Dig this, just a lil something I put together to let you know what’s going on here.
I’m about done with ‘LOWER’. It’s funky, raw, and real. Again, I am responsible for every sound you hear on this album, just like ‘The Tinkerer’.
There will be a companion piece for ‘LOWER’ called ‘OTHER’ consisting of outtakes and remixes. Fon kay.
Stay tuned for release dates and more info…
Yuh man, Rusty in Indiana gets busy…
Lemme tell you guys something about this song…and I been dying to tell people this cuz it’s some ‘brainiac rapper’ stuff and I been waiting for someone to point it out…so I will.
The verses are mirror-images of each other. They’re the exact same flow, pretty much to the syllable. Listen to it again and you should notice it. Wherever I switch the rhythm in the first verse, there’s an damn near exact duplicate in the second verse. It’s easy to do for like four bars, but doing it for a full verse took some time and concentration.
They also parallel each other in subject matter…for example, if there’s a movie reference in the ___th bar of the first, they’ll be one in the second verse in the exact same spot and so on and so forth.
Another neat little trick: using a phrase in both verses as a pivot point to turn to an entirely different line of thinking. I don’t wanna give EVERYthing away. Half the fun of hip-hop for me is those “OHHH!” moments of discovery.
This song is just one example. The whole album is full of tricks, codes, and TRUTH.
*buffs nails on chest*
This is what happens when a rapper watches a lotta Kubrick and Tarantino movies and doesn’t even realize how much he’s being influenced. This is what happens when a rapper is trying to scream, but has no mouth.
There’s always more to it…
‘Lazarus, The Rising (Part 2) (for the sucka niggas)’
‘Sucka Nigga’ has always been one of my favorite Tribe songs. It’s just perfect. The intro is perfect, the beat is perfect and the verse is so good…
The Verse; see it’s one verse, done twice. I remember listening to the song for the first time and being fully engrossed. Then when it kicked around to the second verse, my ears pricked up and what starts out sounding like a hook is actually the beginning of the verse.
“I be hatin’ sucka MC’s…and the sucka niggas…”
…and then that verse…Tip just knocked it outta the park…I just found it to be such a special verse anyway and the idea that he did it twice let me know that he felt the same way.
I never really wrote anything like that that made me wanna kick it twice, but I sure have aspired to. I approached the concept when ‘Lazarus, Part 2 (The Rising) was being written. Originally, it was just gonna be the one verse and that was it. I just loved the track SPStar came with so much that I went home and tackled putting together another verse to go with it. The beat was rolling too hard.
My first instinct was to do the same verse twice, a la ‘Sucka Nigga’, but I ended up coming up with a similar concept that allowed me to kinda do that, but add omn a bit.
Instead of doing the same verse, I do the same FLOW, with different words in teh two verses. If you listen, it should be readily apparent, but it’s not one of those things you would naturally listen for. It’s one of those things that hopefully gets you attention and makes you run the track back to make sure you are right about what you think you are hearing. ‘Rap dweeb’ stuff.
Lemme show you…
Verse 1 starts like this…
“Your crew and them, I should be pursuin’ em
Simply abusin’ em. SImply, I’m doin’ em..
Hit em so hard, you’ll be like “I’m suin’ him!”
Mixed blessing like a bus pass in Jerusalem…”
…and Verse 2 starts like this…
“Your boy and them? I should be destroyin’ em
Smart bombs, I’m deployin’ em. Tactics, employin’ em
Rusty, the real, there ain’t no soy in him.
I dog you out and make you think “How am I enjoyin’ him?”
Also, as closely as possible, the two verses mirror each other. If there is a movie reference in a spot on the first, I tried to have it in the corresponding bar in the second verse and so one and so forth. I mess around with it a bit.
It’s just a lotta fun to write in different ways and approach rap from angles where you are challenging yourself, as well as the listeners.
Aight, rawkawn…more later…