Which Side Are You On ? B. Dolan

[Verse 1]
Who let the torch passed fall in the tall grass?
Fire alarm wire’s disarmed, what do you call that?
Call it predictable political cliche
So when the movie ends, the revolution’s dead. Replay
The sequence of events that led to these deep divisions;
I’ve realized that all the wrong people are in prison
The children wanna know if I believe in the Reptilians!
I tell em ‘I don’t know’ but on the TV I see lizards
When action was in fashion you were such an easy mimic!
Bumpersticker quote lifting, crib note statistics
Grasp for the straw man, born again cynics
Fair-weather firebrand; spark my suspicion
We knew you were the type to take the fight like a gimmick
And rock the t-shirt when your sweat wasn’t in it
The clock is still ticking for the victim of the future
You’re waiting til’ they look like you to ever choose but–

Which Side Are You On?
Which Side Are You On?
Which Side Are You On?
(Ask the Industry.)
Which Side Are You On?
(Ask an Emcee.)

[Verse 2]
Who wrote the greatest lines of our generation
But couldn’t get from under their own small-minded hate trip ?
The same rappers say they’re trooping the frontlines
And casually use the word ‘Faggot’ as a punchline
That’s not a man, that’s not a tough guy
That is a sucker and a fraud to the culture!
Hip Hop is folk music grown from the struggle and
Half these fools could put the mic down and run as a Republican
Fuck ‘em then; they learn from their own wrong
Homophobes don’t go to my shows, we too strong!
And if you’re in the front row, harassing girls during a song
I will reach and ask you exactly–

Which Side Are You On?
(You ain't gotta like it)
Which Side Are You On?

[Verse 3]
I’m on the side of poor people getting organized;
I’m on the side of Choice where it is in short supply;
I’m on the side of those the system doesn’t authorize;
L-G-B-T We are on the side of Pride, Justice and Equality
Egypt to Wisconsin when they march against the Policy;
If you bringing down a King I’m on your side probably
Kids’ll give me shit for this it really doesn’t bother me
They were not around when we were wrestling with poverty
So I follow none and ask no-one to follow me
Use your own mind, use your heart and your anger
Check yourself because Apathy is a cancer
And let your action be the answer
Which Side Are You On?
(Ask your government)
Which Side Are You On?
(Ask your media)
Which Side Are You On?
(Ask yourself)
Which Side Are You On?
Don’t scab for the bosses
Don’t listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven’t got a chance
Unless we organize

User Comments for Which Side Are You On ? Song


Tyler Mandich

Respect. The second verse is for people like Immortal Technique; rappers who claim to be fighting for equal rights but use homophobic slurs in their music and are appalled at the idea of a homosexual emcee. This song couldn't be more relevant. Condolences to the folks down in Orlando. I am on your side.


HeadTrip Villains

Holy shit why haven't I heard of you!!! You better be on iTunes because I'm buying everything right now, you amazing rapping guy.



I logged into my google account just to upvote this ultra-important track.



calling out busta with the which side are you on playing in the background....beautiful


Jelo Roc

Mad props to this man. He's not the first rapper to address homophobia but as far as I know he is the first one to dedicate a whole song to it.



an amazing rapper who also supports the LGBT+ community? somebody please pinch me, i must be dreaming


Tyler Halloran

And everyone thinks Macklemore made the first hip hop song about gay rights...



I used a portion of this video as my final project in an ethics class on my way to getting my degree in education. B. Dolan speaks for us all.

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