Blackalicious Making Progress

[Chorus: Gift of Gab]

We keep embellishin upon a new uncharted path

Expressin what we see and how we comprehend the math

So there’s enough for everyone we gotta make it last

We gotta make it last..

[Gift of Gab]

As I embark on life’s journey from the point where I’m at

Peace to everyone I know or who I go way back wit

Every pimp every mack, every gangsta to jack

Every hustler feedin babies, anybody pro-black

Every sister raisin kids without the help of a dad

Wantin for they children all the things that they never had

All the brothers handlin business even though shit’s hard

Wakin up at five A.M., holdin down three jobs

All my rasta brethern gettin insight from trees

To my brothers up in college gettin Ph.D’s

Or any other degree, even if you just read

For mental health, see you’re concious that your mind is free

All my people locked down, for your past mistakes

Mentally and spiritually, dwellin past the gates

You could change your ways, elevate today

To all recovered alcoholics chillin up in AA

Every black-owned business, keep doin for self

Helpin out the community and spreadin the wealth

Understand that help ain’t gonna come from nowhere else

Revolutionaries makin the unjust get dealth wit

Head on black people got to meet the task

Educate, keep learnin, gotta question, ask!

And let your light keep shinin and remember the past

By any means necessary, we’ll be free at last

[Chorus]

[Gift of Gab]

As I embark on life’s journey from the point where I’m at

Peace to everybody strivin to live right and exact

Even though anxieties try to pull you down

See your troubles as a blessin and you’re homeward bound

Everybody gotta struggle, that’s the way of the world

Can’t develop biceps if you don’t do curls

Can’t achieve a a garden if you never water your crops

If you never paid your dues, then you don’t get props

Couldn’t eat a proper meal without cookin it first

Can’t receive a paycheck if you don’t do work

If it wasn’t for the rain, then the trees won’t grow

When the spring came around, what a sight to bestow

When you face adversities, dark clouds won’t last

If you never study, how do you expect to pass?

The grasshoppers laid around while the ants did chores

When the winter came around, he was left outdoors

See the cycle keeps moving like a big machine

Evolution of the mind, soul body and being

God’ll never put upon you more than you can take

Sometimes you even gotta learn from OTHER people’s mistakes

So head on black people got to meet the task

Educate, keep learnin, gotta question, ask!

And let your light keep shinin and remember the past

By any means necessary, we’ll be free at last

[Chorus]