again for all my team
    This go out to Fort Greene and on out to Queens
    Uptown to Boogie Down, yo just look around
    AND SHOOK UP THE WORLD!, like Ali in 6-3 (right)
    I'm reachin the height that you said cannot be
    I'm bringin the light but you said we can't see
    Saw the new day commin, and it look just like me
    Some burst through the clouds, my photo ID
    I bring light to your day and raise yo' degree
    The Universal Magnetic, you must respect it
    From end to beginning, ? true and livin
    EVERY CHANGING, it was a state of magnificent
    Building it now for the promise of the infinite
    Building it now for the promise of the inifinite because

    [Chorus]

    I got love, L-O-V-E and I be
    Love, L-O-V-E to MC
    Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
    Love, L-O-V-E to MC
    Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
    Love, L-O-V-E to MC
    Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
    The M-O-S-D-E-F-initely

    MEGATRON

    Ali Majeed SUN burst through the clouds, my photo ID

    it's SUN, not some

  52. Anita M

    Bob Marley of hip hop

  53. Imiko

    Can't describe how much I love this song. Black On Both Sides definitely in my top 5 albums of all time.

    Harry Wilson

    me too, what your other top 4?

  54. Rollin Loud

    This and Respiration are some of my favorite songs

  55. Martell Tha Cool

    it's sad to hear that mos def is retiring either this year or next year

    john1120

    @Lark Spur glad to have this album sucks he's leaving but reality is he knows the truth about the industry and he's done but a graceful bow is how u go.

    Martell Tha Cool

    @john1120 hope he grants is one last album soon before retiring

    john1120

    @Martell Tha Cool we will see wat the future brings.

    Martell Tha Cool

    @john1120 me too. I'm hopeful

  56. Catty Bates

    I got a crush on him🍫🔥💦😽🙊🙀

    Si somos americanos, seremos una canción

    Catty Bates Who wouldn't? 😋

  57. AyyAreTee123

    classic vibes right here i always will fuck wit mod def he the truth

  58. Suheyli Gissel

    Perfectly used Rakim's words for the hook. went so well on this track. Truly one of his best. BGirls! 4Life! GGN! NBS! RSC! South Bronx! <3 <3

    Eric Nieves

    Supppp!!!

  59. Kofi Djanphie

    amazing, amazing, amazing album and song by Yasiin. but this song in particular feeds my soul. peace!

  60. Karum Marshall

    He's the man. It's as simple as that

  61. dr br

    love the jazzy drums

    Tonybassist123

    dr br The piano too

  62. Ace Thunder

    Anybody know where I can find the instrumental for this? Swear there was one on YouTube, but it isn't on here anymore.

  63. Christian Escobedo

    Mos def is real hip hop, real mc, since the first time i heard him i loved his music
    Lot of respect from México

  64. Align The Mind

    Legendary.

  65. N.e.M.C Nellz

    I listen to the rap attack and hold the radio close.

  66. Lorena M.

    I love the song panties. Awesome!

    Russell Robinson

    Lorena W. It's a beautiful song

  67. melvinism

    Mos def is one of the best rappers of all time!

    KRiS

    This is dope cause there is a video of Mos Def talking about DOOM, he's a fan of his too! I bet DOOM thinks Yasiin is great too

    melvinism

    KRiS yooo that's true! I love that video

    Adolfo Soto

    DA MAN HAS SPOKEN

    Alvero Rivera

    I got him in my top 10 easy .. my top 10 remember that 🙏🏾👑

  68. Full Fledge Connections

    Trill Shit right here the brother be Spitting Heat!!

  69. Boss Player

    the real hip hop is over here!!!

  70. Enlightened Being

    This track is a remedy to me. Mos Def is a living legend. Long Live Real Hip-Hop <3

  71. Alonzo Powell

    I remember buying this from my man on 125 th. blasting it in my car all the way to Coney Island all day son!!! Hypnotic!!

  72. Creative

    One of my favorite songs and albums of all time

    Creative

    @reece clarke so many gems...timeless

    DonaldWunder

    +Creative Definitely one of my favourite hip hop albums, top 5

    Creative

    @DonaldWunder yup, top 5 for me too!

    MEGATRON

    B.O.B.S is BETTER than Illmatic

    (so is Word.... Life)

  73. METALFACEDOOM

    Perfect powerful song!

  74. Silver Simmerman

    He's a spiritual lyrical miracle lyrical spiritual....real hip hop don't you ever forget it, it's that underground shit and it was the white boy who said it! #b0ss

  75. TheThunderbird63

    I remember buying this joint the day it came out, and listening to it on my crappy Walkman while sitting on the waterfront near the Domino Sugar plant, looking at the Twin Towers, glowing in the night sky. Good times.

    kawasakininja13

    @TheThunderbird63 That's pretty dope and crazy at the same time.

    Sean STROMAN

    TheThunderbird63 Brooklyn 🙏🏿

    Alessandro Picci

    What an image you created in my mind, but don't get fooled: our mind is very good at making us approcciate something exclusively because we don't have it anymore. Plus, it most commonly happens with our past.

  76. kawasakininja13

    This right here is the epitoeme of perfection. Words can't describe music like this which empowers and gives hope with positive energy. Thank you Mos Def, ain't no school like old school, who else feels me?! Peace y'all -

    Enlightened Being

    +kawasakininja13 I totally feel you my bro. Mos Def will always be one of my favs. <3

    Michael Picquet

    kawasakininja13
    That was well said man! very powerful peace .

    MEGATRON

    True school is better than old school, there was plenty of wackness in the old school, but the true school stays pure.

    JMC

    Im feelin u ;)

    JMC

    3 years later xD

  77. pozkyd

    shoutout the real heads who know where that hook come from!

    Andrew Rudd

    pozkyd I know YOU got soul✌️

    Gary

    YOU GOT IT!

  78. daftpheonix

    BOOOOGIE MAN!

  79. Brian Mc

    ANOTHER DOPE SONG FROM DA LEGEND MOS DEF !

  80. Boogienegress 08

    I believe..

  81. Majin Porterhaus.

    We live the now for the promise of the infinite.

  82. TheChillMusicLounge

    This song is too good. This album is TOO LEGENDARY!!! They should just call the album Mos Def - Greatest Hits

    ERRoN KiNG

    @frontliner2 October 12, 1999

    Joe Blast

    Gucci Gang is better.

  83. IntolerableBehavior

    I had to go see brown sugar after hearing this song.

  84. Kelioo

    Trying to find words to Describe the Vibe!

  85. Timothy Engle

    10/10 song. Perfect song

  86. soul ctrl

    LOVE this lp

  87. flipgood89

    THANK YOU!

  88. Andrew Scalora

    whats that quote from? sorry if im retarded.

  89. Sahara

    shut up.

  90. Marvin Genaro

    mainstream got me fucked up. i thought this guy was an actor. "I believe if you want to find the gold you gotta dig through the shit"

  91. Jason C

    I like thoughtful articulation that can come only from love more than Mainstream, Peace

  92. JR1ILUVHIPHOP

    is that a rhetorical liking

  93. Duda Ion

    how about.... not. GTFO.

  94. lee

    really? ur probably like 10 or whatever im 14 and hip hop is the best thing i listen to like mos def so ur hating because u don't know real hip hop

  95. Alyzen Faye

    Dont claim underground if its a sound you havent heard, dont forget hip hop is wide, cuz hes not known doesnt make him underground.