Boogie Down Productions

Boogie Down Productions – An interesting look

We grew up before hip-hop was truly born, and did enjoy much rap when we were growing up. “Booming systems” were a must for any dude with a car, and bass-heavy music like rap demonstrated your gear the best. One of the “groups” we listened to was Boogie Down Productions (commonly referred to as “BDP,”) headed by front man KRS-ONE.

krs-one boogie down productionsThey had a “street philosophy” message they tried getting across. About the police state (mainly against a certain race), and the overall BS taking place in the world – even outside the “elite” recording industry back in the day.

Much of their music would probably sound “outdated” by today’s average idiot who’s been dumbed down by the much worse choices available.

But there are some serious gems in their catalog – which are as relevant, or even more relevant today than they were three decades ago.

Check it out, you might find it interesting. I do, especially how we see things from a different perspective in 2017.

BDP – Illegal Business {controls America}

A guy named Jack, is sellin crack
The community, doesn’t want him back
He sells at work, he sells in schools
He’s not stupid, the cops are the fools
Cause everyone else seems to go to jail
But when it comes to Jack, the cops just fail
They can’t arrest him, they cannot stop him
Cause even in jail the bail unlocks him
So here is the deal, and here is the facts
If you ever wonder why they can’t stop crack
The police department, is like a crew
It does whatever they want to do
In society you have illegal and legal
We need both, to make things equal
So legal is tobacco, illegal is speed
Legal is aspirin, illegal is weed
Crack is illegal, cause they cannot stop ya
But cocaine is legal if it’s owned by a doctor
Everything you do in private is illegal
Everything’s legal if the government can see you
***
Don’t get me wrong, America is great place to live
But listen to the knowledge I give

*** Double-standards even more prevalent in 2017!

BDP – Beef

Beef, what a relief
When will this poisonous product cease?
This is another public service announcement
You can believe it, or you can doubt it
Let us begin now with the cow
The way it gets to your plate and how
The cow doesn’t grow fast enough for man
So through his greed he makes a faster plan
He has drugs to make the cow grow quicker
Through the stress the cow gets sicker
Twenty-one different drugs are pumped
Into the cow in one big lump
So just before it dies, it cries
In the slaughterhouse full of germs and flies
Off with the head, they pack it, drain it, and cart it
And there it is, in your local supermarket
Red and bloody, a corpse, neatly packed
And you wonder about heart attacks?
Come on now man let’s be for real
You are what you eat is the way I feel
But, the Food and Drug Administration
Will tell you meat is the perfect combination
See cows live under fear and stress
Trying to think what’s gonna happen next
Fear and stress can become a part of you
In your cells and blood, this is true
So when the cow is killed, believe it
You preserve those cells, you freeze it
Thaw it out with the blood and season it
Then you sit down and begin eatin it
In your body, it’s structure becomes your structure
All the fear and stress of another
***
Any drug is addictive by any name
Even drugs in meat, they are the same
The FDA has America strung out
On drugs in beef no doubt
So if you think that what I say is a bunch of crock
Tell yourself you’re gonna try and stop
Eatin meat and you’ll see you can’t compete
It’s the number one drug on the street
Not crack, cause that was made for just black
But brown beef, for all American teeth
Life brings life and death brings death
Keep on eatin the dead and what’s left
Absolute disease and negative
Read the book ‘How to Eat to Live’
By Elijah Muhammad, it’s a brown paperback
For anybody, either white or black
See how many cows must be pumped up fatter
How many rats gotta fall in the batter
How many chickens that eat shit you eat
How much high blood pressure you get from pig feet
See you’ll consume, the FDA could care less
They’ll sell you donkey meat and say it’s
FRESH! For nineteen-ninety, you SUCKERS

*** KRS-ONE is Vegan – but this is a shout out for eating pasture-raised, organic meat.

KRS-One – Higher Level

(his solo work – there are some gems in this one…)

[Verse 1:]
After seven years of rockin’, how do you rate me?
Poorly or greatly? Everybody seems to be goin’ for their’s lately
Yo mad heads be needin’ money
So listen very close as I conduct this little study
See it’s, funny to me, you can watch TV
And give up your life trying to be all you can be in the Army
Not knowin’ your history, you either fight and die or come back home in misery
Yo get with me, I deal with reality
Loosen your mind to the truth, and don’t get mad at me
No politician can give you peace
If you trust Jesus, why do you vote for a beast?

Emancipation is long over due
So overcome procrastination
Because freedom is within you
For some reason we think we’re free
So we’ll never be, because we haven’t recognized slavery
You’re still a slave, look at how you behave
Debatin’ on where and when and how and what Massa gave
You wanna know how we screwed up from the beginning?
We accepted our oppressor’s religion

So in the case of slavery it ain’t hard
Because it’s right in the eyes of THEIR God
Where is our God, the God that represents us?
The God that looks like me, the God that I can trust?
A God of peace and love, not mass hysteria
I don’t want a God that blesses America
I could never really vote for the devil
Let me take you to a higher level

[Verse 2:]
Title, take the title from the Bible we can get there
Rip the title from off the front of the Bible, God don’t live there
Too many inconsistencies, too many mysteries
Picture the Pope and the Vatican, laughing and drinking and singing and kissing me
I stand with God whether I’m paid or whether I’m cryin’ broke
I like to ask these politicians would Jesus vote?
The way we view God is a freakin’ shame
Church is to blame. We trust God, but bomb Hussein
We simply lovin’ the scripture, same scripture that whipped ‘cha
Sooner it’ll hit ‘cha, religion’s gettin’ richer
With that European version of Christ made into a picture
Our society’s gettin’ sicker, and sicker, and sicker…
Like liquor, we are God-Intoxicated
Not to the true God, but the one the government created
The same governments tellin’ people to vote
I pray to God because the people have lost hope
You either vote for the mumps or the measles
Whether you vote for the lesser of two evils, you vote for evil
Politics and God are not equal

But the education if you don’t guard, is really lethal
People have more respect for a holy book
Than they do for a cow on a meat hook
Belivers of Jesus be denouncing Satan on every level
But every Halloween they’re dressin’ like devils
I pray to you for the light you might give them
Mother make them know that you’re livin’ within them
You begin them and end them in silence
Frankly, if they knew you, they would understand violence
I pray to you for the Pope and the Vatican
Have mercy Mother, cause I know that you’re mad at them
The White Jesus deceived us awhile ago
And Pope Julius the Second paid Michelangelo
I know this happened in 1519 yet
This is the image we can’t seem to forget
Vote for God, don’t vote for the Devil
Let me take you to a higher level

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