Brother Ali - Letter To My Countrymen Lyrics




[Verse 1:]
I used to think I hated this place
Couldn't wait to tell the president straight to his face
But lately I changed, nowadays I embrace it all
Beautiful ideals and amazing flaws
Got to care enough to give a testament
'Bout the deeply depressing mess we're in
It's home so we better make the best of it
I wanna make this country what it says it is
Still dream in the vividest living color
No matter how many times my love been smothered
Who's ever above us won't just let us suffer
All of this struggling got to amount to something
This is a letter to my countrymen
Especially those my age and younger than
We're up against an ugly trend
Everybody's hustling don't nobody touch their friends
No group singing and dancing
No anthem nobody holds hands, and...
Instead they give a handheld
And make you shoulder life's burden by your damn self
One thing that can't be debated
Power never changed on it's own you got to make it
That's why community is so sacred
That's the symbol that we make when we raise fists

[Chorus:]
"Sooner or later" [x2]

[Verse 2:]
We don't really like to talk about the race thing
The whole grandparents used to own slaves thing
Pat ourselves on the back in February
Looking at pictures of Abe Lincoln and the great King
But the real picture's much more embarrassing
We're still not even close to really sharing things
The situation of oppressed people
Shows what we feel it means to be a human being
What does it mean to be American?
I think the struggle to free is our inheritance
And if we say it how it really is
We know our lily skin still give us privilege
Advantages given to the few
That are built into the roots of our biggest institutions
That's the truth in life we got to choose
Do I fight in the movement or think I'm entitled to it
This is not a practice life
This is the big game we got to attack it right
Each one of us is headed for the grave
This old crooked world won't be saved by the passive type
This is a letter to my countrymen
Not from a Democrat or a Republican
But one among you that's why you call me brother
Ain't scared to tell you we're in trouble 'cause I love you

[Chorus:]
"Sooner or later" [x2]

[Verse 3:]
They tell me I'm a dreamer, they ridicule
They feel defeated, old, bitter, and cynical
Excuse me but I see it from a different view
I still believe in what a driven few could really do
I know that the masses want to sleep
And they would just rather hear me rapping to the beat
But I want to pass this planet to my son
A little better than it was when they handed it to me
So I wrote a letter to my countrymen
I'll be happy if it only reaches one of them
Reporting live A-L-I, your brother
Mourning in America, dreaming in color
[Dr. Cornel West:]
My dear Brother Ali,
I think you know deep down in your soul that
Something, something just ain't right.
You don't want to be just well adjusted to injustice
And well adapted to indifference. You want to be
A person with integrity who leaves a mark on the world.
People can say when you go that you left the world
Just a little better than you found it. I understand. I want
To be like that too.





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  1. Garland Sullender

    To 8 people? Stop being ugly

  2. Timothy Joyce

    My first battle rap where the judge mattered.. 2002 @ fifth element.

  3. Ery Hazaze Abdul Razak

    Dear Ali,please Make the official video clip A letter to my countrymen!

  4. Matthew Sydney

    One of the best

  5. Michael Mckay

    This track makes me teary eyed

  6. Pop faves

    Four things I like about this song: 1. The lyrics: good message. 2. The delivery. 3. Those chimes. 4. Background singers, and featured guest.

  7. Koldatt

    "This old crooked world wont be saved by the passive type."
    No fuckin doubt

  8. sethhoffmanjew

    Is this dude an albino?

  9. Moe Bitchez

    Surprised that this has such a few likes.

  10. VeganThuggin

    man I don't get it at all. i love mumble rap. Young thugs my favorite artist all time, I bump Lil uzi and all sorts of the most ignorant artists. for some reason that music insures me to accomplish my dreams. Don't know why it just does so I go with it. Having said that I raised myself on the underground and on conscious music. Years later I no longer get what I used to from it but ill tell you what there's not a moment ever that brother Ali comes on and I'm not stopped dead in my tracks with the most humble respect and admiration for brother Ali. salute man you will always be a hero to me and i will never forget or deny the sheer beauty, brilliance, and humanity of this one of a kind artists. Thank you brother Ali!!!!

  11. VeganThuggin

    man I don't get it at all. i love mumble rap. Young thugs my favorite artist all time, I bump Lil uzi and all sorts of the most ignorant artists. for some reason that music insures me to accomplish my dreams. Don't know why it just does so I go with it. Having said that I raised myself on the underground and on conscious music. Years later I no longer get what I used to from it but ill tell you what there's not a moment ever that brother Ali comes on and I'm not stopped dead in my tracks with the most humble respect and admiration for brother Ali. salute man you will always be a hero to me and i will never forget or deny the sheer beauty, brilliance, and humanity of this one of a kind artists. Thank you brother Ali!!!!

    VeganThuggin

    *inspires lol

  12. MileHighRonin

    I feel ya Brother. I have 2 young daughters and I hate this world I have to raise them in.

  13. Truey Lewis

    if this doesn't touch your soul, you might be part of the problem. this is as honest as it gets

  14. Mark Magpusao

    I'm listening to this on July 10th, 2016. A few days after the Dallas shootings of police officers. The suspect opened fire on police officers in retaliation to police shootings around the country days earlier. At times I think more of the country should hear this song.

  15. Geeto Stearns

    favorite song

  16. Gregory Johnson

    Finally substance!!!!!..

    Sayward King

    so glad you like it

  17. BearsStillRule

    ali keeps it real. one of my favorites of all time. real talk

  18. scythe456

    i wish we had more meaningful content in rap and hip hop like this

    Mark Simpson

    @scythe456 Rap like this with substance is very rare, takes a special person to still have a catchy song and speak on social and political issues so eloquently. Truly one of my favorite artists of all times. I have caught every show of his in Baltimore that i knew about, unfortunately it only numbers 2

    meed0k

    +Mark Simpson not too rare, just not in the mainstream unfortunately and you have to know where to look. Rhymesayers has a lot of good meaningful artists, plus artists like Busdriver, Killer Mike, Hopsin, Immortal Technique, etc.

    Pride909

    there is there is a lot, its all underground though

    Elmeromero

    Nick DeMeo tech isnt on rhymsayers.

  19. sharodtaylor23

    This one hit my soul... Real Lyricism

  20. Benjamin Fogarty

    "this is a letter from a countryman, not a democrat or a republican, but one among you"

  21. Justin Booth

    big ups to b ali!