Lowkey - Children Of Diaspora Lyrics




[Lowkey:]
Don't you wonder what became of the children of diaspora?
Those that innovated in their ways and their vernacular
Those that saw their traces in the faces of the massacred
I wonder what became of them, tell me what became of them..
I wonder what became of them, tell me what became of them..
I wonder what became of them, tell me what became of them..
I wonder what became of them, tell me what became of them..

Lost in this city of fog rarely seen by the sun
Just 'cause you're both but neither doesn't mean that you're none
Never captains of the ship but they mistook us for some
Passengers
Now we're stuck here singing soul music from diaspora
Your hosts can't relate to your sense of dislocation
The type of pain that cannot be contained in a dissertation
"Diaspora" the reason that the terrified are setting fires
"Diaspora" the reason they couldn't jeopardise Zephaniah
Considered as a compliment if our beauty is fetishized
Your history is power, that's the reason some are petrified
Colonial mimic, mascot crying behind a mask
Or a man with amnesia trying to find his past
Anthony Walker never had a weapon but they still got him
Stephen Lawrence never had a weapon but they still got him
Mark Duggan never had a weapon but they still shot him
They call them first world diaspora problems

Don't you wonder what became of the children of diaspora?
Those that innovated in their ways and their vernacular
Those that saw their traces in the faces of the massacred
I wonder what became of them
Tell me what became of them
Zoha Hadeed was a child of diaspora
So fear not, fear not
Edward Said was a child of diaspora
So fear not, fear not

[Mai Khalil:]
We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no, no, no, no, no, no
We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no, no, no, no, no, no

[Lowkey:]
Since the middle passage either sink or you swim
Bleach the pigment of skin and pray its privilege trickling in
But are we missing the link?
Diasporas the reason MJ did to his nose what they did to the sphinx
And why Marley made the most classic of art
The reason Gabby Douglas didn't put her hand on her heart
The reason Malcolm Little changed his name to X
The reason the President's melanin remain a threat
Ahmed made a clock, they arrested him and mangled his name
But the root of the word is to thank and to praise
Racism manifests in many cancerous ways
We must rally for change in these most tragic of days
Cos Emmett Till didn't have a weapon, but they still got him
Tamir Rice never had a weapon but they still shot him
Alton Sterling never had a weapon but they still shot him
They call them first world diaspora problems

Don't you wonder what became of the children of diaspora?
Those that innovated in their ways and their vernacular
Those that saw their traces in the faces of the massacred
I wonder what became of them
Tell me what became of them
Nina Simone was a child of diaspora
So fear not, fear not
Frantz Fanon was a child of diaspora
So fear not, fear not

[Mai Khalil:]
Pledge no allegiance to the flag, no
Pledge no allegiance to the flag, no
Pledge no allegiance to the flag, no, no, no, no, no, no
Pledge no allegiance to the flag, no
Pledge no allegiance to the flag, no
Pledge no allegiance to the flag, no, no, no, no, no, no

We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no, no, no, no, no, no
We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no
We never bow to the Queen, no, no, no, no, no, no





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Lowkey Children Of Diaspora Comments
  1. YouTube Boxing

    86 dislikes from the queens account and her fake ones the bitch

  2. Cole Ryan Spearchief

    Straight up

  3. bob bobdr

    Goosebumps

  4. davies kilawe

    Anyone saw Chackabars???

  5. Amir Moghaddam

    Is that Marshawn Lynch at 1:00?

  6. Eon N

    no flags allowed. no flags needed. no flags

  7. Dustin D

    No more kings.

  8. Hash Chow

    Beautiful video. Lowkey never fails to deliver his hard hitting lyrics in the most simplistic yet heartfelt ways. Kudos brother!

  9. KingoftheCatnap

    Excellent song/video! Thank you!

  10. julian ramirez

    What if your ugly? And have an ugly smile? Are you still beautiful?

    GlobalFaction

    Yes! Do you know why that might be? And if you find the right answer can it still be true if you flip it the other way around? Let me know bro. Peace.

  11. raj hello

    You know who controls YouTube hench the views brothers and sisters.... The word of mouth is powerful so spread the word ourselves... Peace

  12. matt chew

    Lowkeys proof you don't have to rap about pussy guns and drugs, by far the best the uk has to offer spits on real life issues (also akala)

  13. Lazerus 64

    Best rapper/MC the UK has ever produced and as a big rap fan since before NWA I don't give this credit out easily. Never bow to the queen.. no !

  14. Carrie Scoular

    I love Lowkey xxx love

  15. Sam

    This is an amazing piece ❤️

  16. Lord Mock

    I came back here because of the mark duggan line

    #bandokay

  17. Benjamin Weiss

    Damn, I should listen to more Lowkey, I haven't listened to him in years...

  18. يسرا فارس

    this song is everything to me

  19. Jacob Mills

    The start of the verse at 2:50 is so fucking good

  20. RELICS92

    If only everyone could smile alot more at one another in the street,shops,parks or wherever. Imagine how much more connected we could all be rather than fear or be weary of each other all the time and constantly keeping ourselves to ourselves,disconnected or lost in our headphones or connected more to our mobile devices and staring at our screens as that seems so much like the safer options these days. Just for a few split seconds drop that barrier just enough to break that ice or put others at ease enough to respond back with a smile. That then could lead to conversations,new friendships,potential relationships or just make someone's day a much better and more uplifted one....Yet another lovely Low-key track that I've discovered later on with an equally lovely and uplifting video just showing humanity at it's most beautiful....

  21. fintanfin1234

    As part of the Irish diaspora as a result of the same imperialism, I salute you, peace. Never bow.

  22. Shareen Begum

    Love this song..love Lowkey and Mai khalil🙏🙏🙏

  23. Abdulrahman Falah

    I had a BIG smile on my face watching this. Thank you Lowkey!
    شكراً اخي ❤️

  24. itzscorpionking

    love this video, just wished there were some scenes of him rapping the song. Nevertheless, dope video!

  25. Crypto Khan

    ALL TIME BEST = Lowkey!!

  26. merkeImustdie

    just stumbled over your music, awesome! rly love it!

    Crypto Khan

    Watch more and share with people.... I want to see as many people supporting this guy as possible

  27. Michael Millward

    The best thing about this video is the smiling faces its lovely to see people smiling

  28. caroline raybould

    love your videos, they always bring a tear to my eye, so human

  29. grill R/S

    Goosebumps

  30. Veronica Logotheti

    Por eso no me gusta esta gente
    Fue una manera de entrar en las redes
    Crei en la gente joven

  31. Nicole Jessica

    I know what you did... You told them they were beautiful... That's what got those beautiful smiles...

  32. Sam Williams

    Children of leeches- go back to the 3rd world and make it prosper

    GlobalFaction

    You again! Lol! Such a stalker! And an emasculated, bitter and cold one at that.

  33. V Cam Tv

    Still so Deep

  34. Silver Stacker

    What a beautiful video. I smiled every time they smiled.

  35. Brian Doherty

    Been listening to Hiphop since 1980, run dmc, grandmaster flash etc, My fave of all time is Krs one an intelligent underground rapper, from the people with the respect of the people, Lowkey is from the same mould.

  36. Brian Doherty

    Never bow to queen No, I am born and bred in Manchester and have been saying that line all my life, great to hear it on this track

  37. Burnzy Raps

    Fuck the queen and the regime

  38. reflection111

    This is such an underrated track. Even just the words "so fear not", that he repeats to say that there is hardship in dislocation and not belonging, but there is also the potential for greatness, of substance, to rise out of a diaspora and serve as role models for people who may feel lost or are actively being misled by others... So deep!

    Shah Zad

    Well said. "So fear not" encapsulates the attitude of uncertainty many children of diaspora have. It gives hope and sometimes, hope is enough to allow someone to push forward through difficult times.

    So fear not.
    This line inspires me to become the role model you have described. People who grew up just like me, sons of immigrant taxi drivers, are on the streets selling coke while I'm at university. And my heart genuinely goes out to them, their lives are in a choke hold and they're lost to hopelessness. So much potential but all gone to waste. The scariest part is I could have been exactly like them. I've been exposed to drugs enough to know I could succumb to evil temptations. I know myself well enough to see my capacity for doing bad. I've been hurt enough to let out my anger on the world. There is no difference between me, who's going to secure a high paying job and ascend from working class to middle class, and the thug on the street. We are all the same. We come from the same struggle. I was just privileged enough to not fall victim like they did. For this reason I am extremely motivated to make the most of the life I've been blessed with cos I know how different it could've been. I am forever grateful for the life I have.

    "Those who saw their traces in the faces of the massacred"

    Thanks for letting me vent haha

  39. billy sandoval

    Shouts to Mai Khalil an underrated gem. Everytime her and Lowkey are together magic happens.

  40. Aaliyah Hassan

    Beautiful smiles. No racism in Islam.

  41. Ivan Clements

    Seeing those people smile made me smile from ear to ear. XD

  42. Robert Pipe

    I always think the hi-hat on this is my phone. Every time !

  43. Unkn

    Such a deep song

  44. TheJahsoldier1

    never bow!!! what a load of beautiful smiling faces..the real us!!!

  45. Shae Khan

    My favourite rapper...Powerful song!

  46. eman987100

    what flag are they referring to?

  47. Crypto Khan

    Omg how have more people not viewed this??

  48. Opi Painting

    Artists like Lowkey have a transcending spirit, these human being are sent to this earth to carry a message, spread it then leave. Many great beings have entered this earth and Lowkey is one of them to me. Can't wait to see you at the in Manchester this July!! Oneness.

  49. Jon Stern

    Great song and video.would have liked to see more women in the photoshoot though

  50. Sally A

    Lowkeys has a special place in heaven. Thank u for your effort to educate people without any ego.

  51. Irene Davo

    Please watch video of Jim Nduruchi called Festo re Jigger Victims in Kenya

  52. Burn da Rookie

    a smile would make the world better

  53. TheCarrifaery Bear

    so lovely. thank you <3

  54. andrea Blue

    Makes me smile everytime :)

  55. Remorseless Red-

    They're taking the piss, advertising holidays in occupied Palestine on lowkeys videos!

  56. Sean Plasman

    Share on ur fb people for support

  57. reflection111

    Just cos you're both but neither doesn't mean that you're none...☝🏾

  58. Naitsirhc Ylc

    When's the album coming out Lowkey?

  59. Ben Luke

    recently discovered this song......instantly in my top 5!!!!!

  60. alakazam fam

    When's the album dropping then?

  61. Arthur Hull

    This is a song that really resonates with me as an Arab American.

  62. Valarie Southwell

    Best music video I have ever watched

  63. DeMented Tea

    I can't get enough of this. And i love this video so much. Wow! Each person is unique and beautiful and all those smiles got me smiling yet tears to my eyes. Each person has a great smile that made mine so wide my cheeks hurt Thank you :)

  64. DonkeyKong66

    My favourite lowkey song.

  65. MRnobody

    Lowkey is a lyrical god! Fire in the booth part 2 FULL SHOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB6XdbTXk-c

  66. Grl Khan

    i cant wait to meet #Lowkey God willing one day! keep up with the great work

  67. Ænglisc

    Fuck the Queen, love the flag <3

  68. Yara LaLibre

    So powerful! All my respect to Lowkey & Mai Khalil.
    What's written on his t-shirt?

  69. vihusa44555

    : I .... : )

  70. Johnny Espinal

    Biggups Lowkey 💯💯

  71. TynE786

    The goat

  72. TynE786

    This guy

  73. Lucas m

    the man running all the workouts is chakabars. hes on instagram, amazing fellow a man of the people please check him out

  74. sunmanpatoo

    There's a good message here even though just about the only word I understand is... DIASPORA! HariiiBoL!

  75. Nyxa Free

    how has it been over a year since hes come back

  76. 941GamezOnline

    This came out a year ago today ❤

  77. Onno Malapitan

    Tell me a better duo than Lowkey and Mai Khalil. Waiting...

  78. # OTF

    WHY THE FUCK WE NEED A QUEEN WHEN WE HAVE A SHITTY GOVERMENT PAGENS

  79. Lazaros Tsen

    we are all children of diaspora.... i am from Greece i know what it really means to leave your country to seek a better future abroad! take care people

  80. Shafia U

    THIS VIDEO MADE ME SO HAPPY.

  81. Shafia U

    I've been listening to Lowkey since I was 12 and he never fails to touch my heart. Never.

  82. Shafia U

    THERE'S NO ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, NO

  83. Greenwich University

    lady so beautiful 1.08

  84. Abel Johnson

    if Aliens came too earth. I'd want Lowkey too represent us.

  85. sworddice

    2:03 hold the doorrrr!!!

  86. Jacob Yuri

    Never bow to the queen? Do they mean queen Elizabeth?

  87. Moin Summandar

    Best rapper in history

  88. Stephen Beale

    Lowkey is back!!! only if PAC could come back too that would make for a perfect day on earth we lost PAC just before he started his bigger moves Lowkey is IMO the UK Malcolm x the UK tupac the UKs greatest next to Akala don't leave us this time Lowkey your the voice of the voiceless bro. you doing gods work don't stop until the casket drop respect n love from Australia.. bring ya tour here and bring Akala with you we love the UK scene better then the garbage coming from america these days our kids kids growing up to drake lil Wayne two chainz and utter crap so ya need to come back for good

  89. Ruben Sanchez

    I waved back to the little girl on min. 4:11 😜

  90. Momma T

    Pretty sure that 'views' count is off, I know I've got at least 100,000x myself watching it.

    I'm proud to say I'm a child of diaspora ^_^

  91. R R

    Any word on a new album? I check back daily......

  92. Kastheapache

    chakabars! ❤

  93. Somewhere in The Streams SMALLIESQUATCHIN

    much Love and prayers to all of you in West London im speachless.

  94. Jonesy-jdm gt sports car meets Jonesy-jdm gt sports

    Wish all faiths could live love and help each other. worlds turning evil. 2011 uprisings of UK started this shit now wots going on in world .

  95. Rasta Mouse

    never bow to the Queen no never

  96. HaHaLooLoo

    can someone help me? that brilliant quote by Said at the end is that from representations of the intellectual?

  97. Amethyst Johnson

    This song is really beautiful. The children of diaspora are our brothers and we should help them feel empowered and prosperous in our country, regardless of where they are from or what their religion is. Their stories are so rich and we could learn so much if we just listened.

  98. dseer13

    His voice needs to be made louder the beat drowns it out

  99. mohammed wahaab

    never fails to give me goosebumps this guy. salute my g