OldSoul : Mos Def - Mathematics

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    Mos Def - Mathematics
    You know the deal, it's just me, yo
    Beats by Su-Primo for all of my people, negroes and latinos
    And even the gringos
    [Verse 1]
    Yo, check it one for Charlie Hustle, 2 for Steady Rock
    3 for the forthcoming live future shock
    It's 5 dimensions, 6 senses
    7 firmaments of heaven and hell, 8 Million Stories to tell
    9 planets faithfully keep in orbit
    With the probable tenth, the universe expands length
    The body of my text possess extra strength
    Power-lift the powerless up out of this towering inferno
    My ink so hot it burn through the journal
    I'm blacker than midnight on Broadway and Myrtle
    Hip-Hop passed all your tall social hurdles
    Like the nationwide project-prison-industry complex
    Working-class poor: better keep your alarm set
    Streets too loud to ever hear freedom ring
    Say evacuate your sleep, it's dangerous to dream
    For your chain, Cats j-j-pow! You dead now
    Killing fields need blood to graze the cash cow
    It's a numbers game, but sh!+ don't add up somehow
    Like I got, 16 to 32 bars to rock it
    But only 15% of profits ever see my pockets like
    69 billion in the last 20 years
    Spent on national defense but folks still live in fear like
    Nearly half of America's largest cities is one-quarter black
    That's why they gave Ricky Ross all the crack
    16 ounces to a pound, 20 more to a ki
    A 5-minute sentence hearing and you're no longer free
    40% of Americans own a cell phone
    So they can hear everything that you say when you ain't home
    I guess Michael Jackson was right: "You Are Not Alone"
    Rock your hardhat, black, cause you in the Terrordome
    Full of hard nig&&s, large ni&&as, dice-tumblers
    Young teens and prison greens facing life numbers
    Crack mothers, crack babies and AIDS patients
    Young bloods can't spell but they could rock you in PlayStation
    This new math is whipping [email protected]'s @$$
    You want to know how to rhyme you better learn how to add
    It's mathematics
    "The Mighty Mos Def" "it's simple mathematics"
    "Check it out" "I revolve around science.."
    "What are we talking about here"
    "Do your math"
    "1, 2, 3, 4"
    "What are we talking about here"
    [Verse 2]
    It's one universal law but 2 sides to every story
    3 strikes and you be in for life, mandatory
    4 MC's murdered in the last 4 years
    I ain't trying to be the fifth one, the millennium is here
    Yo it's 6 Million Ways to Die, from the 7 deadly thrills
    8-year olds getting found with 9mils
    It's 10 P.M., where your seeds at? What's the deal?
    He on the hill pumping krill to keep they belly filled
    Light in the @$$ with heavy steel, sights on the pretty sh!+ in life
    Young soldiers trying to earn their next stripe
    When the average minimum wage is $5.15
    You best believe you've got to find a new grind to get C.R.E.A.M
    The white unemployment rate? It's nearly more than triple for black
    Some front-liners got their gun in your back
    Bubbling crack, jewel theft and robbery to combat poverty
    And end up in the global jail economy
    Stiffer stipulations attached to each sentence
    Budget cutbacks but increased police presence
    And even if you get out of prison still living
    Join the other 5 million under state supervision
    This is business: no faces, just lines and statistics
    From your phone, your zip code to S-S-I digits
    The system break man, child, and women into figures
    2 columns for "who is" and "who ain't ni&&as"
    Numbers is hard and real and they never have feelings
    But you push too hard, even numbers got limits
    Why did one straw break the camel's back?
    Here's the secret
    The million other straws underneath it: it's all mathematics