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    [intro]
    We not playin' out here, it's for real
    We livin' out here for life, we tryna to get it
    Ain't nobody finna take our life
    I keep my young homies out here with these things
    My big homies keep handlin' me
    And we keep it crackin'
    My other name should've been jesse james
    Cause I stay with my cannon. I didn't have no choice
    I was raised right around the corner
    From where we standin'. hollow points in it
    And all of that, I'm ready. we gang bangin'!

    [intro: lecrae]
    My cousin *beep* was a killer
    He done pulled a lot of triggers
    He done made a lot of mamas cry
    And if you ask him why he do it he'd just say
    "I'm young and foolish"
    Bang on you right before he made them bullets fly

    [verse 1: lecrae]
    He ain't have no sense of dignity
    His daddy was a mystery
    He'll probably end up dead or sittin' in a penitentary
    And tell the judge he can go to hell for the sentence
    And it probably make no sense
    If you would listen to the history
    The new jim crow or the old one
    People out here fightin' for equality and honestly
    I think they owe 'em somethin'
    Back and forth some
    Cleaver got a message for the people
    Bunchy with 'em and they tryna stop the evil
    And they cliqued up with they fist up
    The whole neighborhood feelin'
    Like they meant somethin'
    Then it was a mix-up, fed's got 'em fixed up
    End of the movement, back to the bricks, bruh
    And raymond washington about to start the crips up
    They gettin' bigger every day and tryna fix stuff
    They saw geronimo pratt dodgin' bullets from attacks
    Guess they figure, "we don't really want it this much"

    [break 1: lecrae]
    You know originally, the gangs were created
    To protect everybody in the community
    There was lynching and bombing going on
    And the gangs were there to protect
    What people don't understand is that a lot of the leaders
    Died. medgar evers (has been shot)
    Bunchy carter (has been shot)
    Fred hampton (has been shot)
    Mlk (has been shot in memphis tennessee)
    These youngsters didn't have any direction
    No leaders to look up to so they went rogue on 'em

    [verse 2: lecrae]
    They say that crip stands for community
    Revolutionary interparty service
    Way before the genocide and the murders
    A little after integration was the verdict
    When bombs might go off at the sunday service (baow!)
    They protectin' they community
    Then it turn into diplomatic immunity
    Then a fight against oppression was the pressin'
    Now they keep on losin' battles
    And they started losin' unity
    Now they beat each other blue-black
    Force fed self hate 'till the truth crack
    Got they own folks hidin' on the rooftops
    They ain't finna take no more, they finna shoot back
    (baow!)
    Now they bond like a family they all bloods
    From the concrete jungle to the small hoods
    Throwin' signs up, now the crime's up
    We was meant to kill oppression now we loadin' 9's up
    But never mind us, grind us
    Factory done closed, now a lot of people jobless
    Now they got the drugs comin' in from nicaragua
    Government done turned a blind eye, or they liars

    [break 2: lecrae]
    It was a perfect storm
    I mean, we're talkin' post-segregation
    And what are you gonna do?
    The factories have closed
    And no one's hiring anybody from the urban community
    Because of what you look like
    And now there's a war going on in nicaragua
    And drugs are being imported into your community
    Are you gonna to sell drugs
    Or are you gonna be homeless?
    Cause the government's not paying attention

    [verse 3: propaganda]
    Huh, man you tell me
    What's a reasonable man to say?
    There's a high school in alabama
    Named after robert e. lee and it's 89 black
    You don't see the irony?
    What it do to a psyche, it's simple, you don't like me
    What I'm 'posed to do now?
    Delusional calling that system criminal justice
    Where the rich and the guilty are safer
    Than the poor and the innocent
    Why would we listen?
    When american churches scuff they toms
    On our brother's dead bodies
    As they march to stop gay marriage
    We had issues with planned parenthood too
    We just cared about black lives outside the womb
    Just as much as in
    Young man gon' find purpose somehow
    And a nation was at least around
    And when them vice lords told him
    He was of royal decent
    And that war on drugs felt much more
    Like war on the poor
    He figured forget it
    So why don't you come stay a while?
    Tell us that the son of man walked on egyptian
    And eastern soil and wasn't just a western construct
    Or master used to control us
    But what the master used to free us
    And it was a crooked system just like this
    That left the king of kings bloodless
    Yeah, we are truly a descendant of a king
    Only his reign is infinite
    And being right is a distant second
    To the joy of compassion
    Why don't you come stay a while?
    Alert312-116 8, 512
    3 Days ago

    Ladies & gentleman, classic propaganda

    Alert312-116 8, 512
    3 Days ago

    So much truth in that first verse
    Ww
    16 Hours ago

    I think that second verse is being misinterpreted
    He's talking about how the violence
    That the crips used in their neighborhood
    Scared people and spawned the bloods
    Someone tell me if I'm hearing reading into that wrong?

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