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Posted on 2006-10-18 04:01:58 by Denver

I know why the Caged Bird Sings
Binary Star was an underground rap duo (One Be Lo and Senim Silla) that recorded in the late 1990s in Pontiac, Michigan.
Taking the title of Maya Angelou's famous poem and describing the life of a prisoner in a Michigan penitentiary, they paint a vivid description of prison life.

In jail, without the bail, in jail

Headed upstate, no chance for escape
Barbed wire and guards and the gun tower secured the gate
My uncle's fate, was life without parole
Thank God I was blessed with an out date
I can't wait, but I got to

If he were being incarcerated in a New York penitentiary he would be joining one of the
32,000 African Americans currently incarcerated in our prison system.

All types of individuals
Sorta like a melting pot for criminals.
The system is designed to stock the plentiful

In New York the plentiful are African American prisoners. Fifteen percent of the population provide over fifty percent of our prisoners.

I know why the Caged Bird Sings
: Binary Star
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