The Wheelhouse | 002

we skinny kids

we baggy jeans and t-shirts
backpack and ball cap backwards kids

we unkempt and scuffed knee
never ever lose the house key kids

we keepin' perfect rhythm
head noddin' thumb drummin' kids

we kick ‘em in the grill
outtie like 5G's kids

we fight the power
know you got soul
93 til infinity
Chuck D is a genius
but still love ‘Pac and B.I.G. kids

we ain’t got no right listenin' to this music
what do you think you know about real hip-hop kids

we don’t ever use that word even if you’re rappin' along with it
ain’t discovered nothin' that the music didn’t know first kids

we ridin' the third rail home
can’t keep guns in the house
or money in the bank kids

we gotta have the freshest kicks
pop-lockin' down long halls
dreams as big as galaxies but don’t know how to get 'em kids

we don’t know how good we got it
ain’t never been afraid of the cops for simply breathin'
ain’t never been stopped by the cops for simply breathin'
ain’t never been shot by the cops for simply breathin' kids

we all up in our entitlement even when we think we ain’t
all up in our entitlement kids

we stay complaining about the current state of hip-hop
like we think it owes us something
like we ain’t always tryin' to steal that game too
like white kids love hip-hop
like white kids buy hip-hop
like white kids know hip-hop
like white kids own hip-hop
like white kids
like white kids
like white kids
always
think
they
own
everything


kid

- by Ian R. Dougherty