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​Dig It!

This song is by The Coup and appears on the album Kill My Landlord (1993).

Original video
Presto, read the Communist Manifesto
Guerrillas in tha Mist, a Guevara named Ernesto, so
(What a brother with a afro know?)
Yo, go and flow for the mack and be the hoe

So grow 'cause the lynchin' brothers might get hung
Better rip through em from the tip of my mouth say tongue
Deficit (money spent), catch the glint
(Of my nine as they cut welfare twenty-five percent)

And I dissent, as I clench and raise my fist
(We did away with that) So you could get with this
Here's a twist 'cause we're overthrown like Kwame Nkrumah
Spread around the wealth as if it were a vicious rumor

Pam, cuts a record like a surgeon cuts a tumor from a brain
(We're all cooped up, so feel the pain)
From four hundred years of exploitation
Anesthesia provided by your local TV station

Patience is not a virtue (I ain't waitin')
Turn this shit over like Bush did a boatload of Haitians

(Dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it)
(D-dig it, dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it)
(D-dig, dig, dig, dig it)

How now brown cow, I'm down with the Mau Mau
Clown downtown tried to put us in the dog pound
Like H. Rap Brown with the situation
(Won't get no callouses) 'cause I'm spittin' dialectical analysis

So how is this, we never had no funk
Until you found out that I turned to revolutionary, huh
(Chump) Bump you over like dominoes, rat
(So free Geronimo Gi Jaga Pratt)

Lyrics, hear it, fear it, can't get near it
Got a sample, didn't clear it
Point blank says, "Fuck five-0!" That's the spirit
Cheer it, spat out, the fat that I consumed
Knew that I was doomed since my date of birth
To be the wretched of the earth

Never had a dream that was American
(The golden leg to the chair again) Despair again
(But that ain't nothin' new) Told the streets were paved with gold
Whoever paved that shit got minimum wage too

(Dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it, dig)
(Dig it, dig it)
(D-dig, dig, dig, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it)

Do you understand the metaphoric phrase?
Do you understand the metaphoric phrase?
Do you understand the metaphoric phrase?
Do you understand? Do you understand?

(Gunned us, stunned us) exploited and they hung us
I'd like to take a moment to say, "Fuck Columbus!"
(Millions off my back) The black on black crisis is a myth
The crack that did this to us (was the one from the whip)

The record skip, the record skip, the record skip
The record skips, 'cause my voice is kinda scratchy
From yelling, "Oh shit!" when five-0 comes to harass me
They never pass me, no one to go and tail bro
(Trying to kill the movement with the new COINTELPRO)

Leaders they killed, if I said it, it would threaten 'em
They only see my back because I'm three steps ahead of 'em
We're not fallin' in the slot you slated
(We realize that our power's nickel-plated)

Masses move as well as asses do, class is through
Our time is over, past it's due
(And you still wanna know) the origin of the flow
Oakland, California 94610

(Dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it)

(Yeah, The Coup, comin' at you in '93)
Yeah, and we out y'all

(Dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it)
(Dig it, dig it, dig it)

Do you understand the metaphoric phrase?
Do you understand the metaphoric phrase?
Do you understand the metaphoric phrase?
Do you understand? Do you understand?

Written by:

Eric Davis / Raymond Riley

annotations:

The Communist Manifesto Wikipedia16 / Da Lench Mob:Guerillas In Tha Mist (1992) / Guevara named Ernesto Wikipedia16 / mouth say tongue Wikipedia16 / Kwame Nkrumah Wikipedia16 / Bush Wikipedia16 / Mau Mau Wikipedia16 / H. Rap Brown Wikipedia16 / Geronimo Pratt Wikipedia16 / dream that was American Wikipedia16 / Fuck Columbus Wikipedia16 / COINTELPRO Wikipedia16 / Oakland, California Wikipedia16