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Mos Def - Mathematics lyrics

You know the deal
It's just me, yo
Beats by Su-Primo for all of my people, negros and latinos
And even the gringos

Yo, check it one for Charlie Hustle, 2 for Steady Rock
3 for the forthcoming live future shock
It's 5 dimensions, 6 senses
7 firmaments of heaven and hell
8 Million Stories to tell
9 planets faithfully keep in orbit
With the probable tenth, the universe expands length
The body of my text possess extra strength
Power-lift the powerless up out of this towering inferno

My ink so hot it burn through the journal
I'm blacker than midnight on Broadway and Myrtle
Hip-Hop passed all your tall social hurdles
Like the nationwide project-prison-industry complex
Working class poor, better keep your alarm set
Streets too loud to ever hear freedom ring
Say evacuate your sleep, it's dangerous to dream
But you chain cats kapow
You dead now

Killing fields need blood to graze the cash cow
It's a number game, but shit don't add up somehow
Like I got, 16 to 32 bars to rock it
But only 15% of profits ever see my pockets like
69 billion in the last 20 years
Spent on national defense but folks still live in fear like
Nearly half of America's largest cities is one-quarter black
That's why they gave Ricky Ross all the crack

16 ounces to a pound, 20 more to a key
A 5 minute sentence hearing and you're no longer free
40% of Americans own a cell phone
So they can hear everything that you say when you ain't home
I guess Michael Jackson was right, "You Are Not Alone"
Rock your hardhat, black, cause you in the Terrordome
Full of hard niggas, large niggas, dice-tumblers
Young teens and prison greens facing life numbers
Crack mothers, crack babies and AIDS patients
Young bloods can't spell but they could rock you in Playstation
This new math is whipping motherfuckers' ass
You want to know how to rhyme you better learn how to add
It's mathematics

The Mighty Mos Def
It's simple mathematics
Check it out!
I revolve around science
What are we talking about here?

Do your math [2x]
1, 2, 3, 4
What are we talking about here?

It's one universal law but 2 sides to every story
3 strikes and you be in for life, mandatory
4 MC's murdered in the last 4 years
I ain't trying to be the fifth one, the millennium is here

Yo, it's 6 million ways to die, from the 7 deadly thrills
8 year olds getting found with 9 mils
It's 10 P.M., where your seeds at?
What's the deal?
He on the hill pumping krill to keep they belly filled

Light in the ass with heavy steel, sights on the pretty shit in life
Young soldiers trying to earn their next stripe
When the average minimum wage is $5.15
You best believe you've got to find a new grind to get cream
The white unemployment rate?
It's nearly more than triple for black
Some front-liners got their gun in your back
Bubbling crack, jewel theft and robbery to combat poverty
And end up in the global jail economy

Stiffer stipulations attached to each sentence
Budget cutbacks but increased police presence
And even if you get out of prison still living
Join the other 5 million under state supervision
This is business
No faces, just lines and statistics
From your phone, your zip code to SSI digits
The system break man, child, and women into figures
2 columns for who is and who ain't niggas
Numbers is hard and real and they never have feelings
But you push too hard, even numbers got limits
Why did one straw break the camel's back?
Here's the secret
The million other straws underneath it
It's all mathematics

The Mighty Mos Def
It's simple mathematics
Check it out!
I revolve around science
What are we talking about here?

Mathematics [?x]

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