Artist: Boogie Down Productions f/ Kwame Toure' Album: Edutainment Song: Ya Strugglin' Typed by: OHHLA Webmaster DJ Flash [Kwame Toure'] Africans in America try to identify totally with their master in every respect They are the only ones who can not do it but they are the ones who will go to all extremes to do it * laughing * (check it out) * then laughing some more * They can not be disguised but they will attempty to disguise themselves [KRS-One] I'm on a search, not for a car or a miniskirt But the words I wish to exert will hurt, damage or upset the ego You wanna be macho, yeah, but we know the deal Jheri curls just ain't gettin it KRS-One is only down for pickin it Pick the afro, need no Soul Glo or Carefree Curls, that's just a no-no Where oh where, are all the real men The feminine look seems to be the trend You got eyeliner on, chillin and maxin See you're a man with a spine extraction So what I'm askin is plain to see Are there any straight singers in R&B? All I see, is the light-skinned buffy Tryin hard, to be Mr. Tuffy Yet in fact, you're Mr. Softie with the beige contacts on, yo you lost me I ain't with it, never will, never have How can your son even call you dad? Your skin is bleached and your nails you just buffin Take a look at yourself man, YA STRUGGLIN' [Kwame Toure'] Africa is so strong, that once she puts a stamp on you four hundred years of cold weather, death, and all that fryin your hair shall not disguise you As a matter of fact, she is so strong that no matter what chemicals you put in your hair she will come back and snatch it up * audience laughter * [KRS-One] Tell me Are you proud man, of who you are? Or does your pride come out of a jar Cause if you bought it, put it on, or sprayed it on I tell you right now, it won't stay long Cause if it ain't natural, it ain't kosher It's like buyin and wearin a culture If that culture ain't yours naturally it's his, not yours, actually You better wake up and smell the coffee Look in the mirror and think Mr. Softie People change, when they are ashamed of how they look or from which they came Are you ashamed, of original black? If you're not, why does your hair look like that? Why is your nose straighter, from surgery? I think you're really in a state of emergency You're not sane to the African aim so you're insane, and you need to obtain ANY, average rap album sculpture and study it, JUST, to learn your culture Even though, you don't think it's music It's the blackest you'll EVER get so use it The blue-eyed black man to me is buggin Take a look at yourself man, YA STRUGGLIN' [Kwame Toure'] * audience laughter * Yess.. capitalism will confuse these people, have them totally confused They will try every way to identify with their masters, every way Go to extreme lengths * laughter *, I'm telling you, seriously! Capitalism will confuse them y'know tell them the truth's a lie I saw a sister the other day and I spoke to her about her hair she said, "I don't care what you say, I'm still gonna get my perm!" I told her, "It's not a perm, it's a temporary" * audience laughter * Try in every possible way to identify..