“Michael X” – Myke Towers

With “Michael X” reggaeton artist Myke Towers illustrates that the issue of race isn’t confined to the continental US.  The Puerto Rico native recently expressed to grammy.com he felt compelled to take a stand on the issue “as a Latin artist who has been heavily influenced by Black culture.”

Full translation:

[Intro]
We are oppressed, we are exploited, we are downtrodden
We are denied not only civil rights, but even human rights
So the only way we’re going to get some of this oppression and exploitation away from us or aside from us
Is come together against a common enemy

[Verse 1]
Yeah, I’m a part of the problem if I don’t release these songs
The people have already gotten tired of the abuse of the police
Human defending your rights, I’ll get it out of you
Even if they discriminate against me, I will stand out anyways
Year 2020 and racism is still going on
When’s this going to end? Only God decides
Martin Luther King died, his legacy lives
I was born on the same day as him, it could be that he turns my music
There isn’t race to social level or preference that divides us
For my ideals, I’ll give my life
They abused when we were slaves, we’re not forgetting that
That food is never lacking, the need forces you
Proud to be black, the people know who I am
Rest in peace George Floyd, ah
Every night I get down on one knee because thank God I’m where I am
If they play dirty it’s going to be like Indiana against Detriot
Rest in peace Black Mamba, we’re in the ending times
I let myself go for the signs that the Lord sends
Puerto Rico governs itself alone, sorry, Wanda
I myself am in charge of making my own propaganda
The Jordans in the Last Dance, the base of fans gets bigger
The panther of Wakanda is speaking
When one focusses and progresses they say they change
I hope that everyone that abused their power is attacked by karma, haha

[Verse 2]
Oh, opportunities of employment for those that come out of jail
The same for those who aren’t going to come out, count on that
I think it’s time to raise the salaries of the teachers
And of all those who are involved with the medical system
I’m not René, but to P.R. I’m a resident
My people seriously forgive me for the following
I want to fuck the daughter of or the woman of the president
So that because of me they like blacks forever
They tell me Michael X, represents those who are absent
This fucking quarantine has me impatient
I’m dreaming in your song and in the adjacent area
To my level one has to talk, the crazy one can’t do it to you
What I feel, I can’t hold it in
Ey, my platform, I’m using it to promote equality
What’s going to happen? Only God knows
If he told you to pick entering heaven or hell, seriously, which one are you going to?
Like I say one thing, I say the other
The officer who does their job well has to be recognized
But the code is still staying the same, this is our thing
With a closed mouth it’s impossible that flies get in
Without papers we cross borders, we enter through the coast
But I can’t let my family go without the purchase
I have to risk it, I don’t care if they deport me
It’s not bad that one falls, the problem is if you don’t overcome

[Verse 3]
Ah, and to brig it in black and white, in the end we’re all humans
It’s better that we come together
If friendship was a boat it could be that we sink it
God, forgive me for making money of the world
You know that we don’t judge
When it’s time to show out they know that we don’t play
But stay pending to how much I win
And when they took down the Twin Towers I was in like fourth grade
Malice entered me, I said: “That was the government, what are we going on?”
I’ll leave you bankrupt if you bet against me
The chains have to be broken
And I don’t care about the fame or that they recognize me
The awards that they give us, the ranks that they give us
If I fall you guys celebrate, I’d like to see how you guys get happy
The beautiful faces of my black people
I always showed my hands if I threw rocks
And now when I release an album the ground will shake

[Outro]
Ey, ya, ya, ya, ya
Lyke Mike comin’ soon