By Three 6 Mafia — Performed by Terrence Howard (as "Djay") featuring Taraji Henson (as "Shug") in the movie Hustle and Flow
It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp
PIMP QUIZ /Click on underlined words for more information.
Original Translation of Slang

CHORUS (2 times)
You know it's hard out here for a pimp (You ain't knowin')
When he tryin' to get this money for the rent (You ain't knowin')
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (You ain't knowin')
(1st ending) Because a whole lot of bitches talkin' shit (You ain't knowin')
(2nd ending) Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (You ain't knowin')

CHORUS (2 times)
You know it's hard out here for a manager of prostitutes (You don't know how it is)
When he's trying to get money for the rent (You don't know how it is)
For the expensive Cadillac cars he drives and money spent for gas (You don't know how it is)
1st ending:
Because a whole lot of women are saying ridiculous things (You don't know how it is)
2nd ending: Will have a whole lot of women are saying ridiculous things (You don't know how it is)

In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets
Gotta couple hoes workin' on the changes for me
But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night
Like takin' from a hoe don't know no better, I know that ain't right
Done seen people killed, done seen people deal
Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It's fucked up where I live, but that's just how it is
It might be new to you, but it's been like this for years
It's blood, sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I'm tryin' to get rich 'fore I leave up out this bitch
I'm tryin' to have thangs, but it's hard fo' a pimp
But I'm prayin' and I'm hopin' to God I don't slip, yeah

CHORUS

I have seen some crazy things in the streets with my own eyes
I have a couple of prostitutes who are working to help me change things
But I have to keep stay focused and perform well, the way Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant does when he plays a game
For example, I would not take advantage of an ignorant prostitute, I know that isn't right
I have seen people killed, I have seen people sell drugs
I have seen people live in poverty with no meals
There are big problems where I live, but that's just how it is
It might be new information for you, but it's been like this for years
It's hard work and unhappiness living this life
I'm trying to get rich before I leave this unpleasant place
I'm trying to have things, but it's hard for a manager of prostitutes
But I'm praying and I'm hoping to God I don't make a mistake and fail, yes

CHORUS

Man, it seems like I'm duckin' dodgin' bullets every day
Niggaz hatin' on me cause I got hoes on the tray
But I gotta stay paid, gotta stay above water
Couldn't keep up with my hoes, that's when shit got harder
North Memphis where I'm from, I'm 7th Street bound
Where niggaz all the time end up lost and never found
Man, these girls think we prove thangs, leave a big head
They come hopin' every night they don't end up bein' dead
Wait I got a snow bunny, and a black girl, too
You pay the right price and they'll both do you
That's the way the game goes, gotta keep it strictly pimpin'
Gotta have my hustle tight, makin' change off these women, yeah

CHORUS

 

Man (used for emphasis), it seems like I'm ducking to avoid being shot by bullets every day
Other men envy me because I have three prostitutes working for me
But I have to keep making money, have to survive
The prostitutes that work for me got out of my control, that's when things got harder
North Memphis is where I'm from, I'm going to 7th Street
Where black men are always lost and never found
Man (used for emphasis), these girls think we prove things and get conceited
They come hoping every night they don't get killed
Wait — I've got a white woman, and a black girl, too
If you pay enough money, they will both have sex with you
That's the way this business is, I have got to behave like a professional manager of prostitutes
I have got to do a good job of selling sex and making money from these women, yes

CHORUS

pimp For more information on what pimps do, see the 50 Cent song P.I.M.P.

bitches This can also refer to men for whom the rapper has no respect.

Blood, sweat and tears This was the name of a popular 1960s/70s rock band, but that is not the origin of the expression. The original quote, often misquoted as "blood, sweat and tears" was "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." It was made in 1940 by Winston Churchill in his first speech to the House of Commons, three days after he became Prime Minister of England.

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