from I Heard It Today by Mr. Lif

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This is the only track I self produced on this album. As usual, I came through unorthodox.


Verse 1

Black Man! / You better stand strong / hurry before our chances for survival are gone / it's the youth man / they get we at a young age / try to live a better life but them want RAGE!! / You may ask me where this is coming from / so Imma let the numbers run / in the year 2000 / 46 % high school graduate Black man / without a job or in the can / 2004 / the number had increased by 4% more / where does this leave us? / presently void / shaking in a jail cell paranoid / I see lots of young Black men pun TV / Nuff jewelry /yet them not free / how can it be that we can't see / we're still shackled on that boat in the great blue sea / Flee! / You don't like hearing the truth? / The message that you're spreading is deading the youth / A people with no foundation stand naked / Look in the mirror and sever the hatred

Chorus "Listen"..."Knowledge be the key...to unlock your brain"

Verse 2

When I'm walking down the street, I see it all the time / People looking at me like my dreads are a crime / They signify the fact I refuse to conform / and I rock em' real thick, cause I'm allergic to the norm / I guess it makes them mad because I cause a reaction / maybe I remind them of their own lack of passion / cops straring at me with a fatal attraction / even Black people mad, cause I don't rock the common rapper fashion / Hoodied down / no bling / just intelligence / and a fire that'll burn nuff pestilence / yet this man in my face with irrelevance / told me go abck to the jungle with the elephants / Let me cross the street before I catch a case / cause I could wild the fuck out, and kick you in your face / which brings us right back to where we started in the first place / wanna make it home, but Brothers' out at 1st base / It takes a bigger man to see the bigger plan / to analyze experience and truly expand / you must / keep a level head and never combust / with true peace of mind, they could never truly conquer us / we're conquerors in our own right / we're blessed by the sun / and we're one with the night / the darkness is a fertile ground for creation / foundation / for the sun's presentation / Both provide energy / growth and chemistry / reflect / redirect / but respect your enemy / without unity, we could never make it / look in the mirror and sever the hatred

Chorus "Listen"..."Knowledge be the key...to unlock your brain"


from I Heard It Today, track released April 14, 2009
Hatred - Produced by Mr. Lif for BTE / Written by J. Haynes for Virtua Stab Publishing (SESAC) / Recorded by Decaye at The Ivory Tower / Cuts by Marc Hype, courtesy of MPM Records / Additional sequencing by Jim Dunloop at Supervision Studio (Berlin) / myspace.com/jimdunloop / Mixed by Belief at the Ribcage, L.A. / Mastered by AmDex for ADAM


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