So many emcees focusin on black people extermination
We keep it balanced with that knowledge of self, determination

from Black Star (Ft. Vinia Mojica) – K.O.S. (Determination) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

There are many rappers that only talk about killing, but Talib “balances” such rhetorical violence with a self-consciousness and “determination” to live, not die.

Black Star’s brand of hip hop in this song and throughout the album is in marked contrast to the violent imagery of contemporary LA gangster rap.

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