Too Black, Too Strong

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May refer to:

  • Too black, too strong, the short form of a Malcolm X quotation from his Message to the Grass Roots speech that has been sampled by the rap group Public Enemy and others: "It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep."[1]
  • "Bring the Noise", a Public Enemy track that uses the Malcolm X sample.
  • Too Black, Too strong, a poetry collection by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • "Wrapped in Black", a Hideki Naganuma track from the 2005 video game Sonic Rush that uses the Malcolm X sample.


  1. ^ Message to the Grass Roots, speech, November 1963, Detroit (published in Malcolm X Speaks, ch. 1, 1965).