"U, Black Maybe" as written by Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Stevie Wonder and Kanye Omari West....
Can't come around
They gon' wanna bring you down
No one knows just what's inside
Doing dope and doing time
Why they messing with your mind
Black maybe

I heard a white man's yes is a black maybe
I was delivered in this world as a crack baby
Hard for me to pay attention and I act crazy
Gotta get over from the tip, I watch the fat lady
Sing a song, on how we guerillas in warfare
And I'm the kingest kong
They say we dreaming wrong
Them same strips that them older cats lingered on
Now the Walgreens is gone, hope is killed fiends are born
We leanin on a wall that ain't that ain't stable
It's hard to turn on the hood that made you
To leave we afraid to
The same streets that raised you can age you
With other black birds that's caged too
A rage up in Harlem and the southside
Brothers is starving with their mouth wide open
Floating across state got the workout plans so they can move weight
The fate of the black man, woman, and child: maybe

Can't come around
They gon' wanna bring you down
No one knows just what's inside
Doing dope and doing time
Why they messing with your mind
Black maybe

Can't come around
They gon' wanna bring you down
No one knows just what's inside
Doing dope and doing time
Why they messing with your mind
Black maybe

He had game since he used to hoop at Chatham
Neither the ghetto nor defenders could trap him
The stones had his back and they'd pat him
He was living a life they couldn't fathom
Colleges getting at him with all type of scholarships
Even if he went they knew he'd leave college quick
For the pros the one from the hood that was chose
The black rose that grew in the jungle
But humble stud still had rumble in his blood
Women all around giving him trouble love
You know the love when you up they down
Cause you wrap a ball they round
Your win is their crown
Dudes in the circle he known for years
Shared beers and cheers but chose different careers
When paper and fame came they ain't know how to react
Them same studs shot him in the back
Now that's black, maybe

Can't come around
They gon' wanna bring you down
No one knows just what's inside
Doing dope and doing time
Why they messing with your mind
Black maybe

Can't come around
They gon' wanna bring you down
No one knows just what's inside
Doing dope and doing time
Why they messing with your mind
Black maybe

When we talk about black maybe
We talk about situations
Of people of color and because you are that color
You endure obstacles and opposition
And not all the time from, from other nationalities
Sometimes it come from your own kind
Or maybe even your own mind
You get judged, you get laughed at, you get looked at wrong
You get sighted for not being strong
The struggle of just being you
The struggle of just being us, black maybe

Black maybe

Can't come around
They gon' wanna bring you down
No one knows just what's inside
Doing dope and doing time
Why they messing with your mind
Black maybe


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"U, Black Maybe" as written by Kanye West Lonnie Rashid Lynn

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    General Commentgreat song- on repeat on my pod...as as interpretation- common pretty much spells it out. too bad it's too controversial to hit mainstream radios
    ranijeeon April 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis represents the expectations/stereotypes that society has for certain races. that's my interpretation of this song. i face these expectations quite frequently... i am mulatto. people tell me i act "white", or some people tell me i act "ghetto". mulatto, asian, mexican... there's expectations for all races. and when those expectations are shattered, people tend to look at you funny. my dad is black, but breaks the social expectations of a black person. he doesn't like "gangsta rap", he RARELY drinks, he's more into alternative & complex music. he's a poet. he cooks. he takes care of his children. he's a college graduate. he served our country in the navy. and because of these things that he's done, that aren't what the "typical black person" is "supposed" to do, he gets mild amounts of ridicule. even from his own children, but now that i've listened to this song, i see that he probably faces this quite frequently like i do, and i hate that feeling. personally, i think tht races are just another way to divide the already divided and conflicting nations of the world. i don't see myself as just "black" or just "white" and i don't think i "act" like a certain race. personally i'm ME... in terms of music, i really love it all. in terms of close, i like it all. i have an unregionalzed accent. and people look at me funny. but in the end, like this song says, the struggle of being you is prevalent everyday. but i live through it. i love songs like this, that make me think critically!


    i am 14 by the way :) believe it or not. and i DON'T like 50 cent and i wasn't forced to listen to people like common. it's a personal choice, perhaps an influence from the good music i was raised on.

    god bless to you all :)
    millionheiresson April 24, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningPeace! The second verse to this song is in reference to my cousin, the late great Ben Wilson. He was the top basketball player in Chicago--the nation really--back in 1984 before he was mercilessly gunned down by some jealous lowlife. What an honor to Benji's memory for Common to further immortalize him in his music. Much love for that...

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    chynablaqon January 04, 2010   Link

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