"KRS-ONE", a song by Sublime, released on the album 40 Oz. To Freedom. It's mostly just one of those pleasant Sublime tracks with Brad Nowell's vocals accompanied only by acoustic guitar. While the scratching breaks are kinda jarring, they seem to fit just right once you've listened to it a bunch of times. And the lyrics, I love the lyrics. They're true and flow nicely and have this nicely funny, playful sense to them.

By the way, is the phrase "hamburgers or steak" an oblique reference to the difference between rich and poor/upper and lower classes (and thus to not learning about it), or am I reading too much into it?
(Update, one day later: Glowing Fish tells me that "hamburgers or steak" is in fact a reference to KRS-ONE's and Elijah Muhammad's vegetarianism. I still think it makes a good metaphor for haves and have-nots.)

Lyrics:

In school they never taught 'bout hamburgers or steak
Elijah Muhammad or the welfare state
But I know
And I know because of KRS-ONE
Yeah, and I know
And I know because of KRS-ONE

Because he's droppin' droppin' droppin' science, droppin' history
With a whole leap a' style and intelligency
Yes I know
And I know because of KRS-ONE
Yeah, and I know
And I know-

(turntable scratching)

Because we don't wanna pay no money for(?) hear the same old sound
Watch and we'll take hip-hop to a higher ground
'Cause I know
How do I know?
And I know because of KRS-ONE
Yeah, and I know, ooh
And I know because-

here we go now
(more scratching, culminating in a sample from KRS himself)
You - must - learn!

And I know
And I know because of KRS-ONE
Ooh, and I know

And I know, oh, ooh yeah.

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