Where I'm From - Lemon - Def Poet


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  • patron senor
    patron senor 5 months ago

    No muslim has ever sang a song to raise the sun! Great poet, but he needs to have his facts straight..

  • Try-One VH#22
    Try-One VH#22 8 months ago


  • Spanish Babino
    Spanish Babino 11 months ago

    Nice like that

  • bull419
    bull419 Year ago

    Yo soy Puertorriqueño but he doesn’t represent me, I’m from jibaro stock, honest, hard working, humble.

    ARCTURUS Year ago

    This guy is Tits !!! I say jump dance shake your pants you doin it wrong If your into romance step aside watch me glide If your gunna get down baby hitch a ride , Its a shame its a pitty you ain't gettin no tity betch you feelin pretty bad bech ya feelin pretty shity... Ya I wrote dat shit

  • Michael Gallagher
    Michael Gallagher Year ago +1

    felt it except Cali got the best weed.....!

    • UncleElEx
      UncleElEx 9 months ago +1

      He never said they had the best weed... just the best weed SPOTS.

  • carmelo Davila
    carmelo Davila 2 years ago +1

    bushwick is where we from this guy is a smart man and a good one to knickerbocker and grove

    • Brooklyn1530
      Brooklyn1530 Month ago

      Hell yea! Bushwick forever, never east williamsburg. That word is just something the yuppies conjurd up to raise their property value and take over what little we have...like no you may NOT change Graham Avenue - Avenue of PUERTO RICO to something else because it offends your sensibilities lol. This is Bushwick Sick so yuppies need to stick their asses back on that metro north train back to Connecticut 🤣

  • Lela Nhlapo
    Lela Nhlapo 2 years ago

    please check out my poetry at Lela nhlapo 'we are but only sand'

  • DR G
    DR G 2 years ago

    by far one of the best poems I've heard

  • bull419
    bull419 3 years ago +10

    savage skulls and chingalings are from the bronx.

    • Hector Dejesus
      Hector Dejesus 10 months ago

      they had and still have chapters in brooklyn

  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman 3 years ago +2

    Love, Peace,Harmony. Stop preaching the hate.❤️🌻

  • taino20
    taino20 3 years ago +4

    Shout out to all the ladies of Brooklyn from the Boogie Down Bronx!

  • Richarda Glass
    Richarda Glass 3 years ago +32

    i wish this man as acting. he really should be in movies.

    • maritta kuffour
      maritta kuffour 2 years ago

      +maritta kuffourvvb

    • maritta kuffour
      maritta kuffour 2 years ago

      +Richarda Glass -pll"""-"gvh

    • Richarda Glass
      Richarda Glass 3 years ago +1

      oh wow really? he is i love Lemon.

    • Abel First-Quao
      Abel First-Quao 3 years ago +2

      +Richarda Glass Ever seen the 2006 movie 'Inside Man' with Denzel Washington? He played a character by the name of Paul Guitierez, and he did a great job in that role in my opinion.
      There also seems to be a film that came out called 'Lemon'. I believe it's a documentary following his life.

  • Testimony central
    Testimony central 3 years ago +9

    I am part bodigua! and this to is we're my mindset lies. this guy is good

    • Chris R
      Chris R 7 months ago +1

      Did you mean Boricua? Lol

    • Testimony central
      Testimony central 3 years ago

      Lol my android always correcting stuff incorrectly lmto. I ment bodicua. I didn't notice that duh on me

  • EllaThePan
    EllaThePan 4 years ago +18

    Oh my gosh he's so amazing! I actually got to meet him too and he's just a really nice person.

  • lady2hood4u
    lady2hood4u 5 years ago +4

    I loveeeee him

  • Rahul Khan
    Rahul Khan 5 years ago +2

    Shit. I’m jealous towards my cousin. He has been unattached for life. By a fluke, he has got a model to deeply love him in no time. Just how is that even thinkable? He told me he used the Cupid Love System (Google it!) I wish someone stunning told me they loved me… I can’t remember ever seeing him so positive. Kinda makes me sick.

  • Cheapgamer420
    Cheapgamer420 5 years ago +3

    Muslim, 5%percenter, Israelites.. This guy know his shit

    • OEFBugout
      OEFBugout 8 months ago

      He IS a 3-time felon.

  • Marquita Stokes
    Marquita Stokes 5 years ago

    This was awesome, so much talent. He takes poetry on a different level

  • Mixtape121
    Mixtape121 5 years ago

    shut the fuck up

  • rdangelo
    rdangelo 5 years ago

    He needs to talk more like a respectable American. Phony.

  • Scorp 94
    Scorp 94 6 years ago +10

    I love this! I'm not even from NY but he sure hell made me feel like it lol. Talk about depiction. He was too nice

  • Kristi D
    Kristi D 6 years ago +7

    There is a such thing as "acting" a race. The movie 'White chicks', weren't they "acting" white? Some people naturally can have ways (characteristics, behavior etc) like other races because they grew up with that other race. However, there are cases were many don't grow up around said race and want to "act" black because it's "cool" or they are attracted to it. Every race acts different because of culture etc. Latino's will be similar naturally because they are mixed "races" not a "race".

  • ruwan hettarachchi
    ruwan hettarachchi 6 years ago

    I want to discover how to have more sex. My good friend has started going out with a ten mainly because 8 weeks ago he registered to a site called Master Attraction (Google it if you'd like to know more.) I'm green with envy since I would like to fall madly in love too. I'm gonna look into this Jake Ayres man's material. Odd point is, he previously had no luck with girls. How can you transform that quickly? His girl's like a model...

  • Kerrie
    Kerrie 6 years ago

    That should have been my husband lol

  • percyrmiller
    percyrmiller 6 years ago +2

    Mos Def said it in the begining "My man reppin the Boriquas" hes Puerto Rican (sorry for the spelling)

  • YaTaqwa14
    YaTaqwa14 6 years ago

    This might just be my favorite Def Poetry performance of all time

  • Jossie Zambrano
    Jossie Zambrano 6 years ago

    Apologize it's actually called "Gangsta MC's"

  • Jossie Zambrano
    Jossie Zambrano 6 years ago

    RUclip search "Freedom" by AZ feat Lemon from the "Final Call" album. Lemon spits that second poem. Thumbs up if you find it.

  • AJ
    AJ 6 years ago

    my friend is completely puerto rican and has blonde hair douche

  • joejoe buckzz
    joejoe buckzz 6 years ago

    the only reason why he is as popular as he is, is because he said what he said being white.....not hating, just saying........

  • jordanreel kb
    jordanreel kb 6 years ago

    The second part is really good. The first part will fly right over the heads of the non-BK natives.

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    jordanreel kb 6 years ago


  • Jei Young
    Jei Young 6 years ago

    That was SIKK...!!

  • Kayla Love
    Kayla Love 6 years ago

    Perfect. :)

  • freeflowingeternity
    freeflowingeternity 6 years ago

    hes is really talented i first saw him on the app TED and heard his poem about taking his jordan shoes

  • Juan321C
    Juan321C 6 years ago +1

    This poet isn't bad, but he pretty much paraphrased what has been said over and over and over and....well, you know. But I give it to him, he's pretty clever with the delivery. And in today's world, THAT is what counts. It walks to the bank and it keeps you safe and all that $#!+!

  • BMecca
    BMecca 6 years ago +3

    Lemon grew up in New York/Brooklyn. He's a product of his environment. He's not trying to be anything but himself. There are plenty of black-Latinos. I'm from Harlem and I grew up around plenty of cats like Lemon.

  • Basmin Nadra
    Basmin Nadra 6 years ago

    this daughter of all relations sends out big Love 2 Brotha Lemon Anderson who has learned 2B who & what he is everywhere he goes...share yo witness of true freedom u man from the county of Kings, brings a smile 2 this QueenB of the gateway city ;-)

  • Dominique McKenzie
    Dominique McKenzie 6 years ago

    I'm so proud to be from Brooklyn! xD

  • 21JDLC
    21JDLC 6 years ago

    Is that Vin Diesel in the back 1:45

  • Freerefills95
    Freerefills95 6 years ago

    25 ppl dont like poetry in general

  • pikespeek1
    pikespeek1 6 years ago

    the best weed is in cali my freind

  • Listenhoesitsmeh1
    Listenhoesitsmeh1 6 years ago

    speaks the truth and how could he be acting black if being black is a race. Saying that is saying you agree with the stereotype that blacks should sound, act, dress a certain way. Nah, Lemon just who he is and he's BROOKLYN!!!!

  • Dissent
    Dissent 6 years ago

    right shit back in the day I used to stand in line at Allen's bakery to get my coconut bread, black pudding, currant rolls, roti......lime with my boys at prospect park, check me if you know what im talkin bout.

  • God's son
    God's son 7 years ago

    Yessir!!! The lord might not come when u call but He's always on time. Word!

  • Brenda Sandoval
    Brenda Sandoval 7 years ago

    That has always been my favourite line!

  • Manuel Estrada
    Manuel Estrada 7 years ago

    The lord may not come when you call, but he is always on time.

  • elementsofstars
    elementsofstars 7 years ago +1

    Black? He's acting NY

  • David Clancy
    David Clancy 7 years ago

    yea...this is derp obvious

  • Marly Medard
    Marly Medard 7 years ago

    I am addicted to this poem

  • lola123434
    lola123434 7 years ago

    are u saying HOLLA or hi in spanish ?

  • lola123434
    lola123434 7 years ago

    He not ACTIN in no way , he's from Brooklyn . we all like that

  • Marche Kelly
    Marche Kelly 7 years ago

    "the lord may not come when you call but he's always on time"

  • Constant Noise
    Constant Noise 7 years ago

    act how u act, if ppl got problems giv em tha fist

  • SouFLoTV
    SouFLoTV 7 years ago

    thank you ..for saying this ....

    BOOTMAMA 7 years ago

    He IS BLACK!..and of Spaniard descent and of Indigenous Boriquen/Taino descent. Latinos, for the most part have at least 2 out of 3 of these ethnicities in their blood. From the Darkest skin to the lightest skin, the mix is still there. Americans can't place their shade-ism issues, and historical issues about what it means to be black on the rest of us, coz' our history and our realities are different

  • MzBification
    MzBification 7 years ago

    i like this here

  • queenlybeing
    queenlybeing 7 years ago

    Thank you! People at my school get so uncomfortable when I say things like this. Like when I speak 'properly' I'm not acting white. And my white friend who's from the hood aint acting black. She from the hood so she naturally speaks a certain way. It's not anything to be ashamed or proud of but it's a simple fact ya know?

  • 31MillerTime31
    31MillerTime31 7 years ago

    Sorry, but Cali has the best weed spots lol

  • Yonas Desta
    Yonas Desta 7 years ago

    Dawn! That wad dope!

  • Lailah Ahm
    Lailah Ahm 7 years ago

    @wojo91baby I wasn't implying that but I believe everyone goes through struggles. While people of colour may have to suffer, unless you know every single white person, you cannot say that they suffer more or less. Never underestimate another person's pain. It may not be as obvious as the pain suffered by POC but it still exists.

  • Papo1981NYY
    Papo1981NYY 7 years ago

    This!!! is Puerto Rock Style, we can argue all day about who influenced who! white to black..... they all my panas!

  • Amanueal Wojo
    Amanueal Wojo 7 years ago

    @LailahAhm I agree with everything except for the white part. The shit POCs go through on the daily cannot be compared to what whites go through.

  • Steven Velez
    Steven Velez 7 years ago

    @bballer4ever Everyone likes different things. Don't be ignorant... just saying...

  • Amarra2012
    Amarra2012 7 years ago

    Just to add to this discussion on his race, on a different video he said he was bi-racial. I'm talking about Lemon of course. Love his poetry.

  • Iraida Rosado
    Iraida Rosado 7 years ago

    @LailahAhm well said. special note: he's puerto rican, he's people of color. same difference.

  • Kay kay
    Kay kay 7 years ago

    lmao he real

  • 65c
    65c 7 years ago

    this dude never been to california....

    just putting that out there

  • Rascal Gets
    Rascal Gets 7 years ago

    san francisco
    has the best weed spots lol just saying...

  • rakbatum08
    rakbatum08 7 years ago

    @instrumental its no act...there's no place on earth like Brooklyn. You'll only know if u been there

  • Tierra Joyce
    Tierra Joyce 7 years ago


  • Instrumental187
    Instrumental187 7 years ago

    I SERIOUSLY hate the way this guy acts!

  • TayBabeyy12
    TayBabeyy12 7 years ago

    Damn. This was beautifuL

  • Statenizzy1
    Statenizzy1 7 years ago

    @Sw88tie yes most of them do look like that if you actually go to puerto rico..people only make generalizations of what they see in america...

  • blanca white
    blanca white 7 years ago

    @StatenIzzy1 Really?I didn't know that. But most of them don't look it.

  • Juju P
    Juju P 7 years ago

    i luv this

  • John Courty
    John Courty 7 years ago

    this guy's had the most applause i've heard in one performance!!

  • Kimberly Fentress
    Kimberly Fentress 7 years ago

    there's no such thing as 'actin black' 'actin white' 'actin spanish' NOTHING. U cant act an ethnicity u ignorant people
    P.S. I love this ! & he is soo fine woo Lol

  • Brooklyn1530
    Brooklyn1530 7 years ago

    Are these 2 poems he said in this video or one long one? Please help ^_^

  • Kashawnna Anthony
    Kashawnna Anthony 7 years ago

    he is fine!!

  • aderonke1000
    aderonke1000 7 years ago

    Hahaha @ 2:05 I thought he was gonna leave:)

  • Lailah Ahm
    Lailah Ahm 8 years ago

    Acting black? I really hate when people say that. I don't think he's acting 'black' per se, it's more that he dresses and talks a certain way because he was influenced by the enbironment in which he grew up in. Why would it matter if he were white? Just because he is white or puerto rican does not mean he doesn't face similar issues as people of colour would especially if he lived in the same low-income neighborhoods.

  • Statenizzy1
    Statenizzy1 8 years ago

    @ADayDreamer777 yes that makes him spanish so therefore hes white

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    kira concepcion 8 years ago


  • Jeane Byas
    Jeane Byas 8 years ago

    love it!

  • KBG
    KBG 8 years ago

    much respect for him! this is the prime example of a person who turned his life around. He was in jail and educated himself and started doing poetry so no excuses.

  • Nancy Watson
    Nancy Watson 8 years ago

    Boricuaso Mira what's good fellow brooklynite! Bed Sty raised me. Shit in PR they call me crazy! Peace!

  • jrlockwood3
    jrlockwood3 8 years ago

    Heman underweares

  • AA
    AA 8 years ago

    its not a song to raise the sun, it is a call to prayer and worship God.

  • neag12
    neag12 8 years ago

    Not glorifying, simply understanding where he's from and appreciating

  • Jacob Fehr
    Jacob Fehr 8 years ago

    I probably wont get any thumbs up, but it seems as if he is glorifying poverty

  • XxChiiChobitsxX
    XxChiiChobitsxX 8 years ago

    If Ya Like This Ya Should C him perform his book County Of Kings - My Grade went to see him perform and he is amazing!!!!!!!

  • Buck 50
    Buck 50 8 years ago


  • Jodice Edwards
    Jodice Edwards 8 years ago

    15 poeple hit dislike 'cause they don't have the best weed spots

  • Joren the Cat
    Joren the Cat 8 years ago

    That shit was crazy. I love seeing this generation strong in the Spoken Word

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  • John Palmer
    John Palmer 8 years ago

    @captainterrible525 I know you're wrong. But I want to help you. Read "Unacknowledged Legislation, Writers in the Public Sphere by Christopher Hitchens. I think this will help. I would be happy to accept any recommendations from you.

  • captainterrible525
    captainterrible525 8 years ago

    @john "I don't expect you to agree with me. Our argument has come up because our viewpoints are opposed." You have decided that I am wrong and you are right. So, if we agree that we disagree then your continuing posts serve no purpose other than to feed YOUR ego. "You can quit this conversation any time you want, but I'll keep posting" okay

  • John Palmer
    John Palmer 8 years ago

    @captainterrible525 I can only assume you are quoting me here because you think this is a "gotcha" moment. I will continue to post, if you don't want to have a "discussion" (two people or more) then you can quit. I will keep posting (requiring only one person). Is this clear enough? ...strangely you still haven't responded directly to most of my comments, and I sense you realize that your argument in coming apart at the seams, so this would be a good time for you to save face and give up.