On his song “land of the free”, Joey Bada$$ brings up a lot of issues plaguing African Americans and America as a whole. Here are a few lines from the song and their meanings.
He claims to have written the song after watching a lot of speeches by black activists such as Umar Johnson, Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey.
He starts the song with “we can’t change the world unless we change ourselves” then he goes on to say “three k’s, two A’s in America” this line is referring to the Klu Klux Klan. This is to remind the listeners of the intense racism in America that many people did not pay attention to during the Obama era.
In the song he also says, “Obama just wasn’t enough, I just need some more closure”, meaning electing a black president did not mark the end of racism and the struggle people of colour face in America and there is still a long way to go.
He goes on to say “everything I do or say is worthwhile, will for sure inspire actions in your first child”. This speaks to the fact that he is quite aware of the fact that young people look up to him and he is trying to sow a seed of consciousness in them.
“Leave us dead in the street to be their organ donors”, this statement is very powerful because a lot of black activists in America have talked about people of color being victims of organ trafficking in America.
“Trickery in the system, put my nigaas in prison. All our history hidden ain’t no liberty given”. This is my favorite line, because it speaks on the mass incarceration of people of color and the fact that a lot black history is hidden. A lot of African history that shows how creative and intelligent we were before the Arabs and Europeans invaded Africa is unknown.
I suggest you listen to the song. It is available on iTunes, youtube and other streaming platforms such as Spotify, tidal and apple music.