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May 14, 2019 | 826 Blog Post

Living in the Motor City Hustle

Written by students from Western High School in Detroit at our Song-writing Field Trip in partnership with Third Man Records and Lafayette American

People only see what they want to see.
Blind to our struggle and prosperity.
Small people, big voices,
Right intentions, wrong choices.
Beauty in the chaos of Detroit.

Home of the hustlers . . .
We hold ourselves differently to what people expect,
Always subjected to what others project.
From butterflies to drive-bys,
Neighborhoods with violence
From playgrounds to gun sounds.
We’ll never know silence.

Living in the Motor City hustle
We can bring back Detroit
We can bring back Detroit
We can bring back Detroit

Living in the Motor City hustle
We can bring back Detroit
We can bring back Detroit
We can bring back Detroit

Artwork by Ingrid Ankerson.


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