Cats is playin God
By havin children by a lesser baby mother but fuck it

from Black Star (Ft. Common) – Respiration Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

God had his son Jesus through Mary, who was human-all-too-human. Meanwhile, “conscious” blacks influenced by the Nation of Islam call one another “gods,” to remind themselves of the divinity and special status of the black race.

Aside from the shout-out to the obscure 1980s drama starring Marlee Matlin, it’s difficult to figure out exactly what Kweli intends here. The best guess is that he’s reminding so-called “enlightened” blacks that their actual conduct (including their choice of mates) scarcely reflects the elevated principles they claim to aspire to.

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