Keep My Spirit Alive
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[Intro: KayCyy]
Ooh, ooh
Keep my spirit alive
Keep my spirit alive, alive

[Chorus: KayCyy]
More than enough
You can take it all, but the Lord on my side
The spirit won’t die, die
Oh, oh, my life, yeah
Is in His hands, so I don’t stress, I pray and strategize

[Verse 1: Westside Gunn]
Yo
Flushed the work just in time and they raided, thank God (Thank God)
Screamin’ through the GT roof like ****, we done made it, thank God (Thank God)
Hundred-round drum didn’t jam when my shooter tried to spray it, thank God (Thank God)
Couple thousand grams, got two thousand grands when we waited, thank God (Thank God)
I was facin’ fifteen and I beat it (And I beat it)
Just spent about twenty up at Neimans (Up at Neimans)
Did two hundred in a Demon (In a Demon, skrrt)
I’m the illest **** and I mean it (And I mean it)
My homie droppin’ bodies for no reason (Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom)
Now his kids see him on the weekends (Ah)
Got the baking soda for the remix (Remix)
Millionaires on, I can see it

[Chorus: KayCyy]
More than enough
You can take it all, but the Lord on my side
The spirit won’t die, die
Oh, oh, my life, yeah
Is in His hands, so I don’t stress, I pray and strategize

[Verse 2: Conway the Machine]
Yeah, don’t hate me, ’cause my heart is full of love
No weapon formed against me ’cause I’m covered in the blood
Layin’ in the hospital when I got shot, fam
Mama prayed for me, said she left it in God’s hands, yeah
So I’ma leave it in God’s hands
Everything I’m doin’ now is God’s plan
Doctor said I wouldn’t walk no more, now I stand
Then I ran, here I am, Machine

[Chorus: KayCyy]
Keep my spirit alive
More than enough
You can take it all, but the Lord on my side

[Verse 3: Kanye West & Royce da 5’9″]
Well, between a mix of bad schools with the fast food
Bad had tools and a bad mood
If you don’t turn to a lil’ Gotti, they gon’ drain all the strength in your lil’ body
They turned me into a lil’ Gotti, uh, yeah
Not Wakanda but Wakanda is kinda like what we ’bout to make
And who gon’ make it? Kan’, duh
Who the squad? Donda
Who the mom? Donda
Who can see? Don, duh, get Don C
Who needs practice? I don’t do rehearsals
And I don’t do commercials, ’cause they too commercial
Give it all to God and let Jesus reimburse you
She said “You in the studio with who? I’ma hurt you”
How I’m forty-two and you got a curfew?
How nerves dictate how they gon’ curve you?
Quiet all the cordialness
We walk in God’s spiritual ordinance
We know the Blacks, the orphans refused to be runaways
Rebel, renegade, must stay paid

[Chorus: KayCyy]
More than enough
You can take it all, but the Lord on my side
The spirit won’t die, die
Oh, oh, my life, yeah
Is in His hands, so I don’t stress, I pray and strategize“Keep My Spirit Alive” recruits Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine (AKA Hall ‘N’ Nash) of Griselda Records, and features a small cameo in the third verse by Royce da 5’9″. This cut is about each rapper reflecting on their pasts and keeping their faith in God intact through their best and worst. This song was first made public through the Las Vegas listening party of DONDA that occurred on July 18th, 2021. The official version of Conway’s verse is noticeably shorter than Gunn’s and Kanye’s.The original release of the song featured KayCyy on the chorus. He was removed from the song upon Donda’s 28 September 2021 update and replaced with West’s vocals singing a slightly changed chorus (along with Chris Brown on “New Again”). Unlike Brown, the reasoning for this is unknown. KayCyy retains a writing credit (Brown’s credit is struck from the record).That verse is old. I went to Wyoming, but I didn’t do that in Wyoming.
I actually recorded that when I was making the WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE album. When I was making it, he hit me and was like, “Yo, I got a joint for you, man.” You know, Donda been pushed back 57 times. [Laughs]. Donda been was supposed to have came out. So when he hit me with the “I need this,” I made it on the spot. When he sent me that beat, I sent that shit back to him in less than an hour, since I was already working. I was already in album mode.
The only thing was, [Kanye] threw a monkey wrench, like, “Yo, this is a gospel album, bro.” And I was just like, “Man, bro, I can do the best I can, but you know how I give it up.” And that’s why I still say shit like, “Flushed the work just in time and they raided, thank God.” The street shit, but I mixed it. Or how thankful I am for the things that happened that could have—shit could have went bad. It could have been the end of me. True story raps. If you listen to every word of that lyric, it’s so real. I got references to every last line in that whole song.– Westside Gunn, Complex“Keep My Spirit Alive” debuted at #29 on the Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Songs Chart during the week ending September 2, 2021.

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