You took a breath and give power to powder
Now life leaving your eyes looks like a fish pulled out the water
Savior Self by Sadistik (Ft. Bodi, Cas One, Eyedea & Kristoff Krane)

The person Eyedea is referencing lost all their control to cocaine which comes in a powdered form, hence why he refers to it as such.

And that’s causing the death of his friend as the life leaves his eyes like a fish deprived of what it needs to live with its eyes dilating and slowly dimming into death

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Dungeons drill mortal flaw into common sense. Eh (The Curse of Shrugging Shoulders) by Jason D. Morris 1

The aforementioned dungeons are a metaphor for the homes of drug dealers I would frequent with my friends growing up. They were always dark and smokey from numerous people who would come to buy and smoke weed and numerous other drugs. The shades where always closed to keep people outside from seeing so it always felt like a very dark and disturbing place to hang out for me.

Everyone would get high together and escape the real world to such a drastic extent that it made this flaw named drug abuse acceptable to us because its all we saw and its all we knew.

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Fuck these new additions, they can’t even match the theme! Started from the Applejuice-Flavoured Whipped Cream by Lemson n Dyaz the Bringer of Love n Peace (Ft. BBDS, Dyaz the Bringer of Love n Peace, Jason D. Morris, Lemson, M'Balls & ScopeY) 5

The new generation of white hats are pretty damn disappointing. They don’t talk about hip hop and only make drama threads about their last terrible drama thread being deleted. They are stuck in a cycle of their own stupidity.

But in all honestly I don’t really care

Im out!

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Outside the hood, I don’t see liquor stores Jim Crow by Sho Baraka

While there are obviously liquor stores EVERYWHERE across the world, it is a known fact that low-income neighborhoods are home to a higher number of liquor stores.

Maryland’s poorest ZIP code has nine times as many liquor stores per resident as the state’s richest ZIP code, according to a Capital News Service analysis of data from the 2000 Census.

This is an issue throughout poverty stricken neighborhoods combined with little options for healthy foods that hold back these communities, many of which have a majority non-white population.

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“C’mon son why you always ruin the mood?
Race talks happen every time you enter the room.”
Jim Crow by Sho Baraka

His friends give him grief because he always wants to talk about race issues but we as a people like to think we are beyond such things as a society so we tend to just ignore it. Everyone would rather be ignorant to the truth and preserve their own little slice of happiness which is something rampant throughout American culture.

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Well I guess im stuck here on nigga island Jim Crow by Sho Baraka

Nigga Island was originally the title of this song, but was changed because Sho Baraka thought people would be uncomfortable mentioning the song name or even talking about it if it had the word nigga in it

He sees his race as an island and realizes that he is stuck there with all the positive and negative aspect of that community surrounding him.

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Instead of truth, they’d rather be duped
I guess they want me to make more songs for youth groups
Jim Crow by Sho Baraka

In this line, Sho is not only addressing the ignorance of people to the fact that racism is still rampant in the world but also denying the label placed on him as a christian rapper.

As a christian rapper people expect him to devout his songs to his religion and use them at Youth Groups to create incentive for young people to take interest in their religion. Instead he casts off the joyous image to bring notice to these trying issues as ugly as they are… Something the christian music community took issue with on this album and more specifically with this track.

Many christian music sites felt uneasy with his lyricism through the track, more notably the word nigga and his portrait of the issues of black communities attributed by wealthy white communities. Michael Weaver of Jesus Freak Hideout, which is a christian music site, said this…

perhaps the most offensive part of the entire song isn’t the ugly words Sho uses, but the fact that he states that black men are used only to be exploited by white men and to help them reach their goals. Sho paints with a very broad and hurtful brush. Perhaps it should be hurtful to some, but it should not be all-encompassing

The fact he wants believes they just want *more songs for youth groups shows that they would rather stay ignorant to the real issues of the world and focus on their prayers instead of making any kind of change or being well informed.

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Nate
July 14th, 2013

I’m not sure Sho himself would agree with this assessment, as he would see prayer and evangelism as themselves “the real issues” that bring “real change”, rather than bare social justice attempts that can change no one’s heart (though perhaps modify their behavior).

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"Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. Every savage can dance." Pride and Prejudice (Chap. 6) by Jane Austen

This is believed to be a reference to the Noble savage a philosophical concept popular during the Age of Enlightenment
Which calls out the moral and ethical implications of Sir William’s innocent and uneducated remark. This is a wonderfully subtle reference to an underlying theme of the debate between the philosophies of rationality and sentimentalism

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And you tell me that song writing's like child bearing
No it's not, that's self indulgence
Unemployed Black Astronaut by Busdriver

A popular sentiment among many artists is that once a work is completed and given to the viewing of the public, that it takes up a life of its own. While it may have had a particular meaning to the artist, it will pick up new meaning from those who experience it. Busdriver sees this as a ridiculous notion that artists use to make themselves feel more “artistic” and important in their own eyes.

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January 6th, 2014

Or fans use that as a justification for pirating his albums rather than buying them.

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Big Pio’s name be synonymous with bully The motto (lil pio's version) by Lil pio (Ft. Jason D. Morris, Kevin Fernald & Ober12) 2

Its no secret that I am the bringer of shattered dreams…

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