How to stay on beat, because our life's an instrumental
There’s also some wordplay with “beat” and “instrumental” being synonyms.
You don’t need to tell the wise how to stay educated and aware (on beat) with their life and what’s going on because their issues will always continue (instrumental because there’s always a beat) in a white world.
Also, a reference to songs the enslaved used both during the middle passage and within slavery’s chains to unite and endure, songs that African Americans have never stopped needing for those purposes in the US because of facing constant physical and mental oppression.
“Because our life’s an instrumental” foreshadows the lack of voice the blacks have had thus far in the existence of our country, as an instrumental has no lyrics or voice in it.
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