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Jahaziel: In My Neighbourhood

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Hip Hop is a music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic style of speaking — called rap — over backing beats. It is very popular among young people and tries to express realities of life in lyrics written in a slang language.

One of the UK’s most recognised Hip Hop artists, Jahaziel, has been performing on the music scene for almost a decade. Here is his song entitled In My Neighbourhood.


Verse 1

Everyday another gun gets manufactured

Another man’s blasted

Some blame gangster rappers

I ain’t trying to say gangster rap’s the problem

But it don’t solve them and it keeps on revolving

And nothing won’t change lest we change

And if you wanna see change then be changed

And rearrange your thought pattern towards action

Cos if we do nothing then nothing what’s gonna happen

As for this thing we call rapping

Time to use in it’s true power and give the youth power

Cos death and life is found in the power of the tongue

and it’s not in the barrel of a gun

I’m shocked at how has become

Every coward’s got a gun and

They’re letting shots shower in the slum

Young soldier’s bling for gun culture

They the one’s dying

Who’s flying the guns over?

Chorus

It ain’t the way that I would wish it, but it’s just the way it is…

In My Neighbourhood

It’s not the way it should be, but it’s just the way they live…

In My Neighbourhood

Verse 2

I’m waving a white flag

Trying to make somebody aware and be like

‘Dag, how did we get here?’

Cos by this time next year another young buck

Loses the chance to breathe fresh air
That’s why I make tracks trying to catch your attention

Praying that my raps don’t fall on death ears

For sure, the real cure is prevention

And we don’t need to see a mother shed tears

How many funerals do we need?

How many families grieve and crying

Their son was too young to leave them

And some claim it’s a catch 22

Either get jacked by a crew or pack a 22

And that’s exactly what many do

That’s why so many of our youth never see 22

Now what we gonna do about it

As for me I’m a stand up on the roof and shout it

I’m a tell the truth about it

Chorus

It ain’t the way that I would wish it, but it’s just the way it is…

In My Neighbourhood

It’s not the way it should be, but it’s just the way they live…

In My Neighbourhood

Verse 3

See the words that I speak are sincere

It’s death that men fear

I know that life I’ve been there

If it wasn’t for the fact God filled me

I’d probably still be

Sticking up shops and robbing jewellery

Licking shots at the judge and jury

’cause they don’t understand

Why a brother got a gun in his hand

I’m a young man confined by limited chances

In a system that’s run by political gangsters

I see their gangster tactics

They got us paying taxes like it’s a protection racquet

But still, I’m the one who gets labelled as the thug they hate

For distributing them drugs they make

Man, I thought that it was much too late

I’ve gone too far

But God’s love was just too great

I drew faith from the bible pages

And truth loosed my mind out of iron cages

Listen…

Chorus

It ain’t the way that I would wish it, but it’s just the way it is…

In My Neighbourhood

It ain’t the way it should be, but it’s just the way they live…

In My Neighbourhood

Speaking:

It’s time for us to fight back with Peace man

Fight back man, by the Grace

And Let me hear you say

Silence the violence

Increase the peace

Silence the violence

Increase the peace

Silence the violence

Increase the peace

One life, one love

One life, one love