Anderson .Paak - Lockdown - Lyrics
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Anderson .Paak is one of the most talented musicians in the world, always contributing his blend of funk, hip-hop, and soul when we need it most.
He's been watching everything unfold over the last few weeks, heartbroken over all the lives that have been lost at the hands of police and racism.
Despite the coronavirus lockdown, he watched us all head to the streets to march for the Black Lives Matter movement, hoping to make a change for future generations.
In the so-called Land of the Free, nobody should have to live in fear of being shot dead in their own home, like Breonna Taylor, or at the supermarket, like George Floyd.
The Ventura veteran has released his timely new record "Lockdown," which references what has been going on and his thoughts about the situation.
As people have gone back to music to piece together their emotions over all of this, .Paak offers a fresh perspective on the riots, translating it all through his personal lens.
Anderson .Paak - Lockdown Lyrics.
[Intro] You should've been downtown (Ayy) The people are risin' (Yeah) We thought it was a lockdown (What?) They opened the fire (Damn) Them bullets was flyin' (Ooh) Who said it was a lockdown? Goddamn lie [Verse 1] Oh my, time heals all but you outta time now (Now) Judge gotta watch us from the clock tower (True) Lil' tear gas cleared the whole place out I'l be back with the hazmat for the next round We was tryin' to protest, then the fires broke out Look out for the secret agents, they be planted in the crowd Said, "It's civil unrest," but you sleep so sound Like you don't hear the screams when we catchin' beatdowns Stayin' quiet when they killin' niggas, but you speak loud When we ride, got opinions comin' from a place of priv' Sicker than the COVID, how they did him on the ground Speakin' of the COVID, is it still goin' around? Oh, won't you tell me 'bout the lootin' what's that really all about? 'Cause they throw away black lives like paper towels Plus unemployment rate, what, forty million now? Killed a man in broad day, might never see a trial We just wanna break chains like slaves in the South Started in the North End but we in the downtown Ride, cops try to block, now we gotta show down (Citizens of Los Angeles) Damn (I hereby declare this to be an unlawful assembly) (And in the name of the people of the Atate of California) [Chorus] You should've been downtown ([? 1:15] available) The people are risin' (Right here) We thought it was a lockdown ([? 1:18]) They opened the fire Them bullets was flyin' (Lockdown) Who said it was a lockdown? Goddamn lie (We ain't gotta stop 'cause they tell us to) [Post-Chorus] And downtown, where I got popped with the rubber bullet [? 1:32], got it in my name now, I'ma shoot it [Verse 2] Never understand why they do it Someone cut the channel off the news 'fore I loose it (Lah) I ain't even trippin', if you wit' it then we lootin' (Nah) Help me put this Louis in the back of Suzuki (Ooh), o-he Had to break it down so smoothly (Slow) They gon' say, "It's not about race," but we movin' (Okay) Hold power, at the [? 1:52], had to put in my name Wish a nigga play now (Yeah) Any given day, I be headed to the pulpits (Yeah) Say a lil' prayer, matter fact, I need two of 'em (Ooh) Only do it, only do it (Ooh) This ain't '92 so we learn the new rules Nigga got hip so we don't loot the projects 'Bout to hit Rodeo with my lil' cousin Marcus Someone threw a whole brick in the Neiman Marcus (Ah) Help me put the whole mannequin in the Charger [Intro] You should've been downtown (Down) The people are risin' (They rise) We thought it was a lockdown (Lockdown) They opened the fire (Had to get low, fire) Them bullets was flyin' (Down, down) Who said it was a lockdown? Goddamn lie (Ooh-wee) [Outro] Lockdown, we ain't gotta stop 'cause they tell us to And downtown, where I got popped with the rubber bullet [? 2:40] (Uh), got it in my name now, I'ma shoot it Lockdown, we ain't gotta stop 'cause they tell us to And downtown Anderson .Paak