James M. & Dortonnio C. (Western Piedmont)
Song shared during the 2012 NC Youth Summit
I’d like to speak on how I feel…
Y’all just sit back let me tell you how I’m feelin
It’s time to turn my life around, stay out of prison
Everytime I close my eyes I be seein visions
Do you see what I’m sayin? See my disposition?
Get my tail back in school, away from inhibitions
Just don’t know where to turn, I got prior convictions
young white rapper, bro what a contradiction
they say I will never make it, if so what am I missin?
Called up my caseworker Bonnie, tell me something
Why they hatin on me when I ain’t done nothin?
Why they talkin bout me, always saying that im frontin?
They tryin to down my skills even thought they’re abundant
Keep my name out your mouth cuz your words are so redudndant
Come on down to the COG and see how I be stuntin
You hiding beneath your cover but its time to get up from under it
Stand up in the crowd, tell ’em keep it comin!
This song was shared during a talent show in which youth were given an opportunity to represent where they are from. James’ and Dortonnio’s account of their struggle and determination to better themselves by way of the Workforce Investment Act program in Hickory, NC is just one of the features from the 2012 North Carolina Youth Summit….Young Adults, One Voice