Freedom Remix (feat. Matt Layzell)

from See From Space by Baba Brinkman

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A meditation on liberal versus conservative definitions of freedom, in advance of the 2020 election season.

Original album version of "Freedom Ain't Free" released in 2016 on the album "The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos"

Further Reading: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/dec/19/bastardised-libertarianism-makes-freedom-oppression

lyrics

Mayor Pete Voiceover:
Freedom does not belong to just one political party
Our conservative friends care about freedom
But they only make it part of the way
Freedom from taxes, freedom from regulation
As though government were the only thing
That can make somebody unfree
But it’s not true!
Your freedom depends on a lot more
Than just the size of your government

My freestyle ain’t free; it’s highly regulated 
That’s what keeps it elevated instead of degraded 
I voluntarily restrain it, so you get something from it 
It’s free but it’s not free, it needs infrastructure 
You wanna hear a freestyle that’s really free? 
Check it out: Blah-blah-blah-blah-blaow!
Yeah, I improvised every syllable in that sequence!
But was the lack of semantic content a weakness? 
Okay, here’s a freestyle that’s slightly less free 
Wayne Gretzky painted on jetski
Try to sell it on Etsy – yeah!
Those words came straight off of the top of my dome! 
But in retrospect there wasn’t much of a point in the flow 
So I suppose when I freestyle, it should have more parameters 
So you could tell the difference between professionals and amateurs 
It’s gotta work sonically, rhythmically, and logically 
It's better off with better laws, kinda like market economies
 

Chasin’ life and liberty 
Freedom lovin’ but freedom ain’t free
Freedom from tyranny 
Freedom from livin’ too free
Free to make a mess and leave 
But that freedom ain’t free 
Keep it on a leash 
‘Cause that freedom ain’t free 

It ain’t free, too much freedom is dangerous 
Your freedom to swing a fist ends where my face begins 
Freedom ain’t free, freedom involves tradeoffs 
We don’t want a banker to be free like Bernie Madoff 
People, freedom ain’t free, freedom for Cecil the Lion 
Means you gotta take away the freedom of Don Jr. to buy him 
Yeah freedom ain’t free, too much freedom, I’ve had enough 
Of the freedom to stash money tax-free in Panama 
Freedom from predators, not freedom for predators 
Freedom from shaky loans promoted by shady creditors 
I want you to have the freedom to say whatever you’re thinkin’ 
But not the freedom to drive on the highway when you’re heavy drinkin’ 
I want freedom from bein’ shot randomly in the street
That freedom’s bigger than your second amendment freedom to pack heat 
I just want to be free to receive needed medical treatment
The threat of medical bankruptcy is not freedom 


Chasin’ life and liberty 
Freedom lovin’ but freedom ain’t free
Freedom from tyranny 
Freedom from livin’ too free
Free to make a mess and leave 
But that freedom ain’t free 
Keep it on a leash 
‘Cause that freedom ain’t free 

Freedom ain’t free, on its own it’s chaos 
I want freedom like Picasso, not like a baby with crayons 
Freedom ain’t free, you want freedom of religion? 
I want freedom from religiously bigoted politicians
People, freedom ain’t free, freedom involves sacrifice 
If pollution causes harm, pollution should have a price 
Freedom ain’t free, you say you want a free market? 
I want a market free from people dumpin’ their garbage on me 

Freedom ain’t free 

credits

from See From Space, released July 11, 2019
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Original Track Produced by Soulful Spider
Strings Arranged and Recorded by Simon Kendall
Violin by Mark Ferris
Guitar by John Ellis

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Science rapper and inventor of several novel hip-hop variants. Canadian transplant to New York. Pathological optimist.

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