The Lies Hip Hop Told Me (3): Fuck America

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To those in the inner city, life in America can look bleak at times. The lack of employment, crooked cops, criminals trying to stick you for your goods, scam artists plotting, over-inflated prices, poor education, you name it. But guess what? It ain’t as bad as it seems. That picture is painted with all negativity and it looks true from a certain perspective. However, what about $3 snack packs at the chicken spot, the dollar store and bus cards. That shit is awesome, when you’re down and out. What about access to technology and the invention of Hip Hop? Where else would you wanna live?

People have to stop frontin America is an alright place to live. No, it’s not paradise, but where else you gonna go? A lot of people can’t even get passports, so that option of leaving is really off the table. Instead, we have to keep it real. If we want things to be better here, we have to make them better. That’s one thing Hip Hop did. It made life in America better for inner-city dwellers, and that is a good thing. Still, many aren’t ready for that conversation yet, so let me introduce Homeboy Sandman to re-emphasize my original point. On last week’s NY Hip Hop Report, Manny Faces blessed us with a track from the aforementioned Homeboy Sandman called, America, the Beautiful! It speaks on this very topic….

America the Beautiful by Homeboy Sandman

[Verse 1]
Running water
Three bedrooms
A public school for every quarter
A store on every corner
A public defender, appointed to every pauper
Affordable Jet Blue
Any one of you can board a flying saucer
Access to cough drops and pork chops
Sports facilities in the vicinity for free
You must be kidding me this ain’t the place to be


[Verse 2]
Minimum wage they could pay you
You could praise
You could choose who you pray to
Regardless who you choose as your God
Workers comp if you get hurt at your job
Food stamps, benefit cards
Ain’t lousy
Child labor laws
Section 8 housing
I spy gas and oil power
WiFi and lots of phone towers
The post office and the bus station
And the train station and the fire and the sanitation
Eviction laws will buy you 6 extra months in your apartment
The public park and the park bench
The streetlights in the darkness
It’s all awesome, and it’s all since


[Verse 3]
Okay the streets aren’t paved with gold
At least they paved tho
Weaker than the euro, stronger than the peso
But you get what you pay for, so be grateful
Think you the only file in the caseload?
This is a crazed, unsafe globe, case closed
Complaining oh so much
Where else do people even think they’re owed so much?
We are the 99% locally
We are the 1% globally
Take a trip where women fertilize their ovaries and diagnosis is “hopefully”
It’s sobering
Cut the “woe is me”
It’s a work in progress and it may always be
But even overseas opportunity is known to be in


BONUS TRACK also from The NY Hip Hop Report

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at

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