The Root

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(SpokenAnnotate intro)
What is the root of all evil?
Many people of color believe that if you have money, you can do anything and everything
You cannot
Other people believe that if you don’t have money, you cannot do anything
They’re also wrong
Money is only the visible effect that shows what is going on in your mind
The richer, stronger, clearer your thoughts, the greater your supply of currency

Money doesn’t only show up as dollar bills or coins;
People you can call on, resources you can draw from, thoughts and attitudes
These are also money

What you yield in your physical life is a result of how you THINK
You are your own money
Money is my own natural energy field
Your thoughts, words, feelings and actions determine your own wealth
The quickest way to make money appear is to love yourself, respect yourself, put yourself to work
I am money. Money is me

(Verse One M-1)
I read a book that said that money is power, which is corruption
Destruction is its one and only function

But where we live it seem you’ve got to die to be king
So we supply to the fiends
‘Cuz see the answer’s defy the means

Politics is war without guns
War is politics with guns

Know what I mean?
You better get one
The cash maked us equal
Babylon can’t fool the people
It’s hidden in the symbol of the evil

(Verse One Sticman)
We’re at the end of the world boyy
With no sight and no direction
They passin’ gun laws so we can’t have no protection
It don’t even matter who win the ’96 election
Cause it’s already planned and every man’ll be effected
I’m a real nigga, but not the type to spend my life in prison
I don’t believe in no gods and no form of religion
My way of livin’ is based on pure reality
Far much more than just a crack sellin’ mentality
I sharpen my brain
Karate keep my body trained
I think of my brother and how the crack tighened the veins in his arms
Wish I could take the stress off my moms
‘Cuz she harmless y’all
She don’t deserve no part of this

(Hook)
What is the root of all evil?
Money is the root of all evil
From the pyramids to the eagle
Check your dolla bill boy there it is
Money is the root of all evil
Period
What is the root of all evil?
Money is the root of all evil
From the pyramids to the eagle
Check your dolla bill boy there it is
Money is the root of all evil

(Verse Two Sticman)
Picture this illegal rock crackin’
Make sure it’s dry before you try and bag it
This is when the iron start jumpin’ out of jackets and
You plot like a death plot, the plot thickens
Chicken heads in the paking lot sparkin’ chocolate
You take your place in the mix
Dominos trix
Crazy ’bout them New York Knicks
It’s like a New Port fix
You caught six fiends jones’n right off the fact
One grabs his dome when he smokes crack
Stood back
And began to scream
Swingin’ his fists up at the wind
Gave a devil his grin
He fell dead with his eyes open
Involuntary homocide
He died hope’in’ for a blessin’
Murdered by his obsession

(Verse Two M-1)
(Yo) You could use your forty as a weapon
A little bit of gas ignite fire underneath the heavens

That could reach around the universe
Purify the Earth
Dollar bill on the reverse side
See what is it worth
It seem the number thirteen is a curse if you accept it
It’s thirteen letters in Annuit Coeptis
Thirteen rows of granite, rocks on the pyramid of Giza
Thirteen stars above the eagle
Holdin’ thirteen fig leaves and thirteen arrows
Thirteen berries on the branch
And one pharaoh
Watchin’ YOU with the all-eye-seein’
Announcin’ the beginnin’ of the end
Of ALL human beings…

(Hook)
(What it is) What is the root of all evil?
Money is the root of all evil
From the pyramids to the eagle
Check your dolla bill boy there it is
Money is the root of all evil
Period
What is the root of all evil?
Money is the root of all evil
From the pyramids to the eagle
Check your dolla bill boy there it is
Money is the root of all evil
Period

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Nick Napoli

Nick is the fella who crosses the line and drags you, kicking and screaming, to the other side. Once there, he hopes you will begin to realize how liberating it is to cease incessant worries and let go of the mindless social norms that have been so firmly ingrained in our brains. He has held many titles in life: robot's bitch, designer, rocket scientist, gummy candy shot glass manufacturer, asshole, Zine maker, and most recently, ThePotLuck Contributor. "I wouldn't say I've become more radical: I was born radical." -Ai Weiwei

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  • Becca Lingley

    I completely think you are onto something here. Though I’m not sure an inanimate object can be inherently evil (I dunno, maybe?). I’d propose that the love of money, and the way that it is used, is the root of all evil. Just my opinion. (PS- I loved being taken back to the 90s, also) 🙂

  • Jergrif73

    I love that you have hyperlinks to Rap Genius (for the lyrics) on this post. So timely… A few weeks before they are banned by Google (and potentially other search engines) pulling an SEO no-no. A Beiber fleecing if you will… It illustrates how money could be seen as the root of all evil.

    I really don’t believe that it is. Money is just a place setting, a marker for the value of most everything in this world in relation to everything else. Of course some things are priceless, or worthless depending on who you are talking to.

    I would submit that most evil comes from fear. The innate fear that we have in self preservation. Of course that fear can turn into something more malignant than just wanting to survive. Our egos get involved. And the ego has a bigger fear of self preservation…

    Anyway, a discussion for the ages.

    It’s just that the Rap Genius links were almost prophetic… Awesome.