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Bad Boys is a track that speaks to police brutality and violence through the eyes of young San Francisco lyricists. Harmony and Lennae's verses shine light on and evoke empathy towards what they view as a serious issue in their society while Delvin's verse is written from the perspective of a police officer battling with his own prejudices trying to perform a difficult job.

lyrics

Excerpt - Verse 1
Artist - Harmony

We be from the hood
We do what we could
Most of the time
We misunderstood
Yeah, we got dreams too
But everything problematic with you
there’s a son dead and now she homeless
that’s a be be gun recognize what a toy is
people dyin left and right
tryin soo hard but we loosin fight
givin up souls for minimum wages
stories told but never put on pages
let’s get back to the basics
the one is people with different faces
look around we all see the strife
is the hate you feel really worth someone’s life


Excerpt - Verse 2
Artist - Delvin

We know that you hate us //but this what you made us
scared of yo kind //so we carry these tazers
we single you out //cause the shit that you bout
lookin around //allegations don’t phase us
given a job //so we follow it
know that it’s wrong//don’t acknowledge it
Money be talkin so we get to poppin// the government taken our common sense
it’s a common conception//we all see the message
stuck in a bowl// imma pig with some dressing
but undercovers a blessin//
no pun intended //my job is a lesson
don’t follow my ways//cause money is hate
see the brainwash //as you look at my face


Excerpt - Spoken Word Verse 3
Artist - Lennae

have been held by many hands
I am the key tool of the creative man
for I have seen so many on this stage
But with you have come along truth and rage
Rage from the lack of sincerity that black lives transition from disparity
Deduced to riots and looters niggers if I may
And even though I'm black momma
Excuse me for what I say
When folks turn to colors and colors enemies
I feel it in your bones someone help you please
Your screaming and your mouth is closed
People in the crowd waitin Like they don't know
Judgin you by the skin and hair you keep
Hope you don't strike a verse that makes you deep

credits

from FTP: For The People, released October 15, 2015
Song Written and Performed by:
Delvin, Harmony, Lennae

Produced by:
Lew Jay

Recorded by:
Troy Reinhard

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