When you read the lyrics of this song without the video and beat , you realize K’NAAN is rapping to tell a story more than make music. He is talking about his own tribulations and experiences of life as well as that of others who have served the same fight he is portraying.
K’NAAN says
“How did Mandela get the will to surpass the everyday
When injustice had him caged and trapped in every way
How did Gandhi ever withstand the hunger strikes and all
Didn’t do it to gain power or money if I recall “
He is saying that these people fought for the good and rights of their people for no personal gain but in a pursuit to create a better world. They are role models and to be honored for their selflessness that was wise beyond their years. Furthermore, the rapper is questioning how they did it , inferring that nowadays , it is so unusual for people to stand up for their rights.
K’NANN also raps
“All I can say is the worst is over now
We can serve the hard times, divorce is over now
They try to keep us out, but they doors is open now”
Here he is recalling the divorce that was apartheid in America. It is in the past as he says , “the worst is over now” . He says “they doors is open now ” referring to the newfound equality for all people in this country.
It is fair to conclude that K’NANN is not only a rapper but in fact a historian sharing the facts of the past to educate the youth so they will not let the same oppression occur again

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