Mac Dre – Pawns in the game (1992)
I did 5 years in the pen the whole time I was in
I stayed soaking up game and steady pushing my pen
I read about shit I never knew existed
Before I went to jail I had the whole thing twisted
But now I know and I’m finna expose
What really goes on behind closed doors
Them devils got a plot that’ll shock the nation
To control black power and population
Snake mother****as been running the game
That all started off with crack cocaine
They flooded neighborhoods where the black folks dwell
And got everybody using and trying to sell
When drug dealing increased then the killings increased
Then more young black brothers came up deceased
Senseless violence invaded the streets
They had us killing each other but we couldn’t peep
We was pawns in the game that the fools created
And this is what they did to keep things shaded
In 1985 they launched the War on Drugs
Claiming to get rid of all the killers and thugs
But this was Phase 2 of a fat plan
To control the population of the black man
Even back then, it didn’t seem right
When them racist police got the green light
In Chicago, Miami, Atlanta GA
Little Rock, Louisville and the OAK
New York, Minnesota, and all them places
Young brothers got stuck with dope cases
To the public they looked like heroes
While young brothers looked like zeroes
They took black men from black ladies
Cuz with less black men
There’s less black babies ain’t it shady?
It gets way deep
Phase 3 is the plan to keep us off the streets
They stuck us in jail and said now that we got y’all
Let us introduce you to this crack law
Now everybody know where the crack is
In them ghetto neighborhoods where the blacks live
Crack is coke cooked with baking soda
But no matter how you cook it, it’s still yola
But the courts got laws that punish folks
A 100 more times than powdered coke
You ask why? Well I’m goin’ tell it
They charge more for crack
Cuz black folks sell it
Is it justice or is it just us?
And them devil mother****ers against us
Our future lawyers and presidents
Got cold prison cells for residence
And them young black souljas with brave hearts?
Is filling up the jails and the grave yards
And the black queen? She also losing
Because she turn to theft and prostitute
To support a habit that’s part of a plan
To regulate the status of the black man
Will it change or will we all remain
Some mother****ing pawns in this game?
there’s not really too much else to say.
it is what it is.
i came, i heard, and that’s just what the facts are.
it’s dope that MOOR GANG is stacking up their roster with actual TALENT.
Dear black artists,
We regret to inform you that the need for your services will soon come to an end as we enter a critical restructuring period. Fortunately, after having spent nearly a century meticulously studying your art, language, fashion, and lifestyle, we have learned enough to confidently move forward without your assistance. We thank you for your contributions but have decided to make some necessary changes as a result of your decreasing value. Focus groups show that consumers are looking for more relatable images. While 2013 marked the first time in Billboard’s 55 year history that there were no black artists on top of the Hot 100 chart, this was a great year for us with Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and Macklemore claiming the #1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, proving that market demands are shifting. Consequently, in the next few months, we will be gradually phasing out your positions as we finalize this reorganization. In the meantime, we ask you to continue with business as usual, training your replacements Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and others until instructed otherwise.
white artists topped the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 44 out of the 52 weeks last year.
in case you didn’t know, White boys BEEN outselling Blacks (in Hip-Hop) since day one.
let’s go back to 1986 – a time that is known as the GOLDEN AGE of Hip-Hop.
this is where a White rap group began to outsell NOTABLE Black Hip-Hop / rap groups for about a solid DECADE.
some of the most MEMORABLE rap albums of ALL TIME were easily outsold by a White rap group.
for example: (they outsold)
it took a DOUBLE ALBUM (10 YEARS later) from two of Hip-Hop’s BEST (R.I.P.) just to TIE the White group in SALES.
in order to make a long story short, just know that the numbers tell the tale…the tale that repeats itself today, even locally. wait, ESPECIALLY locally.
Circa ’86 White groups BEEN dominated the Hip-Hop / rap charts – so let’s not play dumb and act like this is NOT the case – OR – try to JUSTIFY it or downplay it. Eminem took over from there (shortly after) and ran SO FAR ahead of Black artists / rappers (sales-wise) that there’s no logical explanation that doesn’t HEAVILY involve RACE.
it’s WRONG, and more Black people need to know and be clear on the facts – period.
isn’t it funny how White people wanna call grown Black men BOY every chance they get – but can’t WAIT to charge (in criminal court) Black YOUTH / adolescents as MEN / adults??
BEST NEW ARTIST – BEST RAP ALBUM – BEST RAP PERFORMANCE – BEST RAP SONG
a slap in the face (disgrace) to Hip-Hop, Rap, and Black people around the world.
but you wanna know what?
I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE MACKLEMORE.
i would hate to receive awards that i know deep down inside i don’t deserve.
i would hate to see the look in Black people’s eyes that KNOW that i don’t warrant the accolades that i receive(d).
i would hate to say that i’m part of a culture that i HURT more than i HELPED.
i would hate to have to live the LIE that i’m really that good…the LIE that i’m really that great / that genius / that talented; especially in comparison to the originators and current taste makers of the art, genre, and culture.
i would hate to KNOW that my Whiteness and the PRIVILEGE that my Whiteness STILL commands is LARGELY what is responsible for my success.
i would hate to KNOW that Black people are AFRAID to address the BULLSHIT that surrounds my milestone success out of FEAR, MARGINALIZATION, and RETALIATION.
i feel sorry for Macklemore.
if i was Macklemore, i couldn’t TRULY enjoy my success because i know that my success was FOUNDED and DEPENDENT on White PRIVILEGE, White RACISM, and White SUPREMACY.