Ladies Love Lyrics: “Joy” – Talib Kweli featuring Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

Ladies Love Lyrics: “Joy” – Talib Kweli featuring Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

In light of Father’s Day, I’ve decided to break down Talib Kweli’s “Joy”, which speaks of the birth of his children and the love he has for being a father.

It was 1996, 4th of July, looking off in the sky
Dealing with thoughts inside, when something caught my eye
It was a silhouette of a beautiful woman, bright with life
Carrying my first seed, looking like she gone bear fruit tonight
We at the African street festival, and she walking around
Talking about the midwife said, that bring the baby down
I’m about to be a father, the sights and sounds, seem brighter around
And for starters, I know I’mma work harder, word
We got home at three in the morning, I was beat
Them contractions started coming as soon as I fell asleep
3:05, like every five minutes, then the water broke
We aught to go, yelling at the cabbie, cause he’s sort of slow
You know them hospitals all trying to get paid, no questions
Here come the doctor’s with they drugs, trying to do c-sections
But my baby stay’s strong, in labor for yay long
Eight-pound baby boy, to carry my name on, joy!

Kweli talks about the birth of his first born and how it has made him more aware of his surroundings and his life. He knows he’s going to have to work harder in order to support his family from here on out. The doctors at the hospital were trying to get her to have a c-section, but she wanted to have an all natural birth with no drugs and a midwife. As a result, she had an healthy 8 lbs baby boy.

June 10th, 1999, I been on the grind
Since the birth of my son, it’s been about, way more then rhymes
Baby on the way, my lady glowing today, at least
That’s what the midwife said, on the phone
Anyway, the music got me going away
Like everyday, but it’s a blessing, so I gotta have patience
And she got pregnant on a Jamaican vacation
So it’s all good, this time well have the baby in a house
I went the hospital route, I know what they all about (Never again)
So I’m out on tour, in Baltimore
Get the call around four, when the water hit the floor (Damn!)
I gotta rock my show, but I gotta go
Got second thoughts about her not going, to the hospital
I left the show early, Mos held me down, good looking (No doubt)
Call the car service, like, take me straight to Brooklyn (Uh huh)
Got the news in the car, stayed sorta calm
But I cried tears of joy, when they put my daughter in my arms, how precious!

Ever since the birth of his son, Talib has been working very hard to provide for his family. His life is about more than just hip-hop music now. He has taken on the responsibility of being a father to his child and soon to be daughter. Because of his career, he has to travel and do shows far away a lot. He considers this whole experience a blessing though. This time around, they’re going to have the child at home and not in a hospital. While at a show in Baltimore, he got the call that she was in labor and left his show early to come back to Brooklyn. Mos Def was a good friend and made sure that the mother of his children was doing okay. He got the call while en route to BK that his daughter was born. He was overcome with joy that he shed some tears.

I do it for the seeds y’all, in they formative years when they need y’all
We gotta believe, in what we conceive y’all, it’s deep y’all
I give them the truth, so they approach the situation, with ammunition
I keep nothing away, they hear everything, cause they know how to listen
Teach them the game, so they know they position, so they can grow
And make decisions, that change the world, and break old tradition
They put kids in jail, for a life they ain’t even get to start
That’s murder too, and it’s breaking my heart, it’s breaking our nation apart
We gave the youth all the anger, it’s just
We ain’t taught them, how to express it, and so it’s dangerous
You can’t talk to them
Unless your language is relating to what they going through
So busy ignoring them, you can’t see what they showing you
And you wonder, why we called baby-daddy’s and baby-momma’s
When we grow up, we can’t act like adult mothers and fathers, yo
I’m so blessed to have a boy and a girl, everyday they bring joy to my world

He works this hard for his family and tries to set the best example he can for them. Talib doesn’t lie or sugarcoat the truth to his kids. He’s upfront and honest with them. It’s important that they know how to channel their emotions in the correct way. There’s a difference in being a mother and a father, as opposed to being baby momma’s and daddy’s. A mother and father can talk to their kids in a manner that they understand, but also teaches them how to be respectful and educated.

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