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#TimelessBeatsThursday King Pinn -I salute you lyrics

When talking about Zimbabwean HipHop it's tantamount to blasphemy to leave out the name of one Tonderai Makoni better known by his stage name King Pinn.King Pinn was the son to former Minister Simba Makoni and he was born in Leicester in March 1980,later relocating to his Homeland of Zimbabwe where he spent his childhood days in Marondera.King Pinn is best known for his pan African anthem I Salute You in honour of all the African leaders who sacrificed their lives and freedom for the emancipation of this great continent of ours.Before his untimely passing at age 23 in May 2003 at the University Of Capetown Tonderai had dropped an album titled Verbal Vitamin sealing his position as one of the most skilled Zimbabwean emcees to ever bless the microphone.
 

[Hook]
I salute you
Everyone who died as a slave
I salute you
Anyone who cried from the pain
I salute you
Anyone who fought to be free
I salute you
Everyone who taught me to dream
I salute you
Anyone who sacrificed themselves
I salute you
Those who spent half their life in jail
I salute you
Those who felt pride in their skin
I salute you
Dark African melanin
[Verse 1]
Yo, the land of milk and honey was built on money generated
By a generation of slaves who stayed poor
Despite the elimination of segregation and slavery
Their bravery remains with me, never forgotten
But I can think back when they was niggas and spits
Driven by whips and their salaries were nickels and beads
Never found its way to the wardrobes of poor folks
Who’s poor, soaked in sweat from chores they did
Sores from whips turned into permanent scars
And lashes from their masters
Determined how hard they toiled the soil
And hit hard enough to boil
The brown skin from their backs and still paid tax
I feel blacks got the short straw
'Cause we still ain’t got half what we fought for
We fought hoards of clan members
Neo Nazis and lantanas but we still getting manipulated like antennas
Time to stand, get up
Tell the man that we fed up
Until we get our proper respect we can’t let up
And thousands of people could lose their lives to it
The least you can do is open up your eyes to it
[Hook]
I salute you
Everyone who died as a slave
I salute you
Anyone who cried from the pain
I salute you
Anyone who fought to be free
I salute you
Everyone who taught me to dream
I salute you
Anyone who sacrificed themselves
I salute you
Those who spent half their life in jail
I salute you
Those who felt pride in their skin
I salute you
Dark African melanin
[Verse 2]
My forefathers saw the harbors of the land of freedom Shackled in the back of the ship to the crack of the whip Brought from Africa’s tip after a battle of wits
And auctioned off like possessions at the masters request Leaving masses and kids, clusters, bastards striped of a past And for centuries forbidden to ask
They say this is the past but it isn’t
The system that we live under today is still capitalism
Driven by the ideologies of property and wealth
Disregarding the spiritual poverty within ourselves
So men and women knew that they had to overthrow 'em
To see the freedom African people had once known
With guns drawn and revolution, they produced independence And ended their colonial sentence
They defended the oppressed from the rule
Of people who use church and schools, as propaganda tools
Like the panthers and the Jews
They were slandered and abused
And still had the courage to stand up and refuse
I can’t even begin to imagine what you went through
For this land that I stand on, I salute you
[Hook]
I salute you
Everyone who died as a slave
I salute you
Anyone who cried from the pain
I salute you
Anyone who fought to be free
I salute you
Everyone who taught me to dream
I salute you
Anyone who sacrificed themselves
I salute you
Those who spent half their life in jail
I salute you
Those who felt pride in their skin
I salute you
Dark African melanin
[Bridge]
Everyone who died as a slave
Anyone who cried from the pain
Anyone who fought to be free
Everyone who taught me to dream
Anyone who sacrificed themselves
Those who spent half their life in jail
Those who felt pride in their skin
Dark African melanin
[Verse 3]
Last night an ambulance whizzed by
I didn’t blink an eye
But when I woke up this morning I got to thinking why
People die from the same old things
How come we don’t clarify and try to change those things
'Cause that brother in that ambulance, never had a chance
And he only made it worse with them baggy pants
'Cause police could identify him
As a member of the black man’s new alliance
Hip hop an institution of true defiance
Speaking out to the people to unify em’
Instead of using iron
My tools are microphones and break beats
Our plan of action is escape the streets
African, Puerto Rican and Jamaican peeps
Black American, Indian and Haitian peeps
We are all black, it’s a fact so let’s play for keeps
Being strapped to the teeth ain’t gon' make you free
You got to take your seeds, teach 'em right from wrong
Darkness natures sin and these nights is long
But my lights is on, so I can see clearly
Let me see a show of hands if you feel me
But I'ma still be hoping to rise out of the struggle
Opening eyes, planning a Babel panic is trouble
But I ain’t trying to scare people
As an MC, my mission is to prepare people
[Hook]
I salute you
Everyone who died as a slave
I salute you
Anyone who cried from the pain
I salute you
Anyone who fought to be free
I salute you
Everyone who taught me to dream
I salute you
Anyone who sacrificed themselves
I salute you
Those who spent half their life in jail
I salute you
Those who felt pride in their skin
I salute you
Dark African melanin
[Outro]
Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King
Malcolm X, KRS, Public Enemy, Joshua Nkomo
Samora Machel, Nelson Mandela
My mother, my father, my forefathers the list goes on
I salute you, I salute you, I salute you

Karizma and Simba Tagz define True North

Shisha Pipe hit maker Karizma is back with new heat featuring Simba Tagz and this one is all about repping the North side of Harare (yeah that way).The joint also called Mr Chocolate doesn't deviate from the suave/chilled vibes of Shisha Pipe and Tagz doesn't disappoint with his flossy Afro Pop chorus swerving trash talk on his way to getting his fly on so he can Mack on your bae.

Karizma's definition of what it is like  to be truly North involves drawing parallels between him and the rest of the game.He boisterously claims he is top 3 spitting and as such rapping for fistbobs and props is a no brainer seeing as his fans have been crying for the return of the Zwag in the face of cheap imitations.Word on the street is visuals for the joint are already in the works and it will be interesting to see if True North surpasses the success of Shisha Pipe which even got featured on popular Mtv series Shuga.
                                listen to True North Here

About Ma Nna and how maternal love gets obstacles beat

Meyniak is back with a new single and on this one he gets instrumentation from Seengy with mixing and mastering being handled by CBleech.The thematic angle of the song is Avante Garde.Meyniak addresses a lot of issues to do with life and the music industry using his mother and granny's love to tie them all together.

We get a bit of reminiscing as Meynie paints a picture of a  childhood that shaped him from taping episodes of Looney Tunes on VCR,his father downing the proverbial cold one while his mother fixed a hot plate of chicken soup and told him to make a wish everytime his teeth fell.Fast forward to the present days and he wonders if her lessons to keep his dreams alive were amiss seeing as his deal with the rainman didn't bring the success it promised but left him even more parched.He would love for her to walk in his shoes but he barely moves an inch in them himself what with an industry that won't accept greatness and success that always seems within reach but fades before he grasps it.
                                      Stream Ma Nna here
Through all of this he taps into his mother's love and it heals any scars life dealt him while nurturing his dreams and giving him strength to carry on.His granny augments the maternal love from the skies above playing guardian angel till and if he reaches his destiny.

Scrip Mula's impressive visuals game


St Mary's native,Young Gamez Entertainment repping rapper Scrip Mula has made it a habit to drop stellar videos for his trap bangers.I first got wind of the young King when he dominated the Power FM chart show last year with his record Christopher Columbus.A quick visit to YouTube revealed an equally impressive video shot in Mt Pleasant by Simba Gee though Scrip and his team edited the song that was all about notoriety gained by being pioneers.

Rather than sit on his laurels Scrip followed that joint with Inyanga and it too had a fire video to match.The song was a warning to his peers that going against him was going to be an uphill task and accordingly the video was shot in the Vumba Mountains to signify a young king at his peak.

Just this year Scrip decided to thank the heavens for his good fortunes by dropping Maria Musande.The song is a thank you to Mary mother of Jesus and the video was shot by Aaron Mheta in St Marys.A visit to the local chapel,drifting cars,drone shots of Scrip and his homeys on rooftops amongst other scenes are all combined and the result is visual gold.

What's noteworthy about Scrip Mula is the fact that even though he is a trap fiend he doesn't revel in adlibs and mumblings but uses the booming 808s to complement actual bars.He recently collaborated with Dobba Don for the Bhawa ranger anthem Hatina Kudhakwa and it will be interesting to see what kind of visuals he has for that song.