When Talib Kweli (one of my favorite emcees!) got this beat from a producer, a lot of huge events were taking place in the world. Those events were breaking through the noise, pushing the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, and other who-gives-a-f*ck topics onto the back burner and forcing important issues into the forefront of people’s thinking.
Eventually, the very same things that were distracting Kweli became the inspiration for this song. And it does not disappoint.
Follow the lyrics in the transcript below.
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The National Restaurant Association is a political lobby representing the nation’s largest food service corporations. They’re one of the most powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill, spending millions of dollars each year to advance a political agenda that’s as unsavory as the worst their menus have to offer. When you see the things they spend money on, you’ll know why it matters to you.
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These New Yorkers were — quite literally — left in the dark in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Is this the solution to help tackle what’s at the core of this problem?
If you want to join the rally in New York City on Sept. 17, here is some more information.
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How to win the lottery of life. Step 1: Get born in the right country. Done.
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The past 20 years of brain research explains how specialization leads to higher productivity but actually goes against the grain of how we naturally think. Watch:
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A nation of children worrying about how they’re going to help support their families has got to be a red flag. The American middle class is on the precipice of a pretty brutal reality.
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It’s bad enough that 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, but did you know that 70% of them are women? To put that in perspective, the number women who live in extreme poverty is three times the population of the United States. That’s not OK. Share if you agree.
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As a child of a successful advertising copywriter and professor (the late, wonderful Jim Albright — he named Funyuns!), I don’t have a problem with all advertising. But my dad always spoke about the importance of keeping your integrity and being responsible when creating an ad. In short, he’d think Banksy kicks ass.
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Not-so-fun fact: A waiter’s minimum wage in America is $2.13 per hour plus tips. Waiters are three times more likely to fall under the poverty line than average workers, and women are three times more likely to be a waiter. They average $18,590 annually in income. Which ain’t much to live on. Which is why this waitress has something blunt and kind of hilarious to say.
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Kit Kat, Coke, Tropicana, Cheerios, Snickers, Lipton, Oreos! It’s just about impossible to eat without consuming something from the world’s top 10 food companies. And these gorilla multinationals have major impact on the lives of women, farmers, and on the environment. Only, some of them aren’t doing so well. Who’s got the clout to make these companies honest? Scroll down and get the inside info.
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