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How coronavirus is changing the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

How coronavirus is changing the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

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Ramadan begins Thursday evening. It’s the monthlong observance by many Muslims around the globe marked by fasting and prayers. 

In a normal year, Muslims typically fast during daylight hours and gather together to break the fast every evening. This year, though, Islamic communities are adapting to the reality of marking the holy month during a pandemic. 

Noor Hadi is an imam in South London for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. He spoke to The World’s Marco Werman about how the families he serves are adapting to a month of worship, fasting, sharing food — and social distancing.

Related: COVID-19: The latest from The World 

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Marco Werman: How is this year’s Ramadan different from past years?

Noor Hadi: For us Muslims in the UK, as you, of course, know, we’re going through a lockdown across the country. So of course, Muslims won’t be able to congregate at the mosques when Ramadan begins. I think what’s different this year is the fact that what we will usually do at a mosque, we’re bringing [it] all online, going to be going live, delivering them lectures. What’s different this year as well [is], because Ramadan usually brings such a togetherness feeling, people usually break their fast together. They usually open their fast together, as well, before sunrise and after sunset. So they’re going to miss that feeling of breaking and eating together. 

And just practically, for people to break the fast together, you’re going to be encouraging families to put a laptop in the kitchen. 

Yeah, exactly. And so — we’ve set up a virtual breaking of the fast together. And before actually breaking the fast, we normally have a custom in the mosque where there’s short talks and there’s inspiring lectures and prayers together. Those short talks will be online. You know, they will be virtually eating together and breaking the fast together. 

Related: Amid lockdowns, churches find creative ways to keep in touch with the masses

So it feels like you’ve got online workarounds to help people who would normally be isolated. What do you do for people, for families, who don’t have computers or wifi? 

Without having a computer or wifi, we’ve actually set up a helpline. We have a national charity in the UK known as Humanity First with a helpline. Even if you don’t have Internet, just contact us through your local telephone. And we have youth members actively waiting for those calls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. And we tried to dispatch someone on that very day to go to those families and actually help them [with] running errands, like getting groceries or prescriptions, medication. Just through the helpline service, [we] helped around 5,000 of all UK households. 

Related: Wajahat Ali on maintaining one’s faith through crises

It occurs to me that congregating as Muslims in the UK isn’t just an expression of faith, whether it’s Ramadan or Friday prayer, it’s also an expression of solidarity in the face of continuing microaggressions and outright animosity. What does the Muslim community lose by not having the monthlong moment of community and solidarity of Ramadan? 

There’s this whole idea that, fine, Ramadan does bring a lot of togetherness and this sense of congregation and community aspect to it. But it’s easily forgotten that … there’s another aspect to Ramadan, and that’s the whole purpose of being able to self-reflect and improve yourself as Muslims. You try to stay optimistic and positive when it comes to this. And this month is giving us a time, just like the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, spent in isolation during Ramadan. And it’s giving a month of days just to actually self-reflect, try to improve your morals, try to increase or enhance your worship as an individual. 

This year is peculiar in so many ways. What does Ramadan mean to you this year? 

For me, I see that this Ramadan, not only do I get a lot of time to actually self-reflect and try to improve myself as a human being, but because I am Muslim, a huge part of your faith is that you also help one another. We believe that one of the rights that Islam or your religion has upon you is that you take care of humanity and you try to serve God’s creation. So now that we see that our neighbors are in need, it gives us extra zeal this Ramadan, because we know that doing this and helping others is actually increasing our spirituality and helping us get closer to God as well. 

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Syrian officials on trial for war crimes in Germany

Syrian officials on trial for war crimes in Germany

The pandemic has led to delays for many cases across the country, but the court deemed the first criminal trial worldwide on Syrian state torture too urgent to postpone. 

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The first criminal trial worldwide on Syrian state torture began Thursday in Koblenz, a city on the banks of the Rhine in western Germany.

The pandemic has led to delays for many cases across the country, but the court deemed this too urgent to postpone.

Anwar Raslan, a former colonel, and Eyad al-Gharib, a former security officer. 

The two Syrian defendants, Anwar Raslan and Eyad al-Gharib, were arrested early last year — one in Berlin, the other near Frankfurt. Both are believed to have been officials in President Bashar al-Assad’s security apparatus before defecting from their positions and arriving in Germany as refugees, in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Related: ISIS families held in Syrian camps face uncertain futures. Now, the coronavirus also looms.

The accused face charges of crimes against humanity commited between 2011-2012 — including murder and rape. Raslan, a former colonel and the more senior of the pair, is suspected of complicity in the torture of at least 4,000 people, 58 of whom died as a result, at a detention center in Damascus known as al-Khatib — or Branch 251. Gharib is accused of assistance to torture and murder.

The indictment from the court states prisoners of Branch 251 are believed to have suffered psychological and physical abuse — including beatings, electrocutions and being hung from their wrists — as well as inhumane and degrading conditions.

As joint plaintiffs, six Syrians who were detained and tortured at Branch 251 have the right to appear in court.

“They want to reveal the truth about this whole system. They want to make clear that everybody hears not only what has happened to them, but to others. They know there are so many others that cannot speak anymore because maybe they are afraid or still in detention, or have disappeared and died under torture.”

Patrick Kroker, lawyer representing witnesses and co-plaintiffs in the trial

“They want to reveal the truth about this whole system,” said Patrick Kroker, the lawyer representing witnesses and co-plaintiffs in the trial. “They want to make clear that everybody hears not only what has happened to them, but to others. They know there are so many others that cannot speak anymore because maybe they are afraid or still in detention, or have disappeared and died under torture.” 

Related: Can COVID-19 be contained in war-torn Syria?

Wolfgang Kaleck, general secretary of legal nonprofit European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin, says putting two Syrian officials on trial is an important milestone.

“It is very significant because so far Western European countries did only arrest and prosecute those who were fighting in the various militias such as ISIS and others,” Kaleck said. “But to cover the magnitude of what happened in Syria in the last 10 years, we need to investigate the torture regime of President Assad.”

Alongside a network of European partners, civil society organizations and public prosecutors, Kaleck’s organization ECCHR has spent years gathering evidence and testimonies on Syrian state crimes.

The ongoing conflict and no prospect for justice in Syria itself were the main obstacles to prosecutions so far, Kaleck explained. In addition, efforts to put Syrians on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have failed. Syria is not a signatory to the ICC, and Russia and China have blocked attempts to refer Syrian crimes to the court.

Related: Analysis: Nine years on, we still dream of a free Syria

Universal jurisdiction, a legal principle that allows states to prosecute certain crimes even if they are committed elsewhere, has provided an alternative route to justice.

Germany enacted universal jurisdiction in 2002, and it is under this that the Koblenz trial is taking place. Universal jurisdiction is also behind a number of other ongoing criminal complaints regarding Syrian state torture across Europe.

Yet, the Koblenz trial shows Germany to be at the forefront of this legal wave, something Kaleck ultimately credits to the presence of a large Syrian community in the country.

Mariana Karkoutly, law student and member of nonprofit Adopt a Revolution, is one of many Syrians in Germany who have worked extensively over recent years to gather evidence of torture in state detention centers.

“There is a sense of [a] kind of justice that people can feel that can be delivered,” Karkoutly said. “I feel we are witnessing a historic moment.”

Karkoutly says Syrians like her living in Germany will be watching the trial very closely.

“Today, there’s an acknowledgment that this happened, and this is still happening. So, in this sense, I feel like it’s a moment of hope. … this could be the beginning of a long road towards justice.”

Mariana Karkoutly, law student and member of nonprofit Adopt a Revolution

“Today, there’s an acknowledgment that this happened, and this is still happening,” she said. “So, in this sense, I feel like it’s a moment of hope. For lots of Syrians who I interviewed, it was a moment of, ‘Yes, but this is not the justice we’re looking for. We want to establish justice in Syria.’ But this could be the beginning of a long road towards justice.”

Related: The world must step up to save Syrians displaced from Idlib

As a Syrian human rights lawyer, Anwar al-Bunni has spent the last three decades fighting on behalf of victims of state detention and torture. Now based in Berlin, he has worked alongside ECCHR in recent years. He believes the Koblenz case will go beyond the individual alleged crimes of the defendants and help build evidence of how torture has been used systematically.

“It’s not just justice for the people, it’s justice for Syria,” Bunni said. “These people here that are arrested are parts from the whole machine.”

Syrians back home will be carefully following events in Koblenz, he added: “I think all the Syrians now look for what happened against these criminals: many [are paying] attention; many questions we have.”

Kaleck hopes the Koblenz trail is just the beginning.

“We hope that the upcoming trial will be like an icebreaker,” Kaleck said. “[It] will put a new dynamic on the perpetrator, as well as on the victims side, so Syrians should see that the impunity will not be forever and President Assad and his regime will not be untouchable forever.”

Pandemic security must be ‘top line concern’ says former Amb. Power

Pandemic security must be ‘top line concern’ says former Amb. Power

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Combatting the novel coronavirus is a herculean effort that many experts say depends on global solidarity and cooperation. But the US response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has brought into question the role of American leadership on the world stage.

That’s a stark contrast to six years ago, when the US under former President Barack Obama worked to assemble a global coalition to fight the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.  

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was part of that US effort in 2014. Power describes that work in her recent memoir, “The Education of an Idealist.” During the Ebola outbreak, she says, the US collaborated with other nations to stem the spread of the outbreak at its source.

She says the coronavirus can only be tackled if wealthy nations work hand-in-hand with the developing world.

Power spoke with The World’s host Marco Werman about how lessons from that experience apply to the pandemic the globe is facing today. 

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Marco Werman: Ambassador Power, you helped assemble the global coalition to combat Ebola in 2014. That was a very deadly outbreak. It took some 11,000 lives — mainly in West Africa — with just one fatality here in the US. Looking back at that time, did we just get lucky?

Samantha Power: I don’t think so.  One of the greatest professional experiences of my life was to be tapped by President Obama who said, ‘Go to the Chinese, go to the French, go to the British.’ Secretary of State John Kerry [was] doing the same. Our diplomats all around the world [were] going to governments and hustling them to try to secure resources.

And it’s just the kind of global campaign that’s needed now. Given that developed economies, of course, are having their own severe challenges and are suffering heartbreaking losses, to still, at the same time, be organizing in order to help those countries that have nowhere near the infrastructure or the resources that these developed economies have, we have to walk and chew gum at the same time. Because even if you’re only looking at it from the narrowest, most self-interested perspective, for as long as this pandemic is raging in parts of the developing world, it’s going to be very hard to restore economic normalcy globally.

Related: Samantha Power stresses ‘political evolution, rather than revolution’

So did other countries step up? I mean, what were the results of that hustle?

Absolutely. I mean, 60 to 70 countries were part of the coalition. The United States took a leadership role in the country of Liberia in West Africa. But we went to the British and said, “OK, you take Sierra Leone.” And the British stepped up in really important ways in a leadership role, backing, of course, the work of the Africans on the ground, which was the most important. The French stepped up in Guinea. Cuba — this tiny country with whom we were estranged at the time, we’ve not reopen diplomatic relations — Cuba’s incredible medical professional corps was taken advantage of and they deployed more doctors per capita to West Africa than any other country involved in the coalition. Malaysia sent rubber gloves. Japan worked on the hazmat suits to try to make them cooler.

Related: Is coronavirus reshuffling the global power deck?

I’m just curious, I mean, are there some legitimate concerns about China’s approach to the pandemic, as well as its transparency, that may not allow the same level of cooperation today?

I think there are more than legitimate concerns. I mean, China’s response was that of a cover-up in the earliest stages, firing whistleblowers, locking people up who tried to raise the alarm. China has a huge amount to answer to. China now, of course, is trying to rehabilitate itself in relation to this pandemic and is shipping vast supplies to particularly developing countries that don’t have those supplies on hand. But many of those supplies are defective. China does not yet really work effectively at building global coalitions around what they themselves do. China is much more interested in its brand and in bilateral assistance and not really yet in a position to or really showing much interest in leading the world.

Related: US leads in coronavirus cases, but retreats from global leadership

So COVID-19 is very different from Ebola. It’s often asymptomatic, and an individual can be contagious and asymptomatic at the same time. Like Ebola, though, COVID-19 represents a national security threat. I’d just love to hear from you, though, Ambassador Power, what kind of national security threat does COVID-19 pose?

Pandemic security always needed to be a top-line concern. I think it was in the Obama administration, but it’s been very hard over the decades to secure adequate funding and resources. So you have heard it talked about as a core security threat, but compared to the resources deployed, for example, in fighting terrorism, it’s just night and day. I mean, since 2010, the United States has spent $180 billion a year on counterterrorism operations and just $2 billion a year on pandemic and infectious disease response infrastructure. So that gives you a sense of how much more weighted America’s understanding of national security has been toward hard security, counterterrorism, the military, than toward crises like this, which proved far more lethal when they strike.

Related: High-profile Syrian war crimes trial opens in Germany

Global cooperation is also the US reaching out when it needs help. South Korea sending half a million test kits to Maryland. It’s a move that appears to have annoyed President Trump. As this crisis continues, do you think the Trump administration will be open to receiving more international help?

Well, I think states are open because state governors and state officials are on the frontlines seeing, every day, the human consequences of the lack of stockpiles and the lack of prevention. So what you’re seeing now is everything from California to Maryland to the city of New York reaching out to whatever international partner they can find. Bill de Blasio went to the United Nations in order to get a stash of masks — tens of thousands of masks from the United Nations headquarters in the earliest stages of his pandemic. I don’t think that urgency is evident at the highest levels of the federal government, unfortunately. And I wonder if that’s just because of the remove that federal officials may feel from the frontlines where this crisis is striking so many thousands of American families. I can’t really explain it.

But what’s important is that those supplies are procured, that our frontline workers have the prophylactic provisions that they need. They’re already risking so much in service of our broader communities. And, you know, it’s admirable to see governors hustling. But it shouldn’t be necessary. We have a whole apparatus that carries out our foreign policy every day. And to the degree that we can’t make up the shortfall through national production and manufacturing, that foreign policy apparatus — which unfortunately, of course, has been gutted in large measure by the Trump administration — but that should be deployed in getting other countries to provide the kinds of supplies that we do not have on hand.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

High-profile Syrian war crimes trial opens; Countries debate rescue packages, billionaires ask for bailouts; Missouri sues China over economic coronavirus losses

High-profile Syrian war crimes trial opens; Countries debate rescue packages, billionaires ask for bailouts; Missouri sues China over economic coronavirus losses

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Syrian defendant Eyad A. hides himself under his hood prior to the first trial of suspected members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s security services for crimes against humanity, in Koblenz, Germany, April 23, 2020.

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Germany began the trial of two accused Syrian war criminals Thursday: Anwar Raslan, a former colonel, and Eyad al-Gharib, a former security officer. Raslan is the first high-ranking Syrian official in service of President Bashar al-Assad to face charges of crimes against humanity, and the trial is the first in the world to deal with state-sponsored torture in the Syrian war. The case will be decided by five judges, and is expected to take up to two years.

And in the US, the response to the coronavirus pandemic is “shaking fundamental assumptions about American exceptionalism” and the leadership role the US has played on a global scale since WWII. Former Ambassador Samantha Power will discuss with host Marco Werman on The World today. 

Also: In Central African Republic, a colossal struggle against COVID-19

Countries debate rescue packages, billionaires ask for bailouts

European Union leaders are debating a rescue package in the trillions of euros to protect the bloc’s single market. In the US, the House of Representatives will vote on a $484 billion package that would refill a loan program for small businesses and provide health care funds, but no money for state governments. 

In the UK, billionaire Richard Branson is asking for a bailout for his Virgin Group airline and hospitality company, saying he would offer his own Caribbean private islands as collateral. And the Trump Organization is seeking a bail out from the UK and Ireland for its European golf resorts. 

Also: Why major food and hotel chains are getting stimulus money meant for small businesses

Missouri sues China over economic coronavirus losses

The US state of Missouri is suing the Chinese government over the novel coronavirus pandemic. The state says China mishandled the disease and did little to stop its spread, leading to billions of dollars in economic losses for Missouri residents. But the legal ground for a US state to sue a sovereign nation is shaky. Experts question how far the case will get — and if resources are being diverted from other pressing matters. 

And: In shadow of coronavirus, China steps up manuvers near Taiwan

Narcotics dealers take hit during pandemic

The novel coronavirus pandemic has slowed cross-border trade across the world. One area that’s been hit hard? Drug cartels. Sourcing chemicals for drugs such as methamphetamine and fentanyl has been disrupted, and the bars and nightclubs that often serve as fertile ground for dealers are closed. And with supply limited, prices are soaring. “Virtually every illicit drug has been impacted, with supply chain disruptions at both the wholesale and retail level,” AP reports.

And: Keep critical food supply chains operating to save lives during COVID-19, urges new UN-backed report

Also: 4.4 million Americans sought jobless benefits last week, as economic pain continued across the United States

How science denial hampers the US response to COVID-19

Science denial in the United States has for decades fueled resistance to taking action on climate change. As a consequence, the battle to prevent its worst effects may already be lost. That same science denial continues today as the country fights to fend off or delay the worst effects of COVID-19.

And: How do you stop the spread of misinformation?

US and Mexico block children from asking for asylum because of coronavirus

A migrant child, who is seeking asylum in the US, wears a protective mask as he stands in line for food, amid an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the migrant camp of Matamoros, Mexico, April 1, 2020.

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As the coronavirus crisis sweeps across the US, asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico have grown increasingly desperate, terrified for themselves and for the children they have in tow. An untold number have decided their children’s best hope is to try and enter the US alone, even if that means never seeing them again.

From The World: Xenophobia ‘takes its toll’ as Trump works to curb immigration

Also: Trump signs order pausing immigration for 60 days, with exceptions

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In case you missed itListen: Europe takes tentative first steps to reopen

An employee places a sign as she prepares to reopen a shop after a partial end of the lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Berlin, Germany, April 18, 2020. Sign reads: “Please keep your distance! 1.50 meters to the next person.”

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In Europe, a number of countries are taking tentative steps to reopen amid the coronavirus crisis. The key concern is a relapse and no one at this point can be sure what will happen next. After almost a decade of civil war in Syria, two former Syrian government officials will go on trial in Germany. Also, from Afghanistan to the Philippines, Scotland, Serbia and more, environmentalists around the world are connecting online to celebrate Earth Day.

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Prior exposure to air pollution increases risk of death from COVID-19, new research suggests

Prior exposure to air pollution increases risk of death from COVID-19, new research suggests

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Emerging research indicates the novel coronavirus is deadlier to people with long-term exposure to high air pollution and hits minority communities particularly hard.

Biostatisticians at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health compared death rates from COVID-19 with air quality records in 3,000 counties. They found that in areas with just a small increase in long-term rates of fine particle pollution, 15% more people are likely to be killed by the virus.

Researchers at the University of Siena in northern Italy also suggest there is an association between the region’s long history of high air pollution and the high pandemic death rates.

RelatedWhat can COVID-19 teach us about the global climate crisis?

Fine particle air pollution is any type of matter that is suspended in the air. It can come from burning wood, ground up gravel that rises into the air, dust, even salt that gets washed up from the shore. And, of course, from burning fossil fuels.

Particulate matter generally gets evaluated for its effect on human health based on its diameter. Air quality rules for the United States tend to focus on PM2.5, matter that is about 1/20th the diameter of a human hair.

A large body of research has shown that the more particulate matter people breathe, the more likely they are to die, particularly if they’re older, says pediatrician Dr. Aaron Bernstein, interim director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University. Bernstein did not work on the Harvard study.

PM2.5 can cause heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer and there’s strong evidence now that it can promote the development of Type II diabetes, contribute to mental health problems and affect a developing fetus, Bernstein adds. There’s also increasing evidence that it can damage the brain and that it could contribute to cases of dementia and autism.

“The bottom line is particulate matter is just generically really bad for us. And in many places in the world, including the United States, the major source is from burning fossil fuels. In other places, where people are using indoor cookstoves, for instance, and burning wood or dung or other things in their homes, that’s a major source.”

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“The bottom line is particulate matter is just generically really bad for us,” Bernstein says. “And in many places in the world, including the United States, the major source is from burning fossil fuels. In other places, where people are using indoor cookstoves, for instance, and burning wood or dung or other things in their homes, that’s a major source.”

Now, scientists have noted a link between the likelihood of a COVID-19 patient dying from the disease and the patient’s exposure to particulate matter air pollution.

“In the last week, we’ve had evidence specifically on COVID-19 in the United States showing that…if you’ve lived in a place with overall worse air pollution, the death rate increases by 15% for every one microgram per meter cubed of air particulate matter air pollution,” Bernstein says.

To put that in context, Bernstein says, in Boston, where he lives, particulate matter levels will rise to 15 or 20 micrograms per cubed meter on a bad day. In many places in the United States, levels can rise to 30. So, data showing that a one-microgram-per-meter-cubed difference over long periods leads to a 15% increase in the death rate from COVID-19 is significant.

The researchers controlled for other factors such as wealth, baseline health levels, access to health care and host of other things, Bernstein points out, and, even accounting for all those things, they still found that small differences in exposure to air pollution can affect whether a patient will die of COVID-19 or not.

All told, particulate matter kills between 7 and 10 million people every year around the world, mostly in Asia. “It’s in the top 10 causes of death, maybe in the top five, by some estimates,” Bernstein says.

In the US, between 100,000 to 200,000 people die every year from exposure to particulate matter, but that death toll is not distributed evenly across the population.

“If you’re poor, if you’re African American, if you’re Latino, your odds of getting sick and dying from particular matter are much higher than other folks.”

“If you’re poor, if you’re African American, if you’re Latino, your odds of getting sick and dying from particular matter are much higher than other folks,” Bernstein says. “And we know, of course, that, short of death, there are a lot of bad things that happen to people from air pollution.”

“As a pediatrician, I know that air pollution can be a major risk for everything from ear infections to pneumonia,” he adds. In addition, particulate matter can both cause and exacerbate asthma in children and adults.

Like other scientists and health professionals, Bernstein also notes a direct link between air pollution in the form of particulate matter and climate change. Air pollution from burning fossil fuels contributes to an enormous number of deaths and fossil fuels are also responsible for about 70% of global carbon emissions. So, reducing or eliminating fossil fuels is a win-win.

Related: Mutual aid groups respond to double threat of coronavirus and climate change

“If we get off fossil fuels, we get rid of huge burdens of disease right now,” Bernstein says. “I think it’s critical [that] we don’t wait for months or years. When you stop burning coal in a power plant and convert it to renewables, the change in health happens right now. … And, of course, that means there are also less carbon emissions, which protects the climate moving forward.”

“I’ve been saying for the past several weeks that climate actions are pandemic prevention actions, and a lot of folks, I think understandably, get rankled by that,” he continues. “‘How can you be talking about climate change when people are dying of an infectious disease right now?’ And my answer to that is pretty easy: …[W]e know now that our health, the population health of people in this country, is a huge factor in how we deal with something like COVID-19.”

During the pandemic, US President Donald Trump and the US Environmental Protection Agency have continued to loosen rules controlling air pollution of all kinds, heightening concerns among public health professionals. Even before the latest round of regulation, air pollution levels in the US rose in the last three years, for the first time in decades, Bernstein notes.

“So, we already have this uptick in air pollution; now we have evidence that air pollution may be more risky; and we potentially have an EPA that’s saying, ‘Let’s not pay as much attention to air pollution.’ That would certainly give me pause, particularly for those folks in our communities that are most at risk,” Bernstein says.

As for how to deal with the present crisis, Bernstein advises parents and children to continue to pay attention to the hygiene and distance guidelines put out by health experts because even if your own risk is low, your actions help protect the people most at risk.

“There aren’t a lot of silver linings in this mess, but one of them could be that we cultivate a cohort of children who really get that we do things not always for ourselves.”

“There aren’t a lot of silver linings in this mess, but one of them could be that we cultivate a cohort of children who really get that we do things not always for ourselves,” Bernstein says. “That sometimes the right thing to do, which may not be something that we would do for ourselves otherwise, is important to do because it saves lives [and] keeps the people in our communities healthy — that we make decisions that matter beyond ourselves.” 

Related: Coronavirus is changing how people think about fighting climate change

He adds: “There’s been no experience in recent memory that has made it clearer than this one that our health is absolutely tied to the communities we live in and to the living world and that we simply must move forward on that basis if we want to make sure that our children grow up to have the opportunities and health that so many of us have enjoyed.”

This article is based on an interview by Steve Curwood that aired on Living on Earth from PRX.

How science denial on the political right hampers the US response to COVID-19

How science denial on the political right hampers the US response to COVID-19

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Science denial has led to delays in government responses to COVID-19 and climate change and eroded public trust in the very institutions we rely on to solve large-scale problems.

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Science denial in the United States has for decades fueled resistance to taking action on climate change. As a consequence, the battle to prevent its worst effects may already be lost. That same science denial continues today as the country fights to fend off or delay the worst effects of COVID-19.

President Donald Trump and several Republican governors delayed action and failed to heed the warnings of the nation’s healthcare science advisors, while leaders in other countries, such as South Korea and Germany, have taken more timely and successful actions.

A decade ago, Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard history of science professor, compared climate change denial to tobacco danger denial in her book, “Merchants of Doubt,” which was penned with Eric Conway and later made into a documentary film. The two then wrote a science fiction novel, “The Collapse of Western Civilization,” that explored a future where denial about climate science in Western countries kept them from responding to the climate crisis, while an authoritarian China did.

The argument about the role of government and its relationship to science remains tragically relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The irony, we believed, was that by delaying action on climate change, they actually made the problem worse and they increased the odds that the kind of government that they hate would, in fact, actually come to pass…”

“Eric and I had been talking for a long time about what we saw as a central irony in the story of ‘Merchants of Doubt,’” Oreskes says. “And that was that the people we were studying, the people we refer to as merchants of doubt, [believed they] were fighting to protect freedom, that they were defending American democracy, American freedom, and individual liberty, against the encroachment of big government. But the irony, we believed, was that by delaying action on climate change, they actually made the problem worse and they increased the odds that the kind of government that they hate would, in fact, actually come to pass, as we had to deal with the unfolding crisis. So, the idea was to write a story that would make that point.”

Related: Mutual aid groups respond to double threat of coronavirus and climate change

When countries experience a large-scale problem like a pandemic that doesn’t respect borders, a political system that centralizes power is better able to respond quickly than one in which power is more distributed, Oreskes says. “So, even though we might dislike centralized power in certain ways, there are certain kinds of problems for which centralized power is really important and may, in fact, be the only way to address the issue.”

Until fairly recently, Trump was unwilling to use the authority that he has, Oreskes notes. When the seriousness of the virus first became identified, back in January, he didn’t empower the Centers for Disease Control or the National Institutes of Health to mount a strong response. He also chose early on not to use such powers as the Defense Production Act to compel the private sector to manufacture ventilators, face masks or other necessary medical equipment.

“Now, three months in, he is finally doing that, and suddenly we see the private sector — GM, Ford — being enlisted to do this sort of work,” Oreskes says.

Oreskes believes Trump’s hesitancy stemmed, in part, from a basic conservative reluctance to enlarge the size and role of the federal government.

“Tens of thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands of Americans will die — Americans whose lives could have been saved if we had acted more quickly and with more organization in the early stages of this disease.”

“In this case, the consequence of that reluctance is that the virus essentially went out of control,” Oreskes notes. “And now, tens of thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands of Americans will die — Americans whose lives could have been saved if we had acted more quickly and with more organization in the early stages of this disease.”

Conservatives have for 30 years been promoting the myth that there’s no way to solve problems like climate change without succumbing to totalitarianism, Oreskes maintains. But, “you don’t have to be a communist country to have an organized coherent response to a challenge,” she says.

Related: Coronavirus is changing how people think about fighting climate change

“The experience of South Korea, and to some extent Germany, as well, shows it’s not about being totalitarian,” she says. “It’s about paying attention to evidence, respecting facts, respecting expertise, and then mobilizing the resources that you have in line with what the expertise is telling you.”

What we’re seeing now in the US validates what she and Eric Conway predicted in “The Collapse of Western Civilization.”

“The idea that we were somehow protecting our freedom by disrespecting science — we’ve now seen how bankrupt that idea is.”

“Look at what’s happening now: We’ve lost huge amounts of freedom,” she points out. “The idea that we were somehow protecting our freedom by disrespecting science — we’ve now seen how bankrupt that idea is. I’m stuck at home and so are 200 million Americans. We’ve lost tremendous amounts of personal liberty, and we don’t know how long this is going to go on. We’ve also lost income. We’re seeing endless amounts of damage that could have been avoided if we had been willing to listen to and act upon the advice of experts.”

South Korea acted on the advice of scientific experts early on, whereas in the United States, “we have a president who has shown his utter disdain for and disrespect for science,” Oreskes points out. “He has been disdainful of the scientific evidence regarding climate change, he has been disdainful of the evidence regarding the safety of vaccinations against diseases like measles. And he is hostile to science.”

Related: What can COVID-19 teach us about the global climate crisis?

“Many of us … who do science, have been warning for a long time that if you undermine scientific agencies and the federal government, this will have consequences,” she says. “And now I think we are seeing those consequences in a very, very vivid way.”

In the 1950s and 60s, Oreskes notes, the federal government was not only putting a lot of money into science, but it was also “telling us a story about why science mattered.”

“Why did the American people believe in the importance of the Apollo program? It’s because we were told a story, a good story, a true story, about how science could help build America, how it could build our economy, how it could help build our educational systems and how we could do cool things like put men on the moon,” she says. “So, I think we need to recapture that commitment to science and to scientific institutions and to scientists.”

Equally important, Oreskes says, is to rebuild trust in government, Oreskes says. Science bashing has been linked in a direct way to a more general argument against the so-called “big government.” She believes Ronald Reagan’s slogan that “government is not the solution to our problem, the government is the problem,” has been “deeply, deeply damaging.”

“For 40 years, we have heard that argument made by political leaders on the conservative side of the spectrum, so much so that a lot of ordinary people don’t understand why we even have a Centers for Disease Control, much less why we really need to count on them now in this current moment,” Oreskes says. If the public is constantly hearing that government is bad or corrupt or inefficient, she adds, chances are they will begin to believe it.

“And the irony is that this can become true because, of course, if you put people in control of the government who don’t actually believe in governance, then they’re not going to do a good job in building the institutions that we need,” Oreskes adds.

“We have a lot of dysfunction in Washington, DC right now, and so people aren’t wrong,” she says. “People correctly perceive that Congress is dysfunctional, but that dysfunction is a product of 40 years of essentially anti-government policies.”

The coronavirus pandemic shows us why the country can’t wait until a crisis is upon us to mobilize the necessary resources, Oreskes insists. She uses military readiness as an analogy. Almost all Americans, she points out, accept the need for an army because we know that if we were to be attacked, we would be unable to mobilize an army overnight. “And we certainly wouldn’t be able to build battleships and airplanes and aircraft carriers,” she says. “We know that we have to do that in advance.”

“We have a notion of readiness when it comes to military matters, but many of us don’t have a similar notion of readiness when it comes to public health and medicine,” she maintains. “And yet, it’s exactly the same. If we’re not ready in advance, we will not be able to protect ourselves from a viral attack.”

If Oreskes were to write a story about how this particular crisis plays out, it would be a happy story about how it became a turning point and how, “because these issues became truly matters of life and death in front of our eyes, the American people began to wake up, and they began to realize that there’s a reason we have government and there’s a reason we have scientific institutions and there’s a reason why we spend money preparing for crises that may not happen.”

“[Similarly], nobody knows absolutely, positively for sure exactly how climate change will play out, but we know that climate change will play out and it will be very damaging,” she says. “And many of the kinds of damage that will occur, we can predict, even if we can’t predict exactly when or exactly where.”

This article is based on an interview with Steve Curwood that aired on Living on Earth from PRX.

Nasty C – I’m sorry Lyrics

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[Chorus]
Ever so often, the thought just crosses
Maybe you casted the spell up me
On me, on me
Cause every heart I’ve ever broken wants me
Haunts me, taunts me
No peace in my sleep am tossing
Tossing, I’m sorry

[Verse 1]
Maybe I deserve it, ’cause I don’t pick up
Responsible for our hate
’cause we lacking communication
’cause I would rather talk to the liquor
I promised and then I switch up I’m battling with anxiety
Struggling with my temper it’s like I only remember
The times when you didn’t love me and not the reason behind

I see all your mistakes
But to all of mine I’m blind
I don’t even put effort in lying
Bout how I’m trying
I saw the end up was coming but
I told myself I will be fine
But I’m not

Ahh, I’m a universal, wait for me, I’m more of
Bumping sad songs
Hard; ain’t playing for shit
Am on tight jealous hating everyones relationships
Yeah right, like a loyal woman really makes me sick ughh
Calling on me bad… calling on me monster
Calling on me me dune whatever you choose
Call on me papa
Couldn’t exchange hearts as promised
But I robbed you
My guilty conscious must be the… or the karma

[Chorus]
Ever so often, the thought just crosses
Maybe you casted the spell upon me, on me (Yeah) on me
Cause every heart I’ve ever broken wants me
Haunts me, taunts me
No peace in my sleep am tossing
Tossing, I’m sorry

[Verse 2]
And I try a new love, I do
I try not to think about you
I see you posting pics with dude
And I try not to lose my cool
You know I channel my wolve on who
I tell the bros I got news for you
Everything and anything that helped
Me deal with losing you
I…I…I…I think am losing you
Anh anh anh anh anh anh…with a ??
Anh anh anh
Yeah yeah yeah

[Chorus] x 2
Ever so often, the thought just crosses
Maybe you casted the spell upon me, on me (Yeah) on me
Cause every heart I’ve ever broken wants me
Haunts me, taunts me
No peace in my sleep am tossing
Tossing, I’m sorry

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Treat You Better Lyrics

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[Chorus]
Be with the one who love you (This Vade on the keys)
I think he could treat you better
I ain’t got no trust, that’s why I thug you
When I know I should do better, when I know I should be better, I do better
Let me love you in my own way, that’s from a distance
I said “Fuck you,” I was on them drugs and I was trippin’
I can’t be for you ’cause I’m not for no one, but like no one, I’ll be there for you
I’ma have your back and blow my strap just like a thug do

[Verse 1]
Ayy, hit my phone if that pussy nigga rough you
Make ’em bump it down with them cutters when we come through
Your lil’ nigga ’til the end, baby, I can’t never dump you
When you can’t make it to your friends, baby, I’m the one you run to
I’m high, if you could, then look me in my eyes, baby
Don’t tell no lies, baby, don’t come out in disguise, baby
You feeling dude, he turn you up, I’m on the side, baby
I’m just thinkin’, is it that I’m crazy?
I’m completely out of my mind, baby
We tote four tools, we be tryna knock ’em when we slide
I zip four fools, I probably zip your manes and make you cry
Ayy, I can’t hold you, I don’t stay the same, you gon’ need another guy
I done passed my level, way beyond, on top the sky and still gon’ tell you

[Chorus]
Be with the one who love you
I think he could treat you better
I ain’t got no trust, that’s why I thug you
When I know I should do better, when I know I should be better, I do better
Let me love you in my own way, that’s from a distance
I said “Fuck you,” I was on them drugs and I was trippin’
I can’t be for you ’cause I’m not for no one, but like no one, I’ll be there for you
I’ma have your back and blow my strap just like a thug do

[Verse 2]
I can’t tell that you been real, one hundred, true
That you love me, bitches love me, too
Numbers don’t lie, ho, I’m AI
And I can tell
You fuck with me but you fuck with that too
So for that, I can’t fuck with you

[Chorus]
Be with the one who love you
I think he could treat you better
I ain’t got no trust, that’s why I thug you
When I know I should do better, when I know I should be better, I do better
Let me love you in my own way, that’s from a distance
I said “Fuck you,” I was on them drugs and I was trippin’
I can’t be for you ’cause I’m not for no one, but like no one, I’ll be there for you
I’ma have your back and blow my strap just like a thug do

The Killers – Blowback Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
She’s reaching for her backpack
Puts out a cigarette and gets on the bus
She’s seating on a secret she didn’t ask for
No girl ever did

[Verse 2]
There’s a whisper in her heartbeat
She can hear it just enough to keep her alive
But she’s breathing in the blowback
There’s nothing you can offer she ain’t already tried

[Chorus]
She’s breathing in the blowback
Born into poor white trash and always type-cast
But she’s gonna break out, boy you better know that
It’s just a matter of time
She fights back
Breathing in the blowback

[Verse 3]
She is sucking on a Tic-tac
A good man is a mystery, she’s looking for clues
Whoa, you better check that buddy
‘Cause the blacktop’s burning up what’s left of the fuse

[Verse 4]
She knows where she comes from
Doesn’t need you dragging her all through it again
It’s like breathing in the blowback
It’s a highjack, now how much sure are you willing to spend?

[Chorus]
She’s breathing in the blowback
Born into poor white trash and always type-cast
But she’s gonna break out, boy you better know that
It’s just a matter of time
She fights back
Breathing in the blowback

[Verse 5]
Pinwheels spinning, roller skates and red flags
Breathing in the blowback
She’s gonna break out, boy, you better know that

Can you cast out a demon?
Can you wrangle the wind?
Will you stay when she’s breathing the blowback again?

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Top Files Lyrics

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[Intro]
(That’s Vade on the keys)
Free Von, nigga
I just gone and did it
Lil Top, nigga, YoungBoy

[Chorus]
They don’t like who I am
I don’t like it one bit myself (Not one bit)
They don’t understand me (‘Stand me)
I don’t understand myself (Myself)
My sis say that she heard “Boom”
As they tried bringin’ grandma on back inside the livin’ room, oh, ah-ah
I been doin’ right knowin’ you do right by your child (Oh, God)
I say I trust you, so don’t get BaBa

[Verse 1]
Self-made warrior (Warrior), I done slept on concrete beds and all (And all)
Got tears fallin’ down (Down), you can’t tell behind the collect calls (You can’t)
If I stay against the wall (Wall), even if I don’t, we all fall (All fall)
Black man, can you lend a hand? (Hand) We loadin’ up, takin’ back what’s ours (Takin’)
Uncle died breakin’ in a house, this shit so grimy (So grimy)
He gon’ do that time to take your time, the shit’s so slimy (Slimy)
Inside a house, split a bedroom, I guess what I miss (What I miss)
Inside the streets where I lay, outside that buildin’ I is (Where I is)
It’s some street nigga facts, this ain’t no poetry (No)
Outside that wall we leavin’ blood in the street (No)
Fuck the wicked now, my soul, my family, she keep
I’m already burnt, someone please hold on to me

[Chorus]
They don’t like who I am
I don’t like it one bit myself (I don’t like it one bit myself)
They don’t understand me (They don’t understand me)
I don’t understand myself (I don’t understand myself)
My sis say that she heard “Boom”
As they tried bringin’ grandma on back inside the livin’ room, oh, ah-ah
I been doin’ right knowin’ you do right by your child (Oh, God)
I say I trust you, so don’t get BaBa

[Verse 2]
I ain’t in the skies, head in the skies, plenty times I done cried (Cried)
Plenty nights outside steady slangin’ fire, bet my life for a while
I done been baptized, but still I don’t know
Are we forgave for killin’ ones who tried?
Or for murderin’ ones who murdered our brothers?
And the shooters see God, those the ones died
And that shit made me can’t sleep at night
Wake up at six every mornin’, blame it on drank, I don’t know why
The one that sleep outside every night, you know that that’s a lie
Destiny, give me a rush, say what’s the hype
You got the drop, then what’s the price?

[Outro]
Yeah, we gon’ pop his head tonight (Pop), we gon’ knock him off tonight (Pop)
Pop, pop, pop, pop
Ohh-ohh-ohh

Lil Durk – Viral Moment Lyrics

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[Intro]
TouchofTrent be wildin’ with it

[Verse 1]
I pour an eight inside the Lamb’ truck, fell asleep flyin’
I thought them niggas had my back, but I’m steady seein’ signs
And I can’t turn my back on [?] like I ain’t see him tryin’
These tears shed, whenever he dead, it’s different seein’ him die
Bah, get close up on ’em, you know that shit be graphic
You gotta pop out with that ratchet, you know this shit get tragic
And you can’t fumble with that stick, you know this shit ain’t Madden
All that shit you did in the streets, you know that shit gon’ vanish
Yeah, I pop these pills, they try to read my thoughts
And you can’t dig back in your past ’cause you got time you lost
And make that time up for your kids ’cause you know time ain’t bought
Booka brought me a diamond cross, but he know he won’t cross me
They turnt their back and said they’d kill me, yeah, that’s when they lost me
I put baguettie inside the Cartier because I’m feelin’ bossy
They feel some type of way in the county jail, I told them, “Call me”
I built a relationship with the real with niggas who never saw me
Yeah, I seen my chance and that’s when I grabbed it
Fuck bein’ a hunnid, I spent a couple hunnids on niggas’ tablets
Lean gave me chest pains, that’s when I popped the Perky tablet
I tried to get that family vibe for niggas who wasn’t established
You do that shit again, what you did to bro, gon’ get you a casket
I did shit for niggas without them askin’
I broke pounds for niggas without them matchin’
I don’t fuck with you, I’ma tell y’all now even though I got it

[Break]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Verse 2]
This shit was different, we was together like ten years ago
And I don’t talk to a lotta niggas, but they still the bros
The one I ain’t talk to like that back then know they still hoes
And some niggas try to hide their hate but that shit still shows
I never fucked on block hoes because I call ’em sisters
One hate me right now as I speak because I called her a hooker
Cut the loose ends, I cut ’em off, they try to stay I’m a butcher
Bitch, you a rat, never mind, I changed my life, I’m Muslim
I talked to Chops on FaceTime, he say, “Damn, you back smokin’”
He say, “That back door damn near closed,” I say, “It’s back open”
I say, “These blocks could be back one,” he say, “You back hopin’”
You gotta watch the niggas you love ’cause they still backdoorin’
He ain’t got no hope in beatin’ his trial because he lost his motion
Bro got life, he don’t know how pussy smell, that’s why he fuck his lotion
I know some real niggas would lose it all for a viral moment
My dreads swing, I feel like Wayne, show me my opponent

[Outro]
And I like talkin’ to the streets, like
When you say you the voice, you gotta, like, open up, like
Tell motherfuckers like what it is, like, you can’t hold nothin’ back
You gotta relate to them, relate to the poverty, you know what I’m sayin’?
Relate to the trenches (Yeah, yeah)
You know what I’m sayin’, I can’t be talkin’ ’bout a Richard Mille all the time (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Know what I’m sayin’? (Yeah)
Some of the guys don’t even know what the fuck a Richard Mille is
Know what I’m sayin’? You gotta relate, all angles, know what I’m sayin’?
The voice
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Hayley Williams – Crystal Clear Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
I don’t wanna shut you out
I don’t wanna rush around, or slow down
This time I wanna stay right here
I wanna make it crystal clear
That I won’t give in to the fear

[Chorus]
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear

[Verse 2]
I remember standing on the edge
Closing my eyes
Counting to three, I
Jump in with the rush in my head
Only to find, the water was concrete
And I am pumpin’ air to my lungs
This don’t feel anything like sea can
In fact no matter how deep I go
Into you it looks like the water is crystal clear

[Chorus]
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear

[Bridge]
(Clear)
Here we go
Gonna risk it again
Let’s hope it’s the last time
We don’t know
How this could end
Let’s hope we won’t have to (Hmm)
Won’t have to (Hmm)

[Chorus]
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear
I won’t give in to the fear
Crystal clear
(Clear) Won’t give into the fear
(Clear) [?]

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Bout My Business Lyrics

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[Intro: YoungBoy Never Broke Again]
Hello?
Pawpaw
Huh?
Whatchu doin’?
I’m just tryna watch TV, TV watchin’ me
Haha, whole lotta nothin’
I miss you
I miss you too, man
Aren’t you supposed to be comin’ to, um, Southern, for a concert now?
Yeah, I’ll see you there
I’ma be there, when is it? On the twenty-eighth or twenty-sixth?
It’s one of them days, I’ma make sure you know
I love you, though, I was tryna make sure I talk to you
Okay, I’m glad you called, man, glad you called
I love you, Pawpaw
I love you too
Slime
Alright, man
(Ooh, ah)
(Ooh, ah)

[Chorus: YoungBoy Never Broke Again]
I just bought a brand-new bezel
For to make the hard times look pretty
And I came up straight up from the block
I watched my grandpa save pennies
I wish my grandma was right here standin’ on side of me
Had to go through sad times to get it
And I know my son’s gon’ be aight, we all gon’ be aight
‘Cause I came ’bout my business

[Verse 1: YoungBoy Never Broke Again]
Let go my past, I’m movin’ on, everything new, ain’t nothin’ old
Put in just way too many costs, and I just bought myself a home
I still can’t think why anybody would just leave me
Pistol sparkin’, tryna drill these pussies out where I see
How the fuck you want me, but you hide me?
I’ma head home ’cause now you way up out of my league
Would get you tatted so just like her, you’ll stand on side me
Dreams through the storm, I hope a smile always what kind see
Fail to see your greatness once they blind me
And that nigga must ain’t poppin’ it off, you talkin’ that shit on Twitter
I’ma stay my dog ass in my ways, steady screamin’, “Fuck a nigga”
My mama cars ain’t never had AC ever since I was little
Thank God every card I got in my pocket hold at least one million

[Chorus: YoungBoy Never Broke Again]
I just bought a brand-new bezel
For to make the hard times look pretty
And I came up straight up from the block
I watched my grandpa save pennies
I wish my grandma was right here standin’ on side of me
Had to go through sad times to get it
And I know my son’s gon’ be aight, we all gon’ be aight
‘Cause I came ’bout my business

[Verse 2: Sherhonda Gaulden]
You see, I’m always with Kentrell, but I rep behind the scenes
I love my baby boy, he the wind beneath my wings
CT Lee and lil’ Kendell, man, he give them anything
See, your star up in the sky, but see, our star, she on our team
I’m sleepin’ through the day because I’m livin’ out my dream
And my mama on his side, she the angel on the scene
He goin’ to the top because he win by any means
He married to this shit, he bought hisself a wedding ring

[Chorus: YoungBoy Never Broke Again]
I just bought a brand-new bezel
For to make the hard times look pretty
And I came up straight up from the block
I watched my grandpa save pennies
I wish my grandma was right here standin’ on side of me
Had to go through sad times to get it
And I know my son’s gon’ be aight, we all gon’ be aight
‘Cause I came ’bout my business

MAX – Where Am I At (Remix) Lyrics

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[Intro: MAX]
Where am I at these days
Now that you’re gone?
Where am I at these days
When you don’t come home?
(Where am I at?)

[Verse 1: MAX]
Hardly got out of bed this morning
Felt this rush, yeah, it lingers and I can’t ignore it

[Pre-Chorus: MAX]
‘Cause I’ve been runnin’ for so long, long
Yeah, I’ve been runnin’ for so long, long

[Chorus: MAX]
Where am I at these days
Now that you’re gone?
Where am I at these days
When you don’t come home?

[Post-Chorus: MAX]
Where am I at?

[Verse 2: Witt Lowry]
Yeah! Losing you was like losing a part of me
All the pain, took it straight to the artery
Wonder what you would think when you thought of me
Wonder if I could handle your honesty
Couple things didn’t change when you left
I continue to grow, I continue to stress
I just wish you were here, this was always a fear
No matter how long, never missing you less
There were so many things that we still had do
There’s so many calls that would never go through
You dealt with a hand that you never would choose
Woke up from this nightmare, I barely can move
I remember your smile, your voice and your laugh
Almost do anything just to have that all back
Now I think about where you might be every time that they ask

[Chorus: MAX]
Where am I at these days
Now that you’re gone?
Where am I at these days
When you don’t come home?

[Bridge: MAX]
My heart’s been leakin’ so much
The love that you gave, it was more than enough
I’m afraid to send you on your way
‘Cause nothing ’bout me feels the same, feels the same
Where am I at these days
Now that you’re gone?

[Chorus: MAX]
Where am I at these days
Now that you’re gone?
Where am I at these days
When you don’t come home?

[Outro: MAX]
Where am I at?
(Where am I? Where am I? Where am I?)
Where am I at?
(Where am I? Where am I? Where am I?)
Where am I at?
Where am I at?
Where am I at?

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Rough Ryder Lyrics

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[Intro]
(Adam Slide made the beat slide)
(Goddamn, BJ with another one)

[Refrain]
Body bag, toe tag, in the streets, another victim
Juggin’ bag, gettin’ it on, cold ass bloody nigga
Just another sign, blow his ass, another trace, another record
Just a bitch who talkin’ down or another nigga think he fuckin’ with me
Dirty game, fuckin’ shame, kiss me ’cause she love that nigga
Dirt up on my name, fuck the fame, free DDawg from out the system
Gang gon’ stay the same, your friends gon’ change, slide with my bro and with this pistol
Bitch, I keep my thing, I let it bang, don’t play no games, we quick to peel him, yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
Pistol packin’ in the North, 4Trey stack in the North
I’m down to kill a whole house when my feelings involved
I’m down to push the button on y’all, I give my brothers one call
And while I’m singin’ all my pain, they plan on tearin’ me down

[Chorus]
I’m a rough rider, lowlife, made nigga, yeah
I’m a fuckin’ problem, thirty pop him, play, we pop his head
You know Top’ll stop ’em, we clear the scene and leave these niggas red
Where I go, them hitters follow, they on my ass, but I know the game, let’s play it

[Verse 1]
On top my shit, these pussy niggas hatin’, face me, nigga
Ridin’ ’round in my Rolls-Royce screamin’, “Gang,” I know you hate me, nigga
We gon’ forever bang and stay untamed, they tryna break me, nigga
Bitch, I’m twenty, I done spent four million and dropped a half just for to zip ’em
Lay your bed, I throw the pillow (Ooh, yeah)
Pallbearer runnin’ with the fuckin’ gravediggers, yeah
Public figure ridin’ with the fuckin’ K’s with him
Don’t give a fuck ’bout how I turn out once his mans with him
I’m quick to jump out with my gun out, they gon’ slang with him

[Pre-Chorus]
Pistol packin’ in the North, 4Trey stack in the North
I’m down to kill a whole house when my feelings involved
I’m down to push the button on y’all, I give my brothers one call
And while I’m singin’ all my pain, they plan on tearin’ me down

[Chorus]
I’m a rough rider, lowlife, made nigga, yeah
I’m a fuckin’ problem, thirty pop him, play, we pop his head
You know Top’ll stop ’em, we clear the scene and leave these niggas red
Where I go, them hitters follow, they on my ass, but I know the game, let’s play it

[Verse 2]
AI pull up, all these hoes, they wanna know where Top at
Motherfuck a show, I dropped my tape, now where my fuckin’ guap at?
Soon as I walk up in my show, they tryna see where my Glock at
They know I’m strapped up in this bitch, I shoot and you can’t stop that
I’m thuggin’

[Chorus]
I’m a rough rider, lowlife, made nigga, yeah
I’m a fuckin’ problem, thirty pop him, play, we pop his head
You know Top’ll stop ’em, we clear the scene and leave these niggas red
Where I go, them hitters follow, they on my ass, but I know the game, let’s play it

[Refrain]
Body bag, toe tag, in the streets, another victim
Juggin’ bag, gettin’ it on, cold ass bloody nigga
Just another sign, blow his ass, another trace, another record
Just a bitch who talkin’ down or another nigga think he fuckin’ with me
Dirty game, fuckin’ shame, kiss me ’cause she love that nigga
Dirt up on my name, fuck the fame, free DDawg from out the system
Gang gon’ stay the same, your friends gon’ change, slide with my bro and with this pistol
Bitch, I keep my thing, I let it bang, don’t play no games, we quick to peel him

[Outro]
XO

Hayley Williams – Sugar on the Rim Lyrics

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[Intro]
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim

[Verse 1]
Do you taste old shame
When you pick my wounds
‘Cause I feel redeemed in spite of you
Had a life in hiding but a storm kept coming in
Could you be the silver lining like sugar on the rim

[Pre-Chorus]
You took me by
You took me by
You took me by
Surprise
You took me by
You took me by
You took me by
Surprise

[Chorus]
Never felt this sensation
A kiss to every scar
It clips my expectation
Shock to my heart
Sugar on the-
Sugar on the-
Sugar
Sugar
On the rim
On the rim

[Verse 2]
I love to play with the shadows
In and out of the glow
I’m not afraid of the dark side
Just tell me things I don’t know
Maybe we just had to feel it
So we know the difference
When we tell our glory story
We’ll feel sweetness on our lips

[Pre-Chorus]
You took me by
You took me by
You took me by
Surprise

[Chorus]
Never felt this sensation
A kiss to every scar
It clips my expectation
Shock to my heart
Never felt this sensation (Sensation)
A kiss to every scar (Scar)
Eclipse my expectation
Shock to my heart

[Bridge]
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Sugar on the rim
Bitter if you walk away
Mm, sweeter if you stay
Bitter if you ever walk away
‘Cause it just gets sweeter by the day
Bitter if you walk away (Sugar on the rim)
Mm, sweeter if you stay
Bitter if you ever walk away (Walk away)
‘Cause it just gets sweeter by the day

[Chorus]
Never felt this sensation
A kiss to every scar
It clips my expectation
Shock to my heart (Sugar on the rim)
Never felt this sensation (Sensation)
A kiss to every scar (Scar)
It clips my expectation
Shock to my heart
Sugar on the-
Sugar on the-
Sugar
Sugar
On the rim
On the rim

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Ain’t Easy Lyrics

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[Intro]
Pipe that shit up, TnT

[Pre-Chorus]
Nigga, my fit on point, uh
Nigga, this whip okay
Hold on, calm down, YoungBoy
Make sure I’m straight on stage
I took the backwards route
Spent a hundred grand on K’s
Still at all out war ’bout gang
Fuck nigga, don’t throw no shade, uh

[Chorus]
I left the season to comeback with a reason
I ain’t say it was easy, yeah, ahh
I threw them beans in, my bro sold out, can’t see me
I could’ve left him bleedin’, yeah, ahh

[Verse 1]
Whipped out a Birkin bag and took out fifty, that’s her own, yeah
Hold on, slatt business, let me check the interest for that corner
I got hats pendin’, checks for all them youngins, they been on ’em
Bitch, it’s rack city, stack on top of stack and they gon’ stone him
I don’t think these niggas want no smoke, we be all with it
I can’t put no ho’ before my bro because they all sneaky
Out tweakin’, late night when we geekin’, we stuck on our pivot
I grab the mic, you make sure that I’m right just for this crowd see me

[Pre-Chorus]
Nigga, my fit on point, uh
Nigga, this whip okay
Hold on, calm down, YoungBoy
Make sure I’m straight on stage
I took the backwards route
Spent a hundred grand on K’s
Still at all out war ’bout gang
Fuck nigga, don’t throw no shade, uh

[Chorus]
I left the season to comeback with a reason
I ain’t say it was easy, yeah, ahh
I threw them beans in, my bro sold out, can’t see me
I could’ve left him bleedin’, yeah, ahh

[Verse 2]
I just put one up, he shoot, he scores
I just need get me a love to keep these hoes from front my door
I just took my ho back insides ’til they was gone, nigga, yeah, yeah
They gon’ hate on us until we gone, that what 10 said
I ain’t look at her, not once, just sang my song, nigga
Bought her a Rolex, got her a flight back, sent her home, yeah
She can’t get her a text back, post my next bitch, turn off the phone, yeah
Take out your phone and post my neck, bitch, focus on it, yeah

[Chorus]
I left the season to comeback with a reason
I ain’t say it was easy, yeah, ahh
I threw them beans in, my bro sold out, can’t see me
I could’ve left him bleedin’, yeah, ahh

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Win Your Love Lyrics

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[Intro]
(Mommy, India got the beats)

[Verse 1]
I just flew the private out to LA, come and meet me (Come and meet me)
And once you land, you better be glad to see me (Glad to see me)
Why you can’t jump on top of me? I don’t wan’ hear nan’ reason (Nan’ reason)
This brand-new ring make me feel like I won a whole season
You supposed to make me feel like a king without it on
Brand new Chanel, put it on
Ayy, fuck that (Ayy, put it on)
You gon’ make me go buy a new G-Wagen for your fine ass
Fuck your friends, you better be in ‘fore I get home, oh
Mmh, mmh, hittin’ it from behind, in your spine, take that, yeah
We went plenty of times in the ride
Fuck these skeezers, she gon’ ride like my guys (She in there with who?)
Pullin’ up, bitch, you in here, come outside
Pack your bags, we gon’ board the G5
I’m tryna join the mile high club, just you and me
Thank Most High I got a girl to take me from the streets
You the one I want, baby, you the one I need

[Chorus]
Steady tryna win over your love
You could get violent, I don’t mind bein’ in trouble
Your love been leavin’ behind cold-blooded bodies
Please don’t murder me for tryin’, yeah
You can’t fit them jeans on, I can’t quit that lean, no
Pull up in that four-door, jump out, stand tall, Hakeem, ho
Baby girl, you know just what that ring for, yeah, yeah
Hood nigga tryna impress, pull up in clean clothes, yeah, yeah
Nigga get shot down if he run up on this Rolls, yeah, yeah
My bae inside of here, it was self-defense, officer
My name so fucked up ’cause these hoes, what can I offer her?
Tell you I’m done, then double back and catch me callin’ her (Brrt)

[Verse 2]
I’m outside, nah, I know you heard me knockin’ at this front door
(I was in the shower)
I don’t care ’bout what you doin’, fuck you takin’ long for?
Come here, give me a kiss, no, fuck that shit, how you been?
You’ll be with me to the end, that’s what the fuck they don’t know

[Chorus]
Steady tryna win over your love
You could get violent, I don’t mind bein’ in trouble
Your love been leavin’ behind cold-blooded bodies
Please don’t murder me for tryin’, yeah
You can’t fit them jeans on, I can’t quit that lean, no
Pull up in that four-door, jump out, stand tall, Hakeem, ho
Baby girl, you know just what that ring for, yeah, yeah
Hood nigga tryna impress, pull up in clean clothes, yeah, yeah
Nigga get shot down if he run up on this Rolls, yeah, yeah
My bae on side of him, it was self-defense, officer
My name so fucked up ’cause these hoes, what can I offer her?
Tell you I’m done, then double back and catch me callin’ her, oh, oh

[Outro]
At this front door
Give a fuck ’bout what you doin’, what you takin’ long for?
Come here, give me a kiss, no, fuck that shit, how you been?
To the end, that’s what the fuck they don’t know
Haha, come on

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Pick from Pain Lyrics

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[Intro]
Daytrip took it to ten (Hey)

[Verse 1]
Huh, ball, lil’ nigga, tell me what the bank says
And I think that the Rollie gon’ hit harder with the gold face
If shawty bad, she don’t need no man, then she OK
I’m on his ass, bullets comin’ fast if he owe me
I’m on it (Top), I seek it, you got it (Got), beat it
She gon’ heal my soul, bleed on the beat
We can’t hide it, we been slangin’ iron in the streets
With my niggas dyin’ ’bout me, screamin’ murder, throwin’ them B’s
I took it to another level, follow, you breathe
I’m hurtin’ on another level, this is all on me
Shawty, right before the night fall a hold on me
Soon as the lights down, don’t sleep
Me and my niggas lookin’ for the scene

[Chorus]
Who want it? Fuck who makin’ more money
Run it up, but it ain’t help nothin’, no
If I ain’t with my brothers then I’m all on my own
I was runnin’ from the pain and I’m the one who they chose
This shit ain’t ever make me change, I’m a rider
Grew up with them shottas
Go shoppin’ and we spendin’ every dollar
He tryna text my mains, we gon’ rob him
I know they ain’t forgot none
We from the nawf, only thing not the same, that money higher

[Verse 2]
She don’t need a nigga, leave a nigga, run off with that bag
He won’t hurt a nigga, leave a nigga, hit him with that MAC
Her intentions was to leave a nigga, try to do me bad
You can run off with materialistics, but not with these bands
Ho leave bands, I’ma hit with that chopper his ass
Dirty money, we clean ’em with rags
Took the air, conceal ’em in bags
I don’t hear money talkin’, too much mouthin’ out my pants
I just want them bundles of blue hundreds in my pants
Got my Glock out, nigga, like

[Chorus]
Who want it? Fuck who makin’ more money
Run it up, but it ain’t help nothin’, no
If I ain’t with my brothers then I’m all on my own
I was runnin’ from the pain and I’m the one who they chose
This shit ain’t ever make me change, I’m a rider
Grew up with them shottas
Go shoppin’ and we spendin’ every dollar
He tryna text my mains, we gon’ rob him
I know they ain’t forgot none
We from the nawf, only thing not the same, that money higher

Lil Uzi Vert – Sasuke Lyrics

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[Chorus]
I can make her left-right when she shake her ass cheeks (Woah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Oh)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Uh)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
(Ayy, Brandon, man, why you do that?)
Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Verse 1]
Yeah, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke
This is not no Naruto, but I chop that like Sasuke
She keep tryna clean me up, but I just want that sloppy (It’s lit)
Toppy, toppy (Beep), toppy (Beep, yeah), toppy (Beep)
On the opps’ block, I’m the main fuckin’ topic (Yeah)
Say you fucked my bitch, man, my latest is your top bitch (Check it out, bro)
Thought it was a chopper, but it only was a Glock switch (Bow, bow)
Glock switch, Glock switch (Brrt), Glock switch (Brrt), Glock switch (Brrt)
I just ran from 12 in Audi R8, this ain’t stock shit (Skrrt)
I got so much blue, my pocket GS9 (Yeah), I’m on my hot shit (Woo)
Cancel all my shows so I just started on some stock shit (Money)
Watch this, watch this (Watch), watch this (Watch), watch this (Watch)
Baby, you ain’t never drink no Wock’, so you cannot diss (Wock’)
I said I be in the trap, so I don’t got to change my outfit (Trappin’)
Man, we out shit, do the hit, then go in the house, bitch (Why?)
I can turn a thottie to a motherfuckin’ house bitch (Thottie)
Sike, nah, I’m just playin’, I just want to get the mop, bitch (I’m just playin’)
Come on now, just tell me, girl, if you’re in or out, bitch (I’m just sayin’)
You know I don’t give no fucks, cut her off ’cause her outfit (Yeah, yeah)
I get my drip from that Chinatown (Woo)
I pulled up baby to chopstick (Chinatown)
You know that I’m good anywhere that I go
Like I pulled up with a compass (I’m good, babe)
I should’ve never started sippin’ that drank again (What?)
That shit got me nauseous (What?)
Poppin’ a Perky up right in my mouth
I’m fuckin’ that bitch up like moshpits (Yeah)
All blue money, blue money, Benjamin, more
Stackin’ my pocket up, hundreds (Stackin’ up money)
Givenchy, Givenchy, Givenchy more
Gaultier on me, too baggy
Get the words out the way, I gotta go
Runnin’ the game like a track meet (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Go on, lil’ nigga, just get all your dough
I gotta keep this shit classy (Uh, classy)

[Chorus]
I can make her left-right when she shake her ass cheeks (Shake her ass)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (She’s so nasty, yeah)
She’s so nasty (She’s so nasty, yeah)
She’s so nasty (She’s so nasty, yeah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
She’s so nasty (Yeah)

[Verse 2]
You ain’t like me (Like)
Then don’t jack me, yeah (Then don’t jack me)
Pull up, new coupe (Pull up, new coupe)
Fuck the back seat (Fuck the back seat)
I’m way in the front (The front, front)
You don’t pass me (In the back, me)
Man, these niggas fake (Fake, these niggas fake)
Call them Jassie (Call them Jassie)
I don’t envy (Envy)
I just get cheese (I just get cheese)
I don’t envy (Envy, yeah)
I just get cheese (I just get cheese, money)
Don’t do thirties (No thirties)
At least fifties (Don’t do thirties, grrah)
I got big cheese (I got big cheese)
Yeah, frog-eye Bentley (Frog-eye Bentley, brr)
Frog-eye Bentley (Yeah)
Frog-eye Bentley (Yeah)
Frog-eye Bentley (Yeah)
Frog-eye Bentley (Yeah)
Brandon finessed on the beat, but I just did a city (Yeah)
I’m the only one in the army (Only one, yeah)
I had to just get them niggas off me (Get ’em off, yeah)
I ain’t touch ’em, nigga, I used all feet (Yeah)
She just wanna suck it ’til her nose bleed (Suck it, suck it), yeah
She sat on my dick like she had no seat, yeah
She gon’ suck it up like she got no teeth, yeah (Uh)
I’ma fuck it all like she got no feet (Fuck it all, fuck it all), yeah
Niggas hatin’, but they know that I am OD, yeah
Laughin’ at them ’cause I’m richer than your OG (G, woo), yeah
She gon’ suck it all like she got no teeth (Suck it all), yeah
She gon’ suck it all like she got no teeth (Yeah), yeah
She gon’ suck it all like she got no teeth, yeah
She gon’ suck it all like she got no teeth (Beep, beep), yeah
She gon’ suck it all like she got no teeth (Beep, beep), yeah
She just wanna suck it ’til her nose bleed (Beep), yeah
She gon’ suck it all like she got no teeth, yeah
She just wanna suck it ’til her nose bleed (Brrat), yeah
Yeah, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke (Woah)
This is not no Naruto, but I chop that like Sasuke
Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke (Let’s go, yeah)

[Chorus]
I can make her left-right when she shake her ass cheeks (Shake her ass)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (She’s so nasty, yeah)
She’s so nasty (She’s so nasty, yeah)
She’s so nasty (She’s so nasty, yeah)
Yeah, she’s so nasty (Yeah)
She’s so nasty (Yeah)

Kali Uchis – ​i want war (BUT I NEED PEACE) Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
Time too precious and my patience thin
My mind and my soul is the weapon
And every failure was a lesson
It’s time to stop blocking these blessings
See, I just wanna grow into my greatness
I wish I had the time that you’ve taken

[Chorus]
‘Cause I got needs, yeah, I got needs
I want war, but I need peace
And they kept on calling me crazy
But maybe that’s how God made me
Take a look at what you made me
Calling me crazy, that’s what you made me

[Verse 2]
Look at the mess I got myself in (Ooh)
I don’t wanna get numb to the feeling
Will all of my sins be forgiven?
Hope you pin me to the wall like a painting (Ooh)
I just want a kiss on my neck, warm
I just want some head and a few wet kisses
To make it all better
Ripped up my old love letters
Tick tock, you got me fed up
Used up your chances, held my heart for ransom
And now a new man treat me better than you did
Get my pussy wetter than you did
You know it could have been you and me
That’s all that I wanted it to be
That’s all that I wanted it to be

[Chorus]
But I got needs, yeah, I got needs
I want war, but I need peace
And you kept on calling me crazy
But, baby, that’s what you made me
Take a look at what you made me
Calling me crazy, that’s what you made me

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – I-10 Baby Lyrics

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[Intro]
(Dubba-AA flexin’)
(Mm, Statik on the track)
(David Tell ‘Em)

[Verse]
Nigga playin’ ’round with that dope, we send him straight through and fell
I go post up in the North, I’m on the block causing hell
I tell my dude lock down that corner, don’t give a fuck ’bout no 12
‘Cause once them bitches lock us up, soon as we touch, we jump bail (This is the sound)
And this the strap, soon as I came back, tryna take back what’s mine
Don’t give a fuck ’bout where you from, you tote that flag, you a slime
I’m smokin’ pine, I’m totin’ that iron, it’s every time that I’m slidin’
I spent my last to calm my nerves, this bitch wan’ play with my mind
I ain’t got no time just for the jokes ’cause my big bro doin’ time
Bitch throw four suits up on the floor and I can flow you a rhyme
I come through swervin’, gettin’ dirty with them sticks in the ride
Plus I’m servin’ some shit you could cut ’bout four or three times
I take my lick the first time, now watch I jump on a slab
I’ma get a bitch clean as a bitch to drive a book and a half
She want a sixty, smelled the shit up, went to coughin’, I laughed
He said this shit already must be hit, so it ain’t gotta take no bath
Get it by me, try to stop me, pop you, knock your on off
I ain’t quarantinin’ for a reason, we ain’t closin’ no stores
I’m still screamin’, “Killer season,” zippin’ shit ’bout my bros
We got these hoes doin’ wrong, they throw a right, that’s the code
Up with the scope, so I been chill, you send a shot, I cause hell
I chase that money like I’m Dezz, we drop that shit on Canell
And I knew how to make it hard since Koda taught me at twelve
With Von from Roosevelt to Maryland, we took over the cells
This is music to another level, cold-blooded fuckin’ stepper
How much that you made now? I say 20 M’s or better
So I got money for to fuck up, rap gon’ pay or settle
Or we gon’ rob your stupid ass out what you try to sell us
Hit it, I go zydeco, ridin’ ’round with that four pound
You can’t use no screwdriver, know a hammer get it broke down
They slumped that boy right at the store, I swear it wasn’t no showdown
We blast at you and who because we aim to let a ho down
Do a verse and get it back, I couldn’t take a loss, huh
But bitch, you play with mine, your shit get splatt, we take one off, huh
Couldn’t ever have no bitch, turned to a dog, huh, dog, huh
Drop a bag, I serve ’em raw, then knock ’em all down (All down)

[Outro]
Pussy ass nigga, haha, yeah
It’s on birthday, nigga, what you talkin’ ’bout? Got the camera on me now, bitch ass nigga
But I got somethin’ that’ll flash you way worser
Ol’ bitch ass nigga, I’ll dirt him, you hear me?
You already know how I get down, you already know how I’m bomin’
Everything gon’ with a beef, bitch ass nigga, Blood gang or no gang
You’ll be in, you’ll be in
Ayy, what he say? You’ll be in or you’ll be out, what that bitch ass nigga say?
You’ll be in, and that’s on Dump
Yeah, bitch ass nigga, you’ll get slumped on this side, believe that
Yeah, what you on, foe?
Rapper gon’ give it back and that’s a fact

James Blake – You’re Too Precious Lyrics

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[Chorus]
So, so long, long, so long, so long
So, so long, long, so long, so long
You’re too, you’re too precious, precious
You’re too, you’re too precious, yes (Yes)
So, so long-long, so long, so long
So, so long-long, so long, so long
It looks, it looks love-love-love
It looks, it looks love-love-love
You’re too, you’re too pre-precious, yes
You’re too, you’re too pre-precious, yes

[Verse 1]
I don’t think they deserve you
I don’t think anyone could
I’d take the calls you don’t want to
I’d take the hair in your food

[Chorus]
Uh, uh, so long, so long
So, so long, long, so long, so long, oh
You’re too, you’re too precious, precious
So long, so long
So, so long-long, so long, so long
You’re too, you’re too pre-precious, yes
So long, so long
So, so long-long, so long, so long
So long, so long
It looks, it looks love-love-love
It looks, it looks love-love-love

[Bridge]
Long-long, so long, so long
So, so long-long, yeah (Yeah)
You’re too, you’re too precious, precious
So long, so long
So, so long-long, so long, so long

[Verse 2]
I’ll be your bubble
I’ll make myself useful
I’ll be your bubble
I’ll make myself useful
Dive into diamonds
Scratched in your smile
No thought too certain
Scratched in your smile

[Outro]
So long, so long
So long, so long
It looks lovely, it looks lovely
You’re too, you’re too precious, precious

​Kali Uchis – honey baby (SPOILED!) Lyrics

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[Intro]
Now, now, now
Now, now

[Chorus]
Honey, baby, please don’t play me
Just don’t talk right now
If I think too much I might come up with
Reasons to have doubts
I see everybody talking
But I cannot hear a sound
I see shadows in their eyes
We’re chasing sunshine out the clouds

[Verse]
I love the way you treat me, love the way you touch me
Love the way you feed me like I got the munchies
Love it even when I try to act like I don’t
Love the way you say I can go whenever I want
You respect my time, and, damn, you wanna spoil me
Treat me like a queen, he know this pussy royalty
Compliment my style and say you love my energy
Hope this lasts a while and you never turn an enemy

[Outro]
I’m your little angel, make your stars align
Say I’m always on your mind, your mind, your mind
Your mind, your mind, mind, mind, mind
I’m your little angel, wanna spoil me
Say I’m always on your mind, your mind, your mind
Your mind, your mind, mind, mind, mind

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Nawfside Lyrics

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[Intro]
(Mommy, India got the beats)
Northside (I’m ready to go home right now)
Rich, where the drank at, fool?
(I ain’t take one out the top, nigga, I’m known to take one out, bitch)

[Verse 1]
I-10 spinnin’ and I swerve on the block (Northside, skrrt, skrrt)
I got youngins on the corner strapped with Glocks watchin’ for opps
Got plenty shooters, got plenty guns, how many drugs? I’d say a lot
Reporting live, and bitch, you in here with Lil Top
Who they fuck they thought this was? We ain’t moving no cars
Bitch, this me out here (It’s me)
He can try and that nigga gon’ die, go to playin’ with them rods
We gon’ put him to sleep out here (Bah)
Old snake ass hoes, nigga know that they fuck with them boys
They ain’t ‘posed to be out here
I’m slime, see straight green out here
4KTrey, bitch, we deep out here
Gon’ make her take her top off
Make her get straight out her body
I’ma get that nigga knocked off
You’d do the same if you knew ’bout it
Hold on, wait, and blow the cock off
Shoot this bitch at everybody (Bah, bah)
Don YoungBoy, know I’m Gotti
I don’t pay for the drop, I cop it (Let’s go)

[Chorus]
Twenty for to split a nigga’s shit, okay
Check how bloody it get, okay
Pussy nigga can’t spin back, no way
I’ma pop a nigga cap off top, on Dave
Steady spendin’ money and it’s coming each way
Flyin’ in the Lam’ through the land, out of state
All the hoes wanna stay, but it’s no cheap stay
Double cup to the face, out of line with the gang

[Verse 2]
No mans, take a nigga pack with ten
Hit a nigga ass soon as he whipped in (Bah)
Load up, spinnin’ the pack, where they been?
‘Fore we hopped in the car, I done had me one in
Sent them slimes at that bitch, I’ma send ’em again
I’m the slimiest, bitch, I’ma say it again
And my mom with the shit, we be lockin’ it in
On the Wraith with my bitch, two-hundred and ten
Come from LP to Marco, check my barcode, I’m straight out the pen
Red River plus Wells Fargo, what’s the amount? Do I spend my advance?
Keep a dirty pistol in my fuckin’ pants (Oh, come on, yeah)
We stepped on them, we gon’ murder you with that fuckin’ plan (Go ‘head, fuck nigga, don’t show)

[Chorus]
Twenty for to split a nigga’s shit, okay
Check how bloody it get, okay
Pussy nigga can’t spin back, no way
I’ma pop a nigga cap off top, on Dave
Steady spendin’ money and it’s coming each way
Flyin’ in the Lam’ through the land, out of state
All the hoes wanna stay, but it’s no cheap stay
Double cup to the face, out of line with the gang

[Verse 3]
I said, “Stop it”
You could act like you want smoke, I ain’t here for no joke, I’ll fuck ’round and pop it
Give a fuck ’bout no camera, don’t play with my bro
Strip his ass at the store, we gon’ go in his pockets
Go back-to-back, tally for tally
No, hollow for hollow, stand toe-to-toe with anybody
We gon’ get at ’em back-to-back with the strap
Me and DD do that, nigga, check how he move with that shotty
Let that nigga talk, he ain’t taking nothin’ off
Let that nigga live ’til he come to the North
I already know the deal, I ain’t even gotta talk
Big B get him killed, meet me back at the house
Two up for to serve to somebody
My brother who got it, we ridin’ around in a drought
I’m stuffing that in my pocket
I’ll step on somebody, I’ll flash, they open they mouth

[Outro]
Mmm, okay, uh
Pussy ass nigga, okay, uh
Broke ass nigga, okay, uh
Scary ass nigga, no way
Bitch, I’m fine, I’m straight, uh
Bitch, I’m doing okay, mm
Bitch, get out my face
YoungBoy, 4KTrey

Avril Lavigne – We Are Warriors Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
We’ll pick our battles ’cause we know we’re gonna win the war (Win the war)
We’re not rattled ’cause we shattered all of this before (This before)
Steadier than steel ’cause we’re ready with a shield and sword (Shield and sword)
Back on the saddle ’cause we’ve gathered all our strength for more (Strength for more)

[Pre-Chorus]
And we won’t bow, we won’t break
No, we’re not afraid to do whatever it takes
We’ll never bow, we’ll never break

[Chorus]
‘Cause we are warriors, we’ll fight for our lives
Like soldiers all through the night
And we won’t give up, we will survive, we are warriors
And we’re stronger, that’s why we’re alive
We will conquer, time after time
We’ll never falter, we will survive, we are warriors

[Post-Chorus]
Woah, woah, woah, woah
Woah, woah, woah, woah
Woah, woah, woah, woah
We are warriors

[Verse 2]
Like vikings, we’ll be fighting through the day and night (Day and night), ah-oh
We’ll be marching through the darkness ’til the morning lights (Morning lights)
Even when it’s harder, like the armor, you will see us shine (See me shine)
No, we won’t stop and we won’t drop until the victory’s ours (Oh)

[Pre-Chorus]
No, we won’t bow, we won’t break
No, we’re not afraid to do whatever it takes
We’ll never bow, we’ll never break

[Chorus]
‘Cause we are warriors, we’ll fight for our lives
Like soldiers all through the night
And we won’t give up, we will survive, we are warriors
And we’re stronger, that’s why we’re alive
We will conquer, time after time
We’ll never falter, we will survive, we are warriors

[Bridge]
Oh, you can’t shoot us down
You can’t stop us now
We’ve got a whole damn army
Oh, you can’t break us down
You can’t take us out
This’ll be behind us

[Chorus]
We are warriors, we’ll fight for our lives
Like soldiers all through the night
And we won’t give up, we will survive, we are warriors
And we’re stronger, that’s why we’re alive (We are stronger)
We will conquer, time after time (We will conquer)
We’ll never falter, we will survive (Never falter)
We are warriors (We are warriors)

[Outro]
Woah, woah, woah
We are warriors
Woah, woah, woah
We are warriors

Kali Uchis – TO FEEL ALIVE Lyrics

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[Intro]
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
Yeah, yeah-yeah, hey
Hey, hey-hey, hey

[Verse]
I loved you well just for you to turn to an enemy
I love the smell of you burnin’ your last bridge with me
I love it, yeah, I love it
I love it, yeah, I love it
Whatever makes you happy (Makes you happy)
That’s all that ever mattered (Ever mattered)
And I was raised to give my thanks and hold my baby down (Hold you down)
That wasn’t enough
No, it wasn’t enough
‘Cause it’s never enough, never enough
I let them crucify me
I carry my head down, humble
Some people get their kicks just steppin’ on your dreams, I know it
Kick me while I’m down
And still, I get up
Yeah, still, I get up, every day, I get up
How can I give a damn when I don’t give a fuck?
All of the things I’ve lost, all I can do is love
‘Cause I’m a rebel, baby, I don’t play like I should
You held the shovel, baby, buried me in the dirt
I never been a Saint, baby, how does a sinner taste?
Don’t believe what I read, got my own mind to think
Guess I’m a misfit, baby, they won’t love all of me
I’m not the perfect pretty girl up on the magazine
With no opinions, so trust my all and wave
She’ll never show her heart and they’ll all call her brave
I miss my family, things will never be the same
To all the people that we lost, I’m screamin’, “Rest in peace”
Oh

[Outro]
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel alive
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel alive
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel alive
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel somethin’
I just wanna feel alive

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Diamonds Lyrics

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[Intro]
BJ on the beat boy
God damn, BJ with another one

[Chorus]
These niggas ain’t seen me when I jumped out, they just seen all these diamonds
I hope I motivate your soul
Fuck who ain’t feelin’ me, ain’t no gettin’ rid of me
My money long, life should be balanced once I’m gone
Makin’ sure it don’t stop
This life of a young hard knock
I bet they wishin’ they ain’t leave me now
I wish my grandmother could see me now, ’cause I say I’m that nigga now

[Verse 1]
And I ain’t talkin’ ’bout no runnin’ the block
I remember times that I was cryin’, you would tell me to stop
You knew the times when I was high just from the look in my eye
I know that you the main reason that I’m shinin’ right now
I say the hood still the same
See Nicky old house, start thinkin’ ’bout lil’ Dave
I look next door and I don’t see Miss Annie-May
I can’t be standin’ out here too long ‘fore we start hearin’ them K’s
I’ma turn the page
He say he know her, I said they didn’t know
We gon’ go around the back and we gon’ burn this bitch up
For them to take what we done earned, they gotta burn our wrist up
Patek on Audemar, Rolex on here, bitch, watch how it glist’ up
Yeah, we rollin’ four-deep in the streets and we be sticked up
You keep stuntin’ in front them hoes and get your stupid ass sticked up
I will tell them niggas took a shot and fuckin’ missed us
Thankin’ God for my shooter, I’m so thankful he don’t miss nothin’
Heart race at night, hold me tight
If they catch you cold, then you pay my price
I say ma proud to be safe, money make up for a kite
City dog, I hope you fine, ’cause he ain’t call last night

[Refrain]
Makin’ sure it don’t stop
This life of a young hard knock
I bet they wishin’ they ain’t leave me now
I wish my grandmother could see me now
Makin’ sure it don’t stop
This life of a young hard knock
I bet they wishin’ they ain’t leave me now
I wish my grandmother could see me now

[Verse 2]
I say confess, tell the truth ’bout everything I know
And I promised to place you deep inside, right there where my pain is
Fuck my feels, come and tell me how I really feel
Hey, fuck that fast money, tell me where you wanna live
Overdose off shine
Came from the back ’cause I lost mine
I’m in love with you and I can’t hide it
My chest got an ice box inside it
Yeah, I sent them slimes to send them shots out the coupe
You might say I fucked up ’cause they came back ridin’
But then we spinned again, like back-to-back
You pussy bitch, you spinned again then we double-back
And that’s that, boy

[Chorus]
These niggas ain’t seen me when I jumped out, they just seen all these diamonds
I hope I motivate your soul
Fuck who ain’t feelin’ me, ain’t no gettin’ rid of me
My money long, life should be balanced once I’m gone
Makin’ sure it don’t stop
This life of a young hard knock
I bet they wishin’ they ain’t leave me now
I wish my grandmother could see me now

[Outro]
He say he know her, I said they didn’t know
We gon’ go around the back and we gon’ burn this bitch up
For them to take what we done earned, they gotta burn our wrist up
Patek on Audemar, Rolex on here, bitch, watch how it glist’ up
Yeah, we rollin’ four-deep in the streets and we be sticked up
You keep stuntin’ in front them hoes and get your stupid ass sticked up
I will tell them niggas took a shot and fuckin’ missed us
Thankin’ God for my shooter, I’m so thankful he don’t miss nothin’

Kali Uchis – ​angel Lyrics

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[Intro]
Yeah, uh-huh
You know, you know
You know, you know

[Verse]
Everybody wants it, everybody’s waiting
Baby, you should know that you’re everything I’m craving
Can we take it slow? Telling myself to be patient
Life is miserable every time the time is wasted
You’re just like a drug, can I be your Pablo Escobar?
Take you across the borders, reach me on my cellular
You know you ain’t regular, you don’t need a metaphor
Psychedelic visions, honey, raising up my temperature
Taking me high, anything but typical
You know I ain’t worried ’bout my annual residuals
Worried ’bout the physical, worried ’bout your spiritual
I’m your little angel, baby boy, we’re going biblical

[Chorus]
Taking me high (High), taking me high (High)
And keeping me high, high, high, high
Taking me high (High), taking me high (High)
And keeping me high, high, high, high

[Outro]
How do I feel for ya? High, high, high, high
How does it feel for ya? High, high, high, high
How do I feel for ya?
I’m your little angel, baby boy, we’re going (We’re going biblical)
How do I feel for ya?
Taking you high and keeping you high, high, high

Lil Baby – All In Lyrics

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[Intro]
Cook that shit up, Quay

[Verse 1]
My mama been told me don’t give no poor performance
And whatever you gon’ do, just do it
Never thought ’bout doin’ music
I was tryna build my phone up
Contact full of drug abusers
Ridin’ around with that mask tryna figure out what my cousin doin’
Prison with the Migos, found out they was sellin’ bricks
Wish I woulda knew that shit, I woulda been lit
Swear to God, since I was seventeen, I been hood rich
I be at James Harden house, I’m all in Houston, in the mix
I’m talkin’ ’bout spare time in New York, I buy floor seats to watch the Knicks
And I don’t even know no players
I just wanna show off my new drip and put my chains in layers
I might just stand up and go crazy, someone make the lay-up
And we ain’t squashin’ shit for free, you niggas gotta pay us
You niggas better pay up, yeah
Know he might not beat it, I told the lawyer go for a lighter sentence
I don’t want know no problems with y’all niggas, y’all got women tendencies
Ion’t gotta sell drugs no more, I’m bossed up, I got plenty business
Ridin’ ’round in that Lamb’ truck, I wreck this bitch, it ain’t rented
Givin’ out my respect, get respect in every city
Niggas know I came up, but I came back through the slums with Diddy
Fucked around and got plugged in, I’m bitin’ out that Richard Mille
Stay out my lil’ brother bidness
Just know that they gettin’ millions

[Chorus]
Press the button right there to let the doors in
Go hard all year, Ion’t care, I’m goin’ all in
This house, vibes everywhere, she callin’ more friends
My world or none, ain’t mine, I cannot bargain

[Verse 2]
Sippin’ wockiana, come here thotiana
Let me buss you down, ah, yeah, yeah
What kinda watch you wanted?
Man, that’s nothin’, mami
I’m not bein’ funny, ah, yeah, yeah
I shoulda knew you was gon’ rat the day you told me
A hundred racks in all dubs, it ain’t no foldin’ me
I ain’t no puppet, ain’t with nobody controllin’ me
I go LeBron when it’s crunch time, it ain’t no holdin’ me
Got the Maybach, Benz truck, I’m tryna buy one
I told lil’ shawty, “Just let bygones be bygones”
Tell the Feds get off my dick, I don’t gotta buy guns
Ain’t got the right one, yeah

[Chorus]
Press the button right there to let the doors in
Go hard all year, Ion’t care, I’m goin’ all in
This house, vibes everywhere, she callin’ more friends
My world or none, ain’t mine, I cannot bargain

[Outro]
To let the doors in
I’m goin’ all in
She callin’ more friends
I cannot bargain