Harlem Renaissance Lyrics

Immortal Technique feat. DJ Green Lantern


album: Track 4 in album The 3rd World
release date: 2008-6-17
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length: 3:45

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Immortal Technique The 3rd World cover art
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Harlem once was red line district rated
Designated ghetto like the yellow star of David
And you wonder why people don't own their homes
'Cause the racist bank wouldn't ****in' mortgage a loan

Until after the invasion of gentrification
Eminent domain intimidation
That's not negotiation
And it's frustrating to look at every day
Like watching a porno on 56K
Biohazard labs instead of storerooms
What's next ************ projects as dorm rooms
You ain't fooling nobody in this community dude
With your little fake Manhattanville community group
Ivy league real estate firms are corrupt
They lay siege to your castle like the Moors in Europe
They treat street vendors like criminal riff raff
While politicians get the corporate kickbacks

[Chorus: ]
Harlem Renaissance a revolution betrayed
Modern day slaves thinking that the ghetto is saved
'Til they start deporting people off the property
Ethnically cleaning the hood, economically
They want to kill the real Harlem Renaissance
Trying to put the Virgin Mary through an early menopause
The Savior is a metaphor for how we set it off
Guerilla war against the rezoning predators

When I speak about Harlem, I speak to the world
The little Afghan boy and the Bosnian girl
The African in Sudan, the people of Kurdistan
The third world American indigenous man
Palestinians, Washington Heights, Dominicans
Displaced New Orleans citizens
Beachfront Brazilian favelas that you livin' in
The hood is prime real estate they want back in again
I didn't write this to talk ****, I say it because
Some of y'all forgot what the Harlem Renaissance was
We had revolution, music and artisans
But the movement was still ****ed up like Parkinson's
'Cause while we were giving birth to the culture we love
Prejudice kept our own people out of the club
Only colored celebrities in the party
And left us a legacy of false superiority
W.E.B. Du Bois verses Marcus Garvey
And we ended up selling out to everybody
The Dutch soldiers and the John Gotti's
Bankers ? modern day gangsters, a mobile army
They want to move us all out the NYC
Like they did to the Jews with the Alhambra Decree
So support your own businesses and do the knowledge
'Cause the real Harlem Renaissance is economic

[Chorus: ]


Track Listing


Digital Media 1
  • 1 Death March (intro)
  • 2 That's What It Is
  • 3 Golpe de Estado
  • 4 Harlem Renaissance
  • 5 Lick Shots
  • 6 Apocrypha (interlude)
  • 7 The 3rd World
  • 8 Hollywood Drive By
  • 9 Watchout (remix)
  • 10 Reverse Pimpology
  • 11 Open Your Eyes
  • 12 Payback
  • 13 Adios Uncle Tom (skit)
  • 14 Stronghold Grip
  • 15 Mistakes
  • 16 Parole (Evil Genius remix)
  • 17 Crimes of the Heart
  • 18 Rebel Arms
  • 19 The 3rd World (bonus album mix)