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​We Are Young, Gifted & Black

This song is by Common and Lalah Hathaway and appears on the compilation Nina Revisited... A Tribute to Nina Simone (2015).

This song is a cover of "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" by ​Nina Simone.
Lalah Hathaway
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black

Common
To be young, gifted and black and own it
It's more than a moment
It's like the sun rose to condone it
Before we was trapping we was trapped in
Sun and the whips kissing our black skin
Strange fruit hanging, smell the jasmine
Rock to Coltrane, listen to jazz then, back then
We came with names like James, Fatima
Nina, King, dreamer, redeemer of the people
Songs for the heaple, original, spiritual content
You can smell it when it's Godsend
We keep it moving everyday, we the target
The young, gifted and black on the market
Cause of that we pay with our lives
Or either catching charges
But yo, the goddess is in God's ears
Young, gifted and black

Lalah Hathaway
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black

Common
Mississippi goddamn, Ferguson goddamn
Staten Island goddamn, Baltimore goddamn, America damn
I tell you who I am, but you don't understand
Across the waters I swam, son and daughters of the land
Yeah we the black sheep but you slaughtering the lamb
You try to silence with your sirens
Sounds of violence do nothing but divide us
Evolution of revolution retribution, it's due us
The old ways of the US, it ain't the new us
Tell 'em we the stars, they can't shoot us
Through prisons and wars, you could no longer recruit us
Salvation is due us, even before we came, God knew us
God knew us, yeah, God know us

Lalah Hathaway
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black
Young, gifted and black
To be young, gifted and black