Brother Ali – Before They Called You White Lyrics

Before They Called You White by Brother Ali
Album : All The Beauty In This Whole Life
Released : 2017
Genre : Hip-Hop/Rap
Label : Rhymesayers Entertainment, LLC.

At what point did poor European people that used to rebel
Against the ones that forced them to work land they didn’t own and die with nothing of their own
What was it that turned their hearts so that they start to Identify with power even though they’re powerless
Identify with wealth even though they’re broke?
It’s the invention of whiteness

They call you white by white standards
Damn what they’re talking ’bout human first
Stand and curse the dirty hand that first crafted the plan
Spread it through the land and shattered the damn earth
This is sickest system that ever existed
Since this earth beginning, commenced, it’s twisting
How you convince men with red blood to bleed?
Completely devalue what a human being means
Nobody called themselves white several centuries ago
They were living off the land with the trees
They were Dutch, they were Irish, they were German
They were Greek with culture, families, tradition and beliefs
Rich blood suckers saw new soil to seize
And they ain’t ’bout to get their hands dirty, cracker please
Swindled you to trade in your identity
Showed you pie in the sky and promised you a piece
With symbolic image in the scripture that you’re reading
White holy angels and black evil demons
You were so starving that you started to believe it
Now you’ll die colonizing for somebody else’s greed
Don’t you see the overseers are still in the field?
Every breath a warden breathe he still in the jail
You will never own that farm or the prison for real
Terrified of the time when your victims rebel
Listen you don’t fear them, you fear the blood on your hands
All the ugly you done to that man
That woman, that child, that land
That sea, that sky, that they’d look you in the eye
And demand that you tell them why
All them years whipping and lying and killing
Generations of poison and bombing and drilling
All designed to turn the hearts of your children to stone
Got post traumatic slave master syndrome
How the hell are y’all going to heal, be made whole?
You identifying with the people in control
You can’t throw a human in the bottom of a boat
Unless somebody got a damn chain around your soul
In that middle passage asking who got stole?
A hot auction block where your blood ran cold
Every day a cop let them shots explode
You’re gon’ have to find a way to regain your soul

[X2]
I said the eye can’t see itself
It can’t sit back, critique itself, and peep itself
It needs help
Take the sword for example
No matter how hard, it can’t carve its own handle

The inner city of our cities is like another country. The rules are different. It’s almost like you need a passport there. The police treat people differently. When I lived out in the suburbs, if my car broke down on the highway and a state trooper pulled up behind me, I wouldn’t have been scared. I’d have been glad. But young man after young man after young man had been beaten by the police and the only way you know, you’ve got to be with the people and we live separated. We go in air conditioned cars and we stick on your interstates and hang out with people just like us. Well, by God’s grace, I was brought into this, and seeing how race plays a part and how poverty plays a part, and my job is to go out to the American people

 ○ Brother Ali – All The Beauty In This Whole Life (Album 2017)
01. Pen To Paper
02. Own Light (What Hearts Are For)
03. Special Effects
04. Can’t Take That Away
05. Dear Black Son
06. We Got This
07. Uncle Usi Taught Me
08. Pray For Me
09. It Ain’t Easy
10. Never Learn
11. Tremble
12. Before They Called You White
13. The Bitten Apple
14. Out Of Here
15. All The Beauty In This Whole Life

○ Listen to “Brother Ali” Songs

● “Uncle Sam Goddamn ”

[ Quotable ]
All must bow to the fat and lazy
The fuck you, obey me, and why do they hate me?
Only two generations away
From the world’s most despicable slavery trade
Pioneered so many ways to degrade a human being
That it can’t be changed to this day
Legacy so ingrained in the way that we think;
We no longer need chains to be slaves
Lord it’s a shameful display
The overseers even got raped along the way
Because the children can’t escape from the pain

● “Forest Whitiker ”

[ Quotable ]
Ayo, dependin’ on the day, and dependin’ on what I ate
I’m anywhere from twenty to thirty-five pounds overweight
I got red eyes and one of em’s lazy
And they both squint when the sun shines so I look crazy
I’m albino man, I know I’m pink and pale
And I’m hairy as hell, everywhere but fingernails

● “Breakin’ Dawn ”

Producer: Brad Trimble
Director: Chris Gliebe
Editor: Nate Clark
Designers: Chris Gliebe, Trevor Grubbs, Kurt Koch, Caleb Halter
Animators: Rob Engle, Dave Irion, Evan Sheldon
[ Quotable ]
See good Lord, I’ve been waitin so long
For y’all to come out here and take me in the home
The world’s so cold with no place to belong
They said “come on in boy, sing your song”
He stepped inside and to his surprise
It was so damn fly, he can’t believe his eyes
Ate and he drank and he felt satisfied
‘Til he sat by the window and he glanced out-side
Loved ones out workin
Eyes got full and his heart start hurtin
Cause them folk been singin for years
But ain’t any one of them set foot up in here

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