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YOUNGMAN speaks on (​(​(​race​)​)​) | prod. Prince Paul

from (​(​(​echo chamber​)​)​) by MC Paul Barman

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YOUNGMAN speaks on (((race)))

Race is a fake idea with real consequences. Don’t condescend like it’s somethin you’re on the fence with. How come blacks got blue black, redbone, brown, and high yella, and yet somehow there's only one type'a white fella? We should do shades of white based on crackers. Like, “Do you know my friend Jon the actor?”
Who? “You met him last night! Glasses, skin tone Saltine, nah mean?” But we can't risk it to call ourselves Triscuit or Stoned Wheat. Once we cop to shades of white, then most lose their seat. White is the default, amirite? You always say light-skinned Black but never dark-skinned white.

Remember when Irish were Black? Ha ha, that was rich. Even Jimi Hendrix was treated like ish by his label. He shot Electric Ladyland cover, they switched. While I hold heat like a pita with nary a hitch.

“I'm not white I'm Italian” harkens to back when swarthy was almost as unworthy as Black men. Sorry hon, things change in a blink so your privilege exists now even if you'd rather not think so. Gringo ink flow, voice memo or Moleskin. Just cuz you’re repressed dont mean I should hold in. I’d rather admit I don’t do shit for the racewars than lie to myself bout my life, so face yours. I’m hood but my white skin works to my benefit
and I should but I don’t fight for the end of it. Since everyone else is like me, I’m not at the side but at the center of it. Good thing my white tenants pay more rent in my tenement.

Since Charleston and so on, all bets are off. Tiptoeing around hot buttons melts you cheddar soft. So scared to be wrong, you dont get across. Timbuktu wasn’t forgot in a day. We gotta start talkin or else rot and decay. Jews speak the language of both privilege and genocide, only recently invited to dress in their tennis whites. What y’all know about Ashkenaz vs Sephardic? Some say MLK was agnostic.

Race is a lie. Keeps poor whites from getting a taste of the pie. Forget your feelings. Deal with real things. To heal stings.


from (​(​(​echo chamber​)​)​), released May 18, 2018


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