Straight from the Streets (2000) - full transcript

(mellow music)

Yo Ice you been down with this
down struggle for a long time, man.

Won't you drop some knowledge

for these brothers who want
to get involved in this war.

♪ Take note real gangsters
wear trench coats ♪

♪ Gray suits, black ties
and they seek votes ♪

♪ And you not to be misled they
will kill you in your fucking bed ♪

♪ They don't sell dope ♪

♪ Y'all excuse me yes, they do ♪

♪ But they don't look that
much like me and you ♪

♪ But if you pull up the ♪

♪ Sheets and expose them
to crawl up like snakes ♪

♪ And show fangs and the venom ♪

♪ Now I've been a soldier
for years represent ♪

♪ The tattoo tears ♪

♪ Other brothers lack of no choice ♪

♪ Left in the bowels ♪

♪ The devil with no voice ♪

♪ Phones are taped from club to club ♪

♪ My car steers from club to club ♪

♪ Ain't no single fucking joke ♪

♪ They want to see a nigga broke ♪

♪ You can't see it ♪

♪ You can't slip if you slip you're out ♪

♪ You gotta know what
you're talking about ♪

♪ Drop science every chance you get ♪

♪ Hit direct, and in direct ♪

♪ Speaking code because you never alone ♪

♪ That's why I use this low tone ♪

♪ Follow this or you might grow older ♪

♪ This is a message to the soldiers ♪

♪ Message to the soldiers ♪

♪ Message to the soldiers ♪

♪ Message to the soldier ♪

♪ The expectation I have in
black people speak on records ♪

♪ Never came to mind ♪

♪ So we got to move ♪

♪ Believe me, all the
other black leaders ♪

♪ Have been silenced ♪

♪ And most of the times
have been violent ♪

♪ So we choose to get in this war ♪

♪ Realize what you in for ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

- [Woman] Come on James,
who did this to you?

Tell me, come on, rise up.

Let's do this, let's do this thing.

- [Man] James, who did
this to you partner?

- [Woman] Come on.

- [Man] James.

- [Woman] Talk to me.

- [Man] Can you step back for a second

so I can talk to him?

(woman mumbles) That's her husband

Okay, that's fine I'll just.

- [Woman] Come on, James,
who did this to you?

♪ Niggas get theirs on in here, you know ♪

Yeah, come on, rise up.

Let's do this.

♪ Water fabrishing ♪

♪ Can't walk ♪

- Think about it.

You know, we got people
killing each other over money.

It should be.

Everybody has lived with you have a

place to stay something
to eat every human being

to have a house, to live in, food to eat.

How somebody's going to
be sitting on the ground

on the curb when somebody
in a big ole mansion

and now you can make no kind of sense.

You know what I'm saying?

is this man, this, thing.

That's why I said this.

I say this society.

It;s going to get tore up from the inside.

(helicopter roars)

- It's happening from the
inside, America's dry rotting.

- Fuck the police.

- Fuck 'em.

- I'm going to tell this motherfucker.

We can tear it up.

And they know that they scared of that.

- [Man] Incite a mother fucking riot

had a fat 12 millimeter fuck

at the front.

I'll put it in the air though.

Yo nigga you better know
motherfucker scatter

or motherfucker's I
assaulted and battered.

Niggas getting pistol whipped

to what my big ass free for
all a big ballroom brawl.

And it stopped behind gambling no.

They know that judicial system that

your motherfucker whites
are still conniving.

It's like fucking niggas rights.

So I insight some little
irrational white man.

Beat in his ass first.

He would beat me first.

I'm giving a breath break up next.

So what's next baseball by that nigga.

White boy.

Pull your trigger.

I don't give a fuck

about dying because I fight for my rights

day and night trying to unite

for this motherfucking riot.

And I'm inciting God damn it.

- Yeah, that's a rap man.

It's the truth right on
rapping is what's on your mind.

White people were trying to
censor some stuff all the time.

You know, they don't want to hear reality.

I don't wanna hear the dark side.

And that's what we represent.

The dark side.

Dark side is the extreme reality.

They're all points of the society.

So, you know, go got the suburbs.

It's still on here to there.

Or the Urban is still on your to there.

You can't run from it's going to be

right there on your face staring at you.

- Rap is

like a prophecy

you know, prophesies and shit.

- Just how this country
guys started by revolution.

It's going to go down like that.

See that's my thing, the rap game

I mean politics street, that

yeah, rap is that anyway.

- Is everybody looking at America?

Like it's, the bomb is going to be

the bomb is going to get
blown up from the inside.

That's why America is so fucked up

because it's going to get
fucked up from the inside

with all these presidents
talking about, you know

other countries trying to get this

it's going to be the people inside here.

That's going to fuck
you up in your backyard

in your back yard.

You know what I'm saying?

Far looking at other countries, here

You know what I'm saying?

We the problem

and we, the solution.

- I just wish

ain't no world peace is
going to happen, man.

So fuck it.

Act up, I'm act up too.

That's how I feel man.

(upbeat music)

♪ Niggas are willing to pay the price ♪

♪ For the Ism now ♪

♪ Coming from other states ♪

♪ just to see Compton ♪

(Train horns)

♪ one particular cat
let off his testimony ♪

- [Man] Well I've been shot
twice in the chest with AK.

(Police siren)

- [Man] Gutted shells of buildings,

flames raging out of control

and an atmosphere of apprehension.

Still hover over the
quieting white section

of Los Angeles here for
successive days and nights, mostly

on the nights.

The long hot summer had
erupted into violence.

Powerless against snipers,
looters, and arsonists operating

in the dark, police and
national guardsman had tried

mostly to confine the disorder
to the 42 square miles

of this area.

But as the outbreaks abated
here, they started up

in other communities.

Although Watts is a
predominantly Negro community

there seemed to be no
elements of racial protest

and the uprisings.

Rather they seem to be
riots without cause the

fire damage alone is estimated

that more than $175 million.

(dramatic music)

Even after order is restored the police

and 15,000 national guardsman virtually

the state's entire force remain on duty.

Now the guards and police must see

that food markets are reopened.

Electricity, restored refuse, collected.

All the steps that must be taken in a city

We're recorded.

- [Man] What else Two, three KJLH Rico

and the radio it's Sunday
oldies with a little twist

as we kind of rebuild the
community, working together.

As I see all my brothers

and sisters of all ethnic persuasions ages

sizes, just out there working together.

So everybody knows what's happening

and that's why the world is reaching out.

We've had people from Japan

We have people from New York

not only in the ERN, we've
had people from Britain.

We've had the BBC here.

We've had people from across
the United States, listening

in tuning, in watching to
hear and see what's happening.

And now they know not only
will things get better

in Los Angeles.

This is my prediction.

They'll get better

around the world because they
can see these same tensions

and problems and pressures are happening.

Not just here, they're
happening around the world.

- We have to lobby.

We have to get together as a group

of people like other
people do like the Irish do

the Jewish people do, they go

to Washington and they show themselves

in numbers and they pressure
the government to make changes.

I think we're going to have to do that.

The way that we have done that so far is

by burning down buildings, by
taking it out on each other.

I think that we have
to redirect that energy

to something positive

and take it to Washington.

- The national guard, they
got to move like robots.

You know, they go move on us like robots

Their attitude is

you know, hard and then they go shoot

this brothers out there.

It looks, they right from the
hoods who I came down here.

Me and my homies was listening
to the radio all day.

And we were listening to the
people, voice their opinions.

I've been trying to call
in for a couple of days.

But then I, Denzel Washington got

on and he gave a pledge some
money to try to rebuild this

for 10 years, myself, people

like Ice Cube, public enemy,
and predicted the situation.

And we've been shut off by the
radio stations in the media

you know, as being just black kids yelling

you know, we yelled
about police brutality.

We yelled about the gang situation.

Me, myself personally

I just unhappy with
the focus of the anger.

You know what I'm saying?

I personally would like to float

some fucking police stations up.

You know what I'm saying?

And if it was up to me,

I'd burned the white house down, you know?

Cause I'm a, I'm an anarchist.

I'm ready to do this shit, but this is it.

This ain't helping what
we're doing to ourselves.

This ain't helping and in

my angle is not what we might
be considered a positive one.

But the way America deals
with problems is violence.

You know, when they have a problem

in the Persian Gulf, they
do violence in Canada.

They use violence.

I do not want to see no brothers die

but I know one thing that the

national guard started crossing

down here, these brothers
ain't going, ain't backing up.

You know what I'm saying?

And it could get bloody.

But Bush, ain't gonna do
nothing for pacify us.

He gonna pacify us.

He going divide us.

He gonna turn around

and tell the Koreans, see what
the black people did to you.

And you gonna turn around
and tell the white people.

This look at the savages on TV.

He's going to separate us once again.

You know, we have to be very intelligent.

There's white people right here,

there's white people down there cleaning

up, you know, it's black folks.

We can't, we gotta pick our
allies and tie in with them.

If we can all get together,
they can't fuck with us.

If the blacks and Hispanics and

Asians and white people get together

the people that are really down with this

they can't fuck with us.

We've proven that right now.

- [Man] So we are witnessing the social

disintegration of America.

Have you ever stop to ask yourself

why Mexican or Chicano brothers

and sisters and the
Blacks killing each other?

Why is that happening?

Do our brothers in the
Chicano community benefit?

Back to the blacks, do we benefit?

Who benefits?

You better put the damn gun down,

and you better get your head on, right?

(crowd clapping)

Because the little damn
shot gun that you got,

is just enough to get you killed

because the army is ready to
move on the gallons of America.

♪ Woke up the other morning ♪

♪ I heard a rumor ♪

♪ They said the gang Wars was over ♪

♪ I told them they were
straight tripping ♪

♪ They said, it's weird as hell ♪

♪ Can't explain the way
I fell too many years ♪

♪ I see my brothers die ♪

♪ And I can't say that
it was really that flop ♪

♪ but I used to gang
bang when I was younger ♪

♪So it was really hard to tell
a kid that he's going under ♪

♪ I never thought I lived to see us tear ♪

♪ Crips and bloods, holding
hands, admit it zeal ♪

♪ But I love it ♪

♪ I can't help it too much
depth on the streets ♪

♪ And we dealt it ♪

♪ Bad ass boys, the Uber ♪

♪ the 60 bounty hunters eight
trade all cool and all G ♪

♪ I pray that this will never stop ♪

♪ We used to see the wrong
colors in the cops went pop pop ♪

- They take home from
me and you got a brother

on the roof with an M16 and a scope

I believe there's gotta
be a change, I Pray.

- [Man] Jesus. Don't you want Jesus?

Don't you want Jesus?

Aren't you tired of trynna
make it without Jesus?

Hallelujah, I can do all things.

I can do all things.

I can do all things, through
Christ. Who strengthens me.

Give me your strength.

Hallelujah I can do all things.

I can do all things through Christ.

He's your answer my friend,
Christ is your answer.

(soft music)

(upbeat music)

♪ Yes.This is the ghetto ♪

♪ Sho nuff now. ♪

(Trolleys moving)

- [Woman] We don't want
no more pro police.

Politicians we don't need no more polices.

We need to deal with, our mental health

and we have to deal
with all our young mates

coming out of of Juvenile halls,

coming to of these Penitentiaries

and these jails, and we get a
like, a redirection program.

You know, so when they get
out, before they get out,

we need to go in the
jails and deal with them

and have them go through being job ready ,

so when they hit the streets,


They ready to work,

they got their minds on the right track,

but if you get outta the pen

and you ain't got nothing for me

I might as well go back to the pen.

You ain't got nothing for me.

We wanna run our own program,

we got the power in Watts.

We wanna write our own program.

I can train everybody in here.

We can make some money, put them to work.

I'm telling you,

we put ourselves to work

we don't need nobody to come down here

with an already program

to tell us how to run our project.

No more of that.

We have to start putting up.

And claim that land,

that land is ours.

We got to start claiming the land

We got ain't no money.

Claim the land.

Claim it.

This is mine right here.

And I'm going to claim
it because it's ours,

and we're going to build it

and we're going to run it

and we're going to own it.

- Ain't going to be red.

Ain't gonna be blue, we
ain't gonna be green.

We all going to be black people

- Hands across watts is
a non profit organization

that was founded by myself and Ty stick

from the Nickersons.

Cause we trying to raise some money

so we can rebuild our community.

Try to bring from jobs.

Don't come talk to me.

Probably hip hop people.

Ain't got nothing.

That's why we really
formed hands across watts

but no other organization was doing

what we was doing.

- Right now.

I'd like to bring up
Tony to say a few words

Mr. Tony Thomas, from hands

across Watts.

(crowd clapping)

- I'd just like to say
from being a gang member

and being an active in
gang activity a couple

of years ago and see myself now,

I mean I didn't think the

transformation could have
ever could have happened

but as I look now

and working with the
Kedren community center

Kitty, Mr. O, Diamond

all the other brothers
within the gangs and bloods

and Crips and putting
them together for peace.

I mean, I feel happy.

- [Man] Oh Bogart.

Tell me about, is the
truce for real or what?

- Almost definitely
the truth is we, I mean

we, right here in the projects
where the truce started

and the truce is real.

It is going on right now.

You could see when you look at the truce

the truce is not, no little kind of word.

And then the truce is a movement

of black people coming together for peace

and trying trying to build
an economic structure

for the black people.

And that's what the truce is all about.

You know, bloods and Crips
layin' down the gun for peace.

I mean, you go back here to 1989

as bad as we were gang bang the killer.

It was a lot of innocent.

People got killed.

And as it got going on,
then the rebellion came

about it really woke a lot

of people up, to what
we really was doing it.

What was really going on.

And we say, no, no more.

When we laid our guns down,

when we go stop killing
and unifying black people

- I'm tired of going back
time to go frontwards.

(upbeat music)

♪ Hittin corners in a six tray Chevrolet ♪

♪ Ragtop Imapala ♪

♪ Top dolla ♪

♪ I got my cousin Lay
back, ridin shot gun ♪

♪ I'm looking at the
aftermath of the riot. ♪

♪ I could still smell the
ashes from all the clashes ♪

♪ But quiet as kept it
wasn't just the blacks ♪

♪ Everybody was lootin' and
had each other's backs ♪

♪ We came through in
understanding, demanding ♪

♪ Justice, what's this
we all had our hands ♪

♪ In the cookie jar enough
to make a statement ♪

♪ Darryl Gates, that's what I hate went ♪

- Before you ask us as
gang leaders, and OG's

to lay down arms,

you better go to the Klan.

(crowd clapping and cheering)

And the Nazis and the Arians.

That team has got their arm,

coz we're not giving up our arms.

Don't you know soldiers of fortune is a
book that is arian backed and they are
already training in the hills [Mumbles]

let me tell you something,

we are not dumb I want you to know this.

There is no break,

that the Piru Nation is
gonna take down your arms,

fear for peace,

as long as y'all coming
in our hood disrespecting,

we will do nothing to you.

But let me tell you something,

the black an wanna come together,
we been wanting to come together,

but it's the outside forces
that's trynna keep us divided.

(crowd cheering)

- All of the civil rights
marches and all that in the '60s.

Well this is my civil
rights march, you know?

Because I know these
brothers is killers, and

to see them, you know,
put down their weapons

against each other

and come together for genuine brotherhood,

I've gotta make a song about it.

♪ Hit the park, bailed out the car ♪

♪ Seen blue and red everywhere ♪

♪ Look how strong we are ♪

♪ Showing up from this
gang and that gang ♪

♪ Nobody's set-tripping ♪

- Gang truces? What gang truce?

I don't even remember being in one.

Watts niggas have gang truce.

They can slob love all they want to.

We ain't gonna slob love nobody.

- I want peace just like you do

but let me tell you,
you've got to get together

with these sisters,

if we don't stand firm,

these white people don't
give a damn about you,

you understand that?

When there's no money,

I'mma be with you when you
broke, you understand that?

(crowd cheering)

- Truce this, truce that, I'm not.

You know what I'm saying?

It's like this

- We here to destroy each other.

- We've been doing this since Africa.

- We've been out for
20 years and (mumbles)

- [Man] You think that's going
to solve the problem though?

- No it ain't really gang banging,

it's just a neighborhood thing.

That's what it is.

Ain't no gang banging.

You come over here, you fuck with us.

You tear your ass up, your
cousin up your next door.

Neighbor, whoever you wanna fuck.

you know, ain't no one nugget.

This we gang bang.

You know we're just protecting us all.

You know, you destroy us we destroy you.

- [Man] What is it that you're protecting?

- Our neighborhood, our neighborhood.

It's just a neighborhood thing.

(Car engines roaring)

- [Man] This are homies having fun,

you know what am saying?

It's how we have fun.

Yeah, that's how we have fun.

Ain't got a smile,

no mouth(mumbles)

- [Man] They always do that.

- All the time.

Look at that show cut a lot of blood shed.

They don't give a fuck.

(car engines roaring)

Now hug motherfuckers.


So what's that all about man?

- We just do this shit

- We just do that.

You know what I'm saying?

That's us.

You know what I'm saying?

It is better than arguing.

You know what am saying.

We don't have to argue around it.

We just handle all that.

Then we hug after we finish.

You know what am saying?

We love each other.

This is love.

This is love, what I'm saying?

Just like I'd die for this for this nigga,

I'd die for this nigga the same way

and that big of him and these niggas.

This is my family right here.

(mumbles) I was born in 6 deuce
and I'm gonna die in 6 deuce

(upbeat music)

♪ One love, my nigga
bitch reach transfer ♪

♪ I don't care ♪

♪ I want to see some niggas die ♪

♪ Some niggas hit the store
with the lights off first ♪

♪ The shit don't look like nothing nice ♪

♪ But if these niggas
wanna roll in my hood ♪

♪ Yoh we fucking we got the whole ♪

♪ Words for it now it's
your fucking problem ♪

♪ Niggas hold up my crew is ready ♪

- My object is to turn this
into the black community

by education and having black people

reevaluate their goals and
realize that they can make it.

I don't call it selling out.

I call it buying in.

I think selling out

is when you allow
yourself to limit yourself

into being just stuck

in the hood, that's all I'm going to do.

When I start setting the minds

of the brothers and the
good to say, I want more.

I want more and I can do it legally.

That's when we created a really

dangerous infrastructure in the ghetto.

The ghettos, they want
to move into the suburbs

and take over.

That's what I'm trying to
build that all attitude

about just stay here.

That's what they got the Indians
doing on the reservation.

That's over with coming to get you.

You know what I'm saying?

Right next to you.

♪ We're here ♪

♪ We ain't going nowhere ♪

♪ We're moving right next door to you ♪

(upbeat music)


♪ Check out the nigga hood ♪

♪ Let's see ♪

♪ Of course you're not personal ♪

♪ But it ain't merging ♪

♪ See you're not half
the man you used to be ♪

♪ Look at that crap ♪

♪ It's like a real happening on yourself ♪

- All I can say to my black men

stay strong.

Stay about to clutches of the white men.

Learn the laws,

know right from wrong.

And love your brothers.

(upbeat music)

- Talking all that shit.

Smash these niggas.

Or that will smash these niggas.

I don't know.

Too little, little nigga
might get fucked up.

(upbeat music)

- That's my brother right there.

- Put him on his ass.

- [Man] Get it motherfucker.

- That nigga's drunk.

I'm the OG coach.

OG Snoop dog in the house, from the 60s

we've gone kick yalls ass.

Get him boy.

(upbeat music)

- A Sunday when people ain't out robbing

and stealing and killing,

we're all having fun playing football

you know what I'm saying?

(upbeat music)

- [Man] Anytime young black brother

should get together

man, and play a friendly game

of football without fighting,
cussing over, a color

of a rag getting away, man,
it's going to always work.

Always, going to be a better alternative.

(men shouting)

- Oh it ain't over with yet man.

It ain't over with,
it's far from over with.

Till this fat nigga fall
his ass then it's over with.

- [Group] 1, 2, 3 4, 5, 6

- [Man] Now, is the last
time they knock on McCoy.

(men shouting)

- My name is Ship.

They call me Ship.

Marcus Allen Bell.

But they call me Shit

from behind 139th street, Shotgun Gardena.

And I was on a panel with Ice
T and a couple other hands

across Watts brothers.

You heard nothing.

My boy in there till I spoke on it.

But since it's not going
on over here, I love Watts.

All that you know what's going on.

I've been banging since 12 years old.

I want to stop the killing too.

But I miss not just talking about shotgun

gardena, I'm talking about
the neighborhoods, the Hoovers

and the watergates, etcetra

And on and on and on.

It is no truce right now

I'm tired of seeing my little people die.

Then my old homies die too.

Can we get busy?

That's all right.

Can we get busy?

Look, my arms spread it out.

Can we get busy?

- We got a plan first.

We just cease fire though.

We gon make it.

I guarantee you.

That's heavy.

- [Man] Okay we were talking
about the Bloods and the Crips.

They have a peace treaty going on.

I think I was listening to a
rap of yours the other day.

Can you bust a little
freestyle for me right now?

- A little freestyle?

- [Man] A little bit,
the rap that you have on

- Real slow so they understand.

It's a because of riot.

I can't keep quiet.

I see the Crips and
bloods straight kicking.

The Hoovers, Grapes, Imperial
Courts and Rolling 60's.

And the Nickersons, Hicienda's,
Harlem, Venice shoreline Deverlane
and South Street (mumbles)

Even the niggas I saw

are from south side and santana.

Ludas park, nutty block, jordon downs,
Inglewood family niggas athens park,
from fruit town, undergroup crips and
Shotgun, kitchen crips, vng, broadway
gangsta, avalon gangsta (mumbles)

Brown, white gangsta, I don't like gangsta




Gangsta, with some
bitches from the club low


Kelly park


Niggas that I shot from tree top


You getting it down to South park.

You know what I'm saying?

We all together.

Ain't nothing but the truce

for the nine Deuce and the nine
trey truce what they got to say.

I got a PAK all day.

You know what I'm saying?

All day.

And That don't stand for Piru.

I let them know that's
there for the police killer.

Not full of miller 8 ball,

the nigga that a bail of a
killer. Stalking in my big
black boots with my ski mask,

some bailing on force
and they call in the task

blue bow watch out for me, Daryl Gates

because I'm hitting fences
and also hitting Gates.

I swim, I swam and I've
run across the fields.

I come across one time I'm subject
to kill slamming like Shaquille

killed my nigga, take it.


- The most dangerous
thing that ever happened

in Los Angeles was the truce

between the bloods and the crips.

(crowd clapping and cheering)

Now you're dangerous

because once you stop killing each other

and you got the gun and
it's only a matter of time

before you become conscious

you've been dealing
with the most dangerous

enemy of man in the world.

(Crowd clapping and cheering)

You don't know what you're dealing with.

These are the sayings people,

that were sitting down
with Martin Luther King

in the oval of office.

And then bugging his home his office

in his hotel room

(mumbles) and planing his death

And negotiating with him.

For civil rights for the men.

(Crowd clapping and cheering)

The kind of enemy that
you can never trust.

This is the kind of enemy

that you can never let your guard down.

This is the kind of enemy
that you better put on

the whole armor of God(mumbles)

(Crowd cheers)

- I'm looking at the
Minister Farrakhan today.

You know that's the man of the hour.

You know, a lot of people don't like that.

You probably edit that part out.

But you know, Minister
Farrakhan is the father that

that I never knew.

So it's like that.

Now I'm a member of the Nation of Islam

and that is my definite
inspiration influence and success.

And it's not about a title or
a label or nothing like that.

You know, it's just knowledge.

It's just reason, you know?

So whatever you want to
call it, you know, truthism.

You know, that's what it's about reality.

We don't, believe in
spooks in this sky and some

you know, little man with horns
under the ground or heaven

and hell exists right here.

And our mind, you know, the condition

of life that you know, that we live.

When it seemed like nobody else cared

everybody else turned up
their nose and walked by us.

You know, the Muslim was
the only one who would get

in the dirt with us and,
you know, suffer with us

and show any kind of compassion
or interest or concern.

Cause you know, the
war, our trip to America

you know, we was thoroughly
robbed of a knowledge of ourself

or religion, the culture,
God, everything that you know

that you hear the Nation of
Islam, you know, talking about

at this time, because right
now we've been exploited

and oppressed through our ignorance

due to our lack of knowledge
we being destroyed.

So, you know, it's just that
it's not about coming together

against white people

or coming against against anybody else.

It's it's about self-improvement,
you know what I'm saying?

The revolution goes on here.

You know, it's not going on out there.

It starts in the brain

you know, improving your
own personal conditions.

(upbeat music)

- [Man] How'd you feel
about low riding man?

- I love it.

I get the pleasure

of being able to build
something from scratch,

and driving it

and enjoying it all day long
and meeting other people.

Yeah, and watching other
people do it while I'm driving.

♪ Yeah and when you pay your rent ♪

♪ and you ain't got a damn thing left ♪

♪ Ain't that a bitch ♪

♪ Yes it is ♪

♪ somebody doing something sleek ♪

♪ Has got me wondering, which is which ♪

♪ Got me wanna go out
side and dig a ditch ♪

♪ Ain't that a bitch ♪

♪ Yes it is ♪

♪ Now ain't that a bitch? ♪

♪ let me tell you about
my qualifications ♪

♪ I program computers, I know
accounting and Psychology ♪

♪ I took a course in business and I
can speak a little Japanese "Aiso" ♪

- [Man] And that's how
y'all do it up here?

- Yeah we do it like
family style you know,

we come here to enjoy the
low riddin' atmosphere.

And like you know, we're
here just enjoying the show.

You know, we come here

with a positive attitude and
we love every club that's here.

We show respect and we ask
for the same respect back.

It's all just big love for USO

you know what I'm saying?

- [Man] And you too my man, the
camera man is my good friend.

(upbeat music)

♪ Which is which ♪

♪ I require more time to add ♪

♪ Bigger deal ain't that a bitch ♪

♪ It's way too cold ♪

♪ Ain't that a ♪

- I really support Low riders because

they bring all of the
races together, you know?

And they really do
something for the community.

They train ya know.

They don't want no fighting on it.

I like what they're doing you know.

(upbeat music)

(Crowd cheering)

- 40 Thieves in the house.

- [Man] One, two.

- LV in the house.

Fatbox on the wheels.

Gangster's paradise going down.

♪ My niggas set the record straight ♪

♪ Queen of this state ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ The Uber see me bouncing the region ♪

♪ A woman in my house over
here on the next post ♪

♪ Oh wait you know the
fact that I'm an OG ♪

♪ You hear about the stories of the 70's ♪

♪ Of how the Blvd. used to be ♪

♪ And now we had values in 73 ♪

♪ And now we living in the new era ♪

♪ Surviving in the 90's
is a shear terror ♪

♪ (foreign language) ♪

- I been going to the car shows real deep.

And you starting to see that kind

of peace that I would like to see LA have.

Inside of the car show, you got,

it's like a city based on one
common thing, the best car.

Okay, now, the gangs are overpowered

by the car owners at this point.

So the car owners, we
don't want no static,

not around my car.

See what I'm saying?

And the girls are there.

So nobody really wants to trip

cause you don't want to run the girls off.

And they just, like
everybody holds their breath

and keeps their pride,
but they don't trip.

Blacks and Latinos would always low ride.

You know, after the white
kids started getting involved,

then hey, if you got the cool car

there's nobody that's gonna be tripping.

♪ Listen ♪

(upbeat music)

- [Man] There are people that take

that really enjoys the violence.

They enjoy seeing the black
and the Mexicans fight

but they're trying to push blacks

and Latinos toward each other fight

which is the worst thing
that could ever happen.

Cause we've never had any problems.

It's never been

there's never been a war
between blacks and Mexicans.

And I think they're doing that

because they see the blacks are united.

And they want to keep some
form of tension in this city

(upbeat music)

- [Man] We've been talking to people

all over the community about the

blacks and Hispanics being more unified.

And what do you think we need
to do to be more unified?

- Do it now just work at it.

You just work at it.

- More car shows, more
things for the community.

You know what I mean?

To get people doing
something together instead of

against each other.

This is a good thing right here.

You know a good example

of getting everybody
together, different race

different color.

It doesn't matter.

Just all of this fun.

(upbeat music)

(men cheering)

- [Man] You must be pretty
Dedicated to your community,

by you being all tattooed up.

How long did that take?

- About a good eight years.

- [Man] You're wanna see
the rest of his tatts?

- [Man] Yeah.


- [Man] All right baby.

- [Man] .

- [Man] Take a chance.

Tell me about it.

- You know what I mean it's just

take a chance you know what I mean life

it's what is all about

you gotta take chances.

You know what I mean?

It's rough.

You know what I mean?

Just like it says, take a chance.

You know what I mean?

That's what it is.

(upbeat music)

♪ Lord have mercy ♪

♪ I can't get a head
and know where I try ♪

♪ Ain't that a bitch ♪

♪ Somebody do something ♪

♪ The proper situation is transformed ♪

♪ Listen ♪

(crowd cheering)

♪ Listen ♪

♪ We work for 40 hours ♪

♪ Six long days ♪

♪ And I'm highly embarrassed ♪

♪ Every time I get pay ♪

♪ And they working everybody ♪

- Yes, we won. And we'll
always be, number one.

♪ And you pay the rent ♪

♪ And you ain't got a damn thing left ♪

♪ Ain't that a bitch ♪

♪ Yes it is ♪

♪ Somebody doing something slick ♪

- Somebody just woke me up.

But this ain't the end you know that.

To be continued next year.

♪ I wanna go out side ♪

♪ Dig a ditch ♪

♪ Ain't that a bitch ♪

(Foreign language)

(car engine revving)

♪ Never forget who you are ♪

♪ Never forget who you are ♪

♪ Never forget who you are ♪

♪ I say never forget who you are ♪

♪ We ain't really bad
in the western love ♪

♪ The only chicano I know you heard ♪

♪ was that would change our mode ♪

♪ (foreign language) ♪


♪ Never forget who you are ♪

♪ Never forget who you are ♪

♪ Never forget who you are ♪

- Know, hip hop stuff right here man.

- I don't want to give up people.

- So people don't know
what hip hop is about.

What is hip hop really about?

- It's all unity.

The people right here.

They're all white, Mexican, every races.

Everybody gets along.

It's a different way.

You could dance and break dance.

You could do all this stuff.

You hit people up but you battle them,

have competition rather than fighting.

And it's better off like that.

(upbeat music)

- Some teachers, they don't
respect graffiti because,

it's not time.

Like, the art they know and
I respect it is art is art.

Like they think their art is better

because they went to school for it.

And they have a degree in a paper

that says they're artists.

For me you know, I learned
mine from the street

and it's all in my head.

All in my imagination.

So I didn't have anybody teaching me.

I just did whatever came to
my mind and put it on paper.

I think you should respect it more.

(upbeat music)

- Rap music that's
where my heart's at man.

That's the music that
makes me want to do music.

A lot of different races of people

are doing hip hop now and you know,

MCs and just black kids

or Spanish kids no more, you know,

they're coming in all kinds of
different sizes and packages

you know, it's just, it's an
art form, it's a music form.

And wherever they do music,
wherever they do rap,

I don't care if it's in Europe or China,

wherever that's because
it's being accepted

as that music form on a whole, you know,

it's as large as rock and roll.

[Man] How many of you are
ready for Cypress Hill?

(crowd cheering)

- I see this side is ready over here dog,

what side is ready for Cypress Hill

- Growing up in LA, man

you always have somebody
telling you don't do that,

don't hang out with these people.

First of all we're Spanish kids, you know,

a lot of Spanish area.

And we have a lot of
different views than a lot

of the groups from South
central and stuff like that.

What makes us really
different is B Real's vocals,

the nasal style, his delivery.

There was really nobody
that was doing it like that,

you know.

♪ (Foreign language) ♪

- Also, I think because of the
stand we take on the cannibis hemp

marijuana issue and all that shit.

(Rapping in foreign language)

Once they hear about us,
they learn about us, you know

and you know, we've gotta cap,
we talked about a few things

it's not like just an average rap percent.

You know, we got a lot of issues
that we cover in that shit.

For say to kids, you know,
still tried not to gang bang

or nothing like that, but you
know, it didn't work with me.

I don't think it's not gonna
work with a lot of kids.

They gotta get out there
and see what it's all about

you know, it's the not
knowing that causes them.

You know what I mean?

The wanting to hang out

(upbeat music)

♪ You gotta throw your hands in the air ♪

♪ Come on them like you just don't care ♪

♪ You gotta throw your
hands up in the air ♪

♪ Come on them like you just don't care ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

- Well, if it wasn't
really for black people

white folks really would still be doing

the Calypso type of music.

So we innovate all music.

And we, once that Rim of music is over

we throw it away and some
other nationality grabs it

and makes it big, like jazz.

We had jazz and it wasn't a thang.

Bebop was a thang.

So we threw it away.

So now he had bebop, that wasn't a thang.

Rock and roll was a thang.

Threw that away.

Then you had a soul music,
rnb, disco, now you got rap.

♪ Living in Gardena that's
a helluva of a spot ♪

♪ because you'll probably ♪

♪ get jack maybe beat, jacked or shot ♪

♪ Hanging out at Rowley
Park about 20 deep ♪

- [Man] This is an trip
because America all over is

in the same situation where
emotional open people.

So our dissatisfaction is all out

in the streets when you could see it

but you go to the suburbs and
the neighborhood looks nice

but the dissatisfaction
is inside the home.

That's because the parents

of all of our generations
definitely has lost touch

on how to get us to where we need to be.

And that's black and white.

So the kids have just taken
it upon themselves to do it.

You know, it's a little
distorted now, but you know, we

definitely evolving into being
some strong and positive.

Whether, you know, we
use dirty words or not.

- [Woman] LA speaks out is where you are.

And please stay with us.

One 800, two eight, six K J
L H rap rhythm our special

two hour our feature.

- The congress don't care

that we are using profanity

or saying the word nigga or whatever.

the problem is we're
distributing information

without going through
their little channels.

- Today's hearing will Focus

on the impact of offensive violent,

and misogynistic language
in the recording industry.

- One of the biggest people that

they try to attack right now

in the rap music is Snoop Dogg.

I mean, his brother are so
concerned about, you know

the children, you know what I'm saying?

Young black, the youth
that you wouldn't believe

you wouldn't even think
it's the same person

but his job is to entertain the people.

But personally

in our personal lives,
everybody contributes.

Everybody has a charity.

And you know

they spend time in their
neighborhood trying to

you know, clean up they
brothers and sisters, or they

you know, the homies and
they set or the gang?

You know, you get so many unsung heroes.

You know, you're never
going to hear about that.

- Those who choose to advertise messages

of murder and rape invite closer
scrutiny for their actions.

But I do know that I find that violence

and rage and much of rap frightening.

(upbeat music)

♪ says people you can't remember ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

- [Man] Gangsta rap is a blessing.

I mean, he's helping a lot of us

out who have nothing to live for.

You know what I'm saying?

It's given us a way

out of gang violence in the
way out of the penitentiary.

Most of all, because it's an easy entrance

to the penitentiary, but
it's hard to get in college.

(upbeat music)

♪ I step a fuck daily ♪

♪ Getting hands into
penitentiary chances ♪

♪ To survive in 1995 ♪

♪ Talk about 1995 when
we used to survive ♪

♪ Now and again, and time and time again ♪

♪ I watched my mama killed ♪

♪ Coz I'mma getting deep and shit ♪

♪ And if I knew that I'm a king ♪

- Without this this rap thing I don't know

what I'd be doing I mean,

I know God got a plan for me.

If this rap thing wasn't
happening for me and I'd find it

but it'd be a plan that I
wouldn't know about right now.

And all I, like I say,
all I live for is rap.

And I know there's a million
other people out there

trynna get hooked up,
trying to get a deal,

trying to get recognized.

And they living for that dream
to get one day recognized

and when you get that dream,
it ain't all what it seem.

You got to stay true to it.

You know what I'm saying?

And most of all stay true to yourself.

♪ I represent I represent till I die ♪

♪ Hop with me then grab a
tall glass of Hennessy ♪

♪ Hennessy I sip my way to the base ♪

♪ I thought these niggas could drop me ♪

♪ But may you steep this the end of IB's ♪

♪ IB's the more that she going to spook ♪

♪ Living life really nice
standing more to crew ♪

♪ Keep my crew ♪

- What compelled me was
part of my last trip

to the county jail.

Being in there with some real gangsters,

some real individuals who put me

up on game and let me know

that this talent that I had
was worth doing something good

or trying to do something
with to elevate myself,

to not want to become a statistic

in be a penitentiary number
but be a, a real statistic.

Something that's moving,
something that's going

in history books and move
something on a whole,

as a black man.

It's real gangster.

You know what I'm saying?

I want to specify that a
gangster is not a gang member

a gangster's one who moves
and put something back,

and it's about intellect and
getting somewhere in life,

as an individual, not as a
follower, but as a leader

you learn things in the weirdest places,

and I learned my biggest
lesson in the County jail.

The jail house has a hidden university

Cause you got a lot of
brothers who get in there

and get that first opportunity
on getting any knowledge

on school.

You know what I'm saying?

Because you don't have to pay
for it in there, but out here

on the streets, you
gotta pay for knowledge.

It ain't like a brother with a 4.0

GPA can just walk into UCLA
and, and get a college degree.

You got to have money to back you up.

Cause you gotta pay for the supplies.

So it's like, it's a lot out there

and make you feel like, well,
I'm going to stay in school.

I'ma graduate.

I'm gonna do something with my life.

When I get out of school,
everything gonna be all right.

But it comes finances and then they taking

half of that with taxes so it's like,

this world is something else.

And then you wonder why
there's more black men

in the penitentiary
than there is in college

because it's easier to go to the pen.

You don't have to pay to go to the pen

but you gotta pay to go
to college, that's easy.

Family's going to give up on you

the first two years you locked down.

If you're doing 30, what
do you expect them to do?

Life is hard on the streets.

You can't expect them to take care of you.

You a grown man.

You know what I'm saying?

So it's like, and then
the three strike rule.

They going back in your juvenile record

and counting those up
Pete Wilson is doing it.

What's worse is they doing
it to us, man, I tell you,

I see a lot happening on the positive side

for the simple fact that
people like myself plan

on getting that people inside
the game who have juice

and know how to articulate plans

to move something and get something back.

- [Man] The Dogg Pound is men
and some women who came together

to help each other man, we ain't no gangs,

We ain't all that, you know what I mean?

We just a group of people
that's trying to survive man.

We putting together
business ways when you're 40

and 50 years old, you
know what I'm saying?

We just like any group

of people come together
to help each other.

We represent surviving and struggling.

Each of us came from a different area.

Each of us came from
a different situation.

You know what I mean?

All of us came together

and made something for
ourselves, me and Snoopy met,

we met from opposite sides
and look what we put together,

so we basically represent
getting ourselves

and the people who's involved in us up

in a position that's similar to us.

(man laughing)

- [Man] How does it feel to be

the only female rap artist
on death row records?

- It's cool, I mean, it's no big deal.

I'm sure others are going to come,

but I'm in a position where I'm still,

I started with a company
that we all started

off together and each person is going fall

into their own rank and
get their own props.

So I'm glad that the recognition
that I got from being

on death row came when it did

because if I wasn't on death row

I would still be recognized
cause I was still get mine

but I believe being with
them just made it even, more.

Because you know, they're hot

and everybody that's on the label's hot.

So hotness, nothing but hotness.

♪ Stuff with my afro puff ♪

♪ Then rock on with you bad self ♪

♪ I rock on with my bad
self cause it's a must ♪

♪ It's the lady of rage
still kicking up dust ♪

♪ So what let me loosen up my bra strap ♪

♪ And um let me hit you with my raw rap ♪

♪ Cause I'mma break it down
to the nitty witty one time ♪

♪ When it comes to lyrics
I get busy with mine ♪

♪ Busy as a beaver you best believer ♪

♪ These grand divas running shit ♪

♪ with the speed of a cheetah meter ♪

♪ Living cool murderer ♪

♪ I'm serving them like
two scoops of chocolate ♪

♪ Check out how I rock it ♪

♪ I'm that's throwing bolos ♪

♪ Check out that roller roller ♪

- [Man] What does rap music mean to you?

- It's an expression which all form

of music or art is an expression.

It's a way to vent rage.

Cause right now this is
Robin and I'm not performing.

So I'm not rage right now

but that's when rage comes
out and she gets to vent

all her anger on the
mic and release herself.

So rap music is a form for
rage to release all her anger.

And it's also a way for
rage to get Robin more money

to get the things she wanted in life.

♪ Boom boom bam got damn ♪

♪ I'm hittin and so hard
you can say it's a grand ♪

♪ Slam, dark humps ♪

♪ Broken off a chunck when you
feel the funk (indistinct) ♪

♪ I'm the rhythm ♪

♪ Shay I give them ♪

♪ Let them hit them ♪

♪ Explain them ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ I put that on my unborn kids ♪

♪ Raging the flex so you know how it is ♪

I've never talked about gang
banging and none of that or most

of the people I'm with, you
know, that's all they around.

So that's what they talk about.

So people would label
me as a gangster bitch

or she's going to be talking about

what they're talking about.

No, I'm not.

I just got through dogging them out.

If you got that footage
then you already know

- [Man] I got it.

- If not to make a shot.

My defense was great.

- [Man] These rappers, calling

a woman, bitches and hoes?

- Well there are bitches
and hoes out there.

And I feel that they are
talking to those bitches

and whores that are out there.

But when they approach with
women as throwing themselves

on them or coming just want to come

over at three or four in the
morning or something, you know

what, what are you trying?

What are you really want?

What do you want?

You want me to have sex with you?

So later on you can say, I
raped you and maybe take me

to jail or you want to
have sex with me and try me

try to get you pregnant so
you can get a paternity suit

and try to just get me, you
know, it's people like that.

And people just act like
it doesn't even go on,

but you know, I'm not offended by it.

I think it's getting out of hand.

I think a lot of people are doing it

because that seems to be the thing now.

All women are bitches or blah, blah, blah.

But I think enough is enough.

I'm not saying that
they are, when they talk

about bitches that they're
talking about all women.

Cause I don't believe

that, but I do believe it's
like, okay, enough already.

Let's see what else you can talk about.

You got skills.

Let's see let's here to lyrics.

You know, don't shoot
nobody don't fuck a bitch.

Don't whatever don't set trip.

But see what you really got on the mic.

(upbeat music)

- I call them like, I've
seen somebody come to me

like a sister.

I say sister, that's it.

Somebody come to me like a lady.

I say, ma'am, this or this,

you come to me the wrong way.

Then you're going to be called one

of your mother nouns.

(upbeat music)

I'm not even going to justify what we do

because we just products of the system.

We, don't have no power.

We have no power.

We are just like a vacuum.

We just suck in everything.

You know, we learned from
our parents and we learned

from the world and the
world is very sexist.

Do you go, you go inside
the Raiders locker room

and hear what they talking about.

You go inside the Raiders front office

and hear what they talking about.

And you go inside the front office IBM.

And he how the men and
there talk about women

- [Woman] On the issue

of moral social responsibility
or is it the bottom line?

The dollar raps proliferation

in the marketplace has
produced star status

for many of its performers.

Daddy O you're my
co-host for this segment.

- I think a moral and
social responsibility.

It goes without saying, I
think rap and the rap community

and making rap records, just the ideology

of making a rap record period
is a moral responsibility.

Now on every block

it's a DJ, it's a rapper,
it's a kid getting a deal.

I seen kids that became rappers

changed their mother's life.

You know where, you
know, daddy didn't do it.

The government didn't do it.

You know what I'm saying?

But, so I think

that it goes without saying,
you know, not to mention all

of the messages and just, you know

the numerous things that we've
done for the consciousness

of young black people, since
we started making records.

(upbeat music)

- [Man] There's was always
something to do here, you know?

And you get them, you can
like, you know, cool down.

You can play some ball,
you know, shoot some hoop

you know, kick back, you know

simple little sip, a little
crooked eye, ice cooler.

wit your boy, you know,
it, ain't gotta be liquor.

It's a lot of things to do.

But the reality is that most of us

all we know is to get a 40

kick it with the homies and look for

something to get into.

You know what I'm saying?

So my thing is this if there are in

fact more things to do as far
as music, as far as sports

you know what I'm saying?

Then I think that everybody
should get in that.

But the reality is that it ain't

that many outlets for people hear.

Rap music is my voice.

That's my medium of
speaking to my peoples.

You know what I'm saying?

You know, putting it on CD
and giving them the real.

You know, giving them
what, what I get from them.

You know, it's a cycle

you know, once you lose that
cycle was over and rap music.

Ain't nothing but a form

of communication baby.

It's just going to
continue to get stronger

and become more controversial as it

seems because people got so much more

to say, and everybody's trying
to be politically correct.

You know, but you can't stop me

from saying what I want to say.

It's the IN thing now

to be against gangster rap
music, it's the IN thing.

So you get a lot of people,
Hey, Bob Dole, you get

you know, peckerwoods like him.

They want it.

You know

try to govern what we,
you know, what's going

on over here.

He don't know nothing about
what's going on over here.

So what they need to recognize

and understand that there's
going to always be an outlet

for the ghetto.

It's going to always be an inlet too.

And it's only open to a chosen few,

you know what I'm saying?

And we will have other
ways to communicate.

And if we can't sell our
records in the warehouse

and in tower

and in Virgin, Megastores

the word would still get around baby.

Cause I started

on the underground and I will
finish on the underground.

That's why words like poverty.

Ain't no big word to me.

I know what it's like to be broke.

You know, they, ain't no big deal.

They ain't gonna hurt me.

If I, you know I

can't push a lexus and, and
wear a Movado and a gold chain

you know, around my
neck, ain't no big deal.

Hey, you know, so I know what it's like

and I still get my hustle
and my smash on regardless.

If I ain't got white dollars as they say

I ain't going to be using the terms.

Bitches and hoes and
motherfucker and Glock

and all that old dumb shit, no more.

But I'm still going to be
saying what I want to say.

♪ Put my motherfucking
gat between your eyes ♪

♪ I don't give a damn ♪

♪ Cause real niggas can't die ♪

♪ I'm a woman ♪

♪ Don't you mean that ♪

♪ I'm a stuck I pull this track up ♪

♪ Plenty times to give
it up to motherfuckers ♪

♪ Serve jail time ♪

♪ My rap game bigger nigga ♪

♪ I pull the trigger ♪

♪ So how the fuck you
figure that bitches ♪

♪ Ain't never really saying
nothing come in my face ♪

♪ Then watch your ass
getting broke something ♪

♪ Talking shit nigga better think fast ♪

♪ And if you ever ♪

♪ Catch me reaching you better run ♪

♪ Apples and ass ♪

♪ I'm coming out ♪

♪ With some shit ♪

♪ That you're ass can hold ♪

♪ Bye bye motherfucker see
your ass at the crossroads ♪

- [Woman] I don't call it like really

telling people how to
go out and do violence.

But if the more they know the
more they know what to prevent

you know what I'm saying?

That's why going out there telling them

let, giving them the
rundown about what's going

on in the streets is basically
letting them know, okay

well, I know I can't do this

because nine out of 10,
this can happen to me.

♪ Tear up shit ♪

♪ So say tell your homie
I am a gangsta bitch ♪

♪ I didn't bite my tongue ♪

♪ Nor did I stutter ♪

♪ Smoke bud like a
motherfucka (indistinct) ♪

♪ Bummping Oldies like a
motherfucker, flossing on the Shaw ♪

♪ That shit ain't me ♪

♪ When they deserve it ♪

♪ 187, 211 ♪

♪ That's a life of a G ♪

♪ Bad bitches ain't perfect ♪

♪ They all be forcing ♪

♪ You might think I want a nigga ♪

♪ When I finish tossing your punk ass up ♪

♪ Take the grill out
your mouth (indistinct) ♪

♪ That's what am talking about ♪

♪ Just make your lips ♪

♪ You got beef take the bullshit out ♪

♪ You got these ♪

♪ Hisen up and get a bore shit out ♪

♪ And when you do ♪

♪ God damn you must have been ruined ♪

♪ I'ma fuck her ass ♪

♪ What the fuck you doing ♪

♪ I make girls like you ♪

♪ Wish you never been born ♪

♪ But you were slipping
as I was Tripping ♪

♪ And your asses be torn ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ I pull a trigger on a nigga ♪

♪ To bigger fake fucker ♪

- [Woman] Who the fuck was that?

- [Man] That was a gangster bitch.

- I feel like there's a real
woman is going to be a woman

at all times.

No matter what the situation may be.

You know what I'm saying?

So there's no need for me
to go out and put on khakis

and stunt boots and have 50
million ponytails in my hair

and let somebody know that I'm down.

'Cause I think like, you
know, if you are a woman

you supposed to represent
yourself as one look like one

represent to what your style is

you supposed to still
carry yourself as a woman.

So I ain't knowing.

♪ Prouder than a villain (indistinct) ♪

♪ But now I'm gonna do this ♪

♪ I'm working like a condom
no nutt can stop it ♪

♪ You want a bitch well
damn you finally got it ♪

♪ Ways of a winner ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ In other words it'll be mellow ♪

♪ Jiggle motherfucker we
don't work some Jello ♪

♪ Hello ♪

Working with Ship and Ghost is like being

at magic mountain on a rainy day.

It's fun, but it's very
cold, but we haven't.

I mean, I like working with
it because we're all friends.

We all grew up together and
they have watched me grow up

and you know, they took their
time and effort to put into me

and see that I, you know,
can pursue my rapping career.

So I mean, it's like, I love it.

I love working with them.

You know what I mean?

We have our boy, we have
our days, you know, shit.

- We grew up together.

She used CIC.

She's still on the other side over here.

I stayed over here on this
side, you got 139th street.

You got 130 second street.

I stay on 132nd street.

The idea for top gun came

up with me and April and
Big ship talking about it.

It takes togetherness with us.

It takes togetherness it takes the money.

Basically it just takes minds

put the minds together, get ideas.

- Fuck one time they can
all go to hell because

they got my fucking homie sitting

in jail for some shit
that they think he did.

But you know, the law is going back

up a Pig they have you in your enemy hood

straight sitting on the
fucking curb, but on the car

this shit say protect and serve

but they're really trying
to get a nigga smoke.

Then they laughed because
they take our life for a joke.

Niggas know what I'm talking about

cause P Wilson is a ballplayer.

three strikes

you're out.

They think that black folks
is that dumb, but we in debt.

So what we get the money from

to go out and talk to them

- [Man] You have about six or seven songs

out really together right now.

We're trying to get it together right now

with the whole album we
want to come in right

We don't want to come in and leaking.

We don't want to come

in with just one, two
songs and have to go back.

And do you know what I'm saying?

The rest of the album.

♪ It's all right ♪

♪ I'll dry your eyes ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah ♪

♪ Go ahead and cry ♪

♪ Baby ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah yeah ♪

♪ I'll dry your eyes ♪

♪ Yes I will ♪

- Yeah, the Gardena police want to break

this up right now, but it's only popping.

Hey, we just want to do this here.

We got talent in the hood, this
is a big ship representative

from Gardena, you know,
we can do this here.

How'd my homie Ghost, west side Shotgun?

- Let me go with my nigga
fullest, I don't give a fuck

- Bottom line.

- Take us to jail.

- They should have known.

They kinda got me now

- Ship is my other half.

He's my home boy grew
up together from dirt.

He do, I do.

I do he do.

Don't make no difference.

It's on like that.

People may look

at the Ship head saying Ship
head is evil motherfucker.

That's the nicest brother
person want to know

Do you know what I'm saying?

He'll be there for you.

Be down for you.

You know what I'm saying?

Stay down for you.

- You know, I say it's more
to me than just bangin.

You know what I'm saying?

You know, I got talents.

You know what I'm saying?

I was like, man, I'm cool

man I ain't got

you know, the bang ends, you
can't bang all your life.

You know what I'm saying?

You'll be on death row or dead somewhere.

You know what I'm saying?

I'm just blessed.

You know what?

The majority of my homeboys
is dead on the penitentiary.

I've been on this music, this truce,

peace treaty, whatever
you want to call it.

We've been trying to make it work.

Anybody, my age or
older that still banging

out there banging stupid
than a motherfucker man.

And you ain't showing
your young homeboy shit.

But if you just out here,
you know, having these niggas

and shit like yeah, niggas
got fucked this is Hoover

this shotgun, this neighborhood
and block all East coast

and all that and we got
to start getting off.

Cuss fuck you.

That's how I feel.

Fuck you.

So don't think

that it ain't no pressure
on the motherfuckers.

That's trying to make it work

that an admit through that shit.

Don't think a motherfucker
don't be one too

'cause motherfuckers would
make you be on that level.

Like, man I'm going to start nuttin' up.

Know what I'm saying?

I don't think it ain't like that, man.

It's hard.

The motherfucking nigga
really be, have to pray.

I'll be out the pray man.

I pray every day to myself.

You know what I'm saying?

I pray man.

I ain't gotta be all like, Oh Lord.


And all

you know, I got a personal
relationship with the Lord.

You know what I'm saying?

Bottom line, you don't knock me.

Don't judge me.

That's how I do.

That's why I'm still here.

You know what I'm saying?

I'm still here man.

And I'm serious man I got a
spiritual relationship with God.

I'm not religious.

I got a spiritual relationship
with the Lord though man.

And he know what I'm trying to do.

You know what I'm saying?

If I to keep carrying
on like I've been doing

man, I'd be gone too.

I'd be gone man.

I'd be resting in peace
like a motherfucker.

♪ Oh baby ♪

♪ I will never love another ♪

♪ And if you want Ship to,
I'll give my life to you ♪

♪ Oh baby ♪

♪ We can turn into the angels ♪

♪ And never cared we're fine ♪

- [Man] When we first started
doing this in '86, '87.

All the record companies
were scared of the music.

We had to put it out on our own.

That's why to me, I knew I
didn't have any record companies

influence me.

This was just what I wanted to do right.

We did it this way because
that's when we felt in our heart

what needs to come out
when it needs to be said.

And, and that's what you have.

You have people always putting
the sugar coat on everything.

The kids are at an age
where they want to know.

- [Boy] No, they don't want the win

- [Man] That's the mentality living in LA.

Be ready.

- [Man] What you got to say man,

what you want to say to me?

- Try to stop gangs at least

stop killing little kids.

Don't kill your own people.

You need to kill like the white man that,

messing up your community.

Black people ain't do anything.

They just yall that kill
us little kids and stuff.

It ain't nobody else but yourself.

- I don't deny my kids.

None of the truth because
the truth is true.

You know what I'm saying?

When, when they walk out
the doors of my house

I can't walk with them and censor them

from things that they're
going to see in the street.

The world is an ugly place

and you know, to hide
and try to sweep that

under the rug, all you get is a dirty rug.

- I think that people need to understand

that the idea of gangster rap, the power

in it, you know, is just the
uprising of people that have been

you know, dependent all their lives.

And they're just striving and
reaching out for independence

♪ I'm the brother, freestyle. ♪

♪ And as well, I wear the Ben
Davis shirt, turn off the sound ♪

♪ And if you step to the Slipster
stuff that has stepped up ♪

♪ You might get to fucking ass hurt ♪

♪ And barely get your neck broke ♪

♪ I don't give a fuck. ♪

♪ I'm no dope ♪

♪ Boom, boom ♪

♪ I smoke L B P D L A P D
sherr ATF and tobacco fire ♪

♪ Boom boom ♪

♪ Never going to see that
motherfucking life expire ♪

♪ Daryl, Gates, and all the four niggas ♪

♪ Who beat King, boom,
boom to the membrane. ♪

- [Man] I think America is violent.

America breeds kids that are violent.

I don't want to talk it out.

I don't want to shoot.

So we made in America, we don't come from

from another planet.

So, you know, I think once
America tones down her violence

once she stops becoming a bully.

And winning at it, the kids that live

in America will stop
that kind of behavior.

♪ If you ain't from my
hood get a passport ♪

♪ Cause East Coast Crip is a mans sport ♪

♪ 54 sco and seven years ago ♪

♪ East Coast niggas up and down skid row ♪

♪ Standing in the rain
but little did they know ♪

♪ First streets killing up the Piru flo ♪

♪ Kicking it in the dark
caught them by surprise ♪

♪ Didn't shooting to see
the whites in their eyes ♪

♪ Boom! Boom! ♪

♪ And then the six duece
coming with the gang ♪

♪ Boom! Boom! ♪

♪ And the 6 9's coming from the back ♪

♪ East coast niggas
ready for the thrilling ♪

♪ Never reminiscing on the
slobs that we're killing ♪

♪ Slob ass niggas try to act ♪

- Does Arnold Schwarzenegger

glorify violence, do a storming Norman.

I think his name's Schwarzkopf

or whatever's, you know, he's a hero.

He's wrote books on his violence.

He was a big star

on all the violence that he was able to

get other people to do.

You know what I'm saying?

He's killed way more people
than allegedly Snoop doggy dogg.

So who's violent and who, and he's a hero

you know, they want to,
he ran for president.

I think he'd become president,

cause they look at him here.

He, you know, he's the man,
he's the killing machine man.

When you sit back man
and send your missiles.

Into the capital, you know,
you saying you're missile

sit back and just launch
everything you got into Baghdad

how many people got killed there
and you you're going to sit there

and tell me all those bombings were

military strategic targets.

You know, You think we must
have been fools basically.

And he's more to me, more
of a punk because he sits

in his office or wherever
he is and make strategies

and use the poor to go out there
and lay the bodies on the line.

You know what I'm saying so.

You can't blame the child.

For being violent without
going to the parents.

You know what I'm saying so

don't come to us

talking about how violent
society is and are we

are we a promoting that you
go to the top, you know.

Colin Powell promoting is a

Bush promoting is Clinton
promoting hell yeah they are.

Why do kids look at the rappers as leaders

is because we tell them the truth.

So now that we have their ear

should we stop telling them the truth?

Which got us to the position that we're

in now, should we start
saying there is a Santa Claus.

So when the kid grows up

and there's no Santa Claus, he
looks at you like you a fool.

And he don't even want to
hear what you got to say

after that, after you
pumped that type of lie.

I mean, these things destroy kids

on trying to say the
world is a perfect place

and you're supposed to
love everybody and things.

Yeah, but it's not really like that.

So let me tell you how it really is.

And when we tell them how it really is

everybody want to lash out at us.

- Have patience with us
and you'll see the change.

You'll see the gradual evolving
towards, you know positive.

You know what I'm saying?

But it's just like, they
want to destroy us now

because they see what
direction we headed here.

♪ And till this day ♪

♪ I still got love for him ♪

♪ Though I don't know
what am like used to ♪

♪ They still my family ♪

♪ And asked me who is who ♪

♪ Then I can tell you ♪

♪ About some dirt ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ But why should I trip ♪

♪ Because we all got skeletons
dwelling in the closet ♪

♪ So I wonder how is it ♪

♪ We be forgotten about they homies ♪

♪ When they make ends meet
let them roam the streets ♪

- [Man] We talked till the
community brings this to a head.

When we bring these things

up to the surface and we
hold the mirror to that idea

of holding the mirror is for
us to correct our problems.

I think that's what we doing now.

And I think that we're
going to continue to do it.

And I think it's going to
steam roll to these words.

And this language is not even acceptable

in the community no more.

And I mean not using
the community no more.

And the rapper you will see

in years to come, that
the rappers won't use it.

The ones we make up in our mind

that's not the way the to roll.

(upbeat music)

(Crowd cheering)

- A quote from Don Cornelius.

Who's the host of the TV show, Soul Train.

He had suggested in our last hearing

and sort of advocated
a more stringent system

of record label.

- [Voice On Speaker] I could
buy any recording artists

which are violently or
sexually explicit or

with promote illegal drug or firearm use

or any other antisocial behavior
should be clearly marked

and identify as X-rated.

- Well, that was Don Cornelius

the producer of Soul Train.

I know everybody knows that voice.

He who old train.

He also testified before that
congressional subcommittee

- [Man] See, they always get it.

Black men, they get to attack black man.

You know, they used to attack us

and now they made themselves invisible.

And now we attack each other

because we have no love for ourselves.

And when somebody

like that, who's made all his
money off the black community.

I mean the brothers, your brothers

as doing time, they count
their time on soul trains.

You know they like

how many soul trains you
got till you get out?

You know what I'm saying?

And for him to get up
there and say something

like that to them, Wolves,
you know what I'm saying?

To me it's terrible.

You know we didn't put all
the money all the dollars

before you got white folks on soul train.

It wasn't nothing but Afros on there.

So, you know, we didn't
gave him all his money

you know, and he didn't have a
Snoop doggy dogg on his show.

So what is he talking about?

- Is it not possible that the radio

and the record industry and
the RIAA couldn't work together

and just sanitize all of it?

- [Man] It didn't want us to get a chance

to get on this.

You know these microphones and say,

you know, what's really going

on because we've been, you
know, totally dehumanized

and thoroughly robbed at
the knowledge of ourselves.

And some of us now are getting it back.

And we were going to die talking.

- Knowledge to me, means everything.

That means the whole meaning

of being born, and the
person coming to this world.

And doesn't have any knowledge

by the time they leave this earth,

then to me their life is void.

They didn't learn anything from not

as the key to everything,
knowledge about a tree knowledge

about grass, air, everything is

everything to be known is knowledge.

You got to have the knowledge
not to wear the wrong color

in the wrong neighborhood.

You'll get shot up.

You have to have knowledge of
how not to move your hands.

Certain ways of thought
certain gang sides.

You've got that knowledge
of how to say certain words

the way you're talking and stuff.

Even though you got to have the knowledge

of all that certain streets

certain areas, certain
graffiti on the wall

and you ride by, you see
some initials or something.

You got to know what that mean.

You know it's a lot to stay alive,

just like the African Plains.

There's so many different animals

you know, wilderbeasts,
lions and all of that.

So you just got to know where to go

where not to go, where
you might become prey.

You rather go where you're predator.

Instead of being prey.

My people been tortured

and been mutilated,

they used to take pregnant women

and hang them upside down by
their ankles who were pregnant

and slice that belly open
letting that unborn fetus spill

out to the ground while white men take

they boots and stuff that
unborn shot into the ground.

That's an autobiography of Malcolm X.

They used to breed fear
into that unborn black child

by having the pregnant mother sit

up and watch the husband be
killed tie onto this horse

on this horse or leg and a
leg and shoot off a shotgun.

And four horses were going
four different directions

and watched the man be split up

and they hold the woman's
face and make her watch.

So all that fear stressing the brain

into that unborn child.

You know what I'm saying?

A lot of anger that a brother feel,

that's the fire that keeps me going.

♪ Decapitate when I demonstrate ♪

♪ Ooooh you better not
uh try to duplicate ♪

♪ Cause then I'll have to
sma smack my you is that ♪

♪ Make you step inside ♪

♪ Or use my 9mm gazat against that ♪

- The word nigga, you can
say that's not acceptable

but when you've got people
still acting like niggas

you got people still are,

dependent on this country.

What you gon' do for me?

What you gon' do for me?

And instead of getting up and
doing something for themself,

When the nigga stop, start acting

like a true black man and do for self

and to huddle up and to go into his own.

- What makes unity strong

is because we all have
an aim and a purpose.

♪ Essential motherfucker hit that ♪

♪ Check it check me ♪

♪ Soon when they got
the homies I hang with ♪

♪ Some crazy motherfuckers
who I used to bang with ♪

♪ We took a trip to his crib ♪

♪ I snatch his whore and his
kids and this is what we did ♪

♪ I tied their punk ass up ♪

♪ I crack the safe with an axe
and then the phones we cut ♪

♪ I didn't hurt his wife ♪

♪ But I promise next time
that I will take a life ♪

♪ I shot a nigga in
attempt to disrespect ♪

♪ Caught a body got a murder in Miami ♪

♪ for a shoot out at a party ♪

♪ Got blood in my truck
from a punk who squealed ♪

♪ Had a partna try to play
me and his cap I pealed ♪

♪ Now I rest with my finger on my heater ♪

♪ Hand on my beeper a light sleeper ♪

- They attack Ice T in the media.

I think all the rappers would defend him.

You know, once we get, you know,

once we get up against the
gate, it's kind of like,

you know, you have a sister
or brother you might hate them

till somebody else come along and attack

and then y'all become a family

And I think that's what's happening now,

you know we have Tupac in the media

and you have Snoop in the media

and everybody wants to attack them

on the things that's happening
in their personal lives.

And you got everybody coming

to their defense right now.

- Rap music represents
the voice of, you know,

black youth or black people in America.

And we speak you know,

for the people who can't
speak, people who got jobs

and they don't want to lose their job

they've got families to feed

and they can't say what they really feel,

you know, about the system or whatever.

So, you know, we don't
have nothing to lose.

So we gonna say it all, you
know, and they gonna buy it.

(upbeat music)

♪ I grab your style with
a bullet and a smile ♪

♪ I grab your style with
a bullet and a smile ♪

♪ I live or die ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ Listen I've got you in my night vision ♪

♪ Brain fragments on the street, police ♪

♪ Another nigga find sword ♪

♪ Another nigga decease ♪

♪ I got a HK ♪

♪ A.K.A the M 1, 6 ♪

♪ A 12 gauge ♪

♪ with the circular clip ♪

♪ Quick to let projectiles fly you die ♪

♪ And watch your fat
mom's cry bull's eye ♪

- This is not supposed to be positive.

This music is negative because
the streets are negative.

You know?

So in the record, you're
going to hear violence.

You're going to hear aggressive behavior

by individuals that
lived that lifestyle out.

You know, that's like telling somebody

like Stephen King well make a horror movie

with a happy ending they
don't have happy endings.

It's a horror movie.

It's horrible.

You see?

And this is what I do.

So people that like me are going

to be really shocked when
they hear my new record.

Cause it's going to scare the
shit out of a lot of people.

It's going to make a lot

of people who think they like me hate me

because I'm going to
do it in its true form.

You know hardcore rap in its true form,

which is no messages.

Just reality.

(upbeat music)

♪ I don't like shooting ♪

♪ But I do shoot straight. ♪

♪ Niggas I be rolling with
will shoot at the wake ♪

♪ Why you wanna step in
the sights of a nigga ♪

♪ Blown head trigger
the coroner delivers ♪

♪ More cold bodies to
the morgue each weekend ♪

♪ One minute you're breathing
next minute you're leaking ♪

♪ Best to listen close
this ain't no boasting ♪

♪ Never forget that I leave you wet ♪

♪ Bloody sticky holes in your dickies ♪

♪ Oh what a pity looking all shitty ♪

♪ My Winchester will
get the best of y'all ♪

♪ Hand grenades will fade
all the rest of y'all ♪

(upbeat music)

(soft music)

♪ Your heartache they bring ♪

♪ The comforts in knowing ♪

♪ I'll soon be gone ♪

♪ Am going up the other ♪

♪ I'm going up yonder ♪

♪ I'm going up yonder ♪

♪ To be with my Lord ♪

- We're here today to
pay our last respects

to Tony Bogart, a leader,
we should not be dead.

We are here to pay our
respects to a man who rose

in South central Los Angeles
from the PJ's with a message

and the kind of leadership we
haven't seen for a long time.

We all know Tony because
he took his natural talent

and turned it into something
that people marveled at.

- He was not supposed to be a leader.

He was supposed to have come

from circumstances that could
not allow him to emerge.

Commanding the attention of the press

commanding the attention
of a political leaders.

Commanding the attention

of community leaders.

We cannot afford to lose one more.

The business of peace and unity
has got to be our business.

We've all got to do what
we can to embrace somebody.

To love somebody, to forgive somebody.

We got to say

to the man this is putting
guns in our community no more.

We've got to say we're about

the business of living.

Not dying.

- We're tired if laying
my brothers to rest,

at the hands of our own people.

It wasn't the police that did this?

(Crowd murmurs)

Who are you going to blame now?

It wasn't the outside

that didn't, wasn't down
as well as Ice T said

that wasn't down about truce

it wasn't one of him, brothers.

It was a brother from the hood.

- [Ice T] When I met Tony
and the brothers and PJ,

he was so real.

He was like yo.

He was adamant about peace.

He was leaving.

He reversed gang banging.

And then he was

like turning into aggressive
in the opposite direction.

(somber music)

- Like this is gotta be one of the most
terrible things that happened in LA ever.

Now everybody gotta step up and
be as strong as Tony Bogart.

(people weeping)

(man mumbling)

- It's not even twice as hard
for peace, it's twice as hard.

(soft music)

(man mumbling)

(men weeping)

(crowd murmuring)

(woman screaming)

- We about to roll any minute from now.

- I appreciate you coming man.

(car engine roars)

(upbeat music)

(engines roaring)

♪ This go on to all the bad boys ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ Put down the gun and stop the kill ♪

♪ This can be your homie ♪

♪ Your brothers and sisters now ♪

♪ You know people
getting killed everyday ♪

♪ We need to come together
and all try to get along ♪

♪ You know that violence
is not the solution ♪

♪ So take some time time and
think about what me say ♪

♪ Or else we gon' be
singing the sad song ♪

♪ So come down girl ♪

♪ A tear drop down ♪

♪ And I'm staring out the window ♪

♪ Gon' sipping on some Henn ♪

♪ Don't smoking on some Indo ♪

♪ Praying to God that my
ears ain't deceiving me ♪

♪ It ain't true my own fucking
homie can't be leaving me ♪

♪ Up in the hospital and all
I see is fucking nurses ♪

♪ Bitches was screaming grabbing tissues ♪

♪ from their fucking purses ♪

♪ I feel like I ♪

♪ Nobody didn't noticed that ♪

♪ I was shaking my feet
felt cold and shit ♪

♪ I denied what I saw I
had to leave the room ♪

♪ I told the nurse all I'd
be back this afternoon ♪

♪ That time I coulda had
to walk to my damn hood ♪

♪ Then let my homies know
my dog wasn't doing good ♪

♪ That's for a fact ♪

♪ Rude boy why kill another man ♪

♪ Why can't we stop this alteration ♪

♪ You lose pick it ♪

♪ I'm about to get done ♪

♪ It ain't loose just gon'
build your solid foundation ♪

♪ Yes the killing have to seize ♪

♪ The killing have to stop ♪

♪ Too much pain nowadays
I walk within ya ♪

♪ Them a bad and a boost
but who don't get shot ♪

♪ Everywhere that them go
them fire ex amount of shot ♪

♪ School them about life why
don't you tell them drop gun ♪

(pulley squeaking)

(upbeat music)

- [Man] This had a little
boy by 14 days ago.

So that's all I really wanted.

To be there when my little boy was born.

I was sentenced to six months.

I signed my papers in
July, the end of July.

This is a year old case man.

I got this case last year

this time I told him it's a long story.

You know what I'm saying?

And I've taken one of my
straps from one of my homeboys

and ended up getting caught
with him, a damn self.

You know that's what he's
doing that cease fire

cease fire thing.

Peace treaty you know,

I just saved a life, you
know what I'm saying?

I ended up getting six
months to get out a mine.

Ain't that something, but it's all good.

We still got both of my homeboys.

The one that was a trip and

that was gonna get tripped
on now my career going good.

You know what I'm saying?

My music, you know the
whole nine yards man,

I'm doing good man.

Saved a lot of lives out here.

You know what I mean?

Very much successful.

Thanks to the Lord.

You know what I'm saying?

My homie Bear, just popped up.

You know what I'm saying?

We'll I could of had.

The whole hood mob

at the court, you know,
but we didn't want it to be

like his act notice real it's reality.

I'm finna turn myself in,
in the next 30 minutes.

You know what I'm saying?

And I'm late, you know, but what the hell?

So what they gonna do?

With incarcerated, but I'm
going to go do that dare

you know, I'm going to go see CJ.

And I might see OJ up in there too.


Bottom line.

The one thing about it.

OJ, I did all mine back in the days.

It's a late start for you baby.

Lock down, lock down.

I'd rather be sitting in
the fucking penitentiary

lock down, lock down.

Cause one time on the streets

this my mother fucking enemy, yeah.

- Your deal is just happening.

I need somebody got to deal

with any will deal, but

I think what'll keep him straight is

what he got looking
forward to when he get out.

And that's what he keeps him straight

and keep him clean.

And we're out here waiting for him.

And that's when our homeboys go down.

You know, kind of heard everybody

- Here, stay at time.

You're looking out, bear,
you know, what's up.

You gotta be a little bit
different for a minute.

I'll be back though.

You know.

January, somewhere around
there, I'll be back.


No, I didn't say I
didn't want you to really

you know what I'm saying?

(car engine roaring)

(upbeat music)

The last thing is that cigarette

I'll be smoking out of them for
a couple months, few months.

You know what, I hate this
shit lock down, lock down.

(upbeat music)

♪ Fuck one time ♪

♪ That can all go to hell ♪

♪ Because the mother fucking
homies sitting in jail ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ But you know the law ♪

♪ It's fuck up a pig ♪

♪ That had you ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

♪ Trying to shoot on that fucking cone ♪

♪ But on the car ♪

♪ The shit say protect and serve ♪

♪ But they really trying
to get a nigga's smoked ♪

♪ Then they laugh ♪

♪ Because they take our life for a joke ♪

♪ Niggas know what am talking about ♪

♪ Pete Wilson is a ball player
3 strikes you out (indistinct) ♪

♪ They think the black folks ♪

♪ Is that dumb♪

♪ But we in debt ♪

♪ So where we get the money from ♪

♪ To go out and try to
beat these penitentiaries ♪

♪ And now my homies ♪

♪ Get bread, butter and
cheese(indistinct) ♪

♪ Put the smash on the black man but
you don't trip on the Klu Klux Klan ♪

- Why are they spending so much money on

penitentiaries and not
education is beyond me.

You know that it'll, you know,
incarcerate one inmate may cost

like $70,000 a year and you
can send two kids to Harvard.

You know, so where, what
kind of sense is this make?

♪ Lock down, lock down ♪

♪ one time on the street is
my mother fucking enemy ♪

♪ Lock down, lock down ♪

♪ I'd rather be sitting in
a fucking penitentiary ♪

♪ Lock down, lock down ♪

♪ 'Cause one time on the street
is my mother fucking enemy ♪

♪ Don't hit me in my face ♪

♪ Don't hit me in the head
I think I see a brother ♪

♪ But the other three is red, damn ♪

♪ I feel dizzy ♪

♪ My business getting buried ♪

♪ I need to ambulance ♪

♪ So call him in a hurry ♪

♪ Man I'm caught up in the restroom ♪

♪ What the fuck am I supposed to do ♪

♪ How would that feel
if was laying in ICU ♪

- All these programs
are getting cut off and

now affirmative action.

It's a lot of negative things

that are going down for what people

what they call when
they call us minorities.

I think a lot of the
conditions we're dealing

with now has to do with the Reaganomics,

they're aware, they cut
off all the programs

and seated jobs and just shut it down.

You know, now I don't understand

why we have such a high defense budget,

space budget, every kind of other budget

and teachers are the lowest
paid individuals out there.

I think that if your teacher
was caught showing up looking

like a lawyer to school, if
he had all the fly things

and he would, then you more want to learn

you're looking at your
teacher saying, "Well wow.

You know, you're proving
to me that education pays."

But when your teachers showed
up in a broken down Pinto,

you looking at him like, "Why learn?

I mean, you didn't get
anything out of it."

You know, there's a lot of problems.

You go to schools.

Have you been in the public
schools in Los Angeles?

They look condemned.

♪ But that's cool ♪

♪ Because crime is gonna stay around ♪

♪ Fuck the police ♪

♪ Nigga because I'd
rather be on lock down ♪

♪ Lock down, lock down ♪

♪ I'd rather be seated in
a fucking penitentiary ♪

♪ Lock down, lock down ♪

♪ 'Cause one time on the streets
is my mother fucking enemy ♪

♪ Lock down, lock down ♪

♪ I'd rather be seated in
a fucking penitentiary ♪

♪ Lock down, lock down ♪

♪ 'Cause one time on the streets
is my mother fucking enemy ♪

♪ Don't hit me in my face ♪

- [Man] I mean, we've already proven at 12

and a box does not mean you're guilty.

12 jurors found those cops
innocent, a beaten Rodney King.

You know, if you are OJ Simpson,
you can beat the trial beat

in a trial, which everybody
with two cents could see.

You're guilty as hell.

You know, they bust you
with a hundred damn pieces

of evidence, blood all over
my Jeep, all over my socks

all over my house, all over my gloves.

But we're going to sit up
here a year and fight this.

Now me, I go to jail.

I said, I need a DNA test.

They like fool.

You couldn't bail out on $2,500 bail.

You're a gone.

Strike one.

You know what am saying.

Strike two, strike three.

We'll never see you again.

And that justice for the
90 percent of the people.

♪ No way ain't the clouds ♪

- We gotta break that law
or what they call an issue.

You know what I'm saying?

Doing nothing.

That's the hardest thing.

That first step, that
one movie is the hardest.

So as far as those are potential,
you know what I'm saying?

As, as gods and goddesses are
human potential, God is man.

You know, God is in man.

And man is God.

So it's all on us.

You know what I'm saying?

Yeah, if he would be saying,
well, I'm gonna leave it

in the Lord's hand.

Well, who's the Lord?

You know what am saying.

Who are the lords?

We're the lords.

♪ I'm like giving it up ♪

♪ Oh yeah, one time is
barking like hounds ♪

♪ It's too hot ♪

Time with never no fact for us.

You know what I'm saying?

It wasn't until evil I should say came

out and was given form

you know what I'm saying?

In power to rule that that's
what time was was marked.

That's the beginning of time.

And we now at the end of time,
you know what I'm saying?

It's like a vacuum in 6,000 years back

for that evil to take place
or that final purification

of evil out of all, each one of us.

(upbeat music)

But this is really what's going on here.

You know what I'm saying?

Used to try to make the sleepers
awake and not just black people.

You know what I'm saying?

I'm black.

So I got to speak from
a black perspective.

You know what am saying.

I know what black people have been through

and what they're going through.

So with this knowledge
yourself, I can't sit here.

'Cause be wise,

you know what am saying?

About the plight of black people.

You know what I'm saying?

So it's sensitive.

You gotta be sensitive to it all.

You gotta use tact with all people.

It ain't nothing that you
can't learn from somebody else.

I don't care how smart or
masterful you think you are.

You still learning.

♪ 'Cause I'm known as a
peacemaker on the LA streets ♪

♪ Waking black people
up over gangsta beats ♪

♪ I'm in traffic ♪

You can't just change your mind

and keep acting the same
way you've been acting,

you got to change everything.

I know it's scary.

I know you don't want to get
out of your comfort zone,

what you're used to doing.

You're used to kicking in with what

you're used to talking about

where you used to handle your business.

(upbeat music)

- [Man] Excuse my profanity,

but this straight from the street.

- [Man] I got but a few letters too

from my girl, I just got
through coming up out of here.

I didn't do number 39 days.

I was feeding the lifers

and ended with the 25 years and all that.

I was feeding them three times a day.

Ain't never coming home again.

They don't even come out there cell.

They see all this, the shackles

and they only time to come out
their cells is when they go shower.

And they shackle.

When they go to the shower

then they, unshackling
why they in the shower

watch him shower and whatsoever
being shackled them back

up and shackle them
right back to the cells.

You know what I'm saying?

It's very fucked up the way I feel.

The three strikes that they doing

they're going to start a war out here

- [Man] That's right.

- [Man] That's what's gonna happen.

Cause you look at him like this.

If a brother is doing a
crime and he know he's facing

in three strikes, what is he
going to give his self up for?

Yeah, it's going down.

Don't be that victim and get up in here.

Cause your ass is out.

I'm telling you, you
better try to do something

with your life out here, buddy.

I'm going to do mine.

They should have never let me out.

Cause they ain't got no more action.

At Big ship that's on the real.

Hey, it's been all these
billions on these penitentiaries.

Know what I'm saying?

When they can have some kind of

foundation going on for these kids, man.

Ain't know what they doing.

Hey girl, I get to touch you.

You ain't going to come across the street?

It just turned red on you now.

(upbeat music)

♪ Going down ♪

You can't gain the weight
anyway, with the food they give

up mother fucker.

What's up babe.



In the streets it's green lights though.

Let's get the fuck up out here.

(woman mumbles)

Hey stay up homie.

- [Man] We've let our women believe us.

We've let our women teach us.

We've let our women console us.

We've let them be all
that they could be for us.

And as a group, we have abandon them

- For the movement for
the One Million Man March.

Isn't just with the Muslims.

It's with all black people.

It's with the Christians,
the Baptist, you know

that's I think that's another
plan that people are using.

Oh, it's the Muslim March.

It's not the Muslim March.

It's the One Million Man March.

I think it's the most positive thing.

I'm going to be there.

Whether we are Muslim,
Christian, Baptist, Protestant

that does not matter.

Is we all black

And you know

if there's not and when they
spoke on it, they don't matter.

The white man can show up too.

They just want to see a
million black men there.

Anybody was down

with getting ourselves
together should be there.

Asian, Latino, whatever Jewish.

It doesn't matter.

Just show up and show that
you down with the cause.

- Whenever you send anybody into Congress

if you want to condemn gangster rap

you better start looking
at the gangster house.

That's why I've asked for a
million black men standing tall,

sober, strong, committed,
dedicated, resolved.

To go to Washington.

So why Washington?

Because if Washington is affected

we can affect the whole world.

The whole world sees black
men as maniacal, as beastial,

as savage.

And the sad thing about it,

we have fostered their view of us.

Your unity is the critical
piece for God to work

through you, to make a
change in black America,

a change in America and
a change in the world.

Thank you for listening
and may God bless you.

(crowd clapping and cheering)

(Sheik singing)

- [Voice On Speaker] Come to success.

(Sheik singing)

There is but one God,

God is the greatest.

- You see remember we know something

that most don't know.

We know that you can bring
a million people here.

White folk can't bring
many folk to rock concerts

without people dying from
dope and drugs and all of that

all the sickness that black folks have

sugar diabetes, high blood pressure.

All of that.

Nobody will die here today because

there's an energy that
supersedes all pain.

When you know your pain
is being administered to.

- It feels wonderful, to be a
part of the million man match

It's going to be a historical event

that I can tell my children

and my grandchildren about and tell them

that I was a part of it that I
was proud to stand with Farrakhan.

I proud to announce our count at 10
am is over 1 Million man Black Men!

(crowd cheering)

- [Ice Cube] The world has never seen

a million black man in one place

but on October 16, in Washington D.C

a million black men were gathered.

(upbeat music)

♪ The brothers going
ask to put themselves ♪

♪ In check three, strikes you
in the pen, shank to your neck ♪

♪ You want massage, your
baby pulls up alone ♪

♪ Talk it through with three
inch glass on a two way phone ♪

♪ Get, tell me brother's
got no options today ♪

♪ Your best to listen to the
Ice cause crime don't pay ♪

♪ Gats and cocaine don't pay♪

♪ You need to March with the
nation on atonement day ♪

♪ Damn that's how you know
the world about the end ♪

♪ Rain hail snow earthquakes ♪

♪ And the millions
black men up under God ♪

♪ Indivisible with Liberty and
justice for long to shout ♪

♪ And made us miserable, which
is the American nightmare ♪

♪ That's why October 16
we gon' be right there ♪

♪ Like yeah the same niggas
that you won't gone ♪

♪ Who will you bought a million deep ♪

♪ On your front lawn is going on ♪

♪ On from here to Abraham Lincoln statue ♪

♪ When every brother here thinking ♪

♪ Yeah, we need to holler at you
about this over do business ♪

♪ With the black Muslim Christian
Jew and Jehovah witnesses ♪

♪ And to get this out in the open ♪

♪ The only way is to
declare a black Holy day ♪

♪ The homie say that they rolled in ♪

♪ Plus we got family 40
miles up controlin' ♪

♪ So where you at ya'll ♪

♪ Right here ♪

♪ I get all my brothers
and we sowing up there ♪

♪ So where you at ya'll ♪

♪ Right here ♪

♪ (indistinct) ♪

- [Man] I greet all of you, my
dear and wonderful brothers.

For this is the day
that the Lord has made.

Abraham Lincoln saw in his day,

what president Clinton sees in this day.

That this nation was moving
toward two Americans.

Now the President spoke today.

And he wanted to heal the great divide

but I respectfully
suggest to the president

you did not dig deep enough at

the malady that divides
blacks and whites in order

to effect a solution to the problem.

And so today, we have to deal

with the root so that perhaps
a healing can take place.

Well the day that these
presidents, feared.

Has now come to pass.

For on this mall, here we stand,

in the capital of America.

We are on an evolutionary course

that will bring us to perfection

or completion of the process.

Toward a perfect union with God.

(soft music)

♪ If you had a choice of colors ♪

♪ Which one would you chose my brothers ♪

♪ If there was no day or night ♪

♪ Which one you prefer to be right ♪

♪ How long hated your ♪

♪ White teacher ♪

♪ Who told you you loved ♪

♪ Your black preacher ♪

♪ Now they killed King
and they shot at X ♪

♪ Now they want me ♪

♪ You could be next ♪

♪ All you got to do is speak too loud ♪

♪ All you gotta do is beat too proud ♪

♪ Cause once you let them know who ♪

♪ you are and where you're at,
you better watch your back ♪

♪ Cause you might think
that you just dope ♪

♪ While you're living in a snipers scope ♪

♪ Not trying to scare
you, but this danger ♪

♪ If you get too deep ♪

♪ Some nighttime don't sleep ♪

♪ All you want to do is tell the truth ♪

♪ All you want to do is save
the youth, Ice cube knows ♪

♪ Soldier knows PE knows
they throw death blows ♪

♪ And if you got kids
or a girl that's true ♪

♪ They'll move on them too ♪

♪ But when I'm gone I'm
gonna need you to carry on ♪

♪ You gotta be strong and
fight for our salvation ♪

♪ But there will be retaliations soldier ♪

(dramatic music)

♪ This is a message to the soldiers ♪

♪ Soldiers ♪

♪ This is a message to the soldiers ♪

♪ To think that rap won't be attacked ♪

♪ Cause ignore the simple fact ♪

♪ That they never met for us to speak ♪

♪ They had planned to
keep the black man weak ♪

♪ But rap hit the streets ♪

♪ Black rage amplified over dope beats ♪

♪ Now they want to shut us down ♪

♪ And they don't fuck around ♪

♪ Check the history books ♪

♪ Son Black leaders die young ♪

♪ They tell us that our words are scary ♪

♪ They're revolutionary ♪

(dramatic music)