T.I. - New National Anthem Lyrics
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    New National Anthem

    [Intro: T.I.]
    I know radio prolly ain't gonna play this
    But chopper going off in the hood man like Afghanistan
    Or the Gaza strip somewhere man
    Yeah, we hear it so much we probably numb to it by now
    After all, it’s the American way right?

    [Hook: Skyler Grey]
    Home of the brave and free
    Free just to murder me
    Land of the beautiful
    Cursed by the hate we throw
    Is this the new national anthem?
    Is this the new national anthem?

    [Interlude: T.I.]
    It's America, land of the handgun
    Home of the shotgun
    You're dead if you ain't got one
    It was like this before I got here, baby I ain't do it!
    I ain't start it, I'm just a part of it
    Turn it!

    [Verse 1: T.I.]
    You say this the home of the brave I guess
    I say this the home of the K’s and the vets
    All alone with the J’s smoking yay cause he stressed
    On chrome with a Tek taught to spray for respect
    I learned from the best used to stay in the “jects”
    Bought work from the vets burning rubber in the 'Vettes
    This as good as it gets used to play with the rats
    Then I got older and learned stay away from the rats
    God blessed this nigga, to hustle up and make eight figures
    Turned from a goon to a great young nigga
    No complaining just doing what it take young nigga
    I was raised in a decade of hate young nigga
    Always dodging polices because they hate young niggas
    And we hate them too, 38 in him shoe
    All the changes the system will take him through
    He ain’t a killer but he will if you make him do it
    Homicide he’ll ride, they’ll put him on trial
    Let him have a life sentence then do it with a smile
    And he only 19, he ain’t even had a child
    As a child, told his mama he’ll be gone for a while
    And she cried, still they just put him inside
    Now she all on her own because her other son died
    Listen to the politician as he lied and he lied
    He a snake in a suit, trying to hide in disguise

    [Hook: Skyler Grey]
    Home of the brave and free
    Free just to murder me
    Land of the beautiful
    Cursed by the hate we throw
    Is this the new national anthem?
    Is this the new national anthem?

    [Interlude: T.I.]
    Well damn officer, what did I do?
    Naw hold up man, don’t shoot, I live over there
    Ay, man what you doing? You trippin, dawg
    How many times has that ever happened to you?
    What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America?
    And you wonder why we walk around with straps

    [Verse 2: T.I.]
    For the stars and the stripes prison bars and the pipe
    Young nigga rolling weed in a cigar he can light
    Bang red either blue selling hard and the white
    Live by the gun, never run from a fight
    Trayvon in a hoodie, walking through the neighborhood he
    Didn’t do shit to buddy, he didn’t have to die did he?
    I guess it’s because his dad was a judge in the city
    They didn’t want him in the pen with the thugs that could get him
    A jury of his peers said all was forgiven
    But touch one of mine, right or wrong, I’ma kill them
    Fill them with the lead like they put in Martin Luther King’s head
    Like they killed Malcolm X, Edgar Hoover did that
    You can catch me in the hood where they shooting niggas at
    They don’t know if Neighborhood or the Hoovers did that
    Whether Piru or VL's or GDs wit me we
    Down to uprise from the OG’s to peewees

    [Hook: Skyler Grey]
    Home of the brave and free
    Free just to murder me
    Land of the beautiful
    Cursed by the hate we throw
    Is this the new national anthem?
    Is this the new national anthem?

    [Interlude: T.I.]
    Don’t get it fucked up
    If you ain’t found something you’re willing to die for
    You ain’t fit to live
    To get something you’ve never had
    You must be willing to do something you’ve never done
    I’ma die by mine

    [Interlude: T.I.]
    Let me ask you something, if the kids are the future
    Tell me why you can get more for being C.O. than you can for being a teacher?
    Tell me why it means more to the government to pay the people
    Who got to watch over the prisoners more than the people
    Who got to keep the children from becoming prisoners? That make sense?
    Tell me why 9 ounces of crack will get you more time than a rape right now?
    Tell me why them crazy white boys can tote a gun but I can’t right now?
    Yeah I had felonies, I done did dirt in the streets
    But I ain’t ever gave it to anybody that didn’t deserve it
    You know what I mean?
    I ain’t ever ran in no public place with no pistol shooting no innocent people
    I ain’t never ran in no school, killing no kids
    Man this is the result of you refusing to deal with the issues at hand
    We are a product of the environment you placed us in
    We ain't do it, we just lived through it

    [Hook: Skyler Grey]
    Home of the brave and free
    Free just to murder me
    Land of the beautiful
    Cursed by the hate we throw
    Is this the new national anthem?
    Is this the new national anthem?

    [Interlude: T.I.]
    Message to my people
    Stop waiting on folk to help you, help yourself, it starts with you
    Get yourself out, reach back, get somebody else out
    And that’s the way we’re going to get ahead
    Sitting around waiting on government to do something for us
    Ain't never gonna happen partner, they don’t give a fuck about us
    But don’t play into their hand partner, you making it easy for em
    Hell is you doing?

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