By AP 

Haters say I’m not goin make it

But I say stop hatin’

They don’t believe

But I believe I would achieve

To get what I need

They think I will die

But I will live and succeed

And hold my pride


  1. trae on July 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    People Always Try To Knock You Down Its Up To You To Be Strong And Move Forward -~- Trae

  2. da on July 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I feel where u comin from homes bamma be hatin. Stay strong keep, your head up, and your hater blocka on bruh..the struggle continues

  3. Andrew Christianson on May 3, 2020 at 9:26 PM


    Belief in oneself is often the only thing that is needed to call yourself to action. Being told that, “You can’t achieve” or that, “You aren’t good enough” only add fuel to your motivation fire. Thank you for sharing your poem with me. Keep your head up and never let go of your passion.

  4. TB on May 8, 2020 at 12:18 PM


    I love your poem and can 100% relate with you. Your opponent’s just want to see you lose. Stay positive and stay strong. Ignore their hate as you should smile through the hate and watch as their smile turns into a frown as you prove them wrong.

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