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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These are just the times experts talked back when news hosts were misleading viewers. What happens when these experts aren’t around?
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I’m a computer and smartphone fiend. But sometimes we’ve gotta put those chips down and go outside for a bit. Interact with people, ya know?
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And people say it’s bad to be a quitter!?! Look at all the great things that happen as soon as you quit smoking:
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Who knew soccer (née football) could be such a philosophical sport? These kids will rock your world with their sensitive dispositions and honest answers in the face of a losing season.
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I’m gonna trade you ALL of the official Nelson Mandela tributes for this one performance by 11-year-old Botlhale Boikanyo. The mini-poet blew away the judges of “SA’s Got Talent” over a year before Mandela died. Her delightful poem is way too good to stay hidden on the Internet, so press play and if you like it, share it.
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Did you know there’s an American holiday on November 25? It’s called Evacuation Day, and thanks to President Abraham-Freaking-Lincoln, celebrations for this important historical holiday fell by the wayside when he declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
Jump to 3:18 for a rather poignant thought about the dates we choose to celebrate, especially on a holiday where we’re supposed to be thankful.
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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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OK, so rapper T-Pain’s vocabulary is … well … colorful. Don’t play this out loud in an office setting unless you work for a bunch of sailors or put some headphones on.
Despite the not-so-nice overuse of the b-word (among others), T-Pain delivers at the crux of this interview a well-intentioned, reasoned logic bomb on homophobic people in hip hop. It’s pretty amazing hearing this come out of a chart leader in a music genre that has a proven track record of homophobia.
Here’s hoping he’s the start of a new way of thinking in hip hop!
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True fact: Almost 100% of the images you see of models and celebrities are altered.
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