Produced By; Amaire Johnson]
[Hook 1: Big Sean]
They used to tell me
I hope you learn to make it on your own
And if you love yourself just know you'll never be alone
I hope that you get everything you want and that you chose
I hope that it's the realest thing that you ever know
Hope you get the pretty girls, that's pretty and everything
Million dollar cribs havin' million dollar dreams
And when you get it all just remember one thing
Remember one thing
That one man could change the world
That one man could change the world
[Verse 1: Big Sean]
All I, all I wanted was a hundred million dollars and a bad chick
Imagine this so much some nights it felt like that I had it
Back on the mattress
Starin' at the ceilin' tryna to connect the dots
But its hard makin' those attachments
I'm talkin' dreamin' so hard, some nights it felt like draft day
You know? My - my step brother used to flip them bags outside the crib like it was trash day
No Kim K, but he bagged yay (Ye)
But when you're getting fast money, slow down, don't crash
With all the drive in the world, swear you still need gas
Look, think about it, close your eyes, dream about it
Tell your team about it, go make million dollar schemes about it
Success is on the way, I feel it in the distance
Used to look up at the stars and be like ain't too much that's different
I be shinin', they be shinin', get your one shot don't you miss it
What you know bout' wakin' up everyday like you on a mission?
[Hook 2: Kanye West]
[Verse 2: Big Sean]
My grandma told me if you write your name in stone you'll never get the white out
I grinded out that black hole then performed up at the white house
Standin' next to Jim Carrey, we traded stories then laughed
I said you not the only one I know got rich wearin' masks
Where I'm from I swear they broke, they need way more than the cast
We need more than what you have
And then we need more than that
But how am I supposed to say I'm tired
If that girl from West Virginia came up in conditions that I couldn't survive
Went to war, came back alive
On top of that became a female black captain
When being black you had to extra extra try
Way before James Brown made us proud
She bought a crib on the same street as Marvin Gaye
Right there on Outer Drive, and she taught me how to drive
And she raised the kids, then the kids' kids, and she did it right
Taught me how to love, taught me not to cry
When I die, I hope you teach me how to fly
All my life you've been that angel in disguise saying
[Hook 3: John Legend]
Grandma: Thank you for callin' me, been thinkin' about me
Big Sean: It's all good I love you grandma
Description 4 Contributors ?
This is the fourth track released from his album Dark Sky Paradise. On this soulful ballad, Sean opens up about his life while at the same time relaying a positive and empowering message for his listeners.
He invites label mates Kanye West and John Legend along as he reflects on the positive influences in his life, the struggles he faced throughout his journey, and the influence his grandmother had on his life.
Sean spoke on her passing to Billboard:
In a selfish way, it was hard to say goodbye,“ Sean says, "but when I stepped back, I was happy she was free of the wheelchair and didn’t have to go through that.” Her death shrouded the making of the album; one song is dedicated to her. “It’s my darkest work, but it makes me happy because I put my heart into it,” he says. “I hope they can feel the sincerity, the honesty — this has more soul.
And also spoke to MTV News:
“I just lost my grandma, so, right before she passed, I wrote this song. A major part of the song is about her. She never got a chance to hear it. It’s just an emotional thing. And I’ve got my mom here with me.
I’m having a hard time accepting her death, but I must acknowledge my grandma’s life, a true hero,” Sean said in the post’s caption, which highlights her work as a black female Captain during World War II, a police officer, teacher and counselor.
It’s just a song that comes straight 100 percent from the heart, I hope people can enjoy it. And I really appreciate John Legend and Kanye West being a part of that.