Gangsta rap often reaches higher than its ugliest, lowest common denominator, misogyny, violence, materialism and sexual transgression are not its exclusive domain. At its best, this music draws attention to complex dimensions of ghetto life ignored by most Americans. Indeed, gangsta rap's in-your-face style may do more to force America to confront crucial social problems than a million sermons or political speeches.
God<br/>When I was alone, and had nothing<br/>I asked for a friend to help me bear the pain<br/>No one came, except God<br/>When I needed a breath to rise, from my sleep<br/>No one could help me. Except God<br/><br/>When all I saw was sadness, and I needed answers<br/>No one heard me, except God<br/>So when I'm asked. Who I give my unconditional love to?<br/>I look for no other name, except God
Let me show you, the rhyme.<br/>Excuse me - but, Lady Liberty needs glasses<br/>and so does Mrs. Justice by her side<br/>Both the broads are blind as bats, stumblin through - the system<br/>Justice bumped into M'Tulu, trippin on Geronimo Pratt<br/>but stepped right over Oliver and his crooked partner Ronnie<br/>Justice stubbed her big toe on Mandela<br/>And Liberty was misquoted by the Indians<br/>Slavery was just a learning phase, forgotten without a verdict<br/>while Justice is on a rampage<br/>for endangered survivin black males<br/>I mean really; if anyone REALLY valued life<br/>and cared about the masses<br/><br/>They'd take 'em both to Pen Optical<br/>and get TWO pairs of glasses<br/><br/>Excuse me - but, Lady Liberty needs glasses<br/>I'm kickin asses up and down New York City<br/>It's a pity<br/>Brothers wanna be grimy and gritty to each other<br/>What would your mother think, smotherin your brother?<br/>I see you sink, into another level<br/>Dancin with the devil<br/>Turn up the bass, cause I'm player; also a rhyme sayer<br/>Kind of fly, layer after layer<br/>Why. Cause I'm blessed<br/>Cause I've progressed<br/>I've learned my lessons<br/>Class has always been in session, so you better take notes<br/>And stop chokin on negativity
Right now, it is it is almost. It is almost uhh, <br/>IMPOSSIBLE for you not to see how strong rap has gotten<br/>Y'knowhatI'msayin, it's it's like umm.<br/>our our brothers and sisters, our youths, and some of our adults<br/>their ear is PINNED to rap music right now<br/>And if you really wanna get our message out<br/>and really wanna start teachin, we need to start doin that<br/>We we really need to start usin, our methods, y'knowhatI'msayin?<br/>The Last Poets did it with poetry<br/>And uhh, and and. Even in our history<br/><br/>from a ancient Afl- African civilization<br/>poets went from village to village<br/>And that's how, stories and messages and lessons were taught<br/>Y'knowhatI'mssayin, and so like you say, history repeats itself<br/>And so. It it was, it was. At it was, y'know obvious<br/>It was, pick it up, y'know?<br/>Bein the race that we are, bein the strong race that we are<br/>We picked it up, we picked up those positive, those positive vibes<br/>and we started rappin and so<br/>I think it is, it's a very good medium too
He's braggin about his new Jordan's<br/>The baby just ran out of milk<br/>He's buyin gold every two weeks<br/>The baby just ran out of Pampers<br/>He's buyin clothes for his new girl<br/><br/>and the baby just ran out of medicine<br/>You ask for money for the baby?<br/>The daddy just ran out the door<br/><br/>GIRL! I can't believe him<br/>(I can.)