While dropping an impassioned and inspiring piece, Crae commanded the full attention of the BET audience via themes of opression and culture appropriation, while also touching on private for-profit prisons and how the fight for equality will never stop.
His epic poem with a subtle shout out to President Obama for holding us down for two terms. He really dropped some knowledge in this beautifully composed spoken word poem, making for one of this year’s Hip-Hop Awards most powerful and memorable moments.
LECRAE TALKS HIP HOP CULTURE WITH SWAY IN THE MORNING:
AMERICA GREAT AGAIN by LECRAE: from the 2016 BET AWARDS:
They tellin’ us make “America Great Again”
I’m like hol’ up, when was America great again?
Was it when they took us from our native land?
Or maybe it was when they took the natives’ land?
Let me be quiet
‘Cause being silent is pitiful
It’s something I never do
After Philando, man, I’m wondering where was you?
They ask for your opinion
All you thinking is revenue
I pray to God he make you a better you
Now, I know
Some of us we don’t know who we are
We’re too content with the gold and the cars
We got low self-esteem chasing dreams
With a goal in our heart
But society then drove us apart
Look at us from sellin’ dope to our own kind
To a dope rhyme
Radio then played it more times
Paid in more dimes
To some industry exec
From a private prison
With the rap money he invest
Now, I know you’re like is this rap or is this gospel
Look, all you need to know is that I was blind
Now I’m not though
Real recognize real
If they don’t love me like ‘Pac
They gon’ respect how I’m moving
And then I’m never gonna stop
‘Cause we was taken from Africa
Sold and treated like animals
Culturally denigrated and separated from families
But somehow we made it this far
And stood firm
With nappy hairs and perms
And led for two terms