Sing when you’re worshipping sing when you’re working
And see if you can sing your self out of the hurt you’re in

from Brother Ali – Won More Hit Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Since the slaves were forbidden any kind of cultural expressions they sung while doing slave labor. After slavery this tradition carried on with blues, rock and jazz.

In the segregated united states the only black people that became somewhat respected were the ones who sung or otherwise entertained white people.

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