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    Who Am I (feat. Gamilah Shabazz)

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      Lyrics for Big Daddy Kane - "Who Am I (feat. Gamilah Shabazz)"

      "I was born.."

      [Big Daddy Kane]
      A black man from the motherland
      Speakin a language today most people don't understand
      Where no one could bother me
      Cause I had freedom, justice, and equality
      But then one day it was tooken away
      And I was shipped to the U.S.A.
      A young brother, made into a slave
      To harvest the midlands and clean the chittlins
      Given a new name, new religion
      No freedom to vote, not even to make a decision
      I saw my peoples, sold raped and took out
      The rest of that stuff that Alex Haley talks about
      They said I'm not from Asia I'm from Africa
      And all the blacks there now are just scavengers
      That's the way my mind was poisoned
      To believe that in America blacks are inferior
      A weak mind and a body of swine
      Only adds up to being - deaf dumb and blind
      Illiterate to who where what and why
      So I ask myself: who am I?
      "I was born.."

      A native New Yorker on the streets
      Known for rockin' rhymes to real rough beats
      That I found in the attic, noisy with static
      A sound that made me, a hip-hop fanatic
      I made a few songs that sold OK
      Never top twenty or plenty airplay
      I came out hardcore, flexin' cock diesel
      Saw a little cash, and pop goes the weasel
      I had to make that change and rearrange
      My whole rap format, no hardcore rap
      So now all the pop charts I rule
      Over New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul, huh
      I thought I made it, then my song faded
      And none of the black stations ever have played it
      I tried to blame it on MTV
      And say, "Damn, they cold played me for Young MC"
      But when you get down to it, I'm the real blame
      Because I wanted the fame
      Money is not only the root of all evil
      It's also the destruction of black people, so
      Conjunction junction, what's your function?
      Bein' a scout, or sellin' out?
      Look in the mirror at yourself, eye to eye
      And say: who am I?

      [Gamilah Shabazz]
      A solid change, have to rearrange this strange
      Feelin' I'm feelin', so appealin'
      I am having to deal with
      Time to forget the myth, of bein' black and a woman
      Can't get ahead, walkin' on a thread, a tightrope
      Can't cope, don't be a dope, have a little bit of hope
      Runnin' your scope on affairs
      You have to be aware, don't flare up
      Let your cup runneth over
      I'm not Irish, don't need a donut to fill up my dish
      Nor two mango wish to wish on a star, they're so far
      Anyway I'm thinkin' about today, not tomorrow
      I'm not a follower of anyone
      My time has come, it's already here
      My message is clear
      Like the women of long ago, I am also here
      Also to show, I have the courage
      Have the strength, I'm for equal opportunity
      No matter the life, length of time
      Show me a sign, should I rely on a
      Subliminal message, should I question
      What would seem to be, life's told me?
      Yes indeed, so let me speak

      [Big Daddy Kane]
      And that's comin' from the daughter of Malcolm X
      So black women put it in your texts
      So you can never let, opportunity pass you by
      Or even ask yourself, who am I?

      SONGWRITERS:
      DAVIS, MOSES ANTHONY / GRAY, JIMMY / COLLINS, TARIK L. / SMART, MALIK / SAUNDERS, KENYATTA / THOMPSON, AHMIR K. / HARDING, JEREMY ALEXANDER
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