LL Cool J's Powerful Message Brings Attention to Racism
Staring down the camera while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" hoodie, LL raps with passion, invoking the new Martins, Marcuses and Malcolm Xs who'll speak in Black America's name, and calling on the ghosts of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Amadou Diallo and Eric Garner.
The Rap's Hidden Meaning
In quick succession, LL rhymes:
For 400 years, you had your knees on our necks
A garden of evil with no seeds of respect
In America's mirror all she sees is regret
Revenge is a dish that is served on platelets
Transfusion confusion abusing our intellect
I can't be bought with a $1200 check
Even though $1200 can make a meal stretch
My mama wasn't rich, but she earned my respect
She mad a little bit of money for a lot of blood, tears and sweat
Jumping up and down on police cars and vex
After Chauvin killed George Floyd we got next
Molotov cocktails anarchy on the set
The rich took the loot so now we loot s–t
Feeling like a caged tiger that's whipped to do tricks
That's why I started fires and yelled and threw bricks
They tried to run me over and arrest me and s–t
Tazed, pepper spray and a gaze with the kid
The Powerful Message Is...
It’s not always about politics!!!! Some things are bigger than that!!!! Moral leadership!!! Lifting up your followers with love!!! Directing them towards a common goal!! Inspiring them when they need it!!!!— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) May 31, 2020
The starkest moment in the untitled rap comes when mustering the phrase:
"Watching that man die slow left a hole / He cried for his mama as the murder unfold / If it wasn't for the phone, Chauvin would be at home / Feeling justified cause of George skin tone… America's a graveyard filled with black man's bones."
Before ending with a solemn phrase, "Black lives matter, forever," LL says:
"We refuse to live in hell while you live in paradise. Being Black in America is like rolling a pair of dice. But the stakes are way higher, you're gambling with my life."