And when we roll together, we be rocking them
Speaking from the perspective of young, poor and victimized men in poor urban communities, Common uses a play on “rock and roll” with, “when we roll together” or congregate with one another, “we be rocking them to sleep”, we will defeat them.
This line is misquoted by many media outlets as a call to violence against the police. This is not true however, as Common, in the next line rejects the violence that is threatened here.
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