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Hip-Hop Passover Seder

I was asked to be a part of Out Of Order — an "unorthodox" Seder on the third night of Passover (March 31) at the Contemporary Jewish Museum where the Bay Area’s most creative and boundary-pushing artists, performers, writers, musicians, … Read More

By / March 26, 2010

I was asked to be a part of Out Of Order — an "unorthodox" Seder on the third night of Passover (March 31) at the Contemporary Jewish Museum where the Bay Area’s most creative and boundary-pushing artists, performers, writers, musicians, and ritualists each chose a piece of the Passover story to re-imagine. I picked the Four Questions and was heavily influenced by Common’s “The Questions and A Tribe Called Quests “What?” :

 

            What is a question if you don’t have answers

            By Dan Wolf

 

It’s the questions its questions child

It’s the questions it’s the questions come on (x4)

 

What is a question if you don’t have answers

What is an 8 count without 4 dancers

What is a rapper without 16 bars

What’s a dream if you don’t wish upon a star

What is tradition if you don’t have laws

What’s a puppy dog with out big paws

Why jump back when you could jump off

Some come hard, why do some come soft

                                                            I don’t know …

 

It’s the questions its questions child

It’s the questions it’s the questions come on (x4)

 

Why on this night do we need to dip twice

What’s a burrito without beans and the rice

When do you run and when do you hide

What’s a revolution if there isn’t any fight

Why escape and then persecute

Why be blind to the seed and the stem and the root

Why lean back when you could energize

What’s the deal with all this choosing up sides

Why jump walls and then build em high

Why keep em shut when you could open your eyes

Who came first and who’s gonna last

Why keep on fighting bout the same old past

I keep on talking even tho’ you didn’t ask

Speaking off the top is what I see as my task

When did it start and when will it end

It’s the same old conversation come again

 

It’s the questions its questions child

It’s the questions it’s the questions come on (x4)

 

What is a plague if you acting all vague

What is the sun if you never see rain

What is a number if you never pass 1

What do you pack if it you don’t carry a gun

What is a vision if you really cant see

What is you style if you really aint free

What is a story if nobody listens

Will you be prepared when the next gen visits

                                                            Here we go …

 

It’s the questions its questions child

It’s the questions it’s the questions come on (x4)