I'm not American, punk -- Democrat or Republican I'm a African by Dead Prez

Reasonably enough, given the situation described above, stic feels no loyalty to the American political system, or even to the country as a whole

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My environment made me the nigga I am
Uncle Sam came and got me and arrested my fam
Tried to infiltrate and murder off the best of my clan
I'm a African by Dead Prez

stic points out that the white power structure has created situations where blacks are forced to rely on precarious and often illegal means to survive. A viciously racist and punitive penal system has taken the freedom of a stunning number of young blacks, and counter-intelligence, often led by the F.B.I., has caused the harassment and even death of many prominent black leaders

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Bounce to this socialist movement I'm a African by Dead Prez

Again, a project-encompassing quote. The group wants to get people to become freedom fighters (hopefully by joining their favored Uhuru-affiliated African People’s Socialist Party), but makes accessible music in order to push their message forward

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Natty dreadlock I'm a African by Dead Prez

Natty dreadlock is a term used by the Rastafari community to describe a fellow Rasta (“natty” being a derivation of “knotty”, and dreads being the Rasta hairstyle). Bob Marley would name his 1974 album after the phrase:

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Cause I'm People's Army for life I'm a African by Dead Prez

“People’s Army”, as mentioned above, is dp’s name for their extended circle of artists

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Abu I'm a African by Dead Prez

Abu is a member of dp’s extended family of artists, called People’s Army. He is credited with “additional vocals” on several Let’s Get Free songs, including this one

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I'm an African, never was an African-American
Blacker than black, I take it back to my origin
I'm a African by Dead Prez

See this note for an explanation of this Pan-African philosophy

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I'mma a runaway slave watching the north star
Shackles on my forearm, running with the gun on my palm
I'm a African by Dead Prez

This image ties in to the Roots reference above, with its central character of a runaway slave. M1 compares his modern predicament to that of his enslaved ancestors

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Ayo my life is like Roots -- it's a true story
It's too gory for them televised fables on cable
I'm a African by Dead Prez

Roots is a famed TV miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The series aired in early 1977 and was one of the most-watched television events of all time. The central character in both versions is Kunta Kinte, an eighteenth-century West African who is taken captive by slavers and sent to America. Upon arrival, he tries to escape repeatedly

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Like locks on Africans I'm a African by Dead Prez

Dreadlocks are the natural hairstyle for most people of African descent — that is, if hair is not brushed or cut, it will eventually form into dreads. Dreadlocks are especially popular amongst adherents of the Jamaica-based Rastafari movement

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