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lyrics

This is two sides
With two lives
Cut through
With two knives
Two eyes
One face
No choice, but just choose.

And then the lighter side
Is just a lighter Try
Ing
To burn my brown off
Until I’m white and white.

Don’t they know
When you burn:
You get darker.
Browner. Hotter.
. Enduring the flame gets harder...

Assimilate
To seem similar
To the rest.
Pressure from the best
Defined
By
The best

Self-titled
Self entitled
The “other”
Just a useless pest
Or working pet
Loves us when they needs us

Kill us when we seem like a
Nuisance
This ain’t
New shit
Still not seen on the
News kids

Or these industry hooks
Or the history books
TV screens just show
Who the hero is
And how these enemy looks
All these memories took
Out of my head
Remixed and tend to be shook
Up
To show us
With a fucked up show
Of
La-tin-os
Who all,
Fucked up, poor
Dirty, dumb, violent
Surrounded by crime and
The worst part is
That I can’t quite get these images out of my mind.
I can’t get these images out of my mind! Why these images even in there?!
(in stereotypical “wetback” voice)
“Sen-or
No Hablo
Ingle”
Freeway
Crossing
Watch out
For
El Mojador
Or
(In stereotypical “cholo” voice)
“Ey
Vato,
Loco
Don’t make me
Put a bullet hole
Where that
Fucking
Throat go”

And this shit spread
Like the legs of the motherland
When forced open by the hate of another’s hands
Oh
Man
Didn’t mean go
That place
But know
That’s the reason
We in this
Whole damn place
And hey!
Now that we’re here
We’ll do the heavy lifting
Sweeping, mopping and picking.
But, see me!
I’m a fight through the fiction
Cause these the facts
We white collaring
Even with poor fucking diction

Chorus:
But fuck it
I’m optimistic
And I’m off that spik shit
We not lost we living
Through the stop and frisking
Through the cops and prison
Through my Culture stripped
And
I,
Child of Brown National-ism

But fuck it
I’m optimistic
And I’m off that spik shit
We not lost we living
Through the stop and frisking
Through the cops and prison
Through our Culture stripped
And
I,
Whole
Through the truth
I’ve written.

I,
Whole
Through the truths
I’ve written.

I,
Whole
Through the truths
I’ve written.

credits

from MRMT​/​/​EP, released November 12, 2015
Composers: Mtali Banda, Andrew "Fig" Figueroa, Ian Haas, Reed Sutherland

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Mixed-Race Mixtape Los Angeles, California

MRMT//EP is the latest project from nationally touring Hip-Hop theatre show, Mixed-Race Mixtape.

#MRMT is a concept rap album on the theatre stage, exploring the challenges of growing up outside of the box and beyond the choices of black, white, and “Other.”

Featuring the popular single "Shortcut" and 3 exclusive tracks from the show + 1 (bonus) song to audiences everywhere, without a ticket.
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