Renegades' Anthem

from by Boondock Squad

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written, composed and arranged – 2008

lyrics

Movin buildin within many livin in your inner city
is a population a red alert to this nation
whose names are in category of insurgents in a hurry
to destroy the generations of freedom and liberation
they don’t want us to exist so they label us terrorists
cuz when we rep a set of peace, the system is stuck
we’re quick to raise our fists against military enlist
and we speak about what’s up they say we know too much
organized collectivity not for crime but community
made history with this picture: gangs of an opposite nature
don’t call us gangsta yet but realize it’s gangsta shit
if you get hit risked your life for the hood that you organize in
hit by your own streets, crime rates that never fail
or hit by someone else, bullets from dictators’ spells
we turn the chrome from rims to revolutionary guns
to blast back acts of love as revolutionary ones

Renegades in the bay in the streets of the Sco / Who, who, who, who are you?
to Oakland fasho, we fight for Oscar Grant and civil rights / who, who, who, who are we?
where you at my soldiers? put your hands in the air! / recognize us
they aint prepared, we’re taking back our streets right about this time / renegades

This is the renegades’ anthem with hearts and souls as a tandem
I will tattle this tail, put a fist in the air
if you feelin me here…
you see we’re superdope though we’re always broke and broken
by our families who lose all their hope when you open
your mind to ideals of change and progress
cuz it might not equal financial success
whatever I’ma do it be a teacher leader social worker
more than a performer keeping the streets in order
tackling what faces me, life’s a battle it’s a given
ride or die, I been ridin that’s the reason why I’m livin
you can stare me in the eye, you might think I’m fearless
but I’m not, fear makes me stronger that’s the only difference
no need for inferences yes the hood got my back
real G’s freedom writers organizers where you at?
I rep The Boondocks what chu know about that?

Renegades til the third world struggle is won / Who, who, who, who are you?
til we take back our land, no more war in the Middle East / who, who, who, who are we?
where you at my soldiers!? put your hands in the air! / recognize us
they aint prepared, we’re taking back our streets right about this time / renegades

Bridge

Renegades cuz Obama’s change can’t be enough / Who, who, who, who are you?
we the people need to make it happen a day at a time / who, who, who, who are we?
where you at my soldiers!? put your hands in the air! / recognize us
they aint prepared, we’re taking back our streets right about this time / renegades

who, who, who, who are you?
who, who, who, who are we?
huh-ha-ha recognize us
we are the Boondock Squad.

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from When Monkeys Make Music, track released July 2, 2011

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