Symbols, numbers, words & colors
Have us living in this world with others
Who believe we don't matter......
It used to be black fists lifted high in the air
Now it's about poppin' caps cuz they just don't care
Hopin' when you're in the street you're not down on ya luck
Cuz bullets don't have names and those brotha's don't give a fuck
Hustler's 'n' pimps bein' glamourized, damn we're livin' in the last days
Laughin' while little kids mimic the fools, and watchin' as our future fades
Usin' black fists to blacken black eyes
Black on black hate ignores black mother's cries
Fallin' to her knees while her black child dies
Unremorseful eyes say 'he was bad' deserving of his demise
And what will they say about you?
Life was the price paid for that mother's daughter
Murals bein' sprayed in your brother's honor
How long will it be before we visit places
Full of brick memorials of 'gone too soon' faces
Innocent babies born marred with affliction
Symbolic of a mother's crack addiction
Streetman's pockets full of 'will work for food' cash
Passes up a meal to make that liquor store dash
Children forced to walk around with mental scars
Because daddy made his home behind prison bars
Ancestors fought hard to leave behind the plantation
And this is our symbol of appreciation?
1 night lovers bred single mothers
And true love is infected by 2 timin' brotha's
Sweet pussy pie so good, too good to resist a slice
Unprotected dick thinkin' leaves you blinkin'
At the toe tag of aids' low price
3 strikes leave a brotha reflectin' in jail
Spending the rest of his days in his self-made hell
4 leaf clovers don't bring luck all the time
Puttin' 5 on it will get you time equal to a dime
Some of y'all sittin' back waitin' on 40 acres and a mule
While the successful take the false promises and use them as fuel
New years day brings promises of the 360 you'll do with your life
December 31st allows you to reflect on that 365 day lie
Here it is the 20th century & some are still stifled by mental abuse
Using 400 years of slavery for their lazy ass excuse
Headed for the year 2000 and still blacks choose not to hear
How many times must a million men march to make the message clear?
Balla, shot calla, my nigga~~~define that shit for me, please?
And if your girl's a trick, is she your girl cuz she loves you on her knees?
Playa, playa hata, pimp, pimp daddy, all of ya' asses are broke
Come to think about it, if pimpin' ain't easy then hoein' ain't no gotdamn
Limited vocabulary is a shame, but you manage to call yourself 'crunk'
Money you could've used on college tuition has funded the bass in your trunk
What about self? That's a good word
Look out for you~~~haven't you heard?
Self-respect, self-dignity, sense of self
Watch your 'self', love your 'self', be yourself
My blood is red, but i ain't white, so should that make me blue?
Hell no, i'm black!! And hell yes, i'm proud!! And i'm not the one tryin' to
If black is bad, and white is good
Why cover good faces with a hate-filled hood?
It takes suburban white schools' killin' sprees
For you to know urban school miseries
Croations probably think this is a loving nation
They should get the opinion of turned away haitian
Little brown eyes that don't know hope
Can't even see freedom through a telescope
And we sing: o' say can you see??
When it should be: oh, you don't see me???
But when the dawn's early light shines
It's not bright enough to color blind
So make your own way sista's and brotha's
Cuz the world is full of symbols, numbers, words & colors