Info: Q: That song ["Cherry Wine"] is about that elusive thing which is finding the perfect person, the perfect partner, the perfect person. A: Yeah. Q: Something that's eluded you as well. A: Well, I thought that I found one, and I don't know, bro. I'm messed up out here, man. I got the opportunity to meet people all over the world. Brilliant women, tall women, short women, slim women, thick women, you name it. But, I don't meet them. I have the opportunities to and it's a little bit — I'm a little shy, so I don't meet them and I don't know who's right for me. I looked at people like Harry Belafonte — he's been married like three times; Richard Pryor — he's been married like five times. So many affluent men are faced with finding love problems. I'm sure beautiful, affluent women are faced with the same things sometimes. Halle Berry can't seem to get a break, you know what I'm saying? So, it's just something that I don't know if we'll ever figure out. I hope I do while I'm here. [...] Q: What do you think is the problem? I mean, is it that you have a difficult time settling down? A: I don't know if it's me. It could be me. It could be - hey, I don't know. That's the thing I was just talking to one of my boys about. Like, when he did things with his girl, I realized I didn't do those things. I'm kind of a little rough around the edges. Like, come on, baby, let's go. You know what I'm saying? Like, I'm missing a — I mean, I open doors. You know what I'm saying? I buy flowers. I do those things. But there's a part of me that's still rough around the edges, and it comes off as insensitive. It comes off like I don't care, like, you know, it's all about me, I guess. I don't know. [...] Q: Were you surprised at how that record was received? Do you ever go back and listen to Illmatic? A: I go back and I say, “I was really young to be thinking like this. I was in the storm.” I realized the reality for that kid — he didn't want to accept it, that reality. He told you about his reality, but at the same time he wanted more from life. He didn't know if he would live to see it but he knew there was more to life. I look at that kid, and I'm like, “Thank you. Thank you for doing what you did.” [...] Q: I want to ask about the last track on this record, which is about your ex-wife, Kelis, called “Bye, Baby.” We hear you talking about all of the good that came from that marriage. A: I just wanted to make that one real record about that situation. And I'm hearing like, artists, men, famous guys, saying that that song made them cry. And it just blows me away. For one, it means I nailed it. You know what I mean? Like, I nailed the song. And that, to me, is the greatest feeling of achievement, man. You don't want to disappoint. Especially someone like me who's been out of music for years and hasn't had an album in like, four years, I don't want to disappoint. That's a nightmare to me. So when I hear people love it or like it or even cry to it, it just says, wow, I did something right. I got it. I got it done. I'm not falling off. And that piece right there was something I just needed to do. That song, I had to. It was to me the most important record on the album. Q: And you sort of end it with - one of the last lines says: Watch me do it all again. It's a beautiful life. What is that thing that you'll do again? A: Get married at some point. I want to be better at it. I want to be the best at it. It's a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up. (source)
"I wanted peace of mind/ And all I seen was selfish cowards, under they breath/ Saying why did Nas trust her/ But look at yourself, speak louder bro/ You live with your babymoms and scared to make an honest woman out of her/ And make her your bride, fake pimps you ain’t even alive/ At least I can say I tried plus enjoyed the ride/ Plus we got our little boy, my little joy and pride/ He got my nose, my grill, your colour, your eyes/ Next go round I hope I pick the truest type and watch me do it all again/ It’s a beautiful life, aight/ Goodbye."
"Them Xanax can't manage your maniac manic depressive expressions/ They some silent killers, that stress shit/ That put ulcers in a lot of niggas/ I'm blowing medical, it helps chill a violent temper/ I done went to hell and back/ You always think you right/ You know when you wrong, and still you want to fight."
"Peace to the Five Percenters, online engine inventors/ Shout to them niggas/ Family men, bringing home dinners/ Watch out for desperate lonely women, hurt your happy home/ Miserable and alone/ Kissable, nice to bone."
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