Black Panthers, black anthems, black blues
Throughout this verse and the entire song, Lupe makes allusions to problems faced by the black community, his own personal history, and black history in general. This first line mentions the Black Panthers, a militant black activist group, and black anthems, songs that Panthers would presumably listen to before rallies, demonstrations, or other acts.
The third black “blank” of this list was black blues. Not only is this an allusion to the musical style (a genre that originated among impoverished black communities), but Lupe is linking black blues (black sadness) to the last two items on the list, Black Panthers and black anthems. This may be a way of suggesting that militant activism only leads to more misery.
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