Get the Message LbNA # 43862
BAD NEWS: FLOOD HAS WASHED BOX AWAY. MAY RECARVE; STAY TUNED. - Gleams 5/09
Bass riff .. .. .. ..
Two times .. .. .. ..
When you're young and black -- north or south
the Man don't wanna hear nothin' from ya mouth
but that's where the truth has got to come out
in the songs that we sing our words are SHOUTS!
"Fight the power -- fight the powers that be!
Fight the power -- fight the powers that be!"
But gospel and soul and jazz and the blues
rock painted white and the message would lose
Motown was rustin' and funk was old news
tell me where was Sly Stone after '72?
"Hey, where did Sly go?" I put the words in ya mouth -
Sly go -- Sly go -- word's in Ya mouth
Then came a new sound, a new beat
scratchin' and breakin' from the New York street
with two records turnin', the DJ entreats
if you down in the house get up on your feet!
"I said a hip hop, the hippie the hippie
to the hip hip hop, a you don't stop"
Before LL, Chuck D or Latifah
before Melle Mel, Flash or Bambaataa
was one original vinyl jam master
DJ Kool Herc -- Hip Hop Godfather
"I'm gonna knock you out - Huh!
Mama said knock you out - Huh!"
No studio contracts in '74
just street dance and beat box, fresh and raw
the MCs rapped on the s**t that they saw
and the truth was spoken again, down by law
"U.N.I.T.Y. U.N.I.T.Y. that's a unity U.N.I.T.Y."
Bustin' "The MESSAGE" like a latter day Horace
my boy Melle Mel laid it out in the chorus
follow the chips from the street to the forest
to the point where his words match the scene that's before us
"Somethin' like a phenomenon, Baby,
tellin' your body to come along"
Mel asked you "how" -- look OUT, there's the way
with its answerin' message from the kids of today
little brother's behind you down in the clay
representin' the legacy -- my man -- DJ
Can't stop what you started, brother.