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We Could Be Free
Hip Hop Song by Vic Mensa
featuring Ty Dolla $ign

We could be free
If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other
One thing I believe I can learn
To see my enemy as my brother
Then we could be free, truly
And love could wash away all the sorrows
I'm not afraid to bleed
If it means, we'll make a better today not tomorrow

One day I dream of telling my mama
"You ain't gotta work no more"
Same for my father, born in Ghana, down on that dirt road
floor
Far as he came I can't complain, but pain is so subjective
Spend so much time countin' issues, I forget to count my
blessings
Watch my cousins back at home, getting water out a well
While I watch my brother stacking stone, whippin' water by
the scale
Tryna' get a mill' on the other side
They ain't got a meal, we don't recognize, we in heaven
So we think we live in hell
It's been getting kinda hard to tell
But

Sometimes I wake up and I look up in the sky
Asking why I'm alive when the realest niggas died
And my pride won't let me give up, Lord as hard as I try
In those times I try to remember

That we could be free
If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other
One thing I believe if I can learn
To see my enemy as my brother
Then we could be free, truly
And love could wash away all the sorrows
I'm not afraid to bleed
If it means, we'll make a better today not tomorrow

I don't wanna wait for the afterlife
I don't wanna vigil by candle light
I don't wanna be the new sacrifice
I don't wanna turn into a poltergeist
Be a ghost at night full of broken dreams
Mama cryin' at a open casket
Cold as ice in a suit, three piece
All dressed up for Sunday masses
Pastor say, "put faith in God"
But faith alone can't make things right
Fuck is you to patronize
Somebody son who daddy died?
Why they flood Baton Rouge?
Why the city singing Alton's blues?
Why, why, why, why?
I feel like Jadakiss every time I watch the news
What the fuck I got to lose?
So I'm down to bleed if it means things improve
You fools, saying "all lives matter"
But it's black lives you refuse to include
Blocked from the polls
Locked in the hood, trying to stop you from voting and stop
you from growing
And cops keep blowing and blowing
Keep black people rocking the cotton
They don't want you to own, but

Sometimes I wake up and I look up in the sky
Asking why I survived all the days that I could have died
Who am I in my place
To contemplate suicide?
In those times I try to remember

That we could be free, truly
If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other
One thing I believe I can learn
To see my enemy as my brother
Then we could be free, you and me
And love could wash away all the sorrows
I'm not afraid to bleed
If it makes a better today than tomorrow

'Cause only
Love (tells somebody)
Love (to make my enemy my brother)
Love (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Make a better today, not tomorrow

Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah
Oh oh oh, yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Make my enemies my brother
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, yeah yeah yeah yeah


Song from album, The Autobiography, released by Roc Nation,
July 28, 2017.
Source of Lyrics:
AZLyrics
VIC MENSA, born Victor
Kwesi Mensah on June
6, 1993, is an
American rapper,
singer, songwriter,
from Chicago, Illinois.
Son of a father from
Ghana and white
American mother,
Mensa grew up in the
Hyde Park neighbor-
hood of Chicago where
his father was an
economics professor
at the University of
Chicago.

Mensa began his
musical career in
2009, when he and his
high school friends
formed a hip hop
band called
Kids These
Days.
When the group
split up in May 2013,
he made his solo
debut on Chance the
Rapper’s high-profile
mixtape,
Acid Rap,
released on April 30,
2013. In May 2013,
he followed with his
own critically acclaimed
mixtape,
Innanetape.
A year later, he
released his debut
single, “Down on My
Luck.”

His unique style and
frequent collabora-
tions with Chance the
Rapper attracted the
attention of Roc
Nation, which signed
Mensa on in April
2015. Later that year,
Mensa was nominated
for Best Rap Song at
the 58th Grammy
Awards 2016 as a
songwriter for co-
writing Kanye West’s
single, “All Day.”

Mensa’s debut EP
studio record,
There’s
Alot Going On
, was
released in June
2016, followed by his
second EP record,
The Manuscript,
in June 2017.

His debut, full-length
studio album,
The Autobiography,
came a month later in
July 2017. It debuted
at number 27 on the
US Billboard 200.
Rolling Stone ranked
it 36 among the 40
Best Rap Albums of
2017.

At 24 years old, Vic
Mensa has become a
hip hop phenomenon.
WATCH & LISTEN

ARCHIVES
HAIKU VERSES
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
VIC MENSA
INTERVIEW WITH
MONTREALITY
MONTREAL, CANADA
DECEMBER 6, 2017

TOPICS COVERED
What it means to be woke
Is the president a
puppet?
Tension between
Jay-Z & Kanye West
Prince biopic
Great Geminis in hip hop
Message to youth

(DURATION: 12:43 MINUTES)
LISTEN TO
WE COULD BE FREE
Hip Hop
Vic Mensa
featuring
Ty Dolla $ign
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There’s a lot of times when I feel nihilistic, and lose hope, like I’m
just lost in the world. But there’s a lot of times when I can kinda be
in control of destiny. Sitting around on your ass ain’t gonna bring
you to any type of destiny. I mean, you can make that decision, to
just laze out, chill, sell drugs, whatever. Bullshit your life away. But
you can also make the decision to set yourself up for what the fuck
you want. And if you know what you want, and if you believe in
what you want, and it happens, then maybe that’s destiny.
~ VIC MENSA IN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN TAYLOR, INTERVIEW MAGAZINE,
OCTOBER 1, 2013.
American Rapper Vic Mensa
VIC MENSA
IN CONVERSATION WITH
HAKIM DOUGH OF
DONDA'S HOUSE
HELD AT
DYETT HIGH SCHOOL
FOR THE ARTS
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
DECEMBER 20, 2017

MENSA TALKS ABOUT HIS
JOURNEY AS A SINGER &
SONGWRITER

(DURATION: 27:14 MINUTES)
VIC MENSA
INTERVIEW WITH
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
RADIO SHOW
NEW YORK CITY
JULY 31, 2017

TOPICS COVERED
The Autobiography Album
Relationship with Jay-Z
Facing his demons &
Putting his heart
into hip hop

(DURATION: 44:42 MINUTES)