Mississippi rap artist, Big K.R.I.T. took the stage at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards and delivered a powerful and heartfelt message about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. The MC stepped onto the stage, in Atlanta, GA, dressed in a police uniform. K.R.I.T rapped about the recent and past killings by police of unarmed Black civilians that seem to have become a regular occurrence.
The verse Big K.R.I.T. performed at the award show was released last month on a track he was featured on with artist Kenneth Whalum, titled “Might Not Be OK” (listen below).
Here are the entire lyrics to Big K.R.I.T.’s verse from “Might Not Be OK,” courtesy of Genius.
Mommas been cryin’ and they gon’ keep cryin’
Black folk been dyin’ and they gon’ keep dyin’
Police been firin’ and they gon’ keep firin’
The government been lyin’ and they gon’ keep lyin’
Propaganda news channels, that shit is all for show
Camera phone videos is like all we know
Diluting what an eye witness might really say
Because the whole world saw a murder yesterday
Now your account ain’t what it used to be
According to them your eyes can’t adjust to the violence you ain’t used to see
Police brutality is all in your mind
And the tactics that they use only look worse in rewind
And people die everyday, you should get used to it
Hands behind yo’ back, face down, and still say you shootin’
Knee where your neck be like why you movin’?
Kids in your car and they on like what you doin’?
Like why you chillin’? Fuck yo’ feelin’s
Why you smilin’ when I’m so serious?
I ain’t patrolling your space, like why you livin’?
Stop asking questions, why you filmin’?
You look suspicious, I think you dealin’
Step out the car, fit the description
Someone I fear, I need to kill it
Blood on the curb, I didn’t spill it
‘Nother civilian, ‘nother not guilty
‘Nother T-shirt, ‘nother rap lyric
‘Nother life gone, I can’t forgive it