20 of the Best Lyrics From Problem’s ‘Selfish’ Album
If you take a look at the rap landscape at the moment, it wouldn't take you long to realize that the West Coast, particularly the state of California, is as active as ever. From the highest rungs of the rap food chain all the way down to the ground level, Cali-bred rhymers and hip-hop-influenced singers are at the forefront of the scene. One artist from the City of Angels that has been especially vocal in 2017 is Problem, a Compton, Calif. native that has been adding on to the legacy of his neighborhood slowly, but surely.
He kicked off this year with his Chachiville project, which helped introduce listeners to his alter ego Chachi, and followed that up with collaborative projects alongside DJ Quik (Rosecrans) and the Terrace Martin-led collective Pollyseeds. Now Problem is looking to end the year off on a memorable note with his latest release, Selfish. The nine-track album finds Problem serving up a bevy of material that will entice you to pump up the volume, but he also balances out the proceedings with a few sobering moments. This is a project that will make you view him in a different light.
While Chachiville lacked many guest costars, Selfish finds Problem spreading the wealth, calling in the likes of Ne-Yo, Nipsey Hussle, IamSu!, Bad Lucc and Diamond Lane artist Airplane James to join him as he puts forth an album that is sure to elevate his stock even further.
After delving into Problem's latest body of work, XXL highlights 20 of the best lyrics from Selfish that are sure to prove unforgettable.
"From Industry walls to eye level with Glocks/Survived time after time like watchers chasing the clock Chachi/Still standing still 3-5-4 banging/’Til my numbers in the rafters, look at 3-5-4 hanging/Fo' I’m done I'ma have the world, 3-5-4 banging/Bad bitches round L.A., better 3-5-4 banged it"
"Yeah, dick swinging on another level/Y'all niggas angels acting like the fucking devil/Had some deals on the table but I backed out/Counted mills on the table fo' I plaqued out/Had a three-way with your girl, yeah, we maxed out/But I don’t remember shit bro', I blacked out"
"Don’t make a nigga count a hunnid thousand dollas/Don’t make me start fucking niggas hoes again/Don’t make me start running up on niggas with mirrors/Makin' it easy for niggas to see how hoe they is/I ain’t playin' I like niggas for no rap verse/And I ain’t playing like I like you niggas for some rap verse/Must I remind you niggas, I was in the trap first/And I ain’t get thrown a beat,
boy, I pushed sacks first"
"Chachi, Diamond Lane, 354 though/West side Compton East Side war zone/You know that city split where that 110 sit/My niggas on 10, we done drunk 10 fifths/Chachi what you want, they just gotta know/Still deliver P's, call me Dominos/No soccer, but I done hit a lot of goals/Your favorite bitch, bro, I done hit a lot of those"
"Heard the street been sayin' something what the fuck they talkin'/There'll be no verbal responses, we just get to chalkin'/Hit the vape, then yellow tape it, so proceed with caution/Hit your gym with lil' shooters, but ain't talkin' Boston/But I got a bird with me, bruh, we fly as hell/Keep them gunners but I'm down to let them fly as well/Didn't like the number so i changed my clientele/Lawyer with the ball, but never let my clients tell"
"Yea, life is like a box of chocolates/No Life is like a box of options/Would be further, but I got a conscious, you know that fuck shit I ain't gettin' with/Compton's Peter Pan on his nigga shit/Bruh, I see you shining, Snapchattin' form your nigga shit/You ain't got no hoes cause you too busy riding niggas dick"
"First off, take your top off/Too real to be knocked off/$200 slides, my socks off/It's movie time, I'm box office/With or without the watch flossin'/Be cautious, no losses taken this year/They always thought we'd have a problem making it here" - Problem
"I'm first class fly, ring the school bell/Hammer on the waist, no tool belt/Smokin' weed with a dime, straight relaxin'/Bet I have her ass comin' in five like a Jackson/Quentin Tarantino with the action/Every day's a flick, in your hood, post it like a pic, nigga no captions" - Problem
"Baby ride with me ’cause I know things/Kiss her from clit to her nose ring/Her man come around I don't know shit/’Cause if I say something I'd be on some hoe shit/Baby on my line baby on my line/Gripping on that ass cause that ass is mine/Nigga run up on me I won't back down/Thought I was alone, now he packed out" - Problem
"I came back with some better rhymes/Bigger name, bigger chain and better ride/As I operate the enterprise/Real nigga first mil you re-energize/Fake gone, real finna rise/Niggas wouldn't believe all the bad bitches I done been inside/Beating the odds ain't a bigger prize/Kill me off ’Fore I live a lie" Nipsey Hussle and Problem
"My phone won't stop ringing, Fat T keep on hitting/The homie just got his head knocked off on Central/To us that's fucked up to the opps that's a victory/Fifteen years later still fuck with me mentally/Won't let it get to me (roll up)/The weed it be fixing me off of six O's like what Biggie and Nipsey be/Let me break it up, life like dice, time to shake it up" - Iamsu!
"Let me let me loose/Throwing fingers out the roof motherfuck a truce/HBK diamond lane we hit our squad goals/Don't need you niggas for nothing as far as our squad goes/In that pussy diving deep no goggles/Chachi Paparazzi count a million with his eyes closed/Bad lucc, Kool John, P-Lo, Sage the Gemini/Cali outcast so let's drop a fucking ’Quemini" - Problem
"Drop this shit and kill these niggas like it's genocide/Never ill-advised please respect my business mind/’Cause all this shit pimping to me/This rap game only thing I see different is me/And I don't talk dawg I just go Nike on a nigga/Ask ’Su he done see me go hyphy on a nigga/It's the crew, never catch us with our hands out only bands out/See us coming pull ’em cams out" - Problem
"Got down over a pistol, shit just came up missing/Knocked *beep* out, was just me and him in the kitchen/We locked in, he got me, it was heavy/In it for the long haul, but I wasn't ready for them tactics/Thought he did me greasy as chap stick/Did our thing then we talked, yea on some man shit/Responsibility, I was never enhanced with/You here to hold it down, nigga, that's it" - Problem
"I ain't been the same since my first child/The tears piled as I tried/Fifteen years later last week I just cried thinkin' about the future/How my daughter gonna think kamasutra's the way/Because the father way never tell her what to say or what to do" - Problem
"Boy realize you blessed/Not many made was able to survive them test/You know how many jealous I supplied with less/I know how when you when your name collide you stressed/That's why you keep shinin' you survived the best/You clean shit up, yea defied the mess/For those that ain't got it you provide the rest/Life's a bitch so what you menage the rest" - Problem
"Linda, Keisha, Michelle and Donna/Got a bag for Monique, a bag for Fonna/I got a bag for Dolce, bag for Ronda/Bag for CeCe, a bag for Vonda/Got a bag for Mani, bag for Deb/I got a bag for celebs, got a bag for Eb/I got a bag for more, a bag for love/Got a bag to show so I can bag some more" - Bad Lucc
"Something like a stranger/Long time no see/I've been in a film or two/But it's you that's acting Hollywood lately/I've been watching from a distance/Yeah you poppin' in your snaps and on IG/See you livin' life but girl it's been a minute/Since you checked up on me" - Ne-Yo
"Sometimes I wake up in cold sweats/Nightmares crowding my nights filling regrets/Of my, past decisions, past decisions with women/Fast decisions, I smashed the, smashed to the clinic/Trails of spirits, prettier than dandelions/Unborn born kids of mine, yelling out Daddy why/Why, why couldn't make it through/And what was special about the other two"
"God, I'm seeing where I went wrong/Am I being punished for everything that I did wrong/Staring at my son's neck, tryin' to put this bib on/Over the tube that he breathing through/Lookin' back up, knowing I believe in you/And yeah, I'm thankful for the blessings I receive from you/I give ’em all back, for that fucking breathing tube"