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Lyrics: I Am Not My Hair (feat. Akon)

Artist: India Arie
Song: I Am Not My Hair (feat. Akon)
Released: 2006
Rating: 64.8 out of 100
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I Am Not My Hair (feat. Akon) lyrics
Konvict...Konvict...
Dat dad a dat da [4x]
Dad a ooh
Condict music, uh-huh

[Akon]
See I can kinda recall
Little ways back small tryin' to bawl
Always been black and my hair I tried it all
I even went flat, had a gumdee curly top and all the crap, now
Tryin' to be appreciated
Nappy headed brothers never had no ladies
Then I hit by the barber shop real quick
Had em give me little twist and it drove them crazy
And then I couldn't get no job
No corporate wouldn't hire no dreadlocks
Then I thought about my dogs on the block
Kinda understand why they chose a stealin' rock
Was it the hair that got me this far? (uh-huh)
All these girls these cribs these cars (uh-huh)
Hate to say it but it seem so flawed
Cause success didn't come 'till i cut it all off (uh-huh)

[India Arie]
Little girl with the press and curl
Age eight I got a Jheri curl
Thirteen then I got a relaxer
I was a source of so much laughter
Fifteen when it all broke off
Eighteen and then I went all natural
February two thousand and two I
Went and did what I had to do
Cause it was time to change my life
To become the women that I am inside
Ninety-seven dreadlocks all gone
Looked in the mirror for the first time and saw that
Hey...

[Chorus]
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your ex-pec-tations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

[India Arie]
Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
It's time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight like Oprah Winfrey
If its not what's on your head
It's what's underneath and say
Hey....

[Chorus]

[Akon]
Who cares if you don't like that
With nothin' to lose post it with a wave cap
When the cops tryin' to harass
Cause I got waves
But he's sayin' nothin' like that
Not in my days (noo...)
Now you gotta change all feeling's
Based on one another by their appearance
Yes, India I feel ya girl
Now go on and talk the rest of the world

[India Arie]
(oh, oh, oh)
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend? nooo...
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
I am expressing my creativity...

[India Arie]
Breast cancer and chemotherapy
Took away her crown and glory
She promised God if she was to survive
She would enjoy everyday of her life ooh...
On national television
Her diamond eyes are sparkling
Bald headed like a full moon shining
Singing out to the whole wide world like
Hey...

[Chorus 2x]

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A total of 11 reviews for I Am Not My Hair (feat. Akon):
dummy FaithW wrote on 25th Jan 2016, 2:56h:
This song gives me inspiration. It tells the truth and forces me to reavauluate how exactly I'm living my life. Am I living it for the opioion of society, or for me?
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dummy Jessicakate wrote on 2nd Apr 2015, 13:22h:
My friend showed me this song when I was doing chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer. This song got me through chemo with no hair and I'm about to go through chemo again very soon!
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Aiken Aiken wrote on 9th May 2014, 2:18h:
I'm not my hair either. :D
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dummy Keepitreal wrote on 7th May 2014, 21:08h:
And no, weave is a black coltural thing.
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dummy Keepitreal wrote on 7th May 2014, 21:06h:
I love this song cuz I done always been a nappy headed brotha
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dummy Oke-david wrote on 19th Jan 2013, 18:19h:
I cant help but dance wen i hear d song....arie,u rock
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dummy Chesi wrote on 25th Oct 2011, 22:52h:
This song is so AMAZING!! it really get's to me.. I might do it for a singing competition:)
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dummy singit wrote on 21st Oct 2011, 0:33h:
wow! you dont get what shes saying maybe you need a poetry class. i mean just read it!!! its pretty clear that shes saying that dont judge her by her skin or hair because that has nothing to do with her personality . which i can connect and also i love
it!!
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dummy Lonna wrote on 17th Oct 2011, 16:46h:
The song is basically saying that it doesnt matter how you look on the outside it just matters about your inside and what kind of person you are people can think one thing about you because of the way you look and it can be totally wrong. The message is
you should never judge.a book by its cover. I absolutely love this song and the message behind it.
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dummy vive@supanet.com wrote on 29th Aug 2011, 21:48h:
Do not understand the message. Not too sure if they promoting, encouraging blaks to keep their natural look or if it does not matter if you wearing it natural or in weave on ...........not too sure
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dummy Adun'ni wrote on 11th Jul 2010, 7:47h:
this is one of the songs that make me happy and send me on my feet to shake the bum
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