Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dang it Feels Good To Be A Muslim

A movie that has fast become one of my all-time favorites after the catching it on Netflix is Office Space. I had always heard good things about the movie and how it had become a cult classic but for years since it's release in 1999, I slept on it. Boy was I missing out on some hilarity! An outstanding element from this hysterical comedy is it's soundtrack, which uncharacteristic of conventional comedy movies, features an abundance of gangsta rap music. Office Space pulls it off brilliantly. The awesome thing is the use of hardcore rap songs actually enhances the comedy. One notable scene is the main character goofing around the office and doing whatever he dang well pleased to the tune of, "Damn, it Feels Good To Be A Gangsta." 


This song is an old-school hip hop single from 80's hip-hop group, The Geto boys from my hometown of Houston, Texas. Though the song is explicit and promotes the street life, there are some admirable lyrics within the song. So much so that the premise of the song and how it defines what a "Real Gangsta is" and seeing as I had posted my popular blog about the "Traits of a Real Muslim Man" the song inspired me to write a cover song entitled, "Dang, it Feels Good to Be a Muslim". I suggest the best way to read through the lyrics is by playing the instrumental and reading along in that cool non-chalant, laid-back style the original song was performed in. Check it.




Verse 1

Dang it feels good to be a Muslim
A real Muslim-type brotha has his mind right
A real Muslim-type brotha never runs his little mouth
'cause real Muslim-type brothas don't backbite.
And jokers always showin' off in excess
Flashin' his boys all the fresh swag
But real Muslim-type brothas don't flaunt mess
'cause real Muslim-type brothas know to not brag
And everythings cool in the mind of a Muslim
'cause Muslim-type brothas think deep
Up three-sixty-five a year 24/7
'cause real Muslim-type brothas don't sleep (til prayin' fajr)

And all I gotta say to you
Wannabe, gonnabe, horseplayin', dunya(world)-lovin' prankstas
'cause when the clock ticks down what the heck you gonna do?
Dang it feels good to be a Muslim.

Verse 2

Dang it feels good to be a Muslim
Feedin' the poor and keepin' up with charity
Although I was born in jahiliya (ignorance)
The deen of Islam now has brought me clarity.
Dang it feels good to be a Muslim
I mean one that you don't really know
Ridin' around town in a drop-top benz
No Riba(interest) cuz it's been all paid fo'
Now Muslim-type brothas come in all shapes and colors
Some got killed in the past
But this Muslim right here is a smart one
Started living for the Lord and I'll last

Now all I gotta say to you
Wannabe, gonnabe, horseplayin', dunya(world)-lovin' prankstas
When the time comes to go what the heck you gonna do?
Dang it feels good to be a Muslim.

Verse 3

Dang it feels good to be a Muslim
A real Muslim-type brotha knows the play
Real Muslim-type brothas lower their gaze
So when you see sistas, look the other way.
Real Muslim-type brothas don't talk much
All ya hear is the Dhikr on they tongue.
Real Muslim-type brothers seek their Lord's reward
'cause they know Paradise has all the fun.

Now all I gotta say to you
Wannabe, gonnabe, horseplayin', dunya(world)-lovin' prankstas
When your standing before your maker what the heck you gonna do?
Dang it feels good to be a Muslim.

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