T.I. feat. Christina Aguilera – Castle Walls

T.I. feat. Christina Aguilera – Castle Walls

Castle Walls” is a song by American rapper T.I., from his seventh studio album No Mercy.

The song features Pop/R&B singer Christina Aguilera, and was produced by Alex da Kid.

Nadine Cheung, editor of AOL Radio, has made the interpretation of the song, saying: “In his latest song ‘Castle Walls’, T.I. tells us that life has treated him well. After eleven months spent in prison by a rapper (musician has been sentenced to imprisonment for illegal possession of narcotics and violation of court order – editor.) lyrics takes on new meaning, especially memorable chorus sung by Aguilera”. [Source]

Becky Bain from Idolator wrote, “Christina Aguilera can feel pretty good because of her film debut in theaters Burlesque, however, should feel much more confident thanks to collaboration with rapper T.I. in the beautiful song ‘Castle Walls’. A piece that appears on the album T.I. No Mercy has the potential to become a hit, just as another song was a hit producer Alex da Kid, ‘Love the Way You Lie’. (…)”. [Source]

Lyrics for T.I. feat. Christina Aguilera – Castle Walls

[Hook: Christina Aguilera]
Everyone thinks that I have it all
But it’s so empty living behind these castle walls
These castle walls
If I should tumble if I should fall
Would any one hear me screaming behind these castle walls
There’s no-one here at all, behind these castle walls

[Verse 1: T.I.]
Observing the estate through the gate from the outside looking in
Bet you would think I got it made, better look again
I got a butler, got a maid, and a mansion
The belief is that I’m living out a millionaire’s fantasy
With phantoms and ferrari’s in the driveway
But you see the fame’s in exchange for the same man’s sanity
Your vision jaded by the Grammy’s on the mantelpiece
Just switch your camera lenses you would see the agony
Apparently it’s damaging the man you see before you
On the canvas he may seem alright but all the diasadvantages his family
Encounters overshadows his extravagance
Walk in my nines a while I dare you, would it scare you
While it surely seem like King’s life ain’t glamourous
As seen through the eyes of untrained amateurs
Because the camera doesn’t see beyond the walls of the smiles
Only counts until it falls in the pile


Honestly to me, I think I’d lose every benefit of all that I’ve accomplished
If my kids never win at shit
Me knowing this, why should the verses I have laid
Be more important to me than the persons I have raised
I guess I’m saying that to say that opportunity
But they just don’t equate to all the time they take away
From the kids all the shit I did right is a mistake
If deyjah end up a stripper and major slinging yay
How could I ever consider myself a great
If Messiah ain’t paid and Nique Nique ain’t straight
Would your favourite song about the whips, money and shit
Be relevant if you found out, Domani wasn’t rich, nope
So me being the G.O.A.T. shouldn’t mean more to me
Than see it to a king though
From a bad ass kid to a man with some dough
Otherwise I may well have stayed poor
So while they stay focused on me beefin with Flip
Shawty Lo, Gucci or Ludacris
Or if I’m fucking with a ho
Did I snitch when I got arrested or will I die over nonesense
Internally I’m dealing with this conflict
So excuse me if I don’t get the chance to kiss the hand
That slap me in the face, ay I’m just a man
If they saying I ain’t the best at making hit records
It’s cause this my life these ain’t just rapping
Shit, you think of that deep, did you dawg
See you can’t see the castle through the walls till it falls
Bitch ain’t thinking with the deep, did you dawg
Cause see you can’t see the castle through the walls till it falls


[Bridge: Christina Aguilera]
Nobody knows I’m all alone
Living in this castle made of stone
They say that money is freedom, but I feel trapped inside it all
And while I sit so high up on a throne
I wonder how I can feel this low
On top of the world it’s beautiful
But there’s no place to fall

For the record ay, I give a damn if I never said shit again
My career was meant for me to come and tell it
Honest interpretation of how affected I’m faced with
Matters most rappers used to keep locked away in the basement
But the day that I walk away I ain’t saying that I’m amazing
Down playing the way I kept fellas from catching cases
Won’t take into consideration how much it mean what I’m saying
And when I say what I mean even when I’m sorrounded by the fakers
From one of the greatest centers, blessed with most of God’s graces
Who made his way amongst the greatest from the grimiest places
So next time you rating royalty, I’m always being given to recordings than the level
Of your loyalty, obvious you’ve been ignoring me
Who else you seen make it through the storm, unharmed disjointed
While all the critics was looking for Prince Charming
Disregarded the king of the south raised doubt
Even though he made a castle out of what used to be a house
He did shit that all your favorites rappers only rap about
But most of y’all don’t see the castle through the walls
And the smiles till it falls in piles so while


Listen to: T.I. feat. Christina Aguilera – Castle Walls

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