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2 min 35 sec
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4.26 / 5.00

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Hip Hop, Rap, R&B - Hip Hop - Modern
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This is a Hip Hop song with me rapping over the beat. I hope you all like it.

Artist: Rek Law
Track: Who Can We Trust

Verse

Who the fuck do you trust in the power seats?
From the parliaments and the palaces,
They the ones wit army backin' and they stole land,
We got nothin' but a half chance, if that... man,
Even that glint of hope can be snatched away,
When they steal our benefits or crumbs off our plates,
What do they do wit the money, its so sickenin',
Throw it in the drain, buyin' 50 quid roast chicken,
So while they fat asses gettin' richer,
We get zilch, coz we fail to see the picture,
All hail to see the queen depict ya countries dignity,
Certain rights slowly taken away to reduce liberty,
Couldn't even put a Union Jack in my bedroom window,
Cant do that, but they'll let you smoke some endo,
The BNP, just a bunch of racist MP's,
You wonder why I screw up the vote slip they sent me,
Like Michael Moore said, a dirty school ballot box,
Knock on my door again, I'll smack ya wit these salad tongs,
Its not right, its not wrong, this world's white,
People aren't surprised; I don't even know why you fight,
Men like to beef; its gut instinct, a tireless shitty habit,
Do you get excited when you kick and stabbin'?
As time goes on, we get these dangerous gasses,
White thugs walkin' round kickin' people's asses,
You want me to tell you, what its like where I live,
Its comes to somethin' when ya daren't walk down ya own street,
Enemies approachin' from every crevice,
Beggars askin' you if ya can spare any pennies,
Life is somethin' you should pick up and cherish,
I wanna kick the fuck outta that guy that said it,
Gettin' to the shop is a chore, if ya left ya door open,
Burglars sneak in and walk out wit the TV and your oven,
Vandals in spite breakin' my brother's car mirror,
It's fucked up, when ya stickin' plastic bags over the windows,
When its lights out, you hear tortured screams die out,
The next mornin' you find out, woman raped by mindless crime louts,
And you think I don't get pissed off by this,
Arsonists burnin' down houses and killin' harmless starvin' kids,
You beef wit Rek and think it's the end of the world,
Look a fuckin' round you, can't you see other people's problems are worse,
Shit dawg, don't you get pissed off too?
By the shit that ya see around you.

Reviews


DoomroarDoomroar

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Finally getting to make that Nietzlawe play list, and here i find what you sounded like on 2004/2005, 10 years, damn does time passes.

My man you need to get back to rap, is true all of which TheEyeOfMusiK and Stickman91 said here, and i don't know yet if you got any better, however this is quite good, it could do with a little more rage on it i wonder what i will find next? this got way more interesting faster than expected.


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nietzlawe responds:

It was back in the day when I loved rap, and was heavily influenced. I can listen to the track now and see a bit of naivety, but my intended point remains the same.

I have always found it easy to write lyrics, but the rapping part, I never really felt comfortable with it after a while. It felt a bit forced and I would struggle with breath control and aspects like that. Then I started falling out of love with any kind of music that featured vocals and started listening to solely instrumentals.

It was really a period of experimentation and discovery, but never became the route I wanted to pursue. Ultimately, I just wanted to write and that's it.


ChickenstewChickenstew

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great point!

I will say this I do not really care for Hip hop / Rap, but this man did a really great job and a clear message of how screwed up this world is! I will give this a 10/10 because I actually listened to it several times. Keep it up.


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nietzlawe responds:

Thank you very much, I tried my best to convey my feelings at that time, it doesn't seem that much has changed in the ways of the world, it is still messed up. But there is nothing stopping each of us from setting an example, maybe it will eventually be contagious enough to revolutionise the planet.


Stickman91Stickman91

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Could do with more emotion, but still excellent!

The message here is loud and clear, and for a piece like this, that's the most important thing. The beat is great too; it's gloomy, gritty, and sets the mood perfectly for the lyrics.

Your vocals are very good, although I think they could've done a bit more in the way of showing your feelings. I can tell that you're angered by the imbalance of power and privilege in society, but I want to hear you express that anger with more force and flow! The song as a whole definitely could've benefited if you had put more emphasis on certain words and phrases. In future endeavors, you may also want to try employing a wider variety of voice inflections to really spice things up.

That said, you did a excellent job of slowly building up what rage you had until you climaxed and started settling down about thirty seconds before the song's end - an excellent distribution of emotion, in my opinion. I love how you start off with mild-mannered complaints regarding the government, and as you go on, begin to shout about crime and get more personal. And I especially love the way elements are gradually added to the beat as your emotions grow stronger.

I also noticed that as the song progresses, the word "you" becomes more and more frequent, and I think that, combined with an increasingly dramatic melody and a more forceful attitude, is a superb way to gradually engage listeners.

Overall, you did a great job with this, and I hope you continue developing your skills and creating bigger and better works!


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nietzlawe responds:

This undoubtedly, is the best review I have received thus far for this song. You have given me plenty of food for thought, or maybe I'm just hungry. But on a serious note, I appreciate the depth and analysis you have gone to, there are some really constructive points that I can take in for future reference.

I actually made this song around the 2004/2005 period, thus making it seem like a very old song now in retrospect. Around that time, I used to be a very political person, read all the Michael Moore books, followed all the conspiracy theories and stuff like that. I wouldn't say I was angry back then, it was probably more a mixture of frustration and despair at not being able to change the world. I would even go as far as to describe sections of the lyrics naive now, at the time you just say what you feel, but when you get older you learn to become more stoic, more refined in your thoughts, beliefs and opinions.

As well as having that stance, I remember it being a time when all the people around me were worrying about trivial little matters and I just wanted to make a song that reflected the changes of that era, it was post 9/11 and that event created a lot of mistrust and made the world feel a little darker to me.

I agree that there is a little feeling lacking, but I was pretty new to rapping at the time, maybe a little tense and I didn't really find a suitable emotional inflection or take the time to re-rehearse the vocals. I know in the future how to add punch to the vocals, make them jump out at the listener more, I think my writing skills have also evolved too now, so the album I'm developing should be fascinating and hopefully a worthy representation of the toughest period in my life.

The deliberate use of the word 'you' is something I have heard in songs before, not always using the word 'you,' but usually a word that they want to reinforce into the mind of the listener. I wanted to feel like I was actually talking to people and saying that everything that I'm talking about affects the people.

I felt a lot happier since ditching political thinking. I like to emit different vibes out into the world these days, I'd rather smile and inspire others, none of us need to be negative, this song was at a time when I did think negatively all the time about everything. I could never bring myself to make another political song ever again, it would be like taking a step backwards.


TheEyeOfMusiKTheEyeOfMusiK

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Interesting.

You have some flow I can give you that. You manage to deliver your lyrics right but theres something about your voice and its not the accent neither.. you need a lil more swag and character when rappin, ya know? Overall you had flow on the track but at times it sounded like you had to force some words in. That can throw you off at times as well. The vocal quality could be a bit better too I guess. The tracks decent for someone who's experimenting in this genre. interesting indeed bruh

Oh and the beat was different.. sounds grimey. thats wuzzup mayne. keep at it

-RMP


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nietzlawe responds:

I love the true review, that's what I like, I always need someone to deconstruct what I do and pick holes in it, then next time I'll be able to improve on it. All of your points are valid though, good suggestions.


imapandaimapanda

Rated 5 / 5 stars

wow...

i mean,just look at what they wrote...
i dont usualy check the audio portal,and i didnt know you made these...
but damn...anything i write cant compare to them...these are real critics....

but for my taste,10/10...
nice....


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nietzlawe responds:

You're worthy of being on the panel. Everyone is worthy if they realised it.