"Negus: Response to Kendrick's "I"
by Dubem Okafur (Urban Science Academy | Urban Ego Poet | Boston)
The big homie said, "Negus"
Spelled it like "N-E-G-U-S"
And now it's time to put my game in a song
Like this is spelling bee, meaning: Ethiopian King, dark skinned monarch, his subjects rejoice
He head honcho,
Lineup on top of head, always arched up, because he professional
His shoulders low, head hung, shoulders low, back b-b-b-broke.
Shoulders etched in lines- no art theory
Crown come with a price. Price probably privy to problematic circumstances
When I say price I do not mean monetary, no, I mean consequences
Disadvantage of skin like black sequin
Like this is the sequence
Judge appointed him life sentence in manhood
With no prerequisites to help understand what that means.
This is ode to his struggles...
16 years old
King started as voluntary police officer to his hood, became samurai ready to end anything that may garner disrespect, had to brandish 45 as katana
18 years young
Finna do what he need to do, bushido creed, spills the blood of another man with sagged down jeans
Don't you know he got kids?
Don't you know the institution been plotting since
the invention of guerrilla warfare?
Back when they thought Negus was synonymous with Gorilla?
27 years down
Slowly ascended into kingpin, big boss with the biggest cohoes,
bout to fly off this high he selling
Perched like he a bird, like the penguin, like he ain't never gonna escape
Wanna be black excellence, garnered enough bloodshed to sacrifice
Got the homies from being locked up, swear he more forgiving then the cops
Only kill when there's no escape
The bills popped in more than the pills did, pin point him out of place like they Wesley Sniped his whole body,
Coated crazy like he Okonkwo's second son
Like he got his father's anger and the "wrong religion"
Streets finally call his name:
N E G U S!
He became King, Negus for a short term,
Cuz ain't nobody heard of that word before
Negus flicker in range of sight but never noticed
unless he conceived in after the fact conversation
Like he a fad? No.
He shimmering black sequin turn black star
by far the realist...