LYRIC

(Verse 1)
Can we turn down for the mothers that’s single?
Build a roof for their kids, and couldn’t afford the shingles
Working 9-to-5’s, to cop the new 5’s
So on 12/25 she the real Kris Kringle?

Can we turn down for the fathers that stayed?
Scared to death to have a baby cause he ain’t been getting’ paid
No more goin’ out Saturdays to get laid
Gotta wake up in the morning, go to church to get saved
Can we turn down, for the higher education, for the student
Dedicatin’ 12-plus years for Doctorate’s in Medication?
Leading innovation, educational creations
Turning down the weekends in Vegas for premium payment?

Can we turn down long enough to show the young
How to, get high without some smoke in their lungs?
That, even if you angry never pick up a gun
That, everybody shines when we under the sun

(Chorus/Hook)
Stand up if you black and you proud of it
Hands up if you black and you proud of it
Put your hoodies up! Black and we proud of it
Put your fists up! Black and we proud of it

Stand up if you black and you proud of it
Hands up if you black and you proud of it
Put your hoodies up! Black and we proud of it
Put your fists up! Black and I’m proud of it

(Verse 2)
All baby do is pop pills
Maybe that’s because she don’t know who her pop is
Pop quiz: what happens when the momma’s on crack?
Gettin’ high in the bathroom, ignoring the knocks?
Do you know what a c.o.p. is? Well let me tell ya
The Center of Pressure, by definition oppressive
They excessively aggressive, mentally suppressive
Not to mention that a lot of their policies are suggestive

Chief caption on the news and the apologies unimpressive
To this nation’s adolescents watching T.V.’s on the deresser
Big sign of loss of faith, we don’t feel safe!
Knowing any traffic cop could pull a gun in our face!

“Oh wait though; the body cam it captured it all!”
C’mon, how the victim gonna use it after they gone?
The problems are tall, and I ain’t got the answers to all
But the higher up you catch ‘em, dawg, the faster they fall

(Chorus/Hook)
Stand up if you black and you proud of it
Hands up if you black and you proud of it
Put your hoodies up! Black and we proud of it
Put your fists up! Black and we proud of it

Stand up if you black and you proud of it
Hands up if you black and you proud of it
Put your hoodies up! Black and we proud of it
Put your fists up! Black and I’m proud of it

(Verse 3)
I’m black with no apology cause it was never needed
The demons wanna tear me down cause I refuse to feed ‘em
Too many tumor rappers being left alone untreated
Too conceited to acknowledge the legends but they the reasons

The Messages they left us, still ring true
But all you rap about is drugs; what that say about you?
I can’t sit here and lie, I used to rap on it too
But I had to hop off the train so I could skip to my Lew

It’s a shame that we live in a nation filled with dummies
Now we got ourselves a president addicted to money
They fall for pyramid schemes like bees for honey
And neglect a better world, where the skies could be sunny

While the top percent perpetrate that life is great
They be laughing to the banks where the poor folks ain’t
And I shouldn’t really talk, cause I ain’t no saint
But to keep my people safe, I’ll do whatever it takes

(Chorus/Hook)
Stand up if you black and you proud of it
Hands up if you black and you proud of it
Put your hoodies up! Black and we proud of it
Put your fists up! Black and we proud of it

Stand up if you black and you proud of it
Hands up if you black and you proud of it
Put your hoodies up! Black and we proud of it
Put your fists up! Black and I’m proud of it

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About "Black"

On “Black,” Lew questions his generation’s ability to “turn down” for the things that really matter, rather than turning up on the weekends.

He touches on the police brutality and social injustices against blacks, and the failed attempts to reduce killings of unarmed blacks by police officers.

He ends the song chastising new-school rappers on taking pride in the fact that they do not know the origins of hip-hop, in addition to proudly proclaiming his blackness in the face of corrupt politicians and social views.

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