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Review: Jake The Flake – Time To Go Legit / That’s The Way Life Goes

Jake The Flake’s Time To Go Legit / That’s The Way Life Goes single is a legendary Flint classic to its own right. The single incorporates rap in soul by using classic soul samples layered under rap verses by Flint expatriate and rap legend Jake The Flake. Time To Go Legit is a single filled with positive uplifting songs such as and Time To Go Legit and That’s The Way Life Goes which encourages people to get on our hustle, go to school to receive a higher level of education, and seek employment opportunities by working. The single also explores the dangers of the drug game, selling narcotics, dealing with police, politics, and hustling. All of these songs are classics which people have known about throughout his rap career.

Jake The Flake was big in Flint and Saginaw back in the 90s. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing the hook to his track “Jake….the mothafuckin’ Flake…..”.

Time To Get Legit is a positive uplifting song which encourages people to get on our hustle, go to school to receive a higher level of education, and seek employment opportunities by working. We as people. Jake The Flake comes clean about his drug dealing past on this song by explaining in rap how he got arrested while participating in the business of selling narcotics in the drug game.

The song was written and recorded in 1992 by Jake The Flake. Lorrie Coleman sings the background vocals. Steve Pitts engineered and mixed down the whole song. Recording time for this song took less than two months.

At the very beginning of the song is where Jake The Flake comes clean about his drug dealing past. He tells us people in the dope game (drug game) what time it is.

Jake The Flake is tired of being harassed by police who are all over his back. Police think he is selling crack cocaine because he is black. Bitches are on his dick because he is successful in the rap game. Although he spends most of his time fucking hoes and drinking Cognac. Jake loves making money. That’s what he wants and that’s whats happening.

Jake stopped selling cocaine and started back rapping again in 1992. He started rapping again because he did not want to go back to jail. He would rather be free than incarcerated in jail. Jake explains he would rather be riding in a jeep with the top down than be in the county jail for possession of cocaine. Jake has gone the legit route.

You can’t trust a fiend or 5-0 (police) when you’re in the business of selling drugs. Jake cautions us to be careful when in the business of selling drugs period. The drug game is a win or loose game. So peep game! It’s time to go legit.

The following lyrics to the 1st Verse below are still true and relevant today.:
so peep game, yeah
it’s time to go legit

Jake had his time in the dope game. He was pimping hoes at a young age. But now it’s all about making that real legit money.

It’s time to go legit. Jake’s not talking about working at McDonald’s. He’s talking about bachelor’s, associates, and master’s degrees. People need to go to school so they can receive a higher level of education and become more educated so they get better jobs for employment. Jake remains positive by telling people it is time to go legit by going the legit route.

The following lyrics to the 2nd Verse below are still true and relevant today.:
it’s time to go legit
I’m not talking about Mickey D’s
I’m talking about bachelor’s, associates, and master’s degrees
it’s time to make a change
the dope game is playin out

It’s time to make a change. The dope game has been played out for too long. People have already been selling drugs for a long time. People get killed in the business of selling drugs and narcotics. If you want to live or die, that’s up to you. Keep selling drugs and one day you will not be free as you will eventually be incarcerated.

At the very end of this song is where Jake The Flake comes clean about his drug dealing past by explaining how he got arrested. He got caught speeding down a busy street by Officer Julio H. and the Vice Squad.

Jake The Flake got caught by the Vice Squad and Special Ops when he was selling cocaine. It all began during a hot summer day in Flint, Michigan. Jake was driving down Mott Avenue. He hit a stop sign, made a right, and now he was on Dupont Street. Jake checked the rearview mirror to make sure things were clear. Police were nowhere in sight. A cop was parked behind a tree. He didn’t spot that cop due to the patrol car being cleverly hidden behind a tree.

Jake thinks this will be a car chase police will sure able to lose. A car chase ensues. Police followed him for a block. A car chase now become a police chase.

They followed him to his destination on Dupont Street which is his residence. He’s on a busy street trying to turn into the driveway. 2 cops now appear. Jake had cocaine is his possession. He attempts to park in his driveway only to be hit by a member of the Vice Squad. It’s his own fault he got caught. Jake tosses his bag of cocaine into the grass. His cocaine got found. Jake got taken down by the Vice Squad. Officer Julio H. arrested him right there on the scene.

If your money ain’t legit, you money ain’t shit. As long as you are legit, you are straight. People will take you money the faster you make it. Jake The Flake tells people and encourages them to make a change in careers along with their life as he did. He wants people to become more educated and employed.

That’s The Way Life Goes is an upbeat rap soul song which exposes urban reality. Backing vocals include the harmonious vocals from local R&B duo Night & Day aka Nite N Day. The song That’s The Way Life Goes samples Desmond Dekker – The Way Life Goes. That is the soul sample which you hear in this song.

Young children on the streets dying. That’s the way life goes because that is the life they chose. Standing on the corner all day and night. Plotting an armed robbery or a fight. Not knowing they are killing their own people or own race. All Jake The Flake sees is burnt out streetlights, fiends with crack pipes, and people who aren’t living right. People are out to get what the next person has. That’s how people get shot. Is it worth the sacrifice? Think back to slavery when slaves were dealt some foul low blows. But that’s the way life goes.

Jake The Flake reminisces about his childhood. Visions of him with his mother for some canned goods issued by the government come to his mind. So he shares them with us. Society is based on the upper class. The blacks in the ghetto are considered last. Sadly that’s how life goes in reality.

Jake The Flake explains how he does janitorial work. He cleans floors and bathrooms using a push broom. He is living poor. College is something he could afford. Looking for employment is something he is dedicated at. He wonders what he should with his at this point in the song. Jake wonders what the world is coming to. Even he doesn’t really know. But that’s the way life goes. There’s only so many things you can change.

That’s the way life goes. There’s only so many things you can change in life. You sometimes have deal with what you were dealt with.

I rate this single 5/5*****!!

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