Lost Boyz – Renee

The Lost Boyz released their single “Renee” back on January 30th 1996.  The single was produced my Mr. Sexxx and first appeared on “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hoodoriginal soundtrack and later on their own debut album “Legal Drug Money“.   The single and album both dropped on Uptown Records.

The track is all about a girl named Renee that Mr. Cheeks meets on the way to the train.  He walks her to her train and buys her a hot dog and a soda while trying to get her story (nothing fancy there).  He finds out that she’s going to John Jay College of Criminal Justice and that she smokes weed just like he does.  They go get dog food for her dog, goes back to her place and even spends the night with her.  Mr. Cheeks has got it like that!  One day Mr. Cheeks gets a beep (no texting available at the time) from Renee’s mom.  Mr. Cheeks is told to go to St Luke’s in Manhattan since Renee has been shot.  Mr. Cheeks starts to figure out that he’s truly in love with Renee, yet he gets to the hotel to find out she has passed away.  This is truly one of the greatest stories told on wax and fly love songs ever recorded.

The album “Legal Drug Money” has some dope tracks including, “The Yearn”, “Music Makes Me High“, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” and “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz“.  The album is a true classic, but we all know that!

[Verse 1]
Here’s a tune about this honey named Renee
That I met one day
On my way back from John Jay
I’m peeping shorty as she’s walking to the train
I tap her on her shoulders
Excuse me miss, but can I get your name
She said, my name is Renee
I said I got a whole lot to say
So may I walk you to your subway
She said if you want so yo, we started talking
I bought two franks and two drinks and we began walking
I had to see where that head was at
Cause her gear was mad phat
So we must chat about this and that
She told me what she was in school for
She wants to be a lawyer
In other words, shorty studies law
I’m telling shorty I’m a writer
And as she’s looking for the token
She drops a package of the EZ Wider
Covers her mouth with her name ring
I said, yo don’t sweat the technique shorty rocks
I do the same thing
But yet I use Philly blunts
She said I never dealt with Philly blunts
Because I heard that’s for silly stunts
I said nah they burn slower
Right now I really don’t know ya
But maybe later on, I can get to show you

[Hook 2x]
A ghetto love is the law that we live by
Day by day I wonder why my shorty had to die
I reminisce over my ghetto princess everyday
Give it up for my shorty

[Verse 2]
So now we sitting on the train
Besides her fingernails, now shorty got the hairdo of pain
Now understand she got flava
A tough leather jacket
With some jeans and a chain that her moms gave her
Got off the train about 6:34
She wasn’t sure she had grub for the dog, so we hit the store
Went to the crib and turned the lights on
A mad magazine stand
From Essence to Right On
A leather couch, stereo system with crazy cd’s
Understand, kid, she got G’s
She said Cheeks, do what you want
She said I’m gonna feed the dog
I said, alright well I’mma roll this blunt
She came back with stretch pants and a ponytail, a t-shirt
A yo, fam I got a tender-roni girl
We’re sitting on the couch chatting
We’re smoking blunts off the balcony
We’re staring at Manhattan
She started feeling on my chest
I started feeling on the breasts
And there’s no need for me to stress the rest
A yo, I got myself a winner
We sparked a blunt before we ate
And a blunt after we ate dinner
She had a tattoo she only wanted yo to see
But first dim the lights and turn up the Jodeci
I’m like whatever shorty rock
We can swing it like that
Cause on the real this is where it’s at

[Hook 2x]

[Verse 3]
I woke up the next day on the waterbed
A letter’s on the pillow
And this what the letter said
It said “Cheeks, I’ll be home around two
You was deep in your sleep
So I didn’t want to bother you”
I left my number for shorty to call me later
Got dressed, smoked a blunt
And then I bounced towards the elevator
I got a beep around three
I’m asking shorty what’s up with you
She’s asking what’s up with me
And now we been together for weeks
Candlelight dinner with my shorty
Crack a 40 with my naughty freaks
Hey man, I never been in love
But every time I’m burstin’ in and outta state
It’s shorty that I’m thinking of
I’m hanging out with my crew
I get a beep from Renee
Because Renee uses code 2
But yet I’m chattin’ with her mom dukes
She says “Renee has been shot
So Cheeks, meet me up at St. Luke’s”
I jumps on the Van Wyck
I gotta make it there quick
A yo , this shit is gettin’ mad thick
Not even thinking about the po-nine
I’m doing a buck, who gives a fuck
I’m smokin’ boom and the whole nine
I gotta see what’s going on
But by the time I reach the hospital
They tell me “Mr. Cheeks, Renee is gone”
I’m pouring beer out for my shorty who ain’t here
I’m from the ghetto
So listen, this is how I shed my tears

-Al E.

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