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Original Hustla

 
the original hustla we dubbed her  
in her final years  
born in Charleston,South Carolina    
she long ago decided
to be the designer of her own fate    
left her mate and took her six children  
3 boys 3 girls    
on a matriarch's march northbound    
touched down in New York fuckin City    
the grimy n gritty part of Brooklyn    
where no one's lookin but everyone's watching    
where one false move could prove your undoing    
yet she was unfazed and focus    
developed a mob mentality    
makin moves in the underground    
never a beggar..never a bootlicker    
more a bootlegger who ran the numbers  
a loan shark madam as well  
owning a gambling spot behind her pool hall    
called her own shots    
and still got busy fixin big azz Thanksgiving dinners    
still made time for Rev'n Ike's Sunday sermons  
had no qualms about being an alleged sinner    
a winner always    
did it from the feet up    
just a straight up stand up woman  
her creed was self evident  
smokin her weed
while plantin wisdom's seeds into her progeny  
affectionate yet firm  
magnanimous and full of humor    
but not at all a joke  
her rep was rumored throughout the hood  
pragmatic in purpose...methodical in practice  
the true definition of what
it is to be thorough in a borough    
where only the strong survive  
rest in paradise to the greatest person  
i've ever known  
   
Big Mama  
Written by Naajir
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