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the message and the money

Immortal Technique

Before we go any further..
I would like to send a message to all the underground mc's outthere, working hard
The time has come to realize you networked in a marketand stop being a fucking commodity
And if you didn't understand what I've just said then youalready waiting to get fucked
For example; a lot of these promoters are doing showcasesthrowing events, and not even paying the workhorses
They trying get us to rock for the love of hiphop or rock forthe exposure
Now look man, I don't mind doing a guest spot for my peeps
Or, or, or doing a benefit show, but don't lie to me pussy
Coz I find out I'm paying your lightbill, I'm fucking you upnigga
Besides, you ain't doing this for the love, you ain't doing it
for the exposureyou charging up to 10$ at the door, and you ain't tryin to giveme shit??
So wait a minute... you want me to go shopping, cook the food,and put it in front of you
but you won't let me sit down and eat with you? The fuck is that?
Niggaz need to start playing their position, man. Just coz youthrow a partya hosting event or an open mic or a showcase, or a battlethat don't make you important at all
Without me and everybody like me out thereyou ain't nutting but a good idea, motherfucker
So stay in your placeAnd to all these bitchass saronayas who are too lazy to come upwith a way to sell records..That they keep recycling marketing schemes and imagery
C'mon..There is a market for everything manThere is a market for pet psychologists nigga. There is a marketfor twistedshitfetish video's. For nipplerings, for riverdancing, for chocolate cupboard roaches..But you can't find one for cultured hardcore reality andhiphop?
People like you: the house nigga executivesand them rich motherfuckers that own you; you the motherfuckingmachine man!You and all these niggaz talking about the same shitwith the same flow over the same candy-ass beats
But I refuse the feed the machineAnd Im not giving any magazine money
So maybe my album won't get 5 mics, or double-x-l's, or 5discs
Whatever man, fuck itBut then again; you don't own me, and none of you niggaz everwill
If I'm feeling what you fight for I'm rolling with you to the end
But if not, then FUCK YOU!And the more that mc's, producers, dj'sand independent labels start to grasp the conceptualityof what their contribution to the business of hip hop is rather then just the music - the more the industry will be forced to change
Oh, heh, and one last thing;You don't have to agree with everything I've said
But don't ever be condescending to me
Picking up your wack ass friends that rhyme and being like
'Ow yeah, Immortal Technique - he's aaiight'
No nigga.. Your mom is pussy, that's aaiight, ok..Your peoples getting shot dead in the street, that's aaiightI'm the motherfucking Immortal Technique nigga! The message andthe money!And you ain't got either!Remember that!Punk ass motherfucker..

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