As Black History Month comes to a close, I stumbled on “All Black Everything,” a wonderful new song by Chi Town rapper, Lupe Fiasco. In it, Lupe wonders what the world would be like if racism never existed.
You would never know/
If you could ever be/
If you never try/
You would never see/
Stayed in Africa/
We ain’t never leave/
So there were no slaves in our history/
Were no slave ships, were no misery, call me crazy, or isn’t he/
See I fell asleep and I had a dream, it was all black everything/
Uh, and we ain’t get exploited/ Constitution written by the W.E.B. Du Bois/
White man ain’t feared so he did not destroy it/
We ain’t work for free, see they had to employ it/
Built it up together so we equally appointed/
First 400 years, see we actually enjoyed it/
Were no reconstructions, Civil War got avoided/
Little black Sambo grows up to be a lawyer/
Extra extra on the news stands/
Black woman voted head of Ku Klux Klan/
Malcolm Little dies as a old man/
Martin Luther King read the eulogy for him/
Followed by Bill O’Reilly who read from the Quran/
President Bush sends condolences from Iran/
Where FOX News reports live/
That Ahmadinejad wins Mandela peace prize/
Constitution written by the W.E.B. Du Bois/
Hmm. Imagine that. A hip-hop song that didn’t include “b*tches,” “n*ggas,” or somebody getting shot?Could it be?
Even though I like all kinds of rap–from grimy to uplifting–I must say it feels good to be able to sing-along with a song without feeling like I’m betraying my inner-feminist.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until Lupe’s album drops next month. But until then, I’ll definitely be rocking “All Black Everything.”
Listen to “All Black Everything.” What do you think a world without racism would look like? Speak on it!