I gentrify the west, I gentrify the east
I gentrify the neighborhoods that I know the least, yeah,
I gentrify my neighborhood cuz I'm a gentrifier
If I were a monk, I'd be a gentri-friar,
See I'm gentrifying ladies and I'm ladyfrying gents
I'm gentrifying hobbits, I'm gentrifying ents,
Danger Danger Zuckerberg incoming malcontents!
Send in the fleet of Google buses to raise their rent!
I'm gentrifying Sutter Street, I'm gentrifying Eddy
I'd gentrify the Mission but then Google did already
Cuz see I gentrify West Oakland,
You think I am a liar?
Fresh out the gentrifying pan into the gentri-fryer
So I gentrify the tenderloin
I'm evicting the poor
Now shake your motherfucking ass and gentrify the floor
God bless America
Zuck the Bay Area-a-a-a-a-a-uh-uh
"I no longer believe democracy and freedom are compatible."
—Peter Thiel, Paypal Cofounder and Venture Capitalist
Gucci Gucci innovation startup startup start
I walk into West Oakland Station gentrify the BART
Now gentrify the DJ, and gentrify the club,
Now gentrify the neighborhood and "gentrify my love"
Look up, you workers from your smartphones
Arise you prisoners of tech
"San Francisco has some of the craziest homeless people I have ever seen in my life. Stop giving them money, you know they just buy alcohol and drugs with it right? Next time just hand them a handle of vodka and a pack of cigarettes, it’ll save everyone some trouble." —Peter Shih, Startup Brodog
Hey techies, give the mic back to the working people—you're gentrifying it! Give it back to us!
Much better. Ahem.
NOW A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM: KEITH BENEATH.
You can gentrify the Mission, you can gentrify the Bay,
You can gentrify the parks and sweep the poor people away,
You can gentrify my music,
you can gentrify my art,
But you'll never, never gentrify my heart.
You can gentrify West Oakland,
You can gentrify Iraq.
You can gentrify the neighborhood, put a fence around the block,
You can gentrify the commons, gentrify the corner store,
But you'll never, ever gentrify CLASS WAR.
Cuz the whole world is our homeland
And our law is liberty
And revolution is in our hearts...
We can all save San Francisco and save California too,
We can save the whole United States, you and you and you,
We can live our lives in freedom—it's simple, don't you see,
Drop a nuke right on Silicon Valley
Rain destruction down on Stanford
Drop a bomb on Mountain View
Drop a nuke on Cupertino
Probably one on Wall Street too.
If we all just band together,
And we kill the capitalists,
We'll be free—let's all
Resist, resist, resist.
released August 22, 2014
Samples courtesy Aaron Halva & Nathan A. Roberts, Dario Fo, Kreayshawn, Daddies Plastic & Persia.