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CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?

by Clarence The Kid

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[Intro: Various Protesters] Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! [Interlude: Kabwasa] Mike Brown, Stephon Watts, Oscar Grant, Larry Jackson… Trayvon Martin, Kendrec McDade, Garry Hatches… George Floyd, Meagan Hockaday, Rekia Boyd, Kian Livingston… Eric Garner, Yvette Smith, Kimani Gray, Dontre Hamilton… Timothy Russell, Derek Williams, Patrick Dorismond, Tanisha Anderson… Shantel Davis, Alan Blueford, Ezell Ford, Sean Bell, Corey Harris… Jon Ferrell, Victor Steen, Frank Clark, Dane Scott, Shelly Frey… Terrence Sterling, Maya Hall, Tamir Rice, Gus Rugley… Eleanor Bumpurs, John Crawford, Phillip Pannel… Tyre King, Natasha McKenna, Jonny Gammage… Joshua Beal, Alexia Christian… [Outro: Protester] Black lives matter! All lives cannot matter until black lives matter! All of these people out here are allies, all of these people out here see that there is a serious fucking problem! If my mom can die tomorrow for walking out of her house, hell yeah, I’ma be out here! There’s tear gas over there and it fucking hurts but guess what else hurts? Having a police officer kneel on your fucking neck for seven minutes while the life drains out of you! That shit hurts so guess what, I will willingly put myself through pain, so that I can avenge that man’s death and every single black person who has died at the hands of police brutality! That is why we’re here, black lives fucking matter!
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EXHAUSTED ! 02:15
[Intro: Gianna Floyd & Protesters] No Justice! No Peace! No Justice! No Peace! No Racist! Police! No Justice! No Peace! No Justice! He did what? Daddy changed the world! No Justice! No Peace! [Hook: Clarence The Kid] I’m exhausted All I really want is To feel like a human being despite what the law says Why do all the cops just Hold our black lives hostage It’s time for a revolution, we gon’ keep on marching I said we’re exhausted All we really want is To feel like some human beings despite what the law says Why do all the cops just Hold our black lives hostage It’s time for a revolution, we gon’ keep on marching I said, I said [Verse 1: Clarence The Kid] You ain't really serve and protect (Nope!) Why you kneeling on a man’s neck What the fuck is you doing? (Derek) Why the 12 never show us respect? (Never!) Why they always wanna bring death Bring death to the movement Ain't it crazy how the people linked up? (Like that) Everybody out here fighting for a change You don't hear us? Well I guess in that case we’ll speak up (Speak up) Damn right, I’m glad that you motherfuckers fear us We don't want none of your problems We want justice for all of the fallen Sick of seeing disrespect from the forces (Sick of it!) Protectors of law acting lawless (What?) Ain’t nobody really doing nothing bad (We’re really not) Walking peacefully and this is how you act? (Trash) Lay a violent hand down, we’re recording that (We see you!) Dumb criminals, why you hide behind the badge? If you gonna feel for us, then kneel for us Not for the photo-op but really cuz you're here for us Y’all been faking on us, you don't care for us Tear gas choking all of America Ain't that some shit, speak up for what's right and you might get hit With a rubber bullet or some pepper spray in the face Five-0, that is not okay [Hook: Clarence The Kid] Yeah I’m exhausted All I really want is To feel like a human being despite what the law says Why do all the cops just Hold our black lives hostage It’s time for a revolution, we gon’ keep on marching I said we’re exhausted All we really want is To feel like some human beings despite what the law says Why do all the cops just Hold our black lives hostage It’s time for a revolution, we gon’ keep on marching I said, I said -- [Outro: Unidentified Protester] I find it disgusting the the LAPD is slaughtering peaceful protesters on the streets. I had two friends go to the protest in Beverly Hills a couple days ago and the protest was peaceful until the police showed up with their excessive, violent force, shooting rubber bullets and throwing tear gas! Is this what you think of protecting and serving? Because I think it’s bullshit! Fuck you Michael Moore, I refuse to call you an officer or a chief because you don’t deserve those titles. You are a disgrace! Suck my dick and choke on it! I yield my time, fuck you!
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[Interlude: George Floyd] Sup, Big Floyd, man. Say man, I’m back at it, man Workout gang, getting back on up, man, you know? I went through some things, man, had to bounce back, man I’m just sharing right now, you know what I’m saying? Cuz man, people quick to count you out, man But just so strict on counting you in, you know? One thing ‘bout old Floyd, man, I love the world I ain’t putting on, ask anybody that know me, then they know me You know cuz like, people be acting like they be scared to embrace God Worried about the next man gon’ say and all that Man, you better get down… Know what I’m saying? Like I ain’t here to show out and all that You know, this here just for -- to motivate somebody to -- Who wanna work out that might need it or Whatever you’re going through, man Man, don’t let Instagram fool you, man And get you depressed, looking at what other people doing and all that, man I love you, man Big Floyd, Cuney Homes family I’m ghost
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Two Choices 01:47
[Intro: Clarence The Kid & George Floyd / Police Officer] (Stay on your feet and face the car door!) (Please!!) If I see one more story like this man… It’s the same shit… Y’all not tired of this? Fuck (Dang man, I’m not that kind of guy) [Hook: Clarence The Kid] Look, I done seen a lot of people die Every single fucking time I’m on my timeline It’s upsetting I got two choices, do I sit and hide Or give piggies a piece of my mind Because they don’t get me Five-0 hate my life Only see me as an evil being capable of crime So they try to kill me Will I put it all on the line or stay silent? Only one choice makes sense to me really [Verse 1: Clarence The Kid] (I can’t breathe, Mr. Officer! Please!! Please! Ahh!) Look, George said he couldn’t breathe Eric said he couldn't breathe Freddie said it too Now we mobbin’ in the streets Couple hundred thousand feet In each city, march for justice Like we oughta do Ahmaud got shot, Terence got shot Alton got shot, man, Breonna and Philando too Why they wanna be so trigger happy This ain’t have to happen But that's how you motherfuckers chose to move This the kind of country that we living in Just existing could raise some suspicion then You could just be beat into oblivion With excuses of being combative or resisting them Or threatening when in reality they just want to see you die They aint never gon’ kill our spirit, I'd like to see them try Who am I? I’m a proud black man, and I stand with my troops And you ain't never gonna put us on mute Cuz it’s a war we’re fighting [Hook: Clarence The Kid] I done seen a lot of people die Every single fucking time I’m on my timeline It’s upsetting I got two choices, do I sit and hide Or give the piggies a piece of my mind Because they don’t get me Five-0 hate my life Only see me as an evil being capable of crime So they try to kill me (I wouldn’t do nothing to hurt y’all, Mr. Officer) Will I put it all on the line or stay silent? Only one choice makes sense to me really [Outro: Protester & George Floyd] All four cops need to be charged (Why y’all doing me like that, Mr. Officer?) And also third degree murder? Excuse me but what is that? (Look man, I’m claustrophobic for real, Mr. Officer)
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Sirens 03:15
[Verse 1: Clarence The Kid] Living in downtown Los Angeles Surrounded by some blacks and hispanics While I'm walking through a campus full of white folk DPS texting us with descriptions of the enemy And if you don't know They all look like me Entire community being gentrified I had to train myself not to run and hide or I’ll look suspicious And so I’ll act like the whites as a disguise Cuz if I act how I want in public I might be subject to questions I’ve been taught to code switch for protection Cause people freak out if you’re acting too ethnic Never respected, just tolerated for art and our culture And nothing more so I’m walking lightly Always be too polite and speak kindly I feel like a sell out, but that’s how I’ve survived My colored people targeted every day and every night for being authentic I go home and I hold my head and I cry For the families in South Central that’s tired Of all the sirens playing [Hook: Clarence The Kid] I hear sirens out the window Hope the people okay System always been against us For no reason, I pray For our safety and I’m hoping Maybe one of these days That things will be much better I hear sirens out the window Hope the people okay System always been against us For no reason, I pray For our safety and I’m hoping Maybe one of these days That things will be much better [Verse 2: Clarence The Kid] It’s 2am and I’m whipping it through the westside Quarantine been having me itching to see the outside Scooped up my homegirl, we driving, blasting the music When some lights and sirens pop up behind me, so I pull over And pull the keys out ignition, put em on the roof Get my license out and place my hands at 10 and 2 Had registration ready so they wouldn’t have to shoot Because I’m reaching for the glove box and might pull out the tool Cop gets on the megaphone, says roll your windows down I comply and see two officers hop out as they start walking to me I see them take their flashlights off of their belts and Look all up inside my car before they even started talking to me Fuck standard procedure, this ain’t no traffic stop The only thing that's running through my head is “don’t get shot” Cuz I’ve seen the stories, and I know what can happen It’s safer to let ‘em have it, that's what it’s like being black in This country [Hook: Clarence The Kid] I see sirens out my window Hope that I’ll be okay System always been against me For no reason, I pray For my safety and I’m hoping Maybe one of these days That things will be much better, please I see sirens out my window Hope that I’ll be okay System always been against me For no reason, I pray For my safety and I’m hoping Maybe one of these days That things will be much better [Verse 3: Clarence The Kid] Scrolling through Twitter, I see the protesters’ signs People fighting for justice, fed up with the pain inside And it’s beautiful seeing faces of all kinds Men, women, and children, colored people and allies But then I see bullets flying, tear gas, citizens choking Crowds getting run over, people seizing, I’ve seen explosions Buildings on fire, helicopter blades chopping the air All to silence something peaceful, why this world so unfair? Ridiculous [Hook: Clarence The Kid] I hear sirens out my window Please keep my people safe System always been against us For no reason, I pray For our safety and I’m hoping Maybe one of these days That things will be much better It’s gotta get better I hear sirens out the window Please keep my people safe System always been against us For no reason, I pray For our safety and I’m hoping Maybe one of these days That things will be much better Please [Outro: Unidentified NYPD Officers] -Shoot those motherfuckers! -Don’t put that over the air -Can we just start locking people up already? -No, it doesn’t work like that -At least I won’t take a knee
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[Intro: Protester] We have been mistreated for more than 300 years! There is blood on these streets, sir! Why are we going to continue being peaceful when they are killing my brothers and sisters? We are being peaceful, we are on the grass! Why are they here? It is because of them why we’re here so why the fuck are they here, sir? I’m tired of being peaceful! I have lost three brothers to this sir! Three!! This is not alright! I’m hurt! [Verse 1: Clarence The Kid] Am I expendable? Is life contingent on white supremacists with ammo Relentlessly killing colored people, if I go Outside will I die? The answer I do not know But really it's possible Shots with no probable cause and no obstacles Shea butter skin give permission to follow you Moving in silence is cause for somebody to silence you What is the law gon’ do? Besides murder you Or let the murderer go with no logical Reason why he’s not responsible For pulling triggers on innocent black individuals It feels impossible, fighting a system that just wants to end your existence A human diminished into an image of a criminal with bad intentions They pull out their weapons Always shoot first and ask second then go play the victim And get off with mental illness, self protection, or citizen with suspicion Man look how we living We on a timer, your life could get took any minute And don’t nobody ever really care until it's trending [Hook: Clarence The Kid & Jamel] Am I expendable? (Damn, this shit is heavy This shit is heavy) The answer, I don’t know Everyday could be my last So i’m praying my present will end up my past not my ending I’m so far from finished, but letting me live’s your decision I’m begging don’t kill me please Where will my people go? (Damn, this shit is heavy This shit is heavy) Trapped by your control Don’t know my value cuz I just see Media broadcasting images of police Shooting up people whose skin looks the same as me And it brings pain to me Why do they hate on me? Am I expendable? [Interlude: Protester] You don’t see my eyes? I’m hurt! [Verse 2: Clarence The Kid] Looking for some peace within myself Looking for a break from all this shit When you’re black there’s no vacation time Everyday’s a battle to fit in Everybody wanna keep you out This world ain’t got no love left for us This for every Ruby in the south This for every Rosa on the bus This for every Michael, Eric, George, Breonna, Alton Sandra, Trayvon Martin Regardless of what names are said By being black we’ve been inside the shoes of all them The times been tough, the road been hard but best believe that we’ve been steady making progress And we will fight, and we won't stop at all until the day our sons and daughters are walking Free [Outro: Protester] It’s not okay! America cannot be the land of the free Until every fucking life is free! Point blank, motherfucking, period!

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A historical collection of sounds, poems, and voices captured during the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement following the execution of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department.

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released October 14, 2020

1. "Kabwasa's Intro"

Featuring Kabwasa.
Written by Joshua A. Smith & Etienne Kabwasa Green.
Produced by Clarence The Kid.
Mixed and Mastered by Clarence The Kid.
Additional vocals by an unidentified protester.
Recorded in Clarence The Kid's bedroom in Los Angeles, CA.
Track one of seven.
Run time - 1:17


2. "EXHAUSTED!"

Written by Joshua A. Smith.
Produced by Wontel.
Mixed and Mastered by Clarence The Kid.
Additional vocals by an Gianna Floyd & unidentified protesters.
Recorded in Clarence The Kid's bedroom in Los Angeles, CA.
Track two of seven.
Run time - 2:16


3. "Big Floyd Speaks"

Featuring the voice of George Floyd.
Produced by Clarence The Kid.
Mixed and Mastered by Clarence The Kid.
Recorded in Clarence The Kid's bedroom in Los Angeles, CA.
Track three of seven.
Run time - 0:59


4. "Two Choices"

Written by Joshua A. Smith.
Produced by jmo corleone.
Mixed and Mastered by Clarence The Kid.
Additional vocals by an unidentified protester.
Recorded in Clarence The Kid's bedroom in Los Angeles, CA.
Track four of seven.
Run time - 1:47


5. "Sirens"

Written by Joshua A. Smith.
Produced by jmo corleone.
Mixed and Mastered by Clarence The Kid.
Additional vocals by unidentified police officers of the NYPD.
Recorded in Clarence The Kid's bedroom in Los Angeles, CA.
Track five of seven.
Run time - 3:16


6. "Expendable"

Written by Joshua A. Smith.
Produced by Marow & Broke Boi.
Mixed and Mastered by Clarence The Kid.
Additional vocals by an unidentified protester.
Recorded in Clarence The Kid's bedroom in Los Angeles, CA.
Track six of seven.
Run time - 1:55


7. "black boys cry"

Written by Joshua A. Smith.
Produced by Khruangbin.
Mixed and Mastered by Clarence The Kid.
Additional vocals by unidentified protesters.
Recorded in Clarence The Kid's bedroom in Los Angeles, CA.
Track seven of seven.
Run time - 6:31

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I believe everyone can be a kid.Everyone has an inner child locked up inside of them, buried behind an ever-growing pile of responsibilities and commitments that try to silence that part of your existence. My aim is to bring that child out. I think everyone is still a kid at heart. ... more

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