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This song is by Mos Def and appears on the album Black On Both Sides (1999).

Hey, hey, hey man
I strike the empire back
I strike the empire back
Fuck the empire

High flying like the Millennium Falcon piloted by Han Solo
I never roll for dolo, fronting on me's a no-no
Understand, doing this for my fam
Ha ha, check it out y'all

Mos Def and Talib Kweli:
Yo I'm trying to make a dollar out of what makes sense
Add it up, told my daddy I'd be a rich man
You never know when your fate gon' switch hand
Get today's solid ground out of yesterday's quicksand
I was a young boy who dreamt about being a big man
On small looseleaf sheets I sketched a big plan
Gotta handle business properly, boost up my economy
Store it up and get my mom some waterfront property
Yesterday was not for me but nowaday it's time for me
The streets is watching me, I watch back that's the policy
Moving along my odyssey like blood through the artery
Navigate the treacherous and make it seem effortless
Let those who make the exodus seekin' the north beacon
From beating and hog-eating, from punishment all season
From hands cracked and bleeding, cotton thorns in your palms
It's for y'all that I sketch these songs and it goes
Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
I fear no man because faith is the arrow
My vocal chord travel worldwide to block narrow
We can blow with the ammo or go mano-a-mano
Kweli is you with me? (What up, what up?) Let's make it happen
I burn through your argument with action
My eyes stay fastened to tomorrow looking for a brighter day
When y'all wanna leave y'all, right away

Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Dionne Warwick:
Shout it out from East-West (from South to Northern) from Cackalack (to California)
From the coldest (to the warmest) to the borders ('cross the waters) understand
(And know that I love you) We got love in the place (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Shout out to all the Queens (All the Seeds) to all the teams (that's gettin' cream)
From outlaw (to MCs), make it happen (Do your thing) understand
(And know that I love you) Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen

Talib Kweli:
Guess who? The illest emcee in the atmosphere, yeah the Soul Controller
Who roam the frontier like a Buffalo Soldier
I follow the code of honor like a real man gonna
Never disrespect no women 'cause I love my mama
These cats be giving us praise but it ain't that accurate
I give it up to God, all that love and attachment get
Scary well-prepared with the shears when it get hairy
Like how these niggas is looking like some fairies and singing like canaries to the beast
And anybody who will listen to 'em clearly, y'all don't hear me though
Even when I'm coming through in stereo
You make a mockery of what I represent properly
Yo, why you starting me? I take that shit straight to the artery
Intellectual property I got the title and the deed
I pay for rent, with the tears and sweat and what I bleed
Emcees imitate the way we walk, the way we talk
You cats spit lyrical pork with no spiritual thought
Plus your flow a little bit off, you come across soft
Back in the days niggas like that on stage got tossed off
Need to get crossed off the guestlist
It's like you gotta be disrespected and thrown out the exit to get the message
Sometimes your sunshine get snatched like a necklace
When you get too drunk on power and your drive get reckless
Check it, emcees in my face after I slug you then I hug you
If I gotta dead you, know it's only 'cause I love you

Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Dionne Warwick:
Shout it out from East-West (from South to Northern) from the richest (to the poorest)
To the elders (in the coffins) living native (dying for it) understand
(And know that I love you) Yeah, yeah, we got love in the place
Shout out from up top (to the middle) to black bottom (Sky high)
Whether you colder than December or hotter than July
It don't stop till we complete this (and know that I love you), keep this fly
It's so much to life when you just stay black, stay black, stay black, stay black
Stay black, stay black, stay black, stay black
Stay black, stay black

My people, my people
My people, people, people, people (And know that I love you)
My people, my people (Gettin' love, in love)
My people, people, people, people (Love, love, one love)

My people, my people (Showin' love, in love)
My people, people, people, people (And know that I love you) (Gettin' love, all love)
My people, my people (We all love, we all love)
My people, people, people, people (It's all love, it's all love)

My people, my people (Yes, it's peaceful)
My people, people, people, people (And know that I love you) (Black sound)
My people, my people (Yeah)
My people, people, people, people

My people, my people (Gettin' love, in love)
My people, people, people, people (And know that I love you) (Love, love, one love)
My people, my people (Show love, in love)
My people, people, people, people (Gettin' love, in love)

My people, my people
My people, people, people, people (And know that I love you)
My people

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