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2045: Radical Man
Recorded circa 1999 and released as 15th track on soundtrack album Bamboozled (September 26, 2000), later as B-side to NPG single "Peace" (April 14, 2001) and 9th track on album The Slaughterhouse (March 29, 2004). Writtten by Prince.

 
How can a non-musician discuss the future of music from anything other than a consumer point of view?
These people make decisions 4 the bulk of us without consulting any of us
Sales and distributions of our futures, huh
If this world were fair and right, they'd give up the car keys this very night
Damn!
Hit it
2 3 4 5 6 7

Flash forward: 2045
What did U stand 4 n the life of ur prime?
When faced with the final judgment of 2day
Who profited from the game that U and ur niggas play?

Radical man, mm (Yeah)
Save a life, come on, take a stand, uh
Give that money back, let's make a plan
The brand new currency
Takin' care of 1 another, U and me (Oh...)

Oh
Hey, oh ooh
Oh, yay hey

Flash backward: 1999
N a world shot full of viruses (Tell me)
How'd y'all stay alive? (Everyone of y'all)
Depending on this so-called man
4 everything U got come from his hand
Food, water, the clothes U wear
How many of y'all niggas really care?

Let's define this word, "Nigga" (Define, define)
Uh
Someone who stays high watching their life go by
Someone content with ridin' the pine (Bite that)
Nigga
They come n all colors (Whoa...) (Watch out)
Uh
White, black, Puerto Rican
But the main niggas we speakin' 'bout
Wear suits and buy and sell corporations
With only 1 thing n mind
Mm (Break it up)
That is the destruction of the so-called radical man by 2045

Oh yeah
Let's get radical
Let's get radical (Oh...)
Uh, watch me now

Schooled n the art of digital games
When the war broke out, they called ur name (What's ur name?)
Everyone of color put on the front lines
Holocaust Avenue: 2009

Hey yeah
"Get an education, good job" - who say?
The fool with the gold fronts drinkin' Alizé
They don't play by the rules, makin' no sense 2day (Uh...)
Mm, U got ur own lines so U think it's OK? (Not OK)
Mmmm (Make U grown)
"A better built cell block," (What?) - Mos Def say
Yeah, mmhmm well
That's where U gonna stay, nigga
"Oh my God, it's the Green Mile!"

Who's the man? Might b the radical man (Uh!)
Who's the man? Might b the radical man
Who's the man? Might b the radical man (Uh!)
Who's the man? Radical man

What's up, y'all?
What y'all wanna do? (Talkin' about a radical man)
Ain't nobody up n their crew know
How 2 really run that computer and make it flow
Mm
If U ain't born with it (A radical man)
U know, talkin' about the 2 and 4, hit me
Oh! Mmm (Count, U know)
Uh, way down(Yeah)
Haha
What George say? Follow 'round, alright
Ho
Uh

We claim Miles Davis, not Michaelangelo
We planted flags n the funk, uh, U better act like U know
We don't care what Albert Einstein did, uh
I'd rather know, rather know (What?)
How'd they built the pyramid (Hey!)
James Brown, Chuck D. and Jimi, mm
Turn me up louder now, I don't think y'all hear me
(They don't hear ya)
2045
We will stay alive
2045
God is on our side
Yeah (Ooh)

The whole pop scenario is just nothin' but a dream
The day U wake up is the day U get the real cream, nigga

Radical man
Who got the plan, who got the plan? (Oh)
Radical man
Who got the plan, who got the plan?
This is the funk the industry most fears
All of us gettin' 2gether (Oh yeah)
N a locked board of directors?
I don't think so (Oh)
Ain't nobody runnin' this, huh
It's all about DNA, nigga
Radical man (Go!)

Where will U b n 2045?
30 million people right now r being wiped off the face of the planet by a disease they claim has no cure
N the matter of a blinking eye
All of us right now can testify
Take a stand, radical man (Go!)


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