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Verse 1:

This is a message, for all of y'all living happily
In your own little world, content with your apathy
Acting like this is the way that the world has to be
The majority of people are getting exploited actively
Acting passively will never actually achieve a social change
And that's the only aim, from now until my older days
You know the way I advocate, overthrow with no delay
Capitalism overstayed its welcome, so we help them out
Rich man beware, we'll remove your wealth
Spread it out evenly and then we do for self
Nationalize the hospitals and improve our health
What did this system ever do to help? Not shit

Chorus:

Can I reach you? When I release the raps on wax
I'm like Che overthrowing Batista
Increase the equality, consciousness and unity
You know that's what I'm for, so let's grow as a community

Can I reach you? When I release the raps on wax
I'm like Che overthrowing Batista
Increase the equality, consciousness and unity
You know that's what I'm for, so let's grow as a community

Verse 2:

Why does a small elite control all of the wealth?
While we die to compete to make a little for self
As the cost of living rises, we try to feed our babies
They still pay the same though, it seems so crazy
There's no job for a high school drop out single mother
Even if she finds one, she can't afford the child care
Forced to the projects, even though it's wild there
You're acting like it's just her fate
But this is the shit the system creates
Which is why it's the system we hate
Open your eyes up, realize what?
It's time for all of us to rise up, in the interest of our own
And fight the revolution within inches of our homes
This rings the bell of truth as it sinks into your dome
I would die for what I'm saying, please don't think it's just a poem
This rings the bell of truth as it sinks into your dome
I would die for what I'm saying, please don't think it's just a poem

(Chorus)

Verse 3:

It's time for a change, it's time to take some action
Form a faction, comrades let's make it happen
Take my rapping to heart like a coronary
This is revolution, not your everyday ordinary
War is very harsh, but living life is hard already
If you ain't willing to die for something you're alive for nothing
So why are you fronting? When poverty is all I see
You'd rather be rich or have freedom, justice, equality?
It's calling me, so I fight for my freedom
And I'm taking control of the life that I'm leading
So that life ain't leading me, some of y'all see
Injustice in the world, but you'd rather leave it be
Never that, when can make it better
We've got to keep fighting even if takes forever
Never that, when can make it better
We've got to keep fighting even if takes forever

(Chorus)

Can I reach you?
When I release the
Raps on wax

When I release the
Raps on wax

I'm like Che overthrowing Batista

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from Prisoners of War, released January 30, 2009
Produced by Rendesten. Recorded and mixed by Sneaky Mike at Sneaky Studios (Pittsburgh, PA).

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"Reframing Public Enemy's uncompromising calls for revolution within a more millennial sonic paradigm." -CNet

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