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Harlem Renaissance

Immortal Technique
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[Intro - Unknown Speaking]

Let me welcome both of you
Uh, to the show this morning to talk about what I consider
To be a very very important topic, uh, the Harlem Renaissance
But before we get into that...

[Verse 1 - Immortal Technique]

Harlem once was red line district rated
Designated ghetto like the yellow star of David
And you wonder why people don't own their homes
'Cause the racist bank wouldn't fuckin' mortgage a loan

Until after the invasion of gentrification
Eminent domain intimidation
That's not negotiation
And it's frustrating to look at every day
Like watching a porno on 56K [56Kbps]
Bio-Hazard labs instead of store-rooms
What's next motherfucker – projects as dorm rooms?
You ain't fooling nobody in this community dude
With your little fake Manhattanville community group
Ivy league, real estate firms are corrupt
They lay siege to your castle like the Moors in Europe
They treat street vendors like criminal riff-raff
While politicians get the corporate kickbacks

Snakes...

[Chorus - Immortal Technique]

Harlem Renaissance – a revolution betrayed
Modern day slaves thinking that the ghetto is saved
'Til they start deporting people off the property
Ethnically cleansing the hood economically
They want to kill the real Harlem Renaissance
Trying to put the Virgin Mary through an early menopause
The Savior is a metaphor for how we set it off
Guerrilla War against the rezoning predators

[Verse 2 - Immortal Technique]

When I speak about Harlem, I speak to the world
The little Afghan boy and the Bosnian girl
The African in Sudan, the people of Kurdistan
The Third World American indigenous man
Palestinians, Washington Heights Dominicans
Displaced New Orleans citizens
Beach-front Brazilian favela's that you livin' in
The hood is prime real estate – they want back in again
I didn't write this to talk shit, I say it because
Some of y'all forgot what the Harlem Renaissance was
We had revolution, music and artisans
But the movement was still fucked up like Parkinson's
'Cause while we were giving birth to the culture we love
Prejudice kept our own people out of the club
Only colored celebrities in the party
And left us a legacy of false superiority
W.E.B. Du Bois versus Marcus Garvey
And we ended up selling out to everybody
The Dutch soldiers and the John Gotti's
Banksters – modern day gangsters, a mobile army
They want to move us all out the NYC
Like they did to the Jews with the Alhambra Decree
So support your own businesses and do the knowledge
'Cause the real Harlem Renaissance is economic

[Chorus - Immortal Technique]

Harlem Renaissance – a revolution betrayed
Modern day slaves thinking that the ghetto is saved
'Til they start deporting people off the property
Ethnically cleansing the hood economically
They want to kill the real Harlem Renaissance
Trying to put the Virgin Mary through an early menopause
The Savior is a metaphor for how we set it off
Guerrilla war against the rezoning predators

[Outro - Unknown Speaking]

When they were saying it is the renaissance, of Harlem
They didn't mean, that we had stake in that
They meant to say that they could make money out of us

They are coming in with all kind of prejudices
In Brooklyn they're doing the same thing
In, um, Queens they're doing the same thing; the Bronx
There's hardly any place which is affordable
I mean these people are putting up condominiums
Which start from a million dollars
How many people in this community make that kind of money?
How many people have that kind of money?

People of Harlem, they are the natural allies of the oppressed people
Of the world, whether the struggle is in Panama, in Africa, Cuba

We spend money with the wrong people
We are looking for love, with people who don't love us
What's wrong with us loving each other
And making sure that we are protected?

inviata da DonQuijote82 - 16/2/2013 - 18:11



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