Straighten Out

Societal concerns

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[Inspired by current events and Straight Outta Compton*]

Back in the ‘80s came a rhapsody at rap city
Straight out of Compton.
Some black dudes introduced a new musicality;
They were inspired from their frustration,
Fighting strong with words
Wrapped in rhythmic chords.

Today their message from then still holds true
Though it’s not just them vs. the men in blue.
There’s more to it than injustices done by one homogenized group;
It’s really all about every one of us that makes this a vicious loop–
To a degree we all contribute our own social and mental ills;
We’re all paying the same big bills.

The list is long,
But it’s time we see all what’s wrong.
Face up to the fact that history can’t be undone,
But we dwell on it and create a rerun
As long as we stay with the same script.
The only difference is another rendition of rehashed bulls_ _ _.

Haves and have-nots are alike,
So one has a bigger bike.
Create your own success story
Instead of living in envy.
The root of all evil is not money,
It’s the lack of self-accountability.

Funny how it really is simple,
Just be responsible.
It is an individual call
But it starts within us all
To make a dent.
To our system that needs a bad re-invent.

*Straight Outta Compton is a movie about how rap music revolutionized the Hip-Hop culture.

19 thoughts on “Straighten Out

        • There are too many styles that I can’t say I have a fave. I also flit about meaning I might go for a period of listening to one song or a type of music because it caught my attention. Once, after viewing My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, I got hooked on listening to Chevala Vargas’ Corridor de Gabino Barrera. Real powerful vocal.

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  1. Nice poem about history repeating itself.. And the solution is simple but harder to employ.. Humans have a natural lack of interest and sometimes courage for self accountability.. Some of us succeed at being accountable, but not nearly enough of the world’s population ever will.. I think selfishness is our biggest flaw and the major problems of the world lead back to that being the culprit we could subdue but won’t..

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