Innercity Boundaries

I love my old school hip hop. I have so many amazing memories are attached to the songs from 1987 to about 1996. Song from 1993 hold a special place for me. That was the year I graduated high school (I shocked a lot of folks when I was able to walk with my class), the year I became Muslim, the year I began re-discovering who I was. It has been a journey and I continue to develop my consciousness. A week before my 18th birth, I got tickets to go to this hip hop show. I was so hype: Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, Freestyle Fellowship, and some others. My homeboys all worked in College radio and we were all pretty pumped about the show in South San Jose. But that same night, we learned that Freestyle Fellowship broke up. I never got to see them in concert.

Artist: Freestyle Fellowship
Album: Innercity Griots
Song: Innercity Boundaries [Featuring Daddy-O]
Release: 1993

[Featuring Daddy-O]
Once we have the knowledge of self as a people then we could be free
and no devil could ever enter the boundaries
I stand in the center around all these sounds I see
Blessin’ Allah that I found the key
That’s how we be
We are by no means ashamed of our cultural background
Not a tad bit ‘fraid of change
Look around, it’s the same ol’ same ol’ thang
(Hey, what’s goin’ on man? How you doin’, man?)
Ahh, you know, I can’t call it
Try to maintain, overlooking these boundaries
I gotta be righteous, I gotta be me
I gotta be conscious, I gotta be free
I gotta be able, I gotta attack
I gotta be stable, I gotta be black
Who is that surrounding me?
Enemy enemy you crossed the wrong boundary, poof!
Wicked witness wizardry
Disappear from here and end up in a tree
Crossed the wrong boundary
[Daddy-O]
The sharp shooting wizard but not a Grand Dragon
A chop off the block but my pants ain’t saggin’
Got a strong ass grip but my name ain’t Money Grip
Liked Gladys better when she sang with The Pips
And when it comes to strength I’m surely of the stronger
And when it comes to death I pray my children live longer
Payback’s a bitch, that’s why I never borrow
If the push come to shove I’d do a stick-up tomorrow
With the group thing over and my flat top gone
I’m livin’ kinda lovely, only Allah above me
Provin’ that old time axiom – birds of a feather flock together
Know where I’m coming from?
[Aceyalone]
I see, I saw, I’m the future, the past, I’m me, I’m y’all
I’m the enemy, friend, and the law
The beginner then end-all
The Final Call, the raw
The win, the loss, the draw
The summit, the peak, the wall, the downfall
The energizing uprising black nigger
The wise, the eyes, the dirt
The overall ball, the earth
And most importantly the birth of a new generation of blackness
And we’re forced to set our boundaries

I gotta be righteous, I gotta be me
I gotta be conscious, I gotta be free
I gotta be able to counterattack
I gotta be stable I gotta be black
I gotta be open, gotta be me and
I gotta keep hopin’ we’re gonna be free
Gotta be able to counterattack
Gotta be stable gotta be black

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5 thoughts on “Innercity Boundaries

  1. This is important. Whites tend to be disturbed with being told that what is our is ours. Whites wont be able to participate freely in our culture without there being ill affects to us (the creators and maintaniers and rightful owners of black culture) until we’re equal. So, if you want to be a part of us so much, earn it by fighting for that.

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  2. I wen through my hip-hop ‘phase’ probably towards the end of the period you mention (for me probably around 92-95). I still remember listening to the Ice Cube album Death Certificate over and over. Also listened to a bit of Ice-T and Cypress Hill. Ok, so I probably didn’t delve into it so deeply, but I gotta tell ya, since Eminem got into it, its been completely ruined for me.

    At first, I kind of appreciated it, he’s quite talented, I’ll give him that. But hip-hop became so mainstream, its everywhere, and now it kinda annoys me a little I hate to say.

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  3. You have made my day by posting this video. For the longest I could not remember the name of the group that sung this song. I use to get in trouble for singing it in school. (I would scream I GOTTA BE BLACK!) I tried “googling” the lyrics for awhile and could not find it but tonight the video happen to be on your site. Give thanks!!

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