Rap/hiphopklassieker du jour: Night of the Long Knives

De meest omstreden song sinds Ice T’s Cop Killer. Ice T speelt inmiddels de rol van smeris in Law & Order (!), Paris daarentegen is er alleen maar militanter op geworden.

“De Nacht van de Lange Messen” verwijst naar de afrekening van Hitler en Himmler met de ‘linkervleugel’ van de partij (30 juni – 2 juli 1934). Daarbij werd de leiding van de SA zonder vorm van proces geliquideerd. Ook andere mensen bij wie Hitler een rekening open had staan – waaronder generaal Reichenau en Gregor Strasser – werden vermoord.

‘Night of the Long Knives’ is een reactie op het brute politieoptreden tegen zwarte mensen in de VS, meer specifiek de moord op Mike Brown in Ferguson. Daarop braken hevige rellen uit, iets wat door Paris van harte toegejuicht wordt.

[Sound of LRAD]

No Justice – No Peace!
No Justice – No Peace!
No Justice – No Peace!
No Justice – No Peace!

“Fuck the police we gon’ be in Ferguson… [?] bitches…we gon’ see what’s happenin’”
“What’s up y’all scared, no! What’s up y’all scared, no bitch!”

[Verse 1: Paris]
Fuck a pig is the right call
Gang whistles and pistols at nightfall
Bang on ‘em for the lives that remain lost
Click clack is the get back new attitude for blacks
Gotta bang for the way they treat us
Like animals, police clap and beat us
Like animals, police blap with heaters
To protect and to serve, better know who your enemies are
Been too much talkin’ man, no talkin’
No more speeches, candles, no marchin’
No more grievin’ parents, no Sharpton
No more calls for peace, let’s spark it
And ride on these pigs till the wheels fall off
Collide for our rights till we rise above
Ain’t no time for no talkin’, let’s chalk ‘em off
Back ‘em off us to show the cost, till they recognize

[Hook]
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
Night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
When we all come together hope we don’t collide
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
Night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
When we all come together hope we don’t collide

[Verse 2: Paris]
One black man’s killed every twenty-eight hours
By pigs and these fake vigilante cowards
Claimin’ they scared only after they profile us
And beat us or worse, so we hit back first
Set it off with a molotov home-made charge
Blap when the strap, cough cap the sarge
Can’t trust so we bust on officers
Now they callin’ all cars, suspects at large
So we blast first then we ask questions last
Do like they do, mobb and mash
Do like they do, ain’t no pass
No stop, no frisk, just blap that ass
Cause we say gunplay only thing that works
Squeeze, retreat in Guerrilla Spurts
Do a drive by, ride by, clap and squirt
From the rooftop, shoot nigga, put in work

[Hook]
It’s the night of the long knives
That’s the shit
It’s the night of the long knives
Lettin’ off slugs and bricks
It’s the night of the long knives
Pigs can’t handle this
When the people come together better watch your six
It’s the night of the long knives
And you can’t deny it
It’s the night of the long knives
We worldwide united
It’s the night of the long knives
Know real riders ride
When we all come together hope we don’t collide

[Verse 3: Paris]
Mass incarceration, mass surveillance
Massa, we just can’t take it
Can’t take the blame and the cold abuse
Can’t take the slave route in the pen for you
Can’t take this police state, I can’t lie
So here’s an open letter to the FBI
To the pigs and the CIA and prisons
To the force that enforce for the one percent
See we see right through your bull-shit
That’s why we move and pull quick
No love for the people, now we’ve had enough
Keep it incognito when we call your bluff
And let these motherfuckin’ hot rocks hit ya neck
Hold court in the street ‘till you learn respect
That’s a promise and a motherfuckin’ soldier’s threat
Gotta feel us to feel what we understand, we goin’ in

[Hook]
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
Night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
When we all come together hope we don’t collide
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
Night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
It’s the night of the long knives
(Night of the long knives)
When we all come together hope we don’t collide
It’s the night of the long knives
That’s the shit
It’s the night of the long knives
Lettin’ off slugs and bricks
It’s the night of the long knives
Pigs can’t handle this
When the people come together better watch your six
It’s the night of the long knives
And you can’t deny it
It’s the night of the long knives
We worldwide united
It’s the night of the long knives
Know real ryders ride
When we all come together hope we don’t collide

[Outro]
Because the only language America speaks is violence
The only language America understands in violence
So let’s talk

“We want an immediate end to the police brutality and mob attacks that our people are confronted by every single day
Every single week, every single month, every single year
Across the land
This is the only reason, that we don’t become involved in these non-violent demonstrations
To walk up to a man nonviolently, he got a gun in his hand
We are ready to die, or we’re ready to see if someone else dies
I don’t need to turn the other cheek
This black man was shot by policemen, not some Ku Klux Klansman down in Mississippi
They saw that he was black and they began to fire point blank
But they are dumb enough to think we have forgotten
We don’t never forget
You don’t kill our brother
You don’t shoot one of us and then grin in our face
You don’t shoot one of us and then shake our hands and think we forget
No, we never forget
We’ll never forget!
Someone has to pay
Somewhere, somehow, someone has to pay