TikTok Is Safe, for Now

Another interesting development in the drama that is TikTok versus Donald Trump: a judge has blocked Trump’s attempt to ban the app in America at the last minute.

Back in August, Trump signed an executive order that would ban TikTok in the United States. He cited national security concerns that the Chinese-owned app could sell data about American users to the Chinese government.

However, Gen Z fans of TikTok will live to drown their time on the app another day. TikTok lawyers denied the app was doing anything of the sort, even pointing out that the president had no credible evidence to support the claims.

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After much deliberation, Federal Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a temporary reprieve for TikTok on Sunday, just before the ban was supposed to take effect. The judge also denied a request to extend the November 12 deadline for TikTok to sell its US operations to an American company.

“We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees,” a spokeswoman for TikTok said in a statement. “At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement.”

John Hall, an attorney representing TikTok, said the ban would have been an “extraordinary action at the very time when the need for free, open and accessible communication in America is at its zenith.”

So it looks like TikTok is safe for now, and we can all go back to learning dances and navigating our way through Draco Malfoy edits.

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TikTok Can Stay, Thanks to Oracle and Walmart

Earlier today, Chinese tech giant ByteDance put out a statement addressing rumors that TikTok would become predominantly American-owned, as both Oracle and Walmart said when they announced the deal.

Related | TikTok Is Suing the Trump Administration

Rather, TikTok Global, a new US-based company aimed at keeping the app up and running, will be ByteDance’s “100% owned subsidiary” and will drop to 80% after some financing before the new company goes public.

However, Walmart and Oracle have said TikTok Global would be “majority owned by American investors” with both companies taking a combined 20% stake — complying with Trump’s Executive Order — allowing the app to remain active in the US. The companies would pay a total of $12 billion if they agree to the $60 billion valuation ByteDance seeks for TikTok, according to Bloomberg News.

Though they’re only working for that 20% stake now, both companies said TikTok Global’s American ownership would “increase and grow over time,” following its first public offering on a US stock exchange, which is expected to take place within a year.

Other American investors, including Silicon Valley-based Sequoia Capital and buyout firm General Atlantic, already own around 40% of ByteDance.

Ken Glueck, Oracle’s executive vice president, said “Upon creation of TikTok Global, Oracle/ Walmart will make their investment and the TikTok Global shares will be distributed to their owners, Americans will be the majority and ByteDance will have no ownership in TikTok Global.”

Though ByteDance hasn’t issued a direct response regarding TikTok Global’s ownership, the company said it hopes “to reach a cooperation agreement that meets the legal requirements of the United States and China as soon as possible.”

Those plans may come to a halt, according to certain sources. Hu Xijin, editor in chief of the Global Times, said Beijing won’t approve of the deal between ByteDance and Oracle/ Walmart as the agreement could “endanger” China.

Based on what I know, Beijing won’t approve current agreement between ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, and Oracl… https://t.co/o4EVVRCkSw — Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@Hu Xijin 胡锡进)1600696345.0

The deal doesn’t involve any technology-transfers, but provided the transaction goes through, Oracle would be able to review the app’s source code.

Photo via Getty/ Sean Gallup

TikTok Is Suing the Trump Administration

Yesterday, TikTok officially filed a lawsuit against the US government as a response to Trump’s intention of banning the app. TikTok has long been the subject of scrutiny over concerns about the excessive use of its data by ByteDance, the app’s Chinese parent company.

Related | Trump Says He’s Cancelling TikTok in the US

In early August, Trump signed an executive order which would ban TikTok in the US, under the International Emergency Economic Powers Ac, which is set to take effect September 15. Internet behemoths, like Microsoft, are already reportedly in talks to buy TikTok from ByteDance, but TikTok’s US fate is still to be determined.

The ACLU spoke out about the ban, taking to Twitter to express that “banning an app like TikTok, which millions of Americans use to communicate with each other, is a danger to free expression and technologically impractical.”

Banning an app like TikTok, which millions of Americans use to communicate with each other, is a danger to free exp… https://t.co/QbksF7bViw — ACLU (@ACLU)1596254974.0

Much like the ACLU, in a video posted to the app’s Twitter account, TikTok’s US General Manager, Vanessa Pappas, expressed that banning TikTok would be monumental, saying: “TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with people across different backgrounds, and we are so proud of all the various communities that call TikTok their home.”

But TikTok isn’t going down without a fight. In a blog post published yesterday titled “Why we are suing the Administration,” the company states that Trump’s ban does not allow them due process, which the Fifth Amendment guarantees, and that its attempts to prove it’s not a national security threat have been ignored. TikTok notes that its parent company, though based in China, is private and therefore does not shares its data with the Chinese government.

TikTok writes threat they “do not take suing the government lightly” but feel they “have no choice but to take action to protect [their] rights, and the rights of [their] community and employees.” Solidifying their argument, the company goes on to touch on the economic and cultural impacts banning TikTok would have on the US, writing that the ban would be “eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic.”

The White House declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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The Government Is Addressing Its UFO Problem

From pandemics to protests to murder hornets and Nickelback anniversaries, given everything that’s been going on in the gradually unfolding hellscape of a year you could be forgiven for missing the fact that a few months back the Pentagon basically confirmed the existence of UFOs. Stranger still, the reason that we even know about this is due in part to former Blink-182 frontman, Tom DeLonge, of all people. It has just been that kind of year, but it turns out that saga is far from over and in fact the United States UFO problem is only getting worse.

Related | The Pentagon Just Released Tom DeLonge’s UFO Footage

Following pressure from Congress, the Department of Defense has approved the creation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) whose mission, according to a Pentagon statement, will be to “detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security.” The new task force is expected to provide some much needed support for many pre-existing UFO initiatives already in effect across multiple branches of the military. The Navy is set to spearhead the UAPTF in conjunction with the Department of Intelligence and Security (although it feels like a big missed opportunity for the newly formed Space Force, if you ask me).

Pentagon declassifies three previously leaked top secret U.S. Navy videos of “unexplained aerial phenomena”—and tha… https://t.co/8781RGLTM2 — ABC News (@ABC News)1588017397.0

But before you all go out and strap on your tinfoil hats, it’s worth noting that there are plenty of non-alien related reasons that the government would have a vested interest in identifying UFOs. For starters, its worth diving into the Department of Defense’s labeling of these events as “unidentified aerial phenomena” as opposed to unidentified flying objects, an intentionally vague term that opens up the discussion past spy planes and unauthorized aircraft to include all manner of anomalies. This can include everything from glitches in pilot’s onboard imaging and tracking softwares to hack-able vulnerabilities in said technology, interference as a result of the weather or changes in atmosphere, a breakdown in communication between aircraft among a myriad of other causes.

The new task force is not to be confused with the second coming of Project Blue Book, one of several studies launched by the government in the wake of the Roswell meant to catalog and study data from UFO sightings across the US. Odds are the primary focus of the new task-force will be on counterintelligence more than anything else, so for all you that were hoping for a press conference from the planet’s first intergalactic visitor, keep dreaming.

Photo via Getty/ Aaron Forester

Is This the End of Tiktok as We Know It?

Trump can’t let us have shit.

If you weren’t already on TikTok, there’s a big chance you familiarized yourself with at least a couple of its viral dances during quarantine. The app’s popularity has grown exponentially this year, with VICE citing 315 million downloads in the first three months of 2020.

Related | TikTok Users Might’ve Tanked Trump’s Rally

As of Monday, however, it seems the Trump administration is looking to ban a number of apps tied to China — TikTok included. Concerns regarding user privacy and security are nothing new, but now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to take action.

Speaking with Fox News, Pompeo said that the government is “taking this very seriously” and added that “with respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right.” Pompeo went on to address TikTok specifically, saying that people should only download the app “if [they] want [their] private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Beijing-based startup ByteDance, which owns TikTok, responded to Pompeo’s comments, saying that it does not share its data with the Chinese government. “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product and public policy here in the US,” a TikTok spokesperson told VICE, referring to former Disney exec Kevin Mayer who was appointed CEO of the app in March as a part of the app’s attempt to distance itself from its parent company.

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TikTok maintains that American data from the app is stored in servers in the US and that backups exist in Singapore, meaning the data is not subject to Chinese law. The app isn’t even available in China, though ByteDancde also owns a similar app made specifically for Chinese users, Douyin.

This isn’t the first time TikTok’s been targeted by the US administration. Just last year, senators Tom Cotton and Chuck Schumer requested that the intelligence community conduct a security assessment of the app in a joint letter to Joseph Maguire, the director of national intelligence. In the letter, Cotton and Schumer expressed that TikTok and other apps “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

The US isn’t alone in targeting TikTok, with India banning the app last week, along with 58 other Chinese apps, as a result of growing tensions between Delhi and Beijing over clashes along the Himalayan border.

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Japanese Sensation Kemio Is Taking America

Though American readers may not be familiar with Kemio just yet, the 24-year-old YouTuber is a bonafide superstar in his native Japan.

Known for his energetic, rapid-fire vlogs, use of quirky catchphrases and retellings of his daily experiences with American culture, Kemio is pretty much the king of cultural cache in Japan. But don’t just take our word for it. Last year, one of his made-up words — “Agemizawa,” which means “when you’re so excited and so hyped on it, you scream it” — apparently became “the number one slang word in Japan.” And if that isn’t impact, then we don’t know what is.

Kemio’s story starts back in 2013 with the creation of his Vine account. Inspired by American content creators, Kemio finally decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an idol and entertainer — to viral success in Japan. And though the app’s closure in early 2017 spurred him to explore other corners of the internet, he now boasts close to two million subscribers on his YouTube, where posts videos doing everything from making curry to giving himself makeovers.

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Since moving to the US in 2016, Kemio has continued to vlog about his life in America, even amid the pandemic. However, his content and feelings of culture shock weren’t the only things that changed from living abroad. In fact, he said that being in a place where the LGBTQIA+ community is more visible and accepted has altered his own perception of self, which also made him feel like he could finally live his life honestly and authentically.

After all, as Kemio explained, despite Japan being “progressive in some aspects,” it is “also still very traditional in the sense that being gay in Japan isn’t as accepted” — something which caused Kemio to feel like he had to hide being gay for a long time. And though he came out in his book right before he moved to America, he said he still struggled a bit from the many years spent grappling with his identity in private.

“When I was in Japan, I felt like I definitely suppressed being gay for a long time. I was not comfortable with who I am for a long time as well,” he said. “So I don’t think I grew up in Japan as a gay man. But now I am definitely more comfortable speaking about who I am and my identity, publicly.”

That said, in the wake of all the support he’s gotten, Kemio said he now hopes that telling his story will help others feel supported, as well. And while he has yet to begin vlogging in English, he’s excited to give it a shot once his “English improves.” In the meantime, he’s been busy focusing on his fashion and modeling career — something he said is an attempt to get a little “more serious.” Though, thankfully, he doesn’t plan on quitting vlogging anytime soon.

So until we start getting our own Kemio catchphrases in English, get to know the star a little better, below.

What did your parents think about you pursuing a career in entertainment?

When I started, they didn’t really like it. They were like kind of concerned about me doing such a stupid thing on the internet. Also, they didn’t know what social media is. But once I started going on the TV or even on the newspaper, they saw exactly what I’m doing and they started to understand what I wanted to do for my job.

Since moving to the US, has anything surprised you about the culture and the nature of internet celebrity here versus Japan?

Everything is so different. Like, I was so surprised when I moved to LA. First things first, l was surprised that people wear their shoes at home, because in Japan no one ever [does that], and if I do that in Japan my grandma would literally kick my ass. So that’s I think the most surprising thing — the culture.

For the internet celebrities and everything, I think they’re so cool. They say whatever the fuck they want to say. They do whatever fuck they want to do, like I see freedom of speaking all the time. And also, I was so surprised at how internet celebrities — especially of my generation — speak up about politics, or their opinions about what is going on in the world, and then they will actually influence people to vote for the election or something. In Japan, a lot of celebrities don’t really share their opinions about politics.

How does creating content here differ from your experience creating content in Japan?

Since moving to the US, I started my YouTube channel. Just because a lot of Japanese people are really curious about the lifestyle in the US. Like, they love American culture — music, fashion, food, everything. So my content is focused on lifestyle in the US. Every little thing, like going to the grocery store. They’re so curious about that. Those things definitely help me to grow my audience.

Since this is for Pride, can you talk a little bit about your experience growing up gay in Japan?

When I was in Japan, I felt like I definitely suppressed being gay for a long time. I was not comfortable with who I am for a long time as well, and I actually didn’t come out until right before I moved to the US. And then after I moved to the US, I came out to only my close friend and my family… So I don’t think I [technically felt like I] grew up in Japan as a gay man. But now I am definitely more comfortable speaking about who I am and my identity, publicly.

I released my book a year ago, and I came out in the book, actually. I was super nervous, but a lot of people were so supportive about it. I was getting so many DMs from people who also struggle with their identity. So I was so grateful for those sweet and supportive messages. And then it also makes me think that I want to encourage more people, and I want to help this community more.

On that note, why is it important to you to talk about your identity as an openly gay Japanese man? What is the importance of this visibility to you?

I definitely think talking about my identity helps open a lot of conversations that don’t happen today in Japan. In Japan it’s not as open as here. Like, Japan’s society is very progressive in some aspects, but also still very traditional in the sense that being gay in Japan isn’t as accepted as it is in the US. But I think, for me, being open about who I am definitely helps other people who also struggle with their identity.

I want to say it’s getting better [for the LGBTQIA+ community in Japan], but there still definitely needs to be more. Since I never truly came out when I was in Japan, I actually have never been able to see the LGBTQ+ community there.

They also don’t really educate us. Like, in the media, they don’t really pick up topics about the transgender or LGBTQ+ community, so people actually don’t know what is going on in the community. So yeah, it’s getting better, but I feel like people still need to learn, including me. But for the younger generation, I think they’re more accepting and open about it, which gives me hope.

In your opinion, what can Japan’s LGBTQIA+ community people and their allies do to push for change and keep it going?

In my opinion, we need to use our voice more. People in Japan don’t really speak their mind in the public sometimes. I was like that too when I was living in Japan. I was almost always scared to talk about my opinion about politics or my identity. So I feel like for the younger generation, we need to do more to stand up and then try to change our future.

I feel like that’s such an Asian culture thing — you don’t rock the boat, you don’t speak up, you let things be — which is why I think it’s so cool you’re talking about this. Was it scary starting out though? Because there is this social expectation that you have to say the right thing or not say too much.

When I started this, I was so young, so I think I just didn’t think about a conclusion. Like I didn’t think about how people see me. Now, sometimes, when I make a video, I care about how I say things. Or, I think about how, back in the day, I didn’t [speak up].

Who’s your celebrity or influencer inspiration in the LGBTQ community?

There are so many people that have a big influence on me. I would just say Lady Gaga. And I love Kim Petras, I think she’s so cool. She’s the next level. I’m so obsessed with her music, her style and everything.

Hard agree. So, if you could also tell a younger you something, what would it be?

I would just say, “Don’t make a Grindr.” Or, if I could say something to me before I created Grindr, I would say, “Don’t Grindr too much.”

What’s Grindr like in Japan?

The one time I’ve gone on Grindr [there], I did it without putting my picture on the profile. I think there were other Japanese gay dating apps in Japan, so I don’t think Grindr is as poppin’ as here. I want to try one [going on a Grindr date in Japan], but I don’t know.

It’d be a good video, honestly.

Yeah, like in the US, the YouTubers who make videos going on Tinder dates. Maybe!

Kemio was photographed by New York-based Oscar Ouk using Zoom.







Nicki Minaj Just Released Her Original ‘Say So’ Verse

When the rollout for the remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix featuring Nicki Minaj started out rocky last week, fans got a bit worried about the quality of the revamped track leading up to its release. Nicki went on socials to explain to fans that on some DSPs they would hear an earlier demo of the final track, but that the issue would be corrected swiftly. Upon hearing the leaked version, Barbz started advocating for its official release — and Barbz always get what they want.

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The older version of the remix sticks with the theme of the track as a whole: light, bubbly and disco-inspired. Although that doesn’t necessarily make this remix track better, some Barbz weren’t happy with the beat switch-up from the official release. Doja never leaves her fans wanting more, though, so naturally the older version promptly showed up on streaming platforms today, a week after the remix dropped.

Obvious highlights from the new release are Nicki’s tongue-in-cheek references to quarantining during the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world. “Ain’t talkin’ medicine, but I made him more a fiend/ Ever since I put the cookie on quarantine,” she raps to the bubbly pop beat, making sure to add an unforgettable jab at the end, “Social distance, I’ma need my space.”

Related | Stream Doja and Nicki’s ‘Say So’ Remix, I Know You’re Not Busy

Fans of Doja and Nicki alike are taking to Twitter to battle it out over their remix preference, but all that matters is that they’re streaming and helping it climb to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Many users have already pointed out just how well positioned “Say So” is to take the top spot, noting that both versions of the remix are occupying top spots on the US iTunes charts.

The Barbz Are Mobilizing on TikTok Against Trump Supporters

What started as a small feud between users on TikTok over women’s rights and anti-abortion policies in the US has turned into an all out war. Now, split evenly down party lines, Gen Z TikTokers are defending their stances on key issues being debated between candidates for the upcoming 2020 election. Through all the back-and-forth, however, leftists have discovered they have an unlikely ally for their cause. Alexa, play “Super Bass.”

@cuminmyhole

BARBZ FOR BERNIE , I started this movement so everyone can get that Cheeto out of office ##bernie2020 ##barbzforbernie ##nickiminaj ##greenscreen

♬ big bank – luvrchris

That’s right, it’s #BarbzForBernie all 2020. Conservative TikTokers are now finding their posts’ comment sections spammed with the hashtag, Nicki Minaj verses, and anti-Trump sentiments. Some outspoken Republican users have expressed confusion as to why this particular fanbase has mobilized against their political beliefs.

Related | Decade of the Barb: 10 Years of Nicki Minaj

Democratic supporters are indeed organizing around their mutual love of the queen of rap herself, putting aside their longstanding feuds with Bardi Gang and Remy Ma to fight Trump from winning a second term. Over the weekend, the #BarbzForBernie campaign became so large that its foremost leaders, like Emmuhlu, are accumulating millions of views and hundreds of thousands of likes on their videos in just a few hours after posting them.

@lalai876

I would like to join the Barbz vs Trump war, this is my contribution @emmuhlu @jasmineaparviz ##PlayByPlay ##barbz ##barbzvstrumpsupporters ##nickiminaj

♬ Lonely – Speaker Knockerz

Some of the TikToks are targeted at specific users, while others are more general calls to action for stans of Minaj to do their part and use their platforms for the movement. It’s still unclear how exactly the “Yikes” rapper became so intrinsically associated with political shitposting on the platform, but no Barb is complaining so long as you’re using the “Super Bass” audio tag to get those streams up!

Related | Break the Internet: Minaj à Trois

Minaj herself has yet to confirm her political stance, but with the threat of coronavirus you really never know. Celebrities like Cardi B and Britney Spears have pivoted to Marxism in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, using their platforms to advocate for wealth re-distribution. So, an endorsement from the Barb Queen could potentially come at any time. (Just don’t hold your breath for one from Roman Zolanski, her homosexual male rap alter ego. He just gives off major Trump supporter vibes.)

@emmuhlu

##duet with @fkaquarantwig duet with my ride or die :see_no_evil::relieved::nail_care::skin-tone-2:

♬ original sound – sadrilakkuma

Until then, Gen Z TikTokers are doing the hard work for Minaj by advocating for free healthcare and streaming “Yikes” for clear skin. And that’s on Onika Tanya.

Photography: Ellen von Unwerth for PAPER

Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ Sparks Coronavirus Memes

When Fifth Harmony released “Work From Home” in 2016, they probably never thought the song would become an anthem of pandemic-induced isolation — and, yet, here we are.

As concern over the global spread of the novel coronavirus grows, the former pop group’s hit has become the unofficial song of social distancing and self-quarantine thanks to a number of savvy memes.

From posts like, “Fifth harmony wrote work from home about the coronavirus,” to the use of clips from the group’s live performance of the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the bop is experiencing a viral renaissance of sorts. And it’s even gotten to the point where “Work From Home” has reportedly jumped 250 chart spots in a single day.

Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” ft. Ty Dolla Sign has re-entered the US iTunes chart following coronavirus related memes going viral on twitter. pic.twitter.com/nTh9QNl2MI

— Pop Base (@PopBase) March 12, 2020

Granted, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the number of companies mandating WFH policies and the fact that coronavirus-related memes seem to be everywhere. But amidst all the anxiety, at the very least, this latest batch of memes is adding a little bit of welcome levity during these anxiety-inducing times — and that’s something we can definitely get behind.

See some of our favorite “Work From Home” posts, below.

fifth harmony wrote work from home about the coronavirus

— adm (@adzer08_) March 8, 2020

fifth harmony warned y’all in 2016 pic.twitter.com/qLcOmtb7kM

— adrian ♌︎ (@dojauren) March 13, 2020

Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” bout to be the anthem all 2020

— Nathan Graham (@TheNathanGraham) March 11, 2020

hand sanitizer fighting the corona virus pic.twitter.com/lkfB4w6VKU

— zander (@zandirts) March 12, 2020

Coronavirus to everyone pic.twitter.com/7RF5Wa63cM

— reid (@thereidfeed) March 11, 2020

Photo via Getty

Yellopain – My Vote Don’t Count Lyrics

[Intro]
Enough Electoral Vote. More than 270, more than enough to become the 44th President of the United States
He will be the first African-American President of the United States

[Verse]
Uh, I’ve been broke all my life
But I kept hope all them nice
You see business in my city
Yeah they closed all them twice
I was just riding down seeing all them pot holes
I can’t drive
I know y’all can fix it faster
But I know y’all won’t try
Nobody care about us
And that’s why I won’t vote
Voted for Obama back in 2012
I remember that’s when I had hope
He was saying, “Yes, we can!”
And everybody got less food stamps
And when I turn 21 I was still broke
God, I’ll never vote again
I don’t think I ever had a president made my life better
Did it all on my own, ain’t no politician ever do a nice gesture
I don’t even know the mayor name
I ain’t ever seen one time ever
Tell me how she gonna help the city
What I suppose to do, write letters?
What I suppose to do, blame Trump?
He ain’t never really give a uh
Ain’t nobody raise minimum wage
None of these jobs pay enough
I think they just wanna keep us broke
Cause they ain’t put none a place for us
This how all my people feel
But we gotta learn, we can complain enough
Let me change it up
Everything I just said, everybody I know think the same way
See, they don’t wanna see us vote
And we never do so we see the same thing
But all our votes really do count
And they never really let it show
Now I’m finna break it down
Cause if I don’t you would probably never know
Fist thing first, you know back in middle school
When they taught us, it was three branches of government?
We forgot it when we got older
It’s the Judicial, the Legislative, and the Executive
But all we know is the Executive
That’s the mayor, or governor, and the president
Now none of them three people make no laws, they just be checking ‘em
The laws come to they desk and all they do is say, “No” or “Yes” to it
So when the news station tell us that Barrack Obama couldn’t put us on
We was all salty at Obama when it was the Congress members all along
We gotta focus on the Legislative branch; yeah they the ones that make the Laws
Yeah they the ones that write how much food stamps money you get on the card
But when people that wanted to help us wanted the job
I know they probably lost
Cause we ain’t even know they name, we ain’t know they face, we ain’t know it all
So the Congress or the State House that’s the Legislative branch, they make Laws
So what we want from the President is what they do, okay y’all?
See they election every two years but we don’t ever even go to those
The Congress they could raise minimum wage but we ain’t even really know it thou
So you know how back in ’08, when we all voted for Obama
We was all supposed to go back in 2010 and voted for the Congress
Cause they the ones that make child support laws
They the ones choose if your kids at school get to eat steak or corn dog
The state house makes the courthouse
So if the country fail you can’t say it’s them its your fault
Cause ya ain’t know to know to vote for Congress members that was for y’all
And they don’t gotta leave at the four year and we just let ‘em sit
They don’t want to tell you this they want you to focus on the President
Now the third branch is the Judicial; that’s judges
They the reason why John Crawford and Trayvon had justice
So when Meek Mill got locked up just for popping wheelies we blam the judges
And not the city, when they let her get voted in
Cause they don’t know who to vote against
Imagine life on the other side; roles better, schools better
Everybody get they license back, grocery store food better
Custody of your kids back, homeless people get new shelters
If we gonna fix the US, we gotta start with them two letters
Me and you
Somebody told us that the government want to keep us broke
But the only reason why those people in the government is ‘cause we ain’t vote
And I ain’t talking about the President
I’m talking about the ones we ain’t know
See they was gonna try keep it low
But it’s gonna hurt ‘em when they see them polls

[Outro]
Every time you stay one someone is making a decision about you
Making about decision about the air you breath, the water you drink, the food your kids eat, and how much money you bring home very twice weeks
So every time you seat out an election, every time you don’t show up because you think it doesn’t matter, someone else is happy that you didn’t show up. So they can make that decision for you. Vote!

Drakeo The Ruler – Blamped Lyrics (feat. AllBlack)

[Verse 1: Drakeo the Ruler]
Standing in my face telling boldfaced lies
You ain’t been where I been, I seen grown men cry
Give a nigga forty-two, in the US that’s a nine
Big bank budda and my chain is full of diamonds
And just to make it fifty hit him eight more times
Hit the PTV committee, said I had to promote the violence
Twenty-four years young and my ass too damn childish
Man these niggas just be talking, they ain’t never killed nobody
Say you gettin’ money, well I’m glad I bought this diamond tester
Put a nigga in a black bag, chips habenero
Drakeo scoring on a broke ho, bitch I could never
Billy is a Bob if he thinking I ain’t ’bout my cheddar

[Chorus: Drakeo the Ruler]
Flexing ten bands like he blamped for a hundred
Sick of driving coupes, I done blamped all my foreigns
Blamped for a hundred, I done blamped all my foreigns
Blamped for a hundred, I done blamped all my foreigns
Blamp, blamp, blamp, blamp
Blamp, blamp, blamp
Sick of driving coupes, I done blamped all my foreigns

[Verse 2: ALLBLACK]
I feel like niggas want my life, here go the guns shooting
I feel like bitches only call me to beat up the coochie
Niggas afraid to show me love ’cause they feel like a groupie
That’s why I f**k with real niggas like Drakeo and Boosie
I used to think that pillow talking was only in movies
Niggas slandering my name just to eat the booty
This Kel-Tec gon’ get to singing like that nigga Lucci
I can’t f**k with real niggas who wear fake Louis
So I’ma start exposing niggas like the old Gucci
These niggas out here lying to bitches
Brush your wig, watch your kids, ain’t no pride in they pimping
They lying on pimping
Say free the bitch but crying to bitches
Call me up so I can show you how to tighten your pimping, BLACK

[Chorus: Drakeo the Ruler]
Flexing ten bands like he blamped for a hundred
Sick of driving coupes, I done blamped all my foreigns
Blamped for a hundred, I done blamped all my foreigns
Blamped for a hundred, I done blamped all my foreigns
Blamp, blamp, blamp, blamp
Blamp, blamp, blamp
Sick of driving coupes, I done blamped all my foreigns

[Outro: Drakeo the Ruler]
You niggas be talking like blamp, like oh like blamp, oh
A hundred, blamp, that lil bitch, uh, fifty, uh, blamp
Thirty, blamp, skrrt, a hundred twenty, blamp
Foreign, taha, whoop, blamp
There goes another Masi
Nah that motherf**ker’s bullshit though
Shit I done blamped all my foreigns, I done blamped for a hundred
Nigga… nigga bitch yeah, keep listening

KRS-One – You Like Me Lyrics

As long as I’m dancin
Actin or rappin
Walkin around like
I don’t know what’s happenin
You like me (x4)

If I’m talkin bout drinkin
And nothin bout thinkin
As long as I’m high
And I never ask why
You like me (x4)

But the second I start with the state of the economy
Black leadership, Black gods and Black sovereignty
That’s when you can’t seem to follow me, confusion
You feel like you losin, I’m no longer amusin
This song’s about choosin, choosin why you cruisin
Either Black entertainment or the Black Revolution
People love to see a young Black man rap
Until he wakes up and realize he’s caught in the trap

So as long as I’m dancin
Actin or rappin
Walkin around like
I don’t know what’s happenin
You like me (x4)

If I’m talking bout drinkin
And nothin bout thinkin
As long as I’m high
And I never ask why
You like me (x4)

But the minute I get in it bout the way these rappers spit it
The minute I start spittin that truth here comes a critic
I freestyle off the top like removin ya yankee fitted
But they not really checkin for skills, they want the gimmick
Many of the challenges we face, we could solve em
But there’s no trust, no unity, and that’s the problem
Black people fightin amongst themselves that’s the problem
White people fightin amongst themselves that’s the problem
US foreign policy is simply just bomb em
Rebels against they own government, the US arms em
Then when things get outta hand, yeah they try to calm em
More money, more diplomacy, just charm em
If that doesn’t work then they move to “Osama”
Turn him into a terrorist, so they can disarm em
Through the corporate media, we don’t stand a chance
But too many people wanna us to just stand and dance

So as long as I’m dancin
Actin or rappin
Walkin around like
I don’t know what’s happenin
You like me (x4)

If I’m talking bout drinkin
And nothin bout thinkin
As long as I’m high
And I never ask why
You like me (x4)

You like me, you like me, you like me
You like me, you like me, you like me

THE FEVER 333 – Trigger lyrics

[Intro]
(Our nation must once again answer a question: is now a good time to talk about gun violence in this country? There are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the US. On an average day, 96 Americans are killed with guns. Seven of them are children)
Was protection worth
When the things we’re using to protect ourselves
Are killing others
Killing us, our people, killing our children
And you ain’t affected by that?
Fuck this thing up

[Verse 1]
And yes I am from the hood
Yes I am anti-gun
See, I stay on my born shit
But I’m not born to run
And did you really think that we was gon’ let this shit go?
Well did you really think that [?]

[Chorus]
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Run motherfucker, run motherfucker, run

[Verse 2]
See I’m trying to flip the script
You act like it can’t be done
Got seventeen bodies now
Your conscience must weigh a ton
But did you really shit that we was gon’ let this shit go?
But did you really think that [?]

[Chorus]
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Run motherfucker, run motherfucker, run
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Run motherfucker, run motherfucker, run

[Bridge]
Now are you anti-that?
Because I’m anti-this
Now are you anti-that?
Because I’m anti-this, oh

[Chorus]
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Run motherfucker, run motherfucker, run
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Run motherfucker, run motherfucker, run
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Pull the trigger or get shot
Run motherfucker, run motherfucker, run, FUCK

Kodak Black – Kicking In Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
And twelve of us, recordin’ myself
Fuck it let the beat rock
Just please don’t let the beat stop
And you don’t even need to knock
I don’t care if it never drop

[Verse 1]
Just felt my heartbeat
Just felt my heartbeat
Just felt my heartbeat
Cause I’m heart of the projects
I was baptized on the block
No more orange pop, I’m drinkin’ holy water
I could’ve swore I felt somethin’ beatin’ me
I run away from love when it get too deep
I’m scared to love you back ’cause I might love too deep
I don’t wanna love you, girl, ’cause I won’t love you deep
Valentine, packin’ 9, my lady want a dinner day
I ain’t have no time so I just took the bitch to Steak ‘n Shake
The beat it got me in my feelings, vibin’ to the rhythm
My ears a symphony but I don’t show no sympathy
Don’t let ’em kill your self esteem, they tryna kill your dignity
Niggas out here gamblin’ wit they lives for some publicity
Damn, left my heart in these streets, I left the trick to treat
I’m scarred, lost my conscience to the block, it’s feelin’ good to sleep
And I don’t need no court sentence
I love this beat so much I hope the Lord in it
Dreads in my head and they look like Devil horns in it
All my niggas be up in the business like them dorks in it
Drippin’ on ’em, like a dinosaur I be so vintage
Drippin, you can’t get these in the store, yeah I’m so different
My clothes and my hoes different
These days I don’t know what I’m spendin’
These days I don’t know what I’m gettin’
I got blood on my Givenchy
Video vixen, so much bitches, these days I don’t know what I’m hittin’
I don’t even know what I’m sippin’, I just know it’s kickin’ in
Holler if you feelin’ it
Lovin’ and I’m thuggin’ ’cause they both go hand in hand
Thuggin’ cross the country, from the US to Switzerland
Booted like Shaquille O’Neal
You know the deal, I’m on the pill
I just tucked the .32 right in my Timberland
Holler if you feelin’ it
That jigga kickin’ in
Ain’t got no-kickin’ in
Ain’t got no-kickin’ in
Ain’t got no-kickin’ in
Holler if you feelin’ it
At the Last Supper got my plate first
At the Last Supper I got my plate first
I ain’t got no feelings

Dexta Daps – No Coke Lyrics

Growing up inna the garrison
One a me dream was fi do a show inna Square Madison
Me did waan fi go Paris too
Fi put some Euro and some US and some pound inna me wallet too
Now me live inna the Hilton, the Crown and the Radisson
Gyal fi pick and choose from fi marry too
Me see seh life only change if you want it to
Even if you haffi go a Cali too
But wha’

Do no bring no coke come a garrison
Do no bring no coke come a garrison
You see you
Do no bring no coke come a garrison
High grade, you fi carry to
Do no bring no coke come a garrison, hey
Do no bring no coke come a garrison
You see you
Do no bring no coke come a garrison
No, oh, oh, no

Me see seh, Babylon a try demolish you
Them search the mountains fi you
But dem should a search the valley too
Juana it come in like a you me a go marry too
Cah Sonia a no me family and Harry too
You no see, slavery days done
Now cocaine fi abolish too
Bush weed can gwaan to me nah miss you
Come in like weed, mek fi knowledge you
And smoking a everybody hobby too
But wha’

Do no bring no coke come a garrison, hey
Do no bring no coke come a garrison
You see you
Me say, do no bring no coke come a garrison
High grade, you fi carry to
But wha’
Do no bring no coke come a garrison, hey
Do no bring no coke come a garrison
You see you
Do no bring no coke come a garrison, hey
Hey

And when dem stress me, wha’ me do?
Just, get high of a the chronicle
Tell anybody weh a fly go a space, seh fi carry me too
One pack a rizzla Miss Morrison
Mek sure seh a the raw one you a carry too
Jordan, me have a good draw a high grade fi astonish you
Mek you talk inna Spanish too
No traer coke aquí Señor Harrison

Do no bring no coke come a garrison, hey
Do no bring no coke come a garrison
You better bring marijuana
High grade, you fi carry to, hey
Do no bring no coke come a garrison, hey
Me say, do no bring no coke come a garrison
You better bring marijuana
Do no bring no coke come a garrison, hey
Hey

DJ Khaled – I Can’t Even Lie (feat. Future & Nicki Minaj) (Grateful Album)

[Intro: DJ Khaled & Future]
Another one (yeah yeah)
We The Best Music!
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
DJ Khaled!

[Chorus: Future]
Lamborghini got a S
Parking lot look like a movie
My sex drive leave her woozy
Got my B-A-B-Y in the two-seat
I ain’t, I ain’t even got no time to talk
It’s all up to you, baby
Diamonds dancing on my rubies
Savage mode is on ruthless
Nah, I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you

[Verse 1: Future]
A million dollar cash on me in the studio when I did this verse
My money is longer, my weed is stronger
All my bitches is badder, these niggas is sadder
My rubies got chalice so fuck all the chatter
Tissued the money, I rest on them plaques
King of the Patek, clarity showing without even knowing
Jump out that Lambo with the red bottoms on
The capital going up heavy in Florence
Duffel of Franks just to boost my endurance
Two number ones in a row
I sit back on that Act’ and sit low in that Ghost
Lamborghini got a S, Sierra Leone baguettes, yeah
The gold from my neck, it done got in my flesh, yeah
Parking lot look like a film, yeah
My duffel stuffed with a M, yeah
My shooters at basketball gyms, yeah
I got some permanent scars
I will not wait for tomorrow

[Chorus: Future]
Lamborghini got a S
Parking lot look like a movie
My sex drive leave her woozy
Got my B-A-B-Y in the two-seat
I ain’t, I ain’t even got no time to talk, it’s all up to you, baby
Diamonds dancing on my rubies
Savage mode is on ruthless
Nah, I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you

[Verse 2: Nicki Minaj]
Yo, yo
Queen back in the US, low iron, but you pressed
Who lied and said you next? Crying emojis in my group texts
Stay in your bum-ass duplex, it’s Minaj, no group sex
Queen never shuffle, you deal
Just turned down a four-million-dollar shoe deal
Keep your man off my Instagram, bitch
99 problems but ain’t one a damn bitch
G4-fly even when I land, bitch
Lookin’ like Pocahontas, yeah, they want my land, bitch
I’m just exotic, bitch, chronic bitch
Shoe game on psychotic, bitch
Yes, I am iconic, bitch
Pussy get ’em hooked like phonics, sis
Every ball player tryna find this bitch
Ball hard but I’m too fine to fine this bitch
I graduated with honors, bitch
I’m the truth like a motherfuckin’ honest bitch
Full throttle switch
Pick a side, pick a side, they gotta switch
Big MAC billboard out in Times Square
And I ain’t talkin ’bout McDonald’s bitch

[Chorus: Future]
Lamborghini got a S
Parking lot look like a movie
My sex drive leave her woozy
Got my B-A-B-Y in the two-seat
I ain’t, I ain’t even got no time to talk
It’s all up to you, baby
Diamonds dancing on my rubies
Savage mode is on ruthless
Nah, I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you

DJ Khaled – I Can’t Even Lie Lyrics

[Intro: DJ Khaled & Future]
Yeah yeah (Another One)
We The Best Music!
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
DJ Khaled!

[Chorus: Future]
Lamborghini got a S
Parking lot look like a movie
My sex drive leave her woozy
Got my B-A-B-Y in the two-seat
I ain’t, I ain’t even got no time to talk
It’s all up to you, baby
Diamonds dancing on my rubies
Savage mode is on ruthless
Nah, I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you

[Verse 1: Future]
A million dollar cash on me in the studio when I did this verse
My money is long, but my weed is stronger
All my bitches is badder, these niggas is sadder
My rubies got chalice so fuck all the chatter
Tissued the money, I rest on them plaques
King of the Patek, clarity showing without even knowing
Jump out that Lambo with the red bottoms on
The capital going up heavy in Florence
Duffel of Franks just to boost my endurance
Two number ones in a row
I sit back on the Ac’ and sit low in that Ghost
Lamborghini got a S, Sierra Leone baguettes
The gold from my neck it done got in my flesh, yeah
Parking lot look like a film, yeah
My duffel stuffed with a M, yeah
My shooters at basketball gyms, yeah
I got some permanent scars
I will not wait for tomorrow

[Chorus: Future]
Lamborghini got a S
Parking lot look like a movie
My sex drive leave her woozy
Got my B-A-B-Y in the two-seat
I ain’t, I ain’t even got no time to talk, it’s all up to you, baby
Diamonds dancing on my rubies
Savage mode is on ruthless
Nah, I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you

[Verse 2: Nicki Minaj]
Queen back in the US, low iron but you pressed
Who lied and said you next? Crying emojis in my group texts
Stay in your bum-ass duplex, it’s Minaj, no group sex
Queen never shuffle, you deal, just turned down a four-million-dollar shoe deal
Keep your man off my Instagram, bitch
99 problems but ain’t one a damn bitch
G4 fly even when I land, bitch
Lookin’ like Pocahontas, yeah, they want my land, bitch
I’m just exotic, bitch, chronic, bitch, shoe game on psychotic, bitch
Yes, I am iconic, bitch, pussy get ’em hooked like phonics, sis
Every ball player tryna find this bitch, ball hard but I’m too fine to fine this bitch
I graduated with honors, bitch, I’m the truth like a motherfuckin’ honest bitch
Full throttle switch, pick a side, pick a side, they gotta switch
Big Mac billboard out in Times Square and I ain’t talkin ’bout McDonald’s bitch

[Chorus: Future]
Lamborghini got a S
Parking lot look like a movie
My sex drive leave her woozy
Got my B-A-B-Y in the two-seat
I ain’t, I ain’t even got no time to talk
It’s all up to you, baby
Diamonds dancing on my rubies
Savage mode is on ruthless
Nah, I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you
I can’t even lie to you, I can’t even lie to you

The Lulls in Traffic – Dominant (Rabbit In The Snare Album)

[Verse 1]
Violet kaleidoscope closed and eyelids open again
To see leaves pushed by the wind
It’s cold, my breath in the air
Up the stairs to upstairs where we live
I can see past our bricks to other brick buildings
I’d like to grab my marker and draw
Look to my pa
He smiles through his beard
I tug at it
He hands me a green one
Puts a piece of paper up
A painting of his hanging above what I’m drawing
It’s so colorful
I’m standing in his shadow
I scribble
My mom laughs
I must have done something great
Time for a break
I lower my head
Fall asleep with them in my periphery

[Verse 2]
He wakes up with the KGB knocking at his door
For the pieces he painted and exhibited the week before
He’s hiding artwork under his floor again
Rumors about that circulated back to this particular officer
He’s here to put an end to it
Lock my father away with the rest of his friends in the movement
Life on the line just to prove that the people still have a right
Would I have that kind of courage later down the line when I’m alive?
Hard not be a conspiracy theorist after all your friends have died
Under a subway train or in an apartment fire
Because of things that you believed in and decided to write
Put a brush to the canvas and aspire to fly
Handcuffs on, eyes closed
How could he survive this life?
How could he survive this life?

[Verse 3]
I open my eyes
Been some time since he left
And even though he brought our family to the US
Where I’m free to express myself
But still a slave to debt
Repeatedly making art for someone else’s financial benefit
Cataloguing his works while listening to my catalogue of words
Reflecting, wondering whether my passion is dwarfed
Am I still in his shadow or have I eclipsed it?
Is the light inside bright enough?
Is it worth fixing?
And who really makes their own decisions?
Am I an artist because I wanted to be?
Or did he give me that ambition?
Doubly supported by my mom and sister
I was tossed into the system but bred by the resistance
That’s an interesting mix then
Putting a price of my passion so I can enjoy living
But it’s catching up
Staring at a screen, I’ve had enough
I’m going through shed after shed of his paintings stacked up
I see the signs
What would he have done?
Trying to add it up

RICK ROSS – Apple Of My Eye lyrics

Just being somebody that the neighborhood respected
And my mama could be proud of, was the apple of my eye
That’s all I ever wanted, just to being something man
At that point what else can you ask for?

Tears running out of a nigga face
In a room full of failures I feel out of place
Still sleeping on the floor when you deserve better
Got you reeking through the cold even in warm weather
I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki, instead of beefing with your dog you just give him some distance
We all make mistakes, lets not be to specific
You rather be a killer than be statistic
An never fold no I never ran
On my soul I’ll roll like an avalanche
I thank the lord I got some great friends
That’s why every bottle I open I say amen
Just had seizure at the Super Bowl
Woke up in the third quarter looking for the smoke
If its more then a quarter million, Ill count it twice
Poochie broke my heart shit I call it life
An never will I call it rite
Not perfect but I’m the one you would call at night
Traveling the world, I’m just reppin’ my city
But rarely do I hear that this nigga done did it
When niggas in fatigues will keep you intrigued
Cause the loss of lifes the only thing that niggas believe
So I pray you listen carefully
Then I become another muthafuckin’ casualty

Always speak and say right
I just never ever walk on by
(never ever walk on by)
You even stop and put one in the sky
(the sky)
You do it for the love of you and I
(for the love of you and..)

Standin’ on your block but you so out of place
Uncle on the couch, momma running out of space
Lights off so you never tend to speak much
Go your separate ways every time the lease up
A fat ugly nigga thought I’d never be nothing
Another tree stump, happy with his free lunch
Duckin’ pigeons, I’m an eagle on a sunny day
Flap my wings once a week, pray I glide safe
I want fried chicken at my funeral
Rolls Royces, dope boys, Sway interviews
Everybody dying for the same things
Cop kill a nigga don’t nobody gangbang
I’m happy Donald Trump became the president
Because we gotta destroy, before we elevate
Real shit, look at me inside the white house
With a pocket full of weed inside the white house
Dead presidents tattooed on a nigga chest
U.S. treasury addressing me, mad at my address
Own the biggest residential pool is the US
Drake and Kanye can invite every bitch they ever met
Finger fuckin’ bitches in the holy water
Then I go an tell what happened to my only daughter
So her daddy told it to her firsthand
Never perfect but its not just bout them purses

Always speak and say right
I just never ever walk on by
(never ever walk on by)
You even stop and put one in the sky
(the sky)
You do it for the love of you and I
(yeah)

The streets could never teach me
All the things I got from you
I found myself in the wrong lane
And I ended up in pain (Pain)
I was strolling down a dark street
When this girl passed me by
She said you’ve always been a good friend
(Always been a good friend)
And you never never never let me down
I’ll just fall back never turn back
Let it go let it go
I’ll just fall back never turn back
Let it go let it go

Always speak and say right
I just never ever walk on by
(never ever walk on by)
You even stop and put one in the sky
(the sky)
You do it for the love of you and I
(for the love of you and I)

Pink Guy – Dog Festival Directions (Pink Season Album)

[Verse]
If you want to eat some dog
I have good news
There’s an annual dog festival
Where you can eat all the dog you want
And it’s located in Yulin Guangxi China
And the festival spans about ten days
With 15 thousand dogs consumed
And it goes from the 21st to the 30th of June
I just wanna let you know
I’m just tryna’ be a bro
So you first take a flight to Guangzhou China
Once you get off at that airport
You wanna ask around for the Guangxi provincial bus
And it costs 20 US dollars
And it’s a four and a half hour ride
And you get off at Maoming West
Just remember Maoming West
Now you might have to stay there a full night
Depending on the time you arrive
Because the next bus that goes to Yulin only runs like once a day
And you have to buy another ticket
It’s about another 22 bucks
But from there it goes straight to Yulin
Soon enough you’ll be eating some dog
Now there are about 8 available hotels in Yulin
I’m checking online now
I suggest the Yulin Lijing International Hotel
Offering a sauna, fitness center
Wow it’s not too bad at all
Nevermind, it’s 50 bucks a night
But with free complementary breakfast
And a free cancelation fee
So it’s not a bad as I thought
When you’re ready the concierge will know exactly which festival you’re talking about
And he or she will give you directions
So take a cab
But don’t get ripped off
If you’re white they’ll charge you double
I shit you not
I shit you not
But anyways enjoy your flight
Goodbye
Enjoy the dog festival

Run DMC – Jam-Master Jay (Run-Dmc Deluxe Reissue Album)

Kick off shoes, jump on the jock
Listen to the Jam Master as he starts to rock
His name is Jay and he’s on his way
To be the best DJ in the US of A

J-a-y are the letters of his name
Cutting and scratching are the aspects of his game
So check out the Master as he cuts these jams
And look at us with the mics in our hands
Then take a count, 1 2 3
Jam Master Jay, Run-D.M.C

He’s Jam Master Jay, the big beat blaster
He gets better cause he knows he has to
In ’84 he’ll be a little faster
And only practice makes a real Jam Master

We’re live as can be but we’re not singing the blues
We got to tell all y’all the good news
The good news is that there is a crew
Not 5, not 4, not 3, just 2
2 MC’s who are claiming the fame
And all other things won’t be the same
Beacause it’s about time for a brand new group
Run-D.M.C. to put you up on the scoop
We make the fly girls scream in ecstacy
We rock the freshest rhymes at a party
We put all the fellas in a daze
It’s everyone that we amaze
And we got the master of a disco scratch
There’s not a break that he can’t catch
Jam Master Jay that is his name
And all wild DJ’s he will tame
Behind the turntables is where he stands
Then there is the movement of his hands
So when asked who’s the best, y’all should say:
"Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay"

Jam Master Jay is the one in charge
It’s up to him to rock beats that are truly large
He is the master of the scratch and cut
So move your arms, so move your legs
So won’t you move your butt

We’re not talking ground, we’re not talking sky
We’re not talking low, we’re not talking high
We’re not talking big, we’re not talking small
We want all of the people on off the wall
We’re not talking night, we’re not talking day
But we’re talking bout Jam Master Jay

De La Soul – Memory Of… (US) (feat. Estelle & Pete Rock)

[Hook: Estelle]
And it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s easy to recall the good and fall into place
But you’re not easy to love
I love the memory of…
I remember your face, I remember your way

[Verse 1: Estelle]
I remember you now
Part of my existence
I remember your face
You came in and got me
All in a day
Yeah, all in a day
I remember your lips
Do you remember the taste?
Remember family names
Your child, my child, our child
Whitney and Dwayne
Different to my world now
Remember the way
You gripped my hips so tight now?
Slow up the pace
Maybe erase, don’t remember my words

[Hook: Estelle]
Cause it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s easy to recall the good and fall into place
But you’re not easy to love
I love the memory of…
I remember your face, I remember your way

[Verse 2: Posdnuos]
How could I forget?
A ballad was born upon a demo of a fly love song
Didn’t take long before the archer with the wings heard it
Shot us in the heart with a contract, he knew we were a hit
The right amount of soul with a parallel amount of grit
But the archer couldn’t see the target of departure
Gave in your pink slip and called it quits
It’s understood you would
Label me a mate who wronged you
Cause I kept wanting to feature
With them other females on they songs too
Your words spoken in mono for monogamy
Telling me I had to go cause I chose
Stereo for stereotypical male biology
And now I’m left setting traps
For you to fall in for me again
Who hates you to tell me
"Slow up the pace, maybe erase, don’t…"

[Bridge: Estelle]
Slow up the pace
Maybe erase, don’t remember my words

[Hook: Estelle]
Cause it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s easy to recall the good and fall into place
But you’re not easy to love
I love the memory of…

[Verse 3: Dave]
Our last trip to Vegas had me feeling like we had a chance
But chance just showed up at the wedding
I guess I didn’t read the heading
"Forgive and won’t erase the bitter past"
But I ain’t up for kissing ass
I bought you everything your pretty feet could fit in
Put you behind the finest steering wheels
Fearing you would drive a nigga crazy
Told you grow up, but shit, you was my baby
Bits and pieces never made nothing decent
When I accommodated you, you played me like a stranger

[Bridge: Estelle]
I remember you now (Accountability is major)
A part of what I did then
Remember your face
Just don’t let me trip over memory lane
Cause time can’t be replaced
And I don’t want to stay

[Hook: Estelle]
Cause, oh, it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s so dah-dah-dee-dah
Dah-dah-dah-dah-dee-dah
It’s so easy to fall
In dah-dah-dah-dah-dee-dah
Remember your way
Remember your way

[Adlib: Posdnuos]
It’s De La featuring Estelle
With the Soul Brother Pete Rock

Popcaan – New Level

[Intro]
New level
Why?!
New level
You know…

[Verse 1]
Mmmmm
You nuh haffi be my friend
Me nuh haffi be your friend
You nah buy me food
You nah take care of mi kids them
Me know them a pussy from long time
So, me nuh too believe inna mankind
Mi future brighter than sunshine
Plus mi granny tell me this one time
[Chorus]
Say..
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
A dem turn Tony inna Rebel (you know, you know)
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
Woii yoii

[Verse 2]
Some of them too easy fi switch, a mussi Digicel Play
Them have a bag of man a press up and play them
Do anything from another man pay them
Only mi press up a mi Matic and ‘K them

[Hook]
Prepare fi the fight when you gone pon a new height
Nooo
Because them nuh waan you fi “do it” like a new Nike
My style is….fat pussy gyal inna drop top, Rayce
My nine is….always there anytime when a road time
Notnice… (you know, you know, you know)

[Chorus]
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
A dem turn Tony inna Rebel
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil

[Verse 3]
Jamaica
New money, no problem
Money we a use solve them
Some bwoy make money put dem a friend inna problem
Watch your things like King Alarm them
Them a chat me, but a gyal me a chat ’bout
Pounds and US, Euros me nuh stop count
The gyal them pretty like the money weh inna mi account
Real thugs mi nuh forgot ’bout

[Hook]
Prepare fi the fight when you gone pon a new height
Man a god inna earth, god inna real life, real life
Work hard fi di glory, mi do wha’ mi feel like, feel like!
If you try stop mi food you will dead inna real life
You know, you know, you know
Mmm hmmm

[Chorus]
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
A dem turn Tony inna Rebel (you know)
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
Woii yoii

[Interlude]
New level
Why?!
New level

[Hook]
Prepare fi the fight when you gone pon a new height
Nooo
Man a god inna earth, god inna real life
Work hard fi di glory, mi do wha’ mi feel like
If you try stop mi food you will dead inna real life
You know, you know, you know
Mmm hmmm

[Outro]
New level, new devil (you know, you know, you know)
New level, new devil
You know, you know, you know (4x)

You know, you know, you know…