"Police State" as written by Clayton Gavin and Lavonne Alford/ Vonkeli Williams/ Andrew Mair....
You have the emergence in human society
Of this thing that's called the State
What is the State? The State is this organized bureaucracy
It is the police department. It is the Army, the Navy
It is the prison system, the courts, and what have you
This is the State it is a repressive organization
But the state and gee, well, you know,
You've got to have the police, cause..
If there were no police, look at what you'd be doing to yourselves!
You'd be killing each other if there were no police!
But the reality is
The police become necessary in human society
Only at that junction in human society
Where it is split between those who have and those who ain't got

I throw a Molotov cocktail at the precinct, you know how we think
Organize the hood under I Ching banners
Red, Black and Green instead of gang bandanas
F.B.I. spyin' on us through the radio antennas
And them hidden cameras in the streetlight watchin' society
With no respect for the people's right to privacy
I'll take a slug for the cause like Huey P.
While all you fake niggaz try to copy Master P
I want to be free to live, able to have what I need to live
Bring the power back to the street, where the people live
We sick of workin' for crumbs and fillin' up the prisons
Dyin' over money and relyin' on religion for help
We do for self like ants in a colony
Organize the wealth into a socialist economy
A way of life based off the common need
And all my comrades is ready, we just spreadin' the seed

The average Black male
Live a third of his life in a jail cell
Cause the world is controlled by the white male
And the people don't never get justice
And the women don't never get respected
And the problems don't never get solved
And the jobs don't never pay enough
So the rent always be late; can you relate?
We livin in a police state

No more bondage, no more political monsters
No more secret space launchers
Government departments started it in the projects
Material objects, thousands up in the closets
Could've been invested in a future for my comrades
Battle contacts, primitive weapons out in combat
Many never come back
Pretty niggaz be runnin' with gats
Rather get shot in they back than fire back
We tired of that - corporations hirin' blacks
Denyin' the facts, exploitin' us all over the map
That's why I write the shit I write in my raps
It's documented, I meant it
Every day of the week, I live in it; breathin' it
It's more than just fuckin believin' it
I'm holdin' them ones, rollin' up my sleeves an' shit
It's cee-lo for push-ups now, many headed for one conclusion
Niggaz ain't ready for revolution


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"Police State" as written by Clayton Gavin Andrew Mair

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    General Commenti wish more people would talk about dead prez songs, they dont get enough credit. this song is very smart and relates to today with bush
    goomba555213on January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPolice Stare is a great song...though it does get it wrong in some places and is highly biased,it gets its point across in spectacular fashion.Love it.
    pauli_panthaon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is right on, even if it does come of as making situations look grimer then they may be for most people, i think its good that they have the guts to expose some of the problems then talk about all the cash they have now that they made it. my favorite part explains the whole song i think

    We sick of workin for crumbs and fillin up the prisons
    Dyin over money and relyin on religion for help

    the problems in the ghetto is that there is little help for people to get out, and the only way they will reach out to you is if you conform, which usually isn't SO bad, but i can 100% understand the song and not wanting to change yourself at all and still want help. ever notice the more poor a place gets the more christianity rules over it. the more churches and christian schools. I think i understand where dead prez is coming from
    goomba555213on January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOrganize the hood under I CHing banners- Red Black and Green instead of gang bandanas

    All of the first album has great lyrics like this. Dead Prez is the best Rap group to come out since 1994. I am tired of the bling bling crap that is considered hip hop these days. If you are too, listen to Dead Prez, Jedi Mind Tricks, The Coup, and Immortal Technique.

    Each One Teach One
    Son Help Son
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNot as wrong as you might think, and biased yes, but not unfairly so. They talk about race a lot, but I interpret it as being a lot less racist than a lot of rap or hip/hop (sorry?) that has nothing worth saying.
    CHOOSE BRONZEon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDead Prez describes the world, the state through the viewpoint of the oppressed. The world always look and feel different between those with and without power. Yet, it is the perspective of the powerful that is always seen. Dead Prez offers this alternative, a stance from oppressed peoples, whose lives have been marginalized through systematic discrimination.
    A.I.on March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI did not post that comment above, I'm not sure what happened, but I think songmeanings glitched, because I remember reading that and then posting a reply. weird.
    CHOOSE BRONZEon November 06, 2006   Link

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