"Well, today's topic, self destruction
It really ain't the rap audience that's buggin'
It's one or two suckas, ignorant brothers
Trying to rob and steal from one another
You get caught in the mid
So to crush the stereotype here's what we did
We got ourselves together."
"Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We've got to fight the powers that be."
"I got love for my brothers but we can never go nowhere
Unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin' changes."
"God show me the way because the devil's tryin' to break me down
The only thing that I pray is that my feet don't fail me now
And I don't think there is nothing I can do now to right my wrongs
I want to talk to God, but I'm afraid because we ain't spoke in so long, so long."
“Hold the same fight that made Martin Luther the King,
I ain’t usin’ it for the right thing,
In between Lean and the fiends, hustle and the schemes,
I put together pieces of a dream.”
"Are we all alone fighting on our own
Please give me a chance
I don't wanna dance
Something's got me down
I will stand my ground,
Don't just stand around
Don't just stand around."
"Yo, in the housing, thousands seen early graves
Victims of worldly ways, memories stays engraved
All my live brothers is locked down with high numbers
The young hunger, blind to these lies, they die younger
In this New World the order slaughter men, women and children
Ten-feet gates surround the building keep us sealed in."
Killed indigenous people
Built a new nation."
"All that I been givin'
Is this thing that I've been living
They got me in the system
Why they gotta do me like that
Try'd to make it my way
But got sent up on the highway
Why, oh why
Why they gotta do me like that."
"You have the emergence in human society
Of this thing that's called the State
What is the State? The State is this organized bureaucracy
It is the police department. It is the Army, the Navy
It is the prison system, the courts and what have you
This is the State it is a repressive organization."
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