LYRICKS – “CAN’T BREATHE” Is A Powerful Song Dedicated to Eric Garner, One year After His Death

“Good cops do exist but bad ones keep bringing it down/ I mean the whole band could be playing perfect pitch but one bad note fucks up the sound/” -Lyricks

Lyricks, through his introspective music, is known for his thought-provoking insights on the human condition; his recent “Can’t Breathe” video collaboration with NOLEDGE PRODUCTIONS, shot in Staten island, New York, marks the death of Eric Garner after he was placed in an illegal choke hold by Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer.

It’s yet another brilliant illustration of Asian & Black allyship inside the realm of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Doves were released in Tompkinsville, Staten Island during a ceremony to honor of Mr. Garner, a father of six, where he died at the hands of the police exactly one year ago. In order to settle a wrongful-death claim, the city eventually agreed to pay Eric Garner’s family $5.9 million.

Serious talks about the Prison Industrial Complex is entering the American psyche. Just yesterday, President Barack Obama made history as the first U.S President to visit federal prison. And artists like Lyricks are moving the conversation forward by highlighting the grievances between people of color, law enforcement, and the “broken” justice system.

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Follow along with the song lyrics here: 

when i was walking through the bush of the african jungles
the people, the tribes: they called me bruce lee.
not mocking! they’re just not used to my face, the shape of my eyes
so they just chose the name that just suits me.

as i walked around, they like hwaaaaa~
ask me ‘do a high kick!’ making noises like it’s kung fu.
they just know what they see, if i don’t show em any different, then to them that generalization is true. feel me?

shit~ i guess i’m a kung fu master right?
squinty eyes means they punch dudes faster huh?
people are simple, they just carry the plight.
the message of this song is in life there are stereotypes.

so…

mr officer, i’m speaking on behalf of my people.
who view the cops as a power hungry and evil,
gang, mafia type force corrupted and bad.
roughing, fucking us up behind the cuffs and the badge but…

i’m not rapping this to say ‘fuck the police!’
my uncle is a cop, he keeps integrity on top but
if one of y’all are wrong, that blemishes the whole team
and good men become pigs that’s hated on the block you see?

i know you’re here to protect and to serve but
why is that when you just checking for herb,
you got your gortex boots bruising my neck on the curb.
i wanna fight u but i cant when disrespecting occurs.

you tell me “shut the fuck up!” when i tell you it hurts.
my friend’s trying to capture it, you got to her first.
took the cam, broke the tape and ransacked thru her purse.
cops like that MAKE YOU WANNA A COP A GAT AND JUST…

i could see the trouble in your eyes.
how many more? how many more have to die?
if justice is blind to my kind~
why can’t i? why can’t i change your mind?

i can’t breathe.

look, this be important. people getting pissed
cuz they see the system distorted.
madd videos of brutality getting recorded.
a father crying in the car while they kicking his daughter

mentally ill people getting punched in the grill.
rarely do the cops get caught, shit… they get rewarded.
i mean it’s fucked up! captain sits in the corner.
switch the story LIL bit then he flips the report up.
only a matter of time before a christopher dorner

good cops exist, but the bad ones keep bringing them down.
i mean: the whole band could be playing on the perfect pitch right?
but one off key could just fuck up the sound.

fight the corrupt.

i could see the trouble in your eyes.
how many more? how many more have to die?
if justice is blind to my kind~
why can’t i? why can’t i change your mind?

i could see the trouble in your eyes.
how many more? how many more have to die?
if justice is blind to my kind~
why can’t i? why can’t i change your mind?

Beat by Tom Misch (https://soundcloud.com/tommisch) – The Journey



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