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Whether this story is true or not is debatable, but Immortal Technique claims it is. Either way, this song is profound and thought provoking, as Immortal Technique raps about a guy who joins a gang that has him attack and rape a woman for initiation. When he finally looks at her face, he realized it's his mother and he kills himself. At the end of the song, we learn that Immortal Technique was a member of the gang that was there. (thanks, James - Tucson, AZ)
Kerry Livgren of Kansas
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John Lee Hooker
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Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
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JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
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