Stormzy – My Presidents Are Black Lyrics


My Presidents Are Black Lyrics by Stormzy


God in all my flows
Heaven in my tracks
My kettles all gold
My presidents are black (Blah)
See Jackie on the frontline and Richard’s in the back
Remember when they told us just to rap? Hmm
Over the years we’ve been ill advised
They told us “Just one at a time,” that’s the biggest lie
A wise man once asked, “Who ate all the pies?”
And now he’s looking at me funny like I took his slice
Oh, what a life, I can’t war with no broken man
They start worrying’, they’ve got wars to plan

Hmm, aight, cool

Jigga told me, “Crabs in a bucket,” I said “I overstand”
So you my brother, you can hold my hand
You wouldn’t know ’bout the convos that we had to change the rules
Didn’t know that I would give my arm and leg to help you move
Didn’t know we’re tryna implement
Our history through the schools
You can keep the gems I’ll give you jewels, aight
We are the needle movers, we are the table shakers
They gotta move around us, ’cause nothing moves without us
It can’t be you who found us, we don’t need you to crown us
I had a crown before my song, this is the mountain that I’m on
We set up shop but we never closed the shutter
I give you all the keys, don’t matter if we know each other
My brother Enoch told me, “Bro you wasn’t known to stutter”
So I got rid of it, I’m smoother than some cocoa butter
Fluent, you can
It’s the community provider
The multiple diss track survivor
Glory be to God, Jehovah-Jireh
How can I retire?
The devil is a liar
And shout my n**** Dave, ’cause we made it through the fire
Should’ve left me out the politics
All I know is feta cheese and dollar chips
N***** went from selling weed to scholarships
They’re billin’ me to holler flicks
And now they holler flicks to get at me
I could be a Beatle if you let it be
I needed you to set me free (Woo)

I just needed you to let me dream
The pressures that I’m under does
No favours for my self-esteem
I wonder what they tell Rahim
Black boy fly, black girl fly, we all fly
If you try to rob them for their dreams, of course I’m
Gonna put a target on your back I’m Hawkeye
Beg you, leave them yutes alone
This is my war cry
Just careful when you fuck around and take the piss
That could be my little bro or baby sis
Have to make a statement, just in case it is
We’re products of the place we lived
Yeah, we’re busting all your favourite myths
Nowadays, I pull up on my Zadie Smith
A master with a pen
Skin tone darker than your skeng
Ah, you have to pull it up to start again
Tell Michael Gove that we got somethin’ for your nose
And we got champagne bottles for them boys at number ten
Now we gon’ party through the bullshit
If you make a point, I’ll reinforce it
If you take a stand then we endorse it
That’s what we do
If we ain’t beside you, then we’re cheering
This is hashtag merky
This is God engineering, I swear

This for my n***** who ain’t make it to the prem’
Hope they see the bigger picture when they frame it through their lens
I pray my brothers make it in the end
To be fair, we never had no olders
This for my Kofi’s and my Adeola’s
You get the trophies when you plan and focus
You’re now tuned into my magnum opus
They wanna chat me whilst they’re sat on sofas
But I’m Serena for you Sharapovas
Win again and win again, like Wimbledon, I serve
I promise you, I’m colder than the single that you heard
The second one was stressful but it’s simple for my third
Holy Spirit, guide me to the things that you prefer
I’m still the nicest with it
Don’t put some commas on a cheque and try entice us with it
Put some rockets on our back and put some fire in it
This a blessing from my King you can’t acquire spirit
Hit ’em with the choir spirit
Got ’em singing

Gimme light
Gimmie love
‘Cause we’ve been through the fire
Got the strength of a lion (Oh, oh-oh, oh)
Oh yes we will, Lord

I’m a young Jazzie B
I’m on my Soul II Soul
They’re asking if I sold my soul
Tell ’em it’s the power of the Holy Ghost
Tell ’em that He guides me on this lonely road

So that’s why I say
For the, the, the road that you go, uh, are on now that
What you’re paving and laying
It is this road for all these people to walk (Hundred percent)
And I think that’s what’s gonna be
One of the greatest legacies
That, you know, together we will leave
As the Black English (A hundred percent)
Is that, erm, it’s like a full circle
We, we came all the way around

    Credits & Song Knowledge

  • Song Title: My Presidents Are Black
  • Performed by: Stormzy
  • Written by: Daniela Rathana, Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., Ras Kassa Alexander
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Album: This Is What I Mean
  • Release Date: 25 November, 2022