Last night the word came down Ten dead in chinatown Innocent, they're only crime was Being in the wrong place at the wrong time Too bad, people say, what's wrong with the kids today? Tell you uright now they've got nothing to lose They're building empire!
Johnny used to work after school At the cinema show Gotta hustle if he wants an education, he's got a long way to go Now he's out on the street all day Selling crack to the people who pay Got an ak-47 for his best friend, business the american way
Chorus Eastside meets westside downtown No time the walls fall down Can't you feel it coming? empire! Can't you hear it calling?
Black man trapped again, holds his chains in his hand Brother killing brother for the profit of another Game point, nobody wins Decline, right on time What happened to the dream sublime? Tear it all down, we'll put it up again Another empire?
In fiscal year 1986 to 87 Local, state, and federal governments Spent a combined total of 16.6 billion dollars On law enforcement Federal law enforcement expenditures Ranked last in absolute dollars And accounted for only 6% of all federal spending By way of comparison The federal government spent 25 millon more On space exploration and 43 times more on national defense And national relations then on law enforcement)