Nigga they ain't livin properly
Break 'em off a little democracy

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Matthew Santos) – American Terrorist Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

European countries would dominate and exploit nations for profit (British/South Africa diamonds etc.) claiming that they were savages and needed to be civilized. What is your definition of livin' properly?

However, when Lupe says “break em off a little democracy”, he’s specifically talking about the U.S., as it the imperial actions they have done in several nations around the world that is more recent. President Woodrow Wilson believed it was America’s duty to make the world “safe for democracy”. So America comes into these countries and gives them “democracy” and along with it comes the rest of modern American society.

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