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Talib Kweli Greene (October 3, 1975) is an American rapper who performs under the name Talib Kweli. His first name in Arabic means "student" or "seeker" (طالب); his middle name in Swahili means "true". Kweli gained prominent recognition through Black Star, a collaboration with fellow MC Mos Def. more »


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[Styles P:] 
Time I testify, listen 
Why Malcolm get killed by the N.O.I.? 
I'm yellow but I'm dark for real 
And why nobody flip when Martin was killed? 
Why Mandela did all them years 
All that blood, all that sweat, and all them tears? 
And I can name thousands more 
That died in the struggle from Mr. Wallace to Mr. Shakur 
That's why I stay influenced to "Kick in the Door" 
Bring the White House dudes around the blacks that's poor 
Notice that it's "unity" in "opportunity" 
Make a lil' cash, now the block is screwin me 
Brand new E-Class, cops pursuin me 
Guess they wanna see me park it 
Lookin at my gun, they wanna see me spark it 
But I'm the Ghost and if I could vote it would be for Sharpton 

[S.P.:] {tes-ti-fy} [Kweli:] {tes-ti-fy} equality 
[S.P.:] {tes-ti-fy} [Kweli:] {tes-ti-fy} equality 

[Talib Kweli:] 
Yeah, yo, yo 
We never stop like the news watch 
Still tryin to fill the void of Biggie and Tupac 
We on them avenues with the red and the blue tops 
Dudes hot to shoot cops from the rooftops 
Too many snitch niggaz TESTIFY 
Warrior kings sent to the bing and left to die 
Girls confuse sex with love so they extra dry 
And got birth control stuck to they necks and thigh 
Whoa, it ain't a game, they want the blacks all killed off 
Our caps all peeled off, nigga this real talk 
What's ill is y'all niggaz still caught up in them battle raps 
There's beef in the hood, +Escaladin+ like Cadillacs 
Monkey on your back livin like a junkie 
Addicted to a dream, wanna die for your country 
Tear down the prison walls, set everyone free 
From freedom fighters to Askari X to Pimp see 


[Talib Kweli:] 
Yeah... kids slip in the clip and aim 
For the fortune cause the fame ain't shit to gain 
They get stuck on whips and chains, so freedom slip they brain 
And psychologically that shit's insane 
Now that's crazy, a function of raisin the crack babies 
Sell it back to them cats freebasin back in the 80's 
(C'mon) Disco shit, nigga cock the toast 
Hi-Tek on the track and we rock with the Ghost 

[Styles P:] 
Damn right I make gangster music 
But I still spit poetry like Langston Hughes did 
Pressures of the ghetto might make you lose it 
Grab AK's and go and make the news kid 
Might lose control, but not my soul 
Won't sell for the white man to buy me some white gold 
Sell for the black man, to buy me control 
P, Tek and Kweli, the shit come from the soul why'know? 


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