We rap by what we see, meaning reality
From people busting caps and like Mandela being free

from A Tribe Called Quest – We Can Get Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Hip hop is just an expression of the black community’s going-ons. Whether gangsta shit

Or socially conscious materials, like the then recent release of South African Black Rights leader Nelson Mandela, who had been locked away for numerous decades.

Hip Hop is about whatever is happening around the MC

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