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We first got hooked on Brother Ali when we heard his “Whatcha Got” hit on the Madden ’08 soundtrack. We liked it so much we promptly went out and bought his latest (at the time) album The Undisputed Truth.

That’s when we first heard “Uncle Sam Goddamn,” which we think is one the finest hip hop songs ever written. In addition to its musical and lyrical deftness, it’s just one of those brutally honest songs that we can appreciate because (like us) it calls things like they are.

Not everybody likes that, though. In fact, this song was so controversial that after its May 2007 release an unnamed corporation (later revealed to be Verizon Wireless) ditched its sponsorship of Ali’s tour.

Pussies …

Anyway, remember this website is your jukebox. If you’ve got a song you want to hear, email it to us. And be sure to scroll down beneath the lyrics to see all the other songs we’ve played previously …

BROTHER ALI: “UNCLE SAM GODDAMN”

Welcome to the United Snakes
Land of the thief home of the slave
Grand imperial guard where the dollar is sacred and proud
Lets do this shit for real, come on now

Smoke and mirrors, stripes and stars
Stolen for the cross in the name of God
Bloodshed, genocide, rape and fraud
Written to the pages of the law good lord
The Cold Continent latch key child
Ran away one day and started acting foul
King of where the wild things are daddy’s proud
cos the Roman Empire done passed it down
Imported and tortured a work force
and never healed the wounds or shook the curse off
Now the grown up Goliath nation
Holdin’ open auditions for the part of David, can you feel it?
Nothing can save ya, you question the reign
You get rushed in and chained up
Fist raised but I must be insane
cos I can’t figure a single goddamn way to change it

Welcome to the United Snakes
Land of the thief home of the slave
The grand imperial guard where the dollar is sacred and power is God

All must bow to the fat were lazy
The fuck you obey me and why do they hate me (who me?)
Only two generations away
from the world’s most despicable slavery trade
Pioneered so many ways to degrade a human being
that it can’t be changed to this day
Legacy so ingrained in the way that we think we no longer need chains
to be slaves
Lord it’s a shameful display
The overseers even got raped along the way
Cause the children cant escape from the pain
and they’re born with poisonous hatred in their veins
Try n’ separate a man from his soul
you only strengthen him and lose your own
But shoot that fucker if he walk near the throne
Remind him that this is my home (now I’m gone)

Hold up give me one right here
Hold on

You don’t give money to the bums
on a corner with a sign bleeding from their gums
Talking about you don’t support a crackhead
What you think happens to the money from your taxes
Shit the governments the addict
With a billion dollar a week ‘kill brown people’ habit
And even if you aint on the front line
when massah yell crunch time you right back at it
Plain look at how you hustling backwards
At the end of the year add up what they subtracted
Three outta twelve months your salary pays for that madness
Man, that’s savage
What’s left get a big ass plasma
To see where they made Dan Rather point the damn camera
Only approved questions get answered
Now stand your ass up for that national anthem

(You’re so low)
Custom made (You’re so low)
To consume the noose (You’re so low)
Keep saying we’re free (You’re so low)
But we’re all just loose (You’re so low)

PREVIOUSLY

The Afghan Whigs – “Gentleman”
All-American Rejects – “Swing, Swing”
Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
Beck – “Loser”
The Black Crowes – “Wiser Time”
B.O.B. – “Nothing On You”
Bouncing Souls – “!Ole!”
The Cars – “Let’s Go”
Coolio – “Fantastic Voyage”
Cracker – “Low”
Cypress Hill – “Rock Superstar”
The Cure – “Burn”
The Dan Band – “Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Cover)”
Death Cab For Cute – “Expo 86?
Billy Ward & The Dominoes – “Sixty Minute Man”
Dropkick Murphys – “Shipping Up To Boston”
Elvis Costello – “Every Day I Write The Book”
Eminem (ft. Rihanna) – “Love The Way You Lie”
Filter – “One (Cover)”
Ben Folds Five – “Rockin’ The Suburbs”
Foo Fighters – “Times Like These”
Foo Fighters – “My Hero”
The Fray – “The Great Beyond (Cover)”
Green Day – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
Ice Cube – “It Was A Good Day”
James – “Born of Frustration (Live)”
Janet Jackson – “When I Think  Of You”
Joy Division – “New Dawn Fades”
Jupiter One – “Countdown”
Kesha- “Your Love Is My Drug”
Katie Melua –  “Just Like Heaven (Cover)”
The Killers – “Shadowplay (Cover)”
The Killers – “Sweet Talk”
Lady Ga Ga/ Beyonce – “Telephone”
Led Zeppelin – “Your Time Is Gonna Come/ Black Mountain Side”
Led Zeppelin – “Misty Mountain Hop”
Led Zeppelin – “Thank You”
Live – “Overcome”
Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”
LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out”
Luna – “Lovedust”
Bob Marley – “One Love”
Sarah McLachlan – “Building A Mystery”
Metric – “Help I’m Alive”
M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
Midnight Oil – “Dreamworld”
Monster Magnet – “Negasonic Teenage Warhead”
The National – “All The Wine”

Naughty By Nature – “O.P.P.”
Nena – “99 Luftballoons”
New Order – “Regret”
Nine Inch Nails – “Piggy”
Nine Inch Nails – “Hand That Feeds”
Nirvana – “Rape Me”
Novadriver – “Blackout”
One Republic – “All The Right Moves”
The Outfield – “I Don’t Need Her”
Outkast – “Rosa Parks”
Outkast – “Gasoline Dreams”
Owl City – “Hot Air Balloon”
Parliament-Funkadelic – “Give Up The Funk”
Panic At The Disco! – “Karma Police” (Cover)
Paramore – “The Only Exception”
Pavement – “Range Life”
Pearl Jam – “Alive”
Tom Petty – “The Waiting”
Liz Phair – “Johnny Feelgood”
The Police – “Synchronicity II”
Pretenders – “Back On The Chain Gang”
Queen – “Somebody To Love”
R.E.M. – “These Days”
R.E.M. – “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
Gerry Rafferty – “Right Down The Line”
Rage Against The Machine – “Bulls on Parade”
Smashing Pumpkins – “Geek, U.S.A.”
Smashing Pumpkins – “Age Of Innocence”
The Smiths – “Headmaster Ritual”
The Smiths – “Panic”
Soul Asylum – “Somebody To Shove”
Soundgarden – “Outshined”
The Spin Doctors – “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues”
Sting – “Fortress Around Your Heart”
The Strokes – “Hard To Explain”
Teenage Fanclub – “Hang On”
‘Til Tuesday – “Voices Carry”
TV Heart Attack – “AO”
Twilight Singers – “The Twilite Kid”
U2 – “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”
U2 – “Until The End Of The World”
U2 – “Where The Streets Have No Name”
The Verve – “Lucky Man”
The Waitresses – “I Know What Boys Like”
Weezer – “Put Me Back Together”
The Who – “Baba O’Riley”
Stevie Wonder – “I Believe (When I Fall In Love This Time It Will Last Forever)”
Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.”
Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp”

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