“I was different, I was gifted, they made me ashamed” Chino XL – What am I? (1996)

Bonus tid-bit, the lyric in the post title (presumably) refers to this aspect of Chino XL’s life.


“I don’t change colour, but they call me a coloured man” Swiss – Cry (2006)

“And I don’t even need a chorus, this the type of number that I’d dedicate to Stephen Lawrence“:

“All that speakin’ her mind, testifyin’ and cryin’, when this bitch did the crime!” Common – Testify (2005)

It’s the gorgeous (and somewhat corny) sampling of Honey Cone – ‘Innocent Til Proven Guilty’ (1992) that makes this for me:

“White people have gold, why can’t I have gold?!” Dead Prez – Wolves (Intro) (2000)

Upon hearing the timeless banger Hip Hop (which itself sends chills: “who shot Biggie Smalls? If we don’t get them, they gon’ get us all…”, I obviously had to run out and buy Let’s Get Free.

But it took me a long-ass time to get past just the intro, which I kept on repeat for days. Mesmerising, and courtesy of Omali Yeshitela: