“Americareful” — Atmosphere’s entry into the healthcare debate

Atmosphere

Like a more brutally honest update to Everlast’s “What It’s Like” for the current health-care debate, Atmosphere brings the goods with “Americareful,” off their latest double-EP, To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Body Holy: The Atmosphere EPs, which came out today on Rhymesayers. Suffice it to say, if you’ve heard them before, this release from Atmosphere cannot be missed. This particular track has the most individual staying power, but both EPs are worth repeated headphone listens.

I’ve posted the song below, with lyrics for those of you not used to close listening to hip-hop. Any errors in transcription are mine and mine alone.

“Hey man, what’s happening?
I ain’t seen you in a while!
How you been?
How you been?
What’s the matter, you sick?
Don’t come near me, man!
Ai’ight, I’ll see you later.”

Tommy doesn’t got no money for the doctor
But Tommy’s got sick, so Tommy needs a shot, or
Maybe Tommy got shot and needs a lot more
Thank mommy Tommy’s problem is not yours!
Tommy went to County medical service
That’s where you go when you don’t have insurance.
Budget cuts, and they overwork the nurses
And you can find more lyin’ than at a circus
Tommy’s sittin’ in the hospital, waiting room
Praying to God that the doctor can take him soon
Blood pressure on burn ‘cause they stress him out
“It’s your turn, some intern’ll check you now
Wait, first got to fill out the paperwork!
I know you’re hurtin’ but the bill’s gonna make it worse!”
Healthcare costs more than a small plane
Good thing Tommy had the brains to use a false name

God bless the nation, obligation
Altercation, interest of conflict
Population, lost your patience
Confirmation, system of a hostage

Katie went and got a baby in her stomach
She didn’t mean to! She was only fucking.
It isn’t like she isn’t old enough to cut it
As a mother, doesn’t matter though, it’s not in the budget
Now she’s got to make a visit to the clinic
She can’t remember ever feelin’ this timid
She’s gonna front and act like it isn’t hard
Vacuum, boom, put it on the debit card
Sitting in the waiting room, it’s a full house!
A lot of presidents who didn’t pull their troops out
If you’re gonna Special Ops with the bad boys
Goin’ in unprotected is a bad choice
It’s your decision to correct a poor decision
Alert the stork to stop, abort the mission
Forced in a more horrible position
When the doc got shot on the way into the building

God bless the nation, obligation
Altercation, interest of conflict
Population, lost your patience
Confirmation, system of a hostage

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