Swinging while I'm singing
Giving whatcha getting

from Public Enemy – Fight The Power Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is a nod to Malcolm X’s “Ballot or the Bullet” speech where he criticizes the more moderate liberal elements of the civil rights movement:

Anytime you live in the twentieth century, 1964, and you walkin' around here singing “We Shall Overcome,” the government has failed us. This is part of what’s wrong with you do too much singing. Today it’s time to stop singing and start swinging

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