Cornered by the order
Checkmate sucker, not a move, game's over!
A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

True enough! The battle between cops and protesters during the Day of Outrage ended with, according to press accounts, only two protesters injured as opposed to 44 police officers

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Fist up to get down, always ready to step
And if they hit me with that stick yo man I'll break your neck
A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

In the aftermath of the Hawkins killing and the Day of Outrage, even normally peaceable people were fed up. The New York Times ran an article shortly afterwards that summed up public sentiment. They quoted a man named Rev. Herbert Daughtry, a pastor of the House of the Lord Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn:

Asked about the ‘'Day of Outrage and Mourning’‘ march on Thursday, during which 44 police officers and at least two protesters were injured in a melee near the Brooklyn Bridge, Mr. Daughtry said: ’‘I don’t know who threw the first what, who swung the first what. But it needs to be put in the context of all the years that we have been subjected to the denials, the oppression, the brutality and the killings

‘'What took place on the bridge,’‘ he said, ’‘was measured, and the wonder of it all is that New York has not exploded. People are demanding an expression. We can’t say, 'Hush, go home’ ‘’

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Constant walkie-talkies with the squealing of pigs
"The niggas don't have permits and they've taken the bridge"
A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

The protesters at the Day of Outrage, upon arriving at the Brooklyn Bridge, decided to take it, walking on the roadways rather than the pedestrian path and blocking traffic. The police tried to stop them, and fighting ensued. As the NYT put it:

A protester identified as Coltrane Chemaranga, at the head of the marchers, leaped up on an abutment and told the protesters they were going to take the bridge. ‘'Our right is to fight for our freedom,’‘ he shouted over a bullhorn. ’‘If there is no justice, there will never be peace in New York City’'

‘'Take the bridge,’‘ the crowd chanted as Mr. Chemaranga leaped down and walked to the center of the police line to confront the commander, David W. Scott, the Police Department’s Chief of Patrol. For a moment, they stood stomach to stomach..

‘'Over the bridge!’‘ someone shouted and the crowd surged forward into the police line. There was pushing and suddenly the clash erupted. Bricks, bottles and other missiles flew at the officers, who responded by swinging night sticks at protesters who tried to push through their ranks. Chief Scott was struck in the right cheek by a missile

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Tell a bad bitch, "Girl let's go hang", you know me: Rolex, gold chain Free Spirit by Drake (Ft. Rick Ross)

You know how Drake rolls: iced out.

See what he did there? Chains hang? Much like Drake and his girl?

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March 2nd, 2013

Drake came into the rap game with money and success already. Hes telling the game of rap lets hang out, getting a the rap game

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Walking through the streets with a great war cry
Had enough and not another one dies
A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

At the Day of Outrage, the mile-long crowd was estimated by the New York Times to be about 7,500 strong

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You get my point, son? You get my point, dad?
I'm going back to your caves and I'm quite bad
A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

A continuation of the “caves” language above. According to the NOI, white folks' 2,000 years in the caves was not a happy time:

They then moved into the caves, that is the bulk of them moved into the caves, for some had already moved in. They moved into these caves for two reasons; better shelter and because they felt they had a better means of protecting themselves through the wild jackal dog, who would warn them at night when the animals were near. They would then set big boulders over the openings of these caves and when any animal would try to enter, they would drop the boulders on them and since they had very little green roots to eat, they began eating these beasts they killed, from thence they became meat eaters or cannibals. They had no knowledge of burying their dead, so after beginning to eat meat they would eat even their dead, THEY EVEN WENT SO FAR AS TO KILL EACH OTHER FOR FOOD

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Vanglorious A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

“Vanglorious” was a catchphrase of the group’s Professor X, who would often say it in his song-ending monologues. The word was made up, though it is obviously close to the actual word vainglorious, meaning “boastful”. Below, an album by X-Clan affiliate Queen Mother Rage:

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[Professor X] A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

While X’s outro monologues were a staple of the group’s songs, not all the members were fond of them. Brother J remembered his reaction in Brian Coleman’s book:

I was very much against all the ‘sissy’ shit, because it made people ignore the message we were trying to get across. It had nothing to do with the music or our message. It was like some Flavor Flav shit, and Professor X wasn’t Flav. Flavor Flav never founded a movement [Note: X had helped to found the black nationalist organization Blackwatch]

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SISSSSSSYYYY! A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

Professor X ended every monologue with an exaggerated pronunciation of the word “sissy”. He explains it in Coleman’s book:

That was a way for me to say, ‘If the shoe fits, then go ahead and have a problem [laughs loudly]!’ It was a challenge. It was me responding to everyone using the word sucka all the time back then. If the shoe fits, then wear that motherfucka! I didn’t ever mean it to be funny, but some people thought it was

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And here's another word to make the other man foil
War, raised on your planet to a caveboy oppressor
A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

The “other man” here is the white man. This formation was popular at the time. The “caveboy” language here is a nod to Nation of Islam theology, which holds that white people were “grafted” 8,400 years ago by a black scientist named Yakub, who they claim is the Biblical Jacob

In this telling, white peoples' misbehavior eventually got them expelled from society and they retreated to living in caves. As thenationofislam.org tells it:

These Yakub grafted people had never seen such [wealth], and being evil by nature, they could not help but yield to their lust, so they began to steal our gold and silver cups, plates and many other things that were conventional to us

They would tell one brother that the other brother committed such crimes, thereby starting all kinds of unrest. The word got to the Sultan of the land of this unrest so he then had an investigation of these Yakub grafted devils and found that it was them causing all the trouble,…[so] they drove these people from among the Holy People across the Arabian Desert at a distance of 2200 miles to dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth or holes and in the rocks of Europa

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