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A Revisit to Nas’ “I Can”

During shuffle play on IHeartRadio, Nas’ song “I Can” came on. I’ve always loved this song but most importantly loved the message of the song. If you haven’t heard and would like to listen, play below.. But I’ve posted the lyrics from the 3rd verse.. Still loved how this song was a released single.. Not too many artist would release a song like this as a single… Salute to Nas.

[Verse 3]
Be, be, ‘fore we came to this country
We were kings and queens, never porch monkeys
There was empires in Africa called Kush
Timbuktu, where every race came to get books
To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans
Asian Arabs and gave them gold when
Gold was converted to money it all changed
Money then became empowerment for Europeans
The Persian military invaded
They heard about the gold, the teachings and everything sacred
Africa was almost robbed naked
Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships
Egypt was the place that Alexander the Great went
He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces
Shot up they nose to impose what basically
Still goes on today, you see?
If the truth is told, the youth can grow
They learn to survive until they gain control
Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes
Read more learn more, change the globe
Ghetto children, do your thing
Hold your head up, little man, you’re a king
Young Princess when you get your wedding ring
Your man is saying “She’s my Queen”

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