A great track from a great album. So refreshing to see a rapper from the older generation looking to build bridges and support the youth.
For real, we ‘ave fi boost dem yoot, ya
For real, we ‘ave fi boost dem yoot, ya
If we do, when they’re grown, build a world to suit ya
If we don’t, when they’re grown, take a gun come shoot ya
Read a book, read Malcolm or Martin Luthur
Read Marcus, don’t let dem boi come confuse ya
I don’t want fi hear the story of the police come shoot ya
For Woman’s History Month, celebrated radical rapper Jasiri X drops a heartfelt track telling the stories of the murders of Christina Taylor Green (9 yrs old), killed during the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Brisenia Flores (9 yrs old), gunned down by anti-immigrant militia intent on starting a race war, and Aiyana Jones (7 yrs old), shot to death while asleep in her home, by the Detroit Police Department, while they were filming a reality TV show.
Born on 911
In that dark time as a blessing
A face of hope like she was a sign from the heavens
Kindness and reverence
She grew into a scholar kid
Became class president with a love for politics
Only nine and wants to find where the congress is
Meet her representative
Get involved with the processes
That morning she was so hyper
wanted to meet Ms Giffords by just like her
even though she was young she was much wiser
Until that automatic weapon was just fired.
People falling from getting hit
He kept shooting cause his gun had an extended clip like it had no end to it
And of the victims hit she was the youngest
The mother of her own child she’ll never become it
The value for life just plummets
In this sick society that deserves judgment
Rest in peace youngin
A little girl with her mommy and daddy
on her knees saying a prayer thanking God for her family
so happy her whole life ahead of her
But outside her door was a hoard of vicious predators
Racists sycophants with hatred for immigrants
Got with other militias and called them selves the minutemen
We know where they got drugs and cash lets go get it then
knock knock the little girl wonders whose visiting
They never found drugs but they was of brown blood
So they cock back and fired round after round of slugs
The little girl saw her families bodies on the rug
And cried what did we do why did you come to kill us
he raised up his gun and shot her twice in the face
cause she was only nine but wasn’t the right race
and that’s the reason that we didn’t see it in the media
so even in death discrimination still reaches her.
Little Aiyana Jones chillin in her father’s home
In Detroit Michigan playing toys with her sisters and
doing all the things that make you wish you were a kid again
before you understood what a violet world that were living in
all played out sleeping on the same couch
that she did every night when they turn the lights out
But outside the house they had cameras and mic out
Reality TV brutality for a fee
The first 48 hours on A & E
where a officer can play a celebrity
distracted by all the action they chose the wrong house
flash grenade through the window went crash on the couch
Aiyana’s on fire now flames getting wider now
the first officer through the door pulls out and fired down
shot through the neck bleed to death she’s expired now
I pray she’s resting on higher ground
we love you
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been posting Durrty Goodz tracks on my Twitter and Facebook pretty much every day – partly as a response to a few people that have been dissing grime and saying there’s nothing positive in it. I’m not down with being negative about grime – like any music it has different lyrical narratives in it, some amazing and some bullshit, but it is an important voice of the young and oppressed in this country (comparable to dub in the 80s and jungle in the 90s). Goodz is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists on the scene, and he combines his incredible flows and storytelling skills with a thought-provoking, conscious narrative. His latest album ‘Overall’ is due out very soon and will no doubt be a classic.
– Give Me The Music (feat. Ny)
This ridiculously slept-on banger will speak to anyone that couldn’t do without music. Life is full of struggle and music is one of the main things that gets us through it.
This is a heeeeavy track opposing gun violence and showcasing Goodz’ lyrical versatility. Great video from Carl Allegard.
– Letter 2 Titch
A message to Goodz’ brother in prison (the legendary MC Crazy Titch). Some serious emotional depth on this.
– Switchin Songs
A history of garage and grime, and a showcase for Goodz’ unparalleled ability to switch flows.
– Westwood freestyle
This is freestyle on another level.
– Grime Killers
Very interesting lyrics on this one – about cultural scapegoating (“grime makes kids kill each other”) and the state’s hatred of black economic empowerment.
A very deep concept, beautiful lyrics and great production.
– Boi Dem
“You’re thinking that I’m hiding some of the white ting but I ain’t shottin a Red Bull!” Fiiiring track about the feds.
– Freedom Fighters
A tasty freestyle from 2004 or so. Title says it all!
– Back 2 School
For those that think grime artists can’t chat positive!
Goodz and Terror Danjah show the link between jungle and grime.
– More 2 Da Floor
Hilarious statement about grime MCs selling out and doing pop-dance tracks.
One of the most creative and lyrically brilliant tracks to come out of the UK scene. Full of history and metaphor.
This latest release from Cyclonious is a must-listen! Powerful, meaningful lyrics over an emotional beat, accompanied by great visuals courtesy of Global Faction. Radical pro-black rap reminiscent of Jeru the Damaja.
Ni***z make a likkle pay now they feel they made it
Still rock chains and whips
Still on the slave ship
Our history is there and the rest can’t change it
Schools don’t teach it
Seek it – it’s sacred
Honour thy mother and father is the basics
Rise like you’re supposed to to
Slip out the Matrix
Still dumb struck thinking this is entertainment
Escape to reality most lives are wasted