Last night’s B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards carried a strong theme of unity and protest throughout.
Nowhere was this theme more emotional than when Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. performed his spoken word piece that has since made the rounds on the Internet this morning. While dressed as a police officer, K.R.I.T. held the audience spellbound with his fiery commentary on police misconduct and brutality. The video can be viewed by clicking here.
The piece was a perfect example of how the art of emceeing can be used as both an uplifting tool of empowerment as well as a call-to-arms for the civic minded.
The verse is from his collaboration with Kenneth Whalum titled “Might Not Be Okay”.
Mommas been cryin’ and they gon’ keep cryin’
Black folk been dyin’ and they gon’ keep dyin’
Police been firin’ and they gon’ keep firin’
The government been lyin’ and they gon’ keep lyin’
Propaganda news channels, that shit is all for show
Camera phone videos is like all we know
Diluting what an eye witness might really say
Because the whole world saw a murder yesterday
Now your account ain’t what it used to be
According to them your eyes can’t adjust to the violence you ain’t used to see
Police brutality is all in your mind
And the tactics that they use only look worse in rewind
And people die everyday, you should get used to it
Hands behind yo’ back, face down, and still say you shootin’
Knee where your neck be like why you movin’?
Kids in your car and they on like what you doin’?
Like why you chillin’? Fuck yo’ feelin’s
Why you smilin’ when I’m so serious?
I ain’t patrolling your space, like why you livin’?
Stop asking questions, why you filmin’?
You look suspicious, I think you dealin’
Step out the car, fit the description
Someone I fear, I need to kill it
Blood on the curb, I didn’t spill it
‘Nother civilian, ‘nother not guilty
‘Nother T-shirt, ‘nother rap lyric
‘Nother life gone, I can’t forgive it
For those unaware of K.R.I.T., this style of conscious and lyrical rap isn’t anything new for him. Check his high-powered denouncement commercial southern hip hop.