We are the Senators and the Congressmen of our communities. An Open Letter From Mos Def by Yasiin Bey

Senators generally are said to speak for the people, but usually are biased towards the middle-class, suburban white-families. Similarly to how the senators represent them, rappers represent the poor blacks. The media tends to neglect the poor blacks, so they need someone to speak for them, tell their stories, and fight for change. That person is Mos Def.

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The 'Brooklyns', An Open Letter From Mos Def by Yasiin Bey

A lot of rappers from Brooklyn who were big at this time were The Notrious B.I.G. and the artist formerly known as Jay-Z. Also, Mos Def was born and raised in Brooklyn as well.

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Chi-Town Failure by Lupe Fiasco

Chi-town is slang for Chicago and it is mostly used in reference to its south side, which is riddled with violence.

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A lot of those dollars came from the 'Comptoms', An Open Letter From Mos Def by Yasiin Bey

One of the most notable rappers out of Compton at this time was Dr. Dre, who at this time was doing a lot of producing while also mentoring Eminem. Compton is a city that is notorious for gang violence.

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They are black people who love us, who defend us, who protect us, who put us in our comfortable homes an dour luxury sports utility vehicles and our well kept hotels suites and our oversized tour buses. They're the people that buy our records, our t-shirts, our concert tickets, and so on, and so forth. An Open Letter From Mos Def by Yasiin Bey

Since Mos Def’s fans made him the star he is today and helped him overcome his own struggles, he feels an obligation to speak out and help them overcome theirs.

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Money, it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
Money by Pink Floyd

Whether you like it or not, humans run on money. If you don’t have money, then you wouldn’t have food, shelter, or heat for the most part. Money is a near-necessity, so when you find a lot of it, you better grab it while you can!

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I'm in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet
Money by Pink Floyd

Gilmour put in his fair share of work, so he feels entitled to the money he earned. Rather than giving it away to people who didn’t earn it, he’d rather blow it on frivolous expenditures.
A Lear Jet:

He’s so rich that even first class isn’t good enough for him any more. Notice that he says he “needs” a Learjet. He doesn’t just want one because it would be cool to have, he’s become so elitist that he feels like he simply can’t cope with anything less.

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Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a raise
It's no surprise that they're giving none away
Money by Pink Floyd

Money is like heroin, you know that it is bad for you, but you would never want to give it up. People try to act high-and-mighty by saying that money is “the root of all evil” and no one should value material wealth, but those same people would never be willing to give that root away themselves. Those people are hypocrites.

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I guarantee everybody, right now $1000, that your record will sell/
as long as it sounds like Willie Lynch wrote it
Market for Niggas by Taalam Acey

Willie Lynch was a slave owner who claimed that slaves could be controlled easier by pitting them against each other based on skin color and age. Acey is suggesting that if a black man writes a song that challenges or degrades other blacks, then it will sell. This is because he believes that record labels run their businesses like Willie Lynch would: by having their workers fight against each other to degrade them so the label heads don’t have to.

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She'll believe that droppin' it like it's hot for a soldier, is an accomplishment Market for Niggas by Taalam Acey

“Droppin' it like it’s hot” means to grind/twerk on the dancefloor and is a reference to Snoop Dogg’s song of the same name. This is an example of a song that objectifies women and that the billionaires that Acey references would probably approve of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtUVQei3nX4

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