"New Slaves" as written by Malik Yusef El Shabbaz Jones, Cydel Charles Young, Shama E. Joseph, Kanye Omari West, Ben Bronfman, Anna Adamis, Gabor Presser, Michael G. Dean, Noah D. Goldstein, Che Smith, Christopher Breaux,...
My momma was raised in the era when
Clean water was only served to the fairer skin
Doing clothes you would have thought I had help
But they wasn't satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself
You see it's broke nigga racism
That's that "Don't touch anything in the store"
And this rich nigga racism
That's that "Come in, please buy more
What you want, a Bentley? Fur coat? A diamond chain?
All you blacks want all the same things"
Used to only be niggas now everybody playing
Spending everything on Alexander Wang
New Slaves

You see there's leaders and there's followers
But I'd rather be a dick than a swallower

You see there's leaders and there's followers
But I'd rather be a dick than a swallower

I throw these Maybach keys
I wear my heart on the sleeve
I know that we the new slaves
I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves
I know that we the new slaves
I see the blood on the leaves
They throwing hate at me
Want me to stay at ease
Fuck you and your corporation
Y'all niggas can't control me
I know that we the new slaves
I know that we the new slaves
I'm 'bout to wild the fuck out
I'm going Bobby Boucher
I know that pussy ain't free
You niggas pussy, ain't me
Y'all throwing contracts at me
You know that niggas can't read
Throw 'em some Maybach keys
Fuck it, c'est la vie
I know that we the new slaves
Y'all niggas can't fuck with me
Y'all niggas can't fuck with Ye
Y'all niggas can't fuck with Ye
I'll move my family out the country
So you can't see where I stay
So go and grab the reporters
So I can smash their recorders
See they'll confuse us with some bullshit
Like the New World Order
Meanwhile the DEA
Teamed up with the CCA
They tryna lock niggas up
They tryna make new slaves
See that's that privately owned prisons
Get your piece today
They prolly all in the Hamptons
Braggin' 'bout what they made
Fuck you and your Hampton house
I'll fuck your Hampton spouse
Came on her Hampton blouse
And in her Hampton mouth
Y'all 'bout to turn shit up
I'm 'bout to tear shit down
I'm 'bout to air shit out
Now what the fuck they gon' say now?

I won't end this high, not this time again
So long, so long, so long
You cannot survive
And I'm not dying
And I can't lose
I can't lose
No, I can't lose
Cause I can't leave it to you
So let's get too high, get too high again
(Too high again
Too high)

Lyrics submitted by gothic_hobbit, edited by Mellow_Harsher, strykerchick

"New Slaves" as written by Che Smith Malik Yusef El Shabbaz Jones

Lyrics © Ultra Tunes, BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +4
    General CommentShit's nuts. He brings up a lot of shit but in the beginning he's bringing up social issues for blacks and dealing w. getting signed. "All you niggas want the same things", so companies just throw them some chains, a nice car, and a contract, and tell them to shut the fuck up and "do what we say".

    At this point Kanye has his own company so he doesn't have to deal with that shit as much, but we're still slaves to corporations, including himself.

    Then he distinguishes himself from every other rapper saying if you turn it up he'll just tear it down - watch the throne.
    JamzXIVon June 22, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe's rapping about how blacks are still slaves to corporations and that they can easily be controlled by accepting material things in exchange for their raps. He's saying how he's not going to be controlled by materialism or corporations offering him expensive things to rap about them but instead he'll rap about what's important, like he's doing in this song.
    neophytismon July 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBlacks (and everyone else) might be more beholden to the whims of corporations than we'd like, but for a rich and famous hip hop star to draw an analogy to being a "slave" is an insult to anyone who ever felt the crack of a whip or wore chains, and like so much bad high school poetry.

    Great riff, though.
    edfinkelon September 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview he was talking about invisible walls. Invisible creative walls. He's talking about the 1% white who own every corporation and control everything from the food you eat to the clothes you wear. They own them and they aren't letting anyone access that level to be able to plug into the mass market on such a huge worldwide scale.

    For example: They allow people like Jay-Z to make beats headphones but they still have the Monster cables in them.
    1800COKEWHOREon October 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow bout the part about the private prisons? Could be some of his funniest, most inspired lyrics. Nobody can compete with this dude. Love it!
    Luvlivemusicon January 20, 2020   Link

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