The weak hearted, become Babylon puppets

from Common – The Game Lyrics on Rap Genius


“Babylon” is common slang for Evil Empire, the Man, the Powers that be in reggae music, a trope that has found its way into a great deal of “conscious” hip-hop. The vituperation of Babylon is Biblical, dating from the Babylonian Captivity of the Israelites, who once they reestablished Jerusalem painted a portrait of Babylonian society as decadent and corrupt, an image that has persisted.

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