Somalia - K'naan
I spit it for my block
It's an ode I admit it
Here the city code is lock and load
Any minute is rock 'n' roll
And you rock 'n' roll
And feel your soul leavin'
It's just the wrong dance
That'll leave you not breathin'
I'm not particularly proud of this predicament but
I'm born and bred in this tenement
I'm sentimental what
Plus it's only right to represent my hood and what not
So I'm about to do it in the music
In the movies
Cut to the chase pan across to the face
I'm right there
Freeze frame on the street name
Oops wait a minute
This is where the streets have no name
And the drain of sewage
You can see it in this boy
How the hate is brewin'
'Cause when his tummy tucks in
F**k the pain is fluid
So what difference does it make entertaining
Some get high mixing coke and gun powder
She got a gun but could have been a model or physician
So what you know 'bout the pirates terrorize the ocean
To never know a simple day without a big commotion
It can't be healthy just to live with a such steep emotion
And when I try and sleep
I see coffins closin'
Yeah yeah we used to take barbed wire
Mold them around discarded bike tires
Roll 'em down the hill on foot blazin'
Now that was our version of mountain bike racing damn
Do you see why it's amazing
When someone comes out of such a dire situation
And learns the English language
Just to share his observation
Probably get a Grammy without a grammar education
So f**k you school and f**k you immigration
And all of you who thought I wouldn't amount to constipation
And now I'm here without the slightest fear and reservation
They love me in the slums and in the native reservations
The world is a ghetto with ministering deprivation
My mommy didn't raise no fool
Did she hot your
I would get it and remain strictly loyal
'Cause when they get it then
They let it all switch and spoil
But I just illuminated it like kitchen foil
A lot of main stream niggas is yappin' about yappin'
A lot of underground niggas is rappin' about rappin'
I just wanna tell you what's really crackalackan
Before the tears came down this is what happened
And when I try and sleep I see coffins closin'