Blackalicious
Passion
[Cuts by Chief Xcel and DJ Babu]
An open microphone can be dangerous
Let's tune in on two of the greatest
MCs out there

[Hook: Rakaa & Gift of Gab]
Pa**ion, the will to win, the spark within
Pa**ion, the strength within the hearts of men
Pa**ion, the drive to press, to strive for best
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion, to play through pain and love the game
Pa**ion, to break the chain and blaze the flame
Pa**ion, the fight for rights, to love your life
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion

[Verse 1: Rakaa]
Propaganda, positive propositions
A, politician, musician and a triple optician
Still, part of my mission's to slaughter the opposition
Critics that don't get it, I tell 'em to stop b*t*hin'
I do without plaques, I've done it without cash
Strictly for the love of the art - that's pa**ion
Flashin', rappin' or jammin' or soundblastin'
When Quannum meets Expansion, this is what happens

[Verse 2: Gift of Gab]
Runnin' through the jungle with a flare gun
Arrow-arms, zoning out my mind
Like I was hooked on hero-in
Take the fire, turn it up and blaze whole forest down
Pullin from within' the inner insane warrior
California to the District of Columbia
Hella high octane, lookin' through a lazy eye
All ablaze, fire, flames, lightin' up the sky
Run into the burnin' sun, yellin'
Ride, n***a, ride, n***a, ride

[Hook: Rakaa & Gift of Gab]
Pa**ion, the will to win, the spark within
Pa**ion, the strength within the hearts of men
Pa**ion, the drive to press, to strive for best
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion, to play through pain and love the game
Pa**ion, to break the chain and blaze the flame
Pa**ion, the fight for rights, to love your life
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion
[Verse 3: Rakaa & Gift of Gab]
Desire, the fire that inspires
I don't state facts, I state buildings, like empires
Pa**ion, he journey, the learnin', the time-turnin'
The searchin', the mind yearnin' to wake and find morning
Pa**ion, the ladies they love the long-lasting
Asking for action? Brace for satisfaction
Pa**ion, he black-skinned African jazz-men of the half in Aspen
Relaxed, gettin' my back rubbed
I'm still here, I've seen cats get killed here
I've seen cats make a mil but millionaires still fear
You can buy air play but you can't buy cheers
Blackalicious, Dilated, vibratin' your ears
Sent vibrations for years, I've been waiting for years
I've been patient for years, we ain't playin' this year
We hold stake in this here, it ain't safe for this year
We in the zone watch next level, takin' it there, this is

[Hook: Rakaa & Gift of Gab]
Pa**ion, the will to win, the spark within
Pa**ion, the strength within the hearts of men
Pa**ion, the drive to press, to strive for best
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion, to play through pain and love the game
Pa**ion, to break the chain and blaze the flame
Pa**ion, the fight for rights, to love your life
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion
[Scratches]
Babu!
Let's listen to this recipe for-
Chief Xcel-
The most astonishing-
Soul-
New seeds of wisdom, craft, and skill
(Check it out, y'all)
Listen now, to this cla**ic moment from-
DJ's, around the world, DJ's around the world

[Verse 4: Gift of Gab]
Had a rough weekend, got beat by pa**ion
Saddled up, tweaked off a beat, started mashin'
Matador reek of the heat from the heater
Inner world dwellin', hear the world yellin' for a leader

[Verse 5: Rakaa]
I don't bother with the dealers, I take it to the lab
It's Rakaa chillin' with Babs, Xcel, Gift of Gab
I grab mics and fans gravitate, I can't waste it
My whole life, I wanted it so bad, I could taste it

[Hook: Rakaa & Gift of Gab]
Pa**ion, the will to win, the spark within
Pa**ion, the strength within the hearts of men
Pa**ion, the drive to press, to strive for best
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion, to play through pain and love the game
Pa**ion, to break the chain and blaze the flame
Pa**ion, the fight for rights, to love your life
To rise you've just arrived the quest is driven through
Pa**ion