Kanye West – New Slaves lyrics


My momma was raised in an era when
Clean water was only served to the fairer skinned
Doin clothes you woulda thought I had helped
But they wasn’t satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself

You see this broke niggas raised h¬im, that’s that don’t touch anything in the sto’
And this rich niggas raised him, that’s this come here you buy mo’
What you want a Bentley, fur coat, a diamond chain.
All you blacks want all the same thing
¬Used to only be niggas
Now everbody play’em
Spending everythang on Alexander Wang
New Slaves

You see it’s leader
And its followers
But I’ld rather be a dick than a swallower
You see it’s leaders
And its followers
But I’ld rather be a dick than a swallower

I’ll throw these maybach keys
I wear my heart on the sleeve
I know that we the new slaves
I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves
I know that we the new slaves
I see the blood on the leaves

They thowin hate at me
Want me to stay at Eve
Fuck you and yo corporation
Yall niggas can’t control me
I know that we the new slave
I know that we the new slave
I’m bout to wild the fuck out
I’m going Bobby Bucher
I know that pussy aint free
You niggas pussy aint me
Yall throwin contracts at me
You know that niggas can’t read
Throw on some Mayback keys
Fuck it C’est La Vie
I know that we the new slave
Yall niggas can’t fuck with Me
Yall niggas can’t fuck with Ye
Yall niggas can’t fuck with Ye
I move my family out the country so you can’t see where I stay.

So go and grab the reporters
So I can smash they recorders
Yea that’s confused with some bullshit
Like the New World Order
Meanwhile the Dea teamed with the CCA
They tryna lock niggas up
They tryna make a new slave
See that’s the privately owned prison
Get yo piece today
They prolly all in the Hamptons
Braggin bout they made
Fuck you and yo Hamptons House
I fucked yo Hampton spouse
Came on her Hampton blouse
And in her Hampton Mouth

Yall bout to turn shit up
I’m bout to tear shit down
I’m bout to air shit out
Now what the fuck they gon say now




Leave it to Kanye to create angry, creative, deep hitting music, over a sick beat, complete with historically referenced call and response type music. I love that he made and released this song. Its uncomfortable that his message may be true, because his lyrics are so blunt and negative. But I’ve seen far too many pipeline-to-prison articles to act like I haven’t heard and thought about what a private prison system could mean for the country.

This was shown a little bit aways from where I live here in Brooklyn. I didn’t get to see this being shown live in Brownsville. But one of the luxuries of living in a city like New York is being able to draw inspiration from many of the most radical displays and collections of artistry. I’m grateful to be able to use something like this to push me to continue this journey I’m on.

I ran across an article about the prison-industrial complex on the Techyville site not too long ago. The full story for Judge Convicted of Selling Kids to the Prison System can be found here. Or you can just expand the screenshot.

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