In the spirit of Jay-Z releasing his new Memoir/Book of Rhymes this week, I’m resurrecting the Hot 16…Or More…Segment of this blog. It’s a section that’s never gotten the love or recognition of other continuous segments that appear on this blog, never garnering comments – except for the initial post.
I’m aiming to change that. And like I said, being very much so motivated by Jay-Z’s foray into the rap-as-poetry ethos, I would hope you guys are more receptive this time. He’s actually approaching things from the same angle that I always have with this segment; giving you a backstory, and understanding of the mindframe surrounding the verses, and then highlighting the literary devices used and the key words and phrases within the wordplay.
I don’t have too many tricks at my disposal. I just do a lot of emboldening and italicizing and CAPITALIZING. All I can hope is that those things at least bring your attention to words or sentences that may have meant nothing to you at all prior to that. Either that, or I’m just hoping that the sheer act of reading the words that I recited just makes you go ‘oh! so that’s what he was saying!’
This time I’m taking you back.
We’re going to start at the most logical place; My very first mixtape, The Crazy 8’s. This Track is actually from a time period that goes even further back…I began recording myself in 2003, making my own loops, doing my own pre-mixing and editing. And what resulted was a full scale collection of songs; some over industry beats, and some over original production by my boy, The Politician (Who’s apartment I was staying in at the time, and who’s recording equipment I was using). There were only a few people who heard this collection, but among the music what garnered the best reponse were 2 tracks that I’ve always kept around. One of those being the track that’s being featured today.
If you’re like me, then you remember where you were when the Lil John production Takeover began. The song “Damn” by the relatively obscure ATL group, Youngbloodz, was a bonafied hit and I knew it from the first time I heard it. I thought if I rapped over it early before it blew up, then I could really put my spin on it and give it my own identity with a hook as catchy as the original. I grabbed the instrumental off Kazaa or whatever we were using back then, and proceeded to flip it the best I could.
At that time, Being that this was going to be my first collection of music as a soloist, I was determined to showcase as many facets of my personality as a man and Hip-Hop artist as possible. I sang, experimented with pop-rap sounds, vented, tested my flows and even dedicated 3 tracks to bashing the chic who I was dealing with. This track finds me declaring my stance on self-preservation and guns and altercations. I felt like I needed to be as clear as possible that I was no pushover and that while my status may not be that of the SUPER-hood dude, I still am a dude from the hood and as such, I believe in certain hood laws. Also, because of all of the other styles and softer tones of the other records that I recorded, I knew that I wanted to dedicate a whole track to this topic and just go hard so there was no mistake.
When I released my very first solo project, The Crazy 8’s in the fall of 2006, I still wanted to include this track because the point was to give the audience an introduction to as many of my sides as possible in the shortest span. I still felt that this was a side of me that needed to be established so I didn’t have to do another song like this. Looking back on it now, I don’t feel the need to make another. The point was made…And while I really and truly did feel this way back at that time, I find now that I may hold some of the same sentiments, but not be so willing to put myself in any situations that might call for what I’m talkin about. Nor do I feel the need to voice it as much. In any case, it certainly wouldn’t be a whole song about why I want or need to defend myself. I just wanted to draw a clear line between me and he folks who glamorize violence.
And with that, Here’s “Talkin’ Bout” verses 1 & 2
“Cause Niggas get plucked like guitars get strummed,
so anyday I can ending your bluff with a flick of the arm,
In anyway that you be wanting – I pump it and give bodily harm
to parts you thought ain’t exist, and I swear – it’s all in the wrist
– I make sure you ain’t gettin’ far…
I don’t like no Black-on-Black Violence,
but I can’t relax with you tryin’,
to stick up a nigga while I’m gettin’ mine – that’s why that gat got a silencer…
To hush you hoes,
a nigga like me, ain’t livin’ like he, was raised my mr. Cliff Huxtable,
the gun’ll be keepin’ me comfortable.
Shout out to Mr. Clif,
One of the pros,
tell me who’s fuckin’ with Mr. 6, teen when he spittin’ that Southern Flow?
uh-unh – No!
No it ain’t a long list,
I go beyond this,
and alot of your expectations,
I’m bombing on detonation.
Tick tick tick Blowe!
Now you need the squad for the track
this is it – now pardon my raps,
When I spit, you oughta take naps – rest…
See I put my heart on the track,
to do better – you better hope that you can get God on the track cause see!
That’s that shit I be talking about,
And I’ll be damned if you catch me runnin’ off at the mouth.
See that’s that shit I be talkin’ about,
and I’ll be damned if you catch me runnin’ off at the mouth.
So if you see me gettin’ Live,
you should know I got a reasoning behind,
I get it goin if you squeezin’ into mine,
So you should focus – nigga read between the lines…
I’d rather do than just talk about action…
You headed in the wrong direction,
I twist your head in the wrong direction – have you walking backwards – so talk with discretion…
What I spit is all for protection, it ain’t about representing no reputation or section – No!
I just fuck ho’s – I don’t smoke shit,
I don’t get throwed, and no, I never sold shit!
But where you find them drug dealers is where my home is,
niggas be moving more crystals than a can of Folgers!
Gotta get that money man!
Since you know I don’t drink or smoke then don’t be surprised or don’t think I won’t put gun-in-hand!
And slap you with it if my health’s at risk,
I clap a nigga out of self-defense,
none of that runnin’ man!
But it ain’t no boastin’ or braggin’
muthafucka I hope you’re not askin’
to see the chrome that I’m rappin about – cause won’t be no flashin‘.
Long as you know I ain’t flappin’,
you’ll understand what I’m yappin’ about
– lights out!
Hope you learned something…
Click the link below to Download the mixtape & hear the track.