History
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Kweli say, "Everybody act according to the season that they born in"
Some are the night, some are the morning, some at noon
Some in winter, some in June
It's our code, it's the natural
The science is a joke
For me and mines, yours and you
Let's move, tell you a little about mine, yo
I was born in a season where the world was quiet and cold
Celebrations were going on
Some were happy, some were sad
Some felt bad from being good
Some felt good from being bad, feelings pass and change
But they never leave, they here to stay
Holiday, holiday, happy birthday
Teenage love, the first cut run deep
Soul on flesh, this is the Brooklyn streets
Year of the Ox, seven and three
M.D., the history (come on)
Every soul's got one of these (yes)
It's where you been and where you be
And without understanding you cannot proceed
Complete, the start and the end
Then it just go round again

Again and again, brand new
Again and again, so fresh
Again and again, newness

I was born in the decade of decadence where they worship what they have
Ford was president, do the math
The war was ended when the Vietnamese stormed the city of Saigon
We was like, bye; we was gone, let bygones be bygones
I'm gone, spread love, it's the Brooklyn way
Where the hug you with the firearm, try it on
Like new school clothes, Black Star official
Smash when we do a show, it's facts, no mystery
I'm down with the crew like Mussolini in Italy
I rock with the Roots like the Giving Tree
Powerful, bigotry at work, me and my people got history
These rappers dumb it down considerably
We get it poppin' like a hit chorus
The flow is historic, they can't get rid of us
Ubiquitous, and we lay the law like Leviticus
Ten years ago we made history so they missing us

And don't call it comeback in particular
We will never blend into ephemera or
Fade into peripheral, transition of the minister's original
We're broadcast clear without diminishing
Black Star so tight, burning soul temperatures and ministers
Alkalines, aminos and minerals essentials




Served over Dilla time signatures
It's miracle material, remember it's right now foreverness

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "History" by Mos Def feat. Talib Kweli are a reflection of the seasons of life and how each person's unique experiences shape who they are. The song begins with Talib Kweli stating that everyone acts according to the season that they were born in. He then goes on to describe how people have different experiences depending on the time of day, month or year they were born in bringing about natural differences between individuals. The code or 'nature' is what sets us apart and the science is the way to understand that difference.


Mos Def then takes over, sharing his own story of being born during a time when the world was quiet and cold. Celebrations were taking place and some were happy while others were sad. He talks about the feeling of happiness even for those who do bad things, as well as the important moments in life such as teenage love and the first cut. He celebrates the ox, the year he was born, and talks about how every individual has a unique history and story which is essential to understanding who they are as a person.


Overall, the lyrics reflect on the uniqueness of each person and how the beauty of life comes from embracing each individual's history and story. Every person is different, and those differences should be embraced and celebrated.


Line by Line Meaning

Kweli say, "Everybody act according to the season that they born in"
Kweli believes that people's behaviors are determined by the season they are born in


Some are the night, some are the morning, some at noon
Different people have different energy levels and moods at different times of the day


Some in winter, some in June
People born in different seasons have different experiences and perspectives


It's our code, it's the natural
This is how nature designed us to be


The science is a joke
Scientific explanations are inadequate to fully explain human behavior


For me and mines, yours and you
Regardless of our backgrounds, we are all subject to this natural code


Let's move, tell you a little about mine, yo
Let me tell you about my experiences and perspective


I was born in a season where the world was quiet and cold
I was born when things were slow and peaceful


Celebrations were going on
Despite the quietness of the season, people were still finding reasons to be happy


Some were happy, some were sad
People have different emotional responses to life events


Some felt bad from being good
Doing the right thing can sometimes feel like a burden or a sacrifice


Some felt good from being bad, feelings pass and change
Doing the wrong thing can sometimes feel like a release or a rebellion, but emotions are fleeting


But they never leave, they here to stay
Emotions and memories are always with us, shaping who we are


Holiday, holiday, happy birthday
Life is full of special occasions and memories that stay with us


Teenage love, the first cut run deep
First experiences in life, like love, can leave a deep impression on us


Soul on flesh, this is the Brooklyn streets
Growing up in Brooklyn can be tough and shape a person's character


Year of the Ox, seven and three
A reference to the Chinese Zodiac sign for the year Mos Def was born


M.D., the history (come on)
M.D. could stand for Mos Def or Medical Doctor, but history is what matters most


Every soul's got one of these (yes)
Everyone has a personal history that shapes who they are


It's where you been and where you be
Your personal history is a combination of where you've been and where you are going


And without understanding you cannot proceed
To move forward in life, you need to understand your past and how it has shaped you


Complete, the start and the end
Our personal history is a complete story that starts with our birth and ends with our current moment


Then it just go round again
Life is a cycle, and our personal history will continue to shape us as we move forward


Again and again, brand new
Life is cyclical but each new moment is unique


Again and again, so fresh
Each cycle brings new experiences and perspectives


Again and again, newness
The cycle of life is always new and fresh


I was born in the decade of decadence where they worship what they have
Mos Def was born in the 1980s when materialism was a big cultural trend


Ford was president, do the math
Reference to the presidency of Gerald Ford from 1974-1977


The war was ended when the Vietnamese stormed the city of Saigon
Reference to the end of the Vietnam War in 1975


We was like, bye; we was gone, let bygones be bygones
A sense of relief or detachment from the events of the past


I'm gone, spread love, it's the Brooklyn way
Mos Def wants to move forward in a positive way and represents his city, Brooklyn


Where they hug you with the firearm, try it on
A reference to the danger and toughness of Brooklyn


Like new school clothes, Black Star official
A reference to the musical duo that Mos Def and Talib Kweli form


Smash when we do a show, it's facts, no mystery
Their music speaks for itself and is successful without any unnecessary hype


I'm down with the crew like Mussolini in Italy
A humorous analogy, comparing loyalty to his crew with fascist leader Mussolini's control over Italy


I rock with the Roots like the Giving Tree
Mos Def is a fan of the band The Roots and compares his support to the loyalty of the Giving Tree character in the children's book


Powerful, bigotry at work, me and my people got history
Despite facing discrimination and racism, Mos Def and his community have a rich history and culture that they can be proud of


These rappers dumb it down considerably
Mos Def sees a decline in the quality of rap music


We get it poppin' like a hit chorus
Their music is engaging and catchy


The flow is historic, they can't get rid of us
Their music has a lasting impact and will not be easily forgotten


Ubiquitous, and we lay the law like Leviticus
Their music is popular and influential, and they have strong opinions like the book of Leviticus in the Bible


Ten years ago we made history so they missing us
Their previous work was groundbreaking and they believe their music has continued to be important, even if they have been less active in recent years


And don't call it comeback in particular
They are not attempting to make a comeback, they are simply continuing to make good music


We will never blend into ephemera or
Their music will never be fleeting or insignificant


Fade into peripheral, transition of the minister's original
Their music is unique and timeless, not easily forgotten


We're broadcast clear without diminishing
Their message is clear and strong


Black Star so tight, burning soul temperatures and ministers
The duo is powerful and passionate, like ministers preaching a sermon


Alkalines, aminos and minerals essentials
References to important dietary elements that keep a person healthy and vital


Served over Dilla time signatures
The music has a specific style and rhythm that is associated with the late producer J Dilla


It's miracle material, remember it's right now foreverness
Their music is special and will always be important, reminding us to appreciate the present moment




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: James Dewitt Yancey, Mary Wells, Zekkariyas, Talib Kweli, Dante Smith

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@oddysee209

[Intro]
Kweli say, "Everybody act according to the season that they born in" 
Some are the night, some are the morning, some at noon
Some in winter, some in June 
It's our code, it's the natural 
The science is a jewel 
For me and mines, yours and you
Let's move, tell you a little about mine, yo 

[Verse 1]
I was born in a season where the world was quiet and cold
Celebrations were going on 
Some were happy, some were sad
Some felt bad from being good
Some felt good from being bad , feelings pass and change
But they never leave, they here to stay 
Holiday, holiday, happy birthday 
Teenage love, the first cut run deep
Soul on flesh , this is the Brooklyn streets 
Year of the Ox, seven and three 
M.D. , the history (come on)
Every soul's got one of these (yes)
It's where you been and where you be 
And without understanding you cannot proceed 
Complete, the start and the end
Then it just go round again 

[Hook]
Again and again, brand new
Again and again, so fresh
Again and again, newness

[Verse 2: Talib Kweli]
I was born in the decade of decadence where they worship what they have 
Ford was president, do the math 
The war was ended when the Vietnamese stormed the city of Saigon
We was like, bye; we was gone, let bygones be bygones 
I'm gone, spread love, it's the Brooklyn way
Where the hug you with the firearm, try it on
Like new school clothes , Black Star official 
Smash when we do a show, it's facts, no mystery
I'm down with the crew like Mussolini in Italy 
I rock with the Roots like the Giving Tree 
Powerful, bigotry at work, me and my people got history 
These rappers dumb it down considerably
We get it poppin' like a hit chorus 
The flow is historic, they can't get rid of us
Ubiquitous , and we lay the law like Leviticus 
Ten years ago we made history so they missing us 

[Outro]
And don't call it comeback in particular 
We will never blend into ephemera or
Fade into peripheral, transition of the minister's original 
We're broadcast clear without diminishing 
Black Star so tight, burning soul temperatures and ministers
Alkalines, aminos and minerals essentials 
Served over Dilla time signatures 
It's miracle material, remember it's right now foreverness



@Pride317

Lyrics

[Intro]
Kweli say, "Everybody act according to the season that they born in"
Some are the night, some are the morning, some at noon
Some in winter, some in June
It's our code, it's the natural
The science is a jewel
For me and mines, yours and you
Let's move, tell you a little about mine, yo

[Verse 1]
I was born in a season where the world was quiet and cold
Celebrations were going on
Some were happy, some were sad
Some felt bad from being good
Some felt good from being bad, feelings pass and change
But they never leave, they here to stay
Holiday, holiday, happy birthday
Teenage love, the first cut run deep
Soul on flesh, this is the Brooklyn streets
Year of the Ox, seven and three
M.D., the history (come on)
Every soul's got one of these (yes)
It's where you been and where you be
And without understanding you cannot proceed
Complete, the start and the end
Then it just go round again

[Hook]
Again and again, brand new
Again and again, so fresh
Again and again, newness

[Verse 2: Talib Kweli]
I was born in the decade of decadence where they worship what they have
Ford was president, do the math
The war was ended when the Vietnamese stormed the city of Saigon
We was like, bye; we was gone, let bygones be bygones
I'm gone, spread love, it's the Brooklyn way
Where the hug you with the firearm, try it on
Like new school clothes, Black Star official
Smash when we do a show, it's facts, no mystery
I'm down with the crew like Mussolini in Italy
I rock with the Roots like the Giving Tree
Powerful, bigotry at work, me and my people got history
These rappers dumb it down considerably
We get it popping like a hit chorus
The flow is historic, they can't get rid of us
Ubiquitous, and we lay the law like Leviticus
Ten years ago we made history so they missing us

[Outro]
And don't call it comeback in particular
We will never blend into ephemera or
Fade into peripheral, transition of the minister's original
We're broadcast clear without diminishing
Black Star so tight, burning soul temperatures and ministers
Alkalines, aminos and minerals essentials
Served over Dilla time signatures
It's miracle material, remember it's right now foreverness



@phumelelemazibuko3669

Mos def,,, killed it on this one,,
His like :
I was born in a season wen it was quiet and cold,
Celebrations was going on,,
Some were happy,,,,
Some were sad,,,,
Some felt bad for being good,,
Some felt good for being bad,
👌👌👌👌Those are bars,,,,



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@SouthCentralChannel

mos def is so underrated

@jamesmartin8758

Mos def is a legend

@ms00kye

Nowadays the best emcees are

@gregoryhughes2994

Not to me

@robbieflores7292

Top 5. No question.

@tonyrichengod9280

SouthCentralChannel Underrated by whom? Certainly not by anyone who knows about REAL Hip Hop

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@jm2p7

Two of the best rappers, rapping on a J Dilla beat. It doesn’t get much better than this

@OldSchoolLovin15

Man, couldn’t have said it better.

@ronnysimon181

😎🙏❤🎶🎙

@silewis9396

Nuff said 🔥

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