Black gem in the rough, you rugged enough

from Common – A Letter to the Law on Rap Genius

Meaning

The pervasive image of the “diamond in the rough” assumes a more Afrocentric context as we are reminded of the origin of many precious stones. The black “gem” refers not only to the stone but also to the “rugged” individual using his or her mind to overcome oppression.

Sort of reminds me of something Lauryn Hill would say…

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