Wikipedia tells us that Morrison’s The Bluest Eye served as inspiration for Talib Kweli’s first verse in the tune “Thieves in the Night”, from the 1998 album with Mos Def, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star.  I’ve copied down part of the verse – makes for good reading…

“Give me the fortune, keep the fame” said my man Louis / I agreed, know what he mean because we live the truest lie / I asked him why we follow the law of the bluest eye / He looked at me, he thought about it / Was like, “I’m clueless, why?” / The question was rhetorical, the answer is horrible / Our morals are out of place and got our lives full of sorrow / And so tomorrow comin’ later than usual / Waitin’ on someone to pity us / While we findin’ beauty in the hideous / They say money’s the root of all evil but I can’t tell / You know what I mean, pesos, francs, yens, cowrie shells, dollar bills / Or is it the mindstate that’s ill? / Creating crime rates to fill the new prisons they build / Over money and religion there’s more blood to spill / The wounds of slaves in the cotton fields that never heal / What’s the deal?



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