Nowadays, If I’m looking for some new sounds, I keep my ears to the ground, Because washing them In the main stream Just might bring my spirits down. If I could, I’d file a missing person’s report For originality and creativity And report my suspicion Of a kidnapping conspiracy Perpetrated by radio stations And major member corporations Of the music industry. And I know it isn’t just me. Because nearly every five minutes On black video shows and radio stations There are more presentations Of female degradations And nonsensical regurgitations By phonies unworthy of rotation, And how their crap is mistaken For art goes beyond irritation, Along with the fact That their programming Adversely affects One's spiritual vibrations enough to give up your money and souls to elitists and corporations. Don't you hear all the explosions coming from all the spirit bombs dropped on us daily by corporations like Viacom? Why is it That nearly every black video show makes black neighborhoods Look like street-wide strip clubs and we only seem to earn pay if we perfectly portray ourselves as whores, pimps, and thugs? Hip hop used to be the genre We could turn to for knowledge, facts, and common sense. Commercialism promoters now filter out all levels of consciousness and we haven't seen too many emcees that have been knowledge-dropping since. That's why... Nowadays, If I’m looking for some new sounds, I keep my ears to the ground, Because washing them in the main stream Just might bring my spirits down. BET used to empower us when it broadcasted very little fiction, But since it sold to Viacom, It sets Bad Examples through Tell-lie-vision. And God knows today's black radio doesn't know the way to go, pushing away positivity until negativity rules your brainwaves thanks to its broadcasting ratio... ...causing treacherous agendas To keep advancing which hinder artists from preventing the people and the beast from dirty dancing, which is why these two media vehicles will keep feeding you lies. Just take a close look At the types of artists getting rotation Or being advertised: Clans and cliques of crossover kings and queens Complying with covenants of complete silence On adverse issues such as political neglect, Constant ongoing discrimination, And police on black violence. These puppets and robots claim to keep it real, But won’t touch these and other realities. One might even think they sold Their creative control For a guaranteed salary. That’s why… Nowadays, If I’m looking for some new sounds, I keep my ears to the ground, Because washing them in the main stream Just might bring my spirits down. Seeing years of them repeating the same lame subjects And weak promotional concepts Should be the main red flag to all music lovers That these fools have no depth. Most of them are just pimping their gifts To make some bread. They don’t care whether or not What they spit has our kids misled; Or as Puffy once said, “It’s all about the Benjammins, baby!” It makes me wonder if they read the warning About the love of money in their bibles, lately. They’re likely to call me a hater, But I think they hate me Because they know they ain’t free, And probably realized That they’re deeper than me Inside of Babylon’s slavery, especially knowing how much respect they've lost; trying to make each second of their fame and fortune last because their soul was the cost. Plus, the corporate leeches they trust will still suck them dry when they're gone. This is why when I see CDs full of that Flake-Wrote-tation, My 20 stays in my pocket and I move on. And if you’re looking for some new sounds, I suggest, you keep your ears to the ground, Because washing them in the main stream Just might bring your spirits down.