Zach Anderson

17 Things by Academy Monthly

I was born with a gift 

never saw it comin’ – what’s this? 

a black boy born with baby curls 

a boy who was 1 year old when 9/11 changed the world

I want to love and fly like a dove 

unfortunately, the world wants to push and shove 

god is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? 

no man nor satan can ever make me shed a tear

he is the one who brought me through thick-n-thin 

why don’t the world see the same, it makes me cringe 

Basketball is like my seed

I watched it grow on me unlike weed

I use the game as a crutch 

because in life I never really had much luck

because luck ain’t real, only god is the real deal 

so I keep fighting to the end

one day I will overcome this until then

Chains n Shackles by Academy Monthly

Cop I was just minding’ my own business

I wear my lucky socks so I dont go down sorry I get superstitious

Why? cause you always put me on the ground it’s ridiculous

What? You gone take me to jail I can tell today your ambitious

I guess it’s part of ya job it’s the same damn thing repetitious 

Jus’ cause i’m smoking a cig now you all suspicious

Pretty sure I saw you do the same thing when you got out ya car, wow VICIOUS!

Really? I’m getting 4 years now because you went into my file so malicious

Ok I left my troop to early but I been out for 6 years asking God everyday for forgiveness

I jus’ wanna be with my family this year for christmas

But naw I’m getting locked up for a nonviolent crime that is not tradition

This system yall have designed for a unarmed man like me is twisted

If I gotta stay behind these bars for another day I think I may catch some type of sickness

I am a black man unarmed, honest, innocent, and free of charge

But all the cops sees on my file is a false military honorable discharge