It’s called vulnerabilities and you can hear it on Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, Bandcamp, or wherever else you getcher digital tunes.
I’m passing all proceeds from the record on to Campaign Zero, which is a police reform campaign associated with Black Lives Matter.
The rugged individual is a myth. We need other humans – both to help and to be helped by. We need an equitable and engaged society. Encourage system oversight decoupled from financial incentives. Discourage corporatism. Listen to people who say the system doesn’t work for them.
You know all this already. We know all this already. But real change is neither simple nor without sacrifice. We know all this. We’ve known all this for many years.
Around the age of five you’re shipped away for your body to be stored
They promise education, but really they give you tests and scores
And they predictin’ prison population by who scoring the lowest
And usually the lowest scores the poorest and they look like me
And every day on evening news they feed you fear for free
And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me
And ’til my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, “I can’t breathe”
And you sit there in the house on couch and watch it on TV
The most you give’s a Twitter rant and call it a tragedy
But truly the travesty, you’ve been robbed of your empathy
Replaced it with apathy, I wish I could magically
Fast forward the future so then you can face it
And see how fucked up it’ll be
I promise I’m honest, they coming for you
The day after they comin’ for me
I’m readin’ Chomsky, I read Bukowski
I’m layin’ low for a week
I said somethin’ on behalf of my people
And I popped up in Wikileaks
Thank God that I’m covered, the devil is smothered
And you know the evil don’t sleep
Dick Gregory told me a couple of secrets before he laid down in his grave
All of us serve the same masters, all of us nothin’ but slaves
Never forget in the story of Jesus, the hero was killed by the state”
–Killer Mike, Run The Jewels, walkin’ in the snow
Thanks for reading. Be grateful for the breaths you take underneath the Strawberry Moon.