Tongue Troubles

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Tongue tied
Like rope on a collar
“Si, espero un momento...”
Trying to find my accent
Like where the hell it went yo?
“Creo que es por alla...”

Feeling like,
Please god save me
I’m trying to help this Lady
And I can kind of understand, but I can’t say shit
Kind of wish my Dad was here to translate this

“Entiendo, pero no se como...”
Looking like the only brown kid in the whole globe
Speaking like a white boy
You alright boy?
Last name match with your face type boy

But um,
How come it don’t match with the language
“Lo puedo...I’m sorry”
This happens often
I’ll stick to English, so I won’t have any problems.

(Drum Break)

Verse 2:
I say type of shit like that happen all the time
Native tongue only cheek kissing in my life
Like twice a year
Over text
Slang with the homies
Home with Abuela
Calling the primos...

And the Tios.
And las Tias.
Me and Paul can’t always love like we want, but
God damn
They love to see us.
For a minute I forget about the words when we all about to eat up.
But, then it’s like, “Ensename la cochina.
I mean, “Cocina!”
I mean, “Lo siento!!”
You know what,
“Just show me where to clean up”
And I’ll grab my dad a pencil

So he can write down every time he didn’t teach me
God-Damn-dad, it would have been so easy
All you had to do was speak-to me
Speak to me,
Speak to me?


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