We all gon’ be woke today!

Both the United States and The Republic of Korea are going through some major political upheaval right now, so it makes sense that when to rappers who are known for being a little more introspective in their lyrics to bring the current state of their worlds in.  What makes this song that much better is that the song is eminently listenable while still managing to have a solid message.

All about how it’s incumbent upon us to change the world instead of waiting for someone else to do it for us while we focus on the inconsequential and cutting each other down, the two take on the subject in different ways.  Rap Monster is a little more serious in his flow with a pretty straightforward delivery, but he does manage to get some wordplay in there.  Wale is much more relaxed with his flow and does a lot more wordplay with his lines and tying into recent events a lot more than RM.  They play off of each other well though, doing individual verses before coming together for the final choruses, bridge and outro.  Rap Monster’s English has improved (though his diction is still a little slurred when it comes to words that sound different when Romanized versus the American pronunciation) and he more than managed to hold his own despite the language barrier.  Wale brings the heat and manages to drop a nice reference to Song Hye Kyo without being too obvious about it.

The production is a little more laidback than some may have liked, but this fits the individual styles of the two artists when it comes to this kind of track.  Both rappers know how to turn up with their lyrics and production, but they also know how to make a listener focus on what they are saying over.  The song is mellow but the two bring more than enough energy to keep the listener engaged and reflect the theme of needing a fire within.

The song is completely in English, so no translation needed, but we’ve got the lyrics courtesy of Genius.

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1: Rap Monster]
Oh, tell me that dark could never win the light
Oh, tell me that wrong could never win the right
Baby, tell me that we gon’ someday stop the fight
And tell me that every, everything gon’ be alright
Oh tell me who’s stupid, baby, is it me or them?
Just tell me who’s insane, baby, is it me or them?
In this crazy world after patience, could we get the pearl?
But this world, which teaches me, preaches me how to curl
Oh, fuck the school
All we got is mad teachers and some visible classes
Divided spaces, and forever-lastin’ stresses
Everybody’s mad
Kill people with fingers on Twitter
More than a gun, more than a knife
The tip of your tongue just glitter
Would the pain always win you gain? (Nah)
How could you bet? It’s damn checkin’ game (Yeah)
We’re losin’ again, homie, we losin’ too many things
What should we tell our sons?
You know that they will be the men
Like you and me

[Pre-Chorus: Rap Monster]
If hope is a taste, what’s yours?
What you eat all day? (What you eat all day?)
And if your love is a game
Are we losin’, losin’? Oh

[Chorus: Rap Monster]
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)

[Verse 2: Wale]
Yeah, yeah, tell me what is really real?
I’m tryna buy a new Ferrari for my newest deal
Baby girl say, “The world really hate us, huh?”
Pray a lot and maybe God give you Saint Laurent
Wish that I could change the world but they hold back
When it’s time to go, the people just be mad again
And what if I could change the world with a pen and pad?
When it’s time to vote, the people turn to mannequins
Challenge that
Namjoon, I’m the man too
I’m out in Chevy Chase the teachers used to lampoon
I sing songs, haikus
Over rap tunes, high IQ
Lookin’ for a Song
Hye Kyo, hey cuuutie
Yeah
I’m tryin’ to keep it a hunnit
Got no faith in the government that’s why we need each other, hey
Laughin’ to keep from cryin’
Folarin’s a rap monster
BTS is the ARMY
Now it’s on me
I’ma keep the piece until I see some more peace
I’ma keep it G, forever keep it low-key
Take a trip to South Korea with some DC OGs
Chiefin’ OG, I’m chiefin’ OG
Hated by alt-rights and racist police
Say, woop woop, man, 12 comin’
They make them kids really freeze, when they say, “Freeze!” Freeze!

[Chorus: Rap Monster]
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)
World is gonna change
(ooh ooh ooh)

[Post-Chorus: Rap Monster]
World is gonna change
The world is gonna change
The world is gonna change
World is gonna change
The world is gonna change
The world is gonna change
World is gonna change
The world is gonna change
The world is gonna change
World is gonna change
The world is gonna change
The world is gonna change
World is gonna change

[Verse 3: Wale & Rap Monster]
Moonz, prayin’ for better days for you and I
I see progress via my daughter’s eyes
I think I think too much now and drink too much now
I numb it ’cause I don’t wanna cry
Prayin’ for better pace for you and I
I see some grass growin’ in winter’s eyes
I think I think too much now and drink too much now
To numb it ’cause I don’t wanna die

I believe that real friends love you to no limit (yeah)
I believe that real change lies in the mirror (yeah)
Since I was a lil’ one wasn’t ‘posed to get much status
Now they got they hands up for me like a stick up
Say, “Hands up, hands up” like a stick up
Hands up, hands up like a stick up
Since I was a lil’ one, wasn’t ‘posed to get much status
Got they hands up for me like a stick up, check it

[Outro: Wale & Rap Monster ]
Take it day by day, night by night
It’s on you and me if I’m gon’ shine
Not stoppin’ day by day, night by night
It’s on you and I
Moonz and the ARMY right
(My hands up)

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