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(2020)
Album: RTJ4 (2020)
feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack De La Rocha
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In questi giorni si parla tanto di tirare giù le statue dei razzisti, giustamente, ma cosa dire dei personaggi ritratti sulle banconote? Negli Stati Uniti i dollari riportano le effigi di Presidenti. Quasi tutti i presidenti ritratti nelle banconote sono stati padroni di schiavi.

Slave masters on your dollars


George Floyd è andato a pagare le sigarette con una banconota da 20 dollari, probabilmente falsa. Sui venti dollari è ritratto il presidente Andrew Jackson. Quando fu eletto alla Casa Bianca nel 1830 Jackson possedeva 14 schiavi neri - otto donne e sei uomini. 190 anni dopo il nero George Floyd è stato ucciso per aver usato una banconota falsa dove era ritratto uno schiavista.

Sei anni fa, un altro afro americano, Eric Garner, è stato fermato dalla polizia con il sospetto di avere venduto delle sigarette di contrabbando senza regolare bollino. Le sue ultime parole prima di essere ucciso sono state "I Can't Breathe", le stesse di George Floyd. Probabilmente con il pacchetto di sigarette Garner avrebbe guadagnato 4 dollari. Due banconote da due. Sul verdone da due dollari campeggia la faccia di Thomas Jefferson. che nella sua tenuta di Monticello in Virginia possedeva circa 400 schiavi, mentre altri 200 erano "ospitati" in altre case di proprietà del presidente.

Non solo le statue sono da abbattere!
[Pre-Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
Mastered economics 'cause you took yourself from squalor (Slave)
Mastered academics 'cause your grades say you a scholar (Slave)
Mastered Instagram 'cause you can instigate a follow (Shit)
Look at all these slave masters posin' on yo' dollar (Get it? Yeah)

[Chorus: Killer Mike, Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha & El-P]
Look at all these slave masters (Ayy) posin' on yo' dollar (Get it? Yeah)
Look at all these slave masters (Ayy) posin' on yo' dollar (Get it?)
Look at all these slave masters (Ayy) posin' on yo' dollar (Get it? Yeah)
Look at all these slave masters

[Verse 1: Killer Mike]
Ayy
Business time, I'm on mine, I be mindin' mine (Make money)
Every time on my grind, I'm just tryna shine (Stay sunny)
Make a dollar, government, they want a dozen dimes (No cap)
The petty kind, might kill ya 'cause they see you shine (Stay strapped)
I done had to have a talk with myself plenty times (For real)
Am I a hypocrite 'cause I know I did plenty crimes? (Yes, I'm is)
I get broke too many times, I might slang some dimes (Back to trappin')
You believe corporations runnin' marijuana? Ooh (How that happen?)
And your country gettin' ran by a casino owner (Ooh)
Pedophiles sponsor all these fuckin' racist bastards (They do)
And I told you once befo' that you should kill your master (It's true)
Now that's the line that's probably gon' get my ass a-assassinated (Yeah-yeah, yeah)

[Pre-Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
Master of these politics, you swear that you got options (Slave, yeah)
Master of opinion 'cause you vote with the white collar (Slave)
The Thirteenth Amendment says that slavery's abolished (Shit)
Look at all these slave masters posin' on yo' dollar (Get it?)

[Chorus: Killer Mike, Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha & El-P]
Look at all these slave masters (Ayy) posin' on yo' dollar (Get it? Yeah)
Look at all these slave masters (Ayy) posin' on yo' dollar (Get it?)
Look at all these slave masters (Ayy) posin' on yo' dollar (Get it? Yeah)
Look at all these slave masters

[Verse 2: El-P]
(Confucius say)
Man, you better duck out, get the bag and then bug out (Uh)
Try to run home, you might run your luck out
'Cause just when your bases loaded
They'll roll a grenade in the dugout (You're out)
Earth folk, not a mellow bunch
We got our thumbs in the air like Hell or bust (Uh)
Look at who we done blessed with our trust
I don't think we'll be left with too much
Hand on my heart and my mind on my drugs
Got a Vonnegut punch for your Atlas shrug
They love to not love, it's just that dumb
Lord, sweet Buddha, please make me numb
Brain bounce off walls like a sentient Roomba
Just found out his creator's stupid
Lit by the supermoon, I'm too lucid
Plus got shrooms in the blood, I'm zoomin'
Beep beep, Richie, this is New York City
The X on the map where the pain keep hitting
Just us ducks here sitting
Where murderous chokehold cops still earnin' a livin'
Funny how some say money don't matter
That's rich now, isn't it? Get it? Comedy
Try to sell a pack of smokes to get food
Get killed and it's not an anomaly
But hey, it's just money

[Pre-Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
Mastered economics 'cause you took yourself from squalor (Slave, yeah)
Mastered academics 'cause your grades say you a scholar (Slave)
Mastered Instagram 'cause you can instigate a follow (Shit, yeah)
Look at all these slave masters (Yeah-yeah)
Let it sink in (Yeah)

[Verse 3: Zack de la Rocha & Pharrell Williams]
20/20, run the map
Raw, I'm uncut in my hourglass
Don't watch it spill to the bottom half
You see the piece, now run it fast
On the tarmac in a Starter jack
C4 when I run it back
Like a track star run a record lap?
Nah, like when his needle catch (Yeah)
Clean look, poet pugilist
A shooter's view, a Zapruder flick (Yeah)
Too rude for ya rudiments
Who convinced you you could move against the crew in this?
Comin' up through the fence
Offshore outta Port-au-Prince (Yeah)
Louverture left his fingerprints
On our hearts at the gate and the world our residence
How can we be the peace
When the beast gonna reach for the worst? (Yeah)
Tear all the flesh off the Earth
Stage set for a deafening reckoning
Quick like the pace of a verse
So I'm questioning this quest for things
As a recipe for early death threatening (Yeah)
But the breath in me is weaponry
For you, it's just money

inviata da Lorenzo - 13/6/2020 - 22:40



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