you must learn (remix) lyrics – boogie down productions

my man d-nice, d-nice is in the booth
workin harder than ever
d-nice is rockin the sound set tonight
we’re not through, i wanna drop a new style

verse one:

it’s calm yet wild the style that i speak
just deal with facts and you will never get weak in the heart
in fact you’ll start to illuminate
knowledge to others in a song let me demonstrate
the force of knowledge, knowledge reigned supreme
the ignorant is ripped to smithereens
what do you mean when you say i’m rebellious
cause i don’t accept everything that you’re telling us
what are you selling us the creator dwell in us
i sit in your unknown cl*ss while you’re failing us
i failed your cl*ss cause i ain’t with your reasoning
you’re tryin make me you by seasoning
up my mind with see jane run
see john walk in a hardcore new york
come on now, that’s like a chocolate cow
it doesn’t exist no way, no how
it seems to me that in a school that’s ebony
african history should be pumped up steadily, but it’s not
and this has got to stop
see spot run, run get spot
insulting to a black mentality
a black way of life or a jet black family
so i include with one concern, that
you must learn

(yo kris) what?
hold up d, hold up d
we gonna see if they really ready for this
are y’all having fun tonight?
i said are y’all having fun tonight?

verse two:

i believe that if you’re teaching history
deal with straight up facts no mystery
teach the student what needs to be taught
cause black and white kids both take shorts
when one doesn’t know about the other ones’ culture
ignorance swoops down like a vulture
cause you don’t know that you ain’t just a janitor
no one told you about benjamin banneker
a brilliant black man that invented the almanac
can’t you see where krs is coming at
with elie whitney, haile sel*ssie
granville woods made the walkie talkie
lewis lattimer improved on edison
charles drew did a lot for medicine
garrett morgan made the traffic lights
harriett tubman freed the slaves at night
madame cj walker made a straightin comb
but you won’t know this is you weren’t shown
the point i’m gettin at it it might be harsh
is we’re just walkin’ around brainwashed
so what i’m sayin is not to diss em man
we need the 89 school system
one that caters to a black fratern because
you must learn

whattup cameraman?
let me here you say hoooo!
we’re not through with the ragga stuff
we’re not through with the raggam*ffin stuff yet man

verse three:

akebulan is the original name
of africa now stripped of it’s fame
it’s good to note, that in ancient times
egyptians developed all sciences of the mind
to the point where they ruled the planet
but rome, greece and persia wasn’t havin it
they attacked, and won the war
but it wasn’t enough, they had to get to the core
cause in that time it was akebulan
that ruled religion, politics and man
in order to destroy the egyptian race
they had to wipe the sciences, from off the face of the planet
so they proceeded to ban it
then replace it with christianity
and it’s, been that way, all the way to today
learn what we teach, hear what we say
but here comes the k-the-r-the-s-the-o-the-n-the-e
the bdp and we rhyme intelligently
let me continue with theodosyius
a greek ruler not known to most of us
he in the fourth century a.d.
calls the egyptians fools you see
two years later, justinian rules
six a.d., was it for schools
as a result, ignorance had swirled
over christian europe and grateful roman worlds
this went on for a thousand years
of ignorance stupidity and tears
now comes the seventeenth century hardness
europe, began to come out of it’s darkness
so j.f. blumenbach, a german
came out of nowhere and started confirming
white supremacy and men of colors
before this time, all men were brothers
it was johann, who went on to say
there are five different colors in the world today
that’s caucasian, malayan, and mongolian
american-indian, and ethiopian
yes, the ignorance gets scarier
he believed whites were superior
according to his idiotic fountain
the purest whites were from the caucas mountains
j a blofener, and h s chamberlain
both supported this outrageous racism
this went on to what the master race should be
and why they killed the jews in germany
here is the reason why i’m so concerned
because you, must, learn

we’re not done, we’re not done, we’re not done
check this out

yeah yeah, the name of the new alb*m of course
run out and get a copy at your nearest record store
because boogie down productions rules!

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