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Parody of Method Man's "You're All I Need." A song for mamas who hustle hard for their families, their communities and themselves.


Head held high, Queen with a crown,
She’s the truth -- no lie, holds us down

Mamas plant the seed for who we be

VERSE (Taja)
When I arrived it was 1985
Single Black mother struggling to survive
Working hard, round the clock, 365
Nights shifts, two jobs, just to get by

Raised me on her own -- it wasn’t easy
I was outspoken, no respect for authority
Put me on punishment, I was mad sneaky
Watching TV
Talking shit, she couldn’t hear me
Even though we fight, we’re so alike:
Sun sign, unrefined, worrisome, OCD

She don’t easily accept defeat
Went hungry so I could eat
The truth wasn’t sanitized*
Mom in raw form, no disguise
No such thing as discreet
Knowing everything makes childhood bittersweet

Not the best cook – always made frozen veggies
Packed my lunch. Couldn’t stand peanut butter jelly
At an early age, second grade
She schooled me
Sex education, pregnancy, STDs

Mama taught me how to be resilient
Lessons ain’t over, we still learning
The past needs closure, healing is deserving

Mamas plant the seed for who we be

VERSE (Jessica)
I’m writing this letter to my mother
Cuz I gotta tell the world how much I really love ya
No one above ya, my rock and my anchor
I appreciate ya, a mama bear gangster

You’re incredible, beautiful, amazing
I wish you could see how your light be emanating
Abundant heart, inner wisdom, bold spirit
You blushing cuz you humble, but yo you gotta to hear this

Life got rocky, made sure we did not suffer
Showed us that thru love we could bounce back and recover
As I discover the woman I’m born to be
I’m blessed that god put me in your tummy

Walk strong in the world, even when you feel shy
A quiet leader, but not afraid to speak your mind
You love with all your heart, your caring is tenacious
Always on the grind, inspire me to be courageous

Sometimes we argue, sometimes we disagree
You worry too much, and I just wish that you could see
I’m grateful and thankful, you always in my corner
Always got my back, you be my biggest supporter

Transformer, you let me find my rhythm
Took me a while, but now i can finally listen
to your resilience, all that you’ve achieved
You live by your word, standard of integrity

You a soldier and a leader, you a healer, and seeker
Sometimes we are a student sometimes we are the teacher
We live with principles and stand for our beliefs
Have faith, support others, nurture community

It runs in our genes, women of valor
Your love is so abundant that I’ll always be empowered
How can i give back all that you have given me
Next time I’ll birth you for reciprocity.

When I was a little girl
Taught me the whole wide world
And it was plain to see
She was my destiny
With her I’d spend my time
I’d emulate my life
She sacrificed for me
Dedicated life to me

VERSE (Taja)
Everyday we giving thanks for mamas giving birth*
Shaping life coming in this world headfirst
Doula of my dreams*, mother-daughter team*
God is a woman, center of the universe

Pregnant or parenting
They be shaping history
Cesarean, adoption, vaginal deliveries
Different abilities
Young, old, adult, teen
Single, dating, partnered, divorced or married
Grandmamas, aunties, and nannies
Transgender mommies
Queer-led families
From margin to center, any race or gender
We celebrate every mother in our community

Pregnant having babies, having abortions
Speaking truth to power with fists and raised voices
Mamas are hustlers, making hard choices
Buying food, paying bills with few resources

Don’t get it twisted, she ain’t perfect
Human too, worthy of praise and worship
For her grind, contradictions and mistakes
Round like the Earth, she’s the core -- gravitate


from Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape (Explicit), released June 19, 2014
Original lyrics written by Taja Lindley and Jessica Valoris
Vocals by Audrey Elaine Hailes
Engineered by Elus



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Taja Lindley and Jessica Valoris of Colored Girls Hustle LLC have made a funkyfresh-sistergirl-rap-duo out of their friendship spanning a decade. Combining ‘90’s flavor with afrofuturist ideologies and crunk bravado, this rap duo comes together to share what’s going on in the world, explore how it impacts their lives and communities, and to imagine new possibilities. ... more

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