As you stare in the darkness, your knowledge is took

from Rakim – Follow The Leader Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is an allusion to the knowledge lost by black Africans upon their entry into slavery. This is made more obvious later in the song when Ra says:

“But remember — you’re not a slave
Cause we was put here to be much more than that
But we couldn’t see because our mind was trapped”

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