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Kanye West - Keep My Spirit Alive

[Intro: Kanye West & KayCyy]
Ooh, ooh
Keep my spirit alive
Keep my spirit alive, alive

[Chorus: Kanye West]
More than anything
You can take it all, but the Lord on my side
Spirit won't die, die
Oh, oh, my life
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: Kanye West]
More than anything
You can take it all, but the Lord on my side
Spirit won't die, die
Oh, oh, my life
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: Kanye West]
Keep my spirit alive, alive
More than anything
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: Kanye West]
More than anything
You can take it all, but the Lord on my side
Spirit won't die, die
Oh, oh, my life
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 (except his opening “ooh”) 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). On the deluxe version of Donda, KayCyy’s version of the chorus was added back in “Keep My Spirit Alive pt 2”.

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