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Jul 26, 2017 | 12:05 AM EDT
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8.5 MB
3 min 43 sec
Score
4.81 / 5.00

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Rated 4.81 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Hip Hop, Rap, R&B - Hip Hop - Modern
Tags:
newgrounds
competition
vinstigator
teddygram

Author Comments

Our song submission for the NG Audio Quarter Finals.

Lyrics And Vocals: Vinstigator
Production: Teddygram

Lyrics

Yeah... sometimes I look back, and just reminisce. Think of all the times growing up. What I been through, you know? All my trials and tribulations... yeah... Vinstigator...

(Hook)
Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

(Verse 1)
Growing up I always hated living by the rules... hated people telling me what the fuck to do... I was a rebel, cuttin' class, always ditching school, Always sneaking out like a motherfuckin' fool. Wasn't thinking when I pulled that knife. But he was pushin' me, I swear I would have ended his life, that's when I knew I had anger problems, got into countless fights. Will never forget when I beat up that guy wearing white

Little did I know, that he was gang bangin' Almost made the same Fatal mistake...that Pac made cuz he was looking for me, gonna shoot first ask questions last... they say when he sees me... he's gonna start to blast. But as fate would have it, we got to talk it out, shook hands, squashed the beef... and I was out. Damn.. I felt like I doged a bullet that day.., could have ended differently... and I wouldn't be here to say...

(Hook)
Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

(Verse 2)
Fast forward to the present, thought I changed, but deep down inside... (man) I'm still deranged. But it lies dormant, comes out when I'm threatened, but when it does motherfuckers better get to stepping. There's been times when I almost killed a man chokin' out motherfuckers... with my own 2 bare hands. Now with a weapon, you better plead for your life. Cuz when I'm in a state someone's gonna die...

Yeah... I'm that type of crazy. Ain't proud of my past, and my future's lookin hazy. I'm always prepared... and when I start a scuffle... please believe I Never leave home without my knuckles. I'm like John wick, tried to stay retired, but motherfuckers won't let me so now I'm hired. Fulfilling markers until the day I die couldn't leave this lifestyle even if I tried

(Hook)
Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

Life's a bitch, and it's gonna knock you down hard, traumatize you, fuck with you... even leave scars
But you gotta fight... gotta stay strong... do it for yourself... do it for the cause

Reviews


TaintedLogicTaintedLogic

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I like the retro vibe and the instrumentation, even if the schmoozy strings and synths were a bit cheesy. Some of the lyrics are a little cliche - you went a little overboard on setting up the wistful aspect of the piece, and also used a lot of generic phrases like “trials and tribulations,” even the title itself: “life’s a bitch.” That said, once you started talking about the violence the narrator was exposed to and/or took part in, it was easier to get into the song. You really start to tell a story with the lyrics in the verses, which is always a plus. I thought the gun FX at 1:25 was a good idea, but it ended up sounded really harsh in the mix the way you incorporated it - it probably just needed to be equalized differently. Still, I’m enjoying the nice, full texture you have throughout the piece. I also thought the piece got a bit repetitive by the end, and the echo effect at the end came across as a bit lazy and cliched. You also could’ve used a breakdown or bridge somewhere in there to add some shape and structural relief to the piece. It has a smooth sense of continuity as it is, but I wanted to see you interrupt that pattern after a while and leave some more space for contrast. Overall, this is admirable work. The harmonies and mastering are strong, and I enjoyed the vocals overall. I think you lost the most points for lacking originality and variety in the texture. Keep at it, guys! ;)

8.5/10  



johnfnjohnfn

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

== This is an official NGUAC Review ==

Great rap track! It has a really nice moody vibe to it, and the beat has quite an emotional feel to it. The sound design, while not perfect, is pretty darn good, and when I try to imagine how this whole song would work with every element perfected, it's a pretty amazing song, which is definitely NOT true of most songs I listen to


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JikyuGQJikyuGQ

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very well done track, gentlemen. Teddy, as usual, keeping it on point with the production.
Vinstigator, I was a bit surprised at the timing of some of your lines. It all flowed really well.

Criticism: The lyrics of the second verse don't seem to match the beat. You go off on a bit of a flexing tangent, which os still topically aligned with the track, but given the similarities between the first half of the second verse and the first verse, the difference in content stood out to me.

Overall killer job guys!


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Vinstigator responds:

Thanks for the review! The 2nd verse was going to be completely different but I felt that I should fast forward to the present to show that even through my experiences growing up, I still haven't changed. And that my anger is more like a "curse" than a "gift".

Hence the "I'm like John Wick, tried to stay retired, but motherfuckers won't let me, so now I'm hired" and "fulfilling markers till the day I die, couldn't leave this lifestyle, even if I tried" lines. It shows that I can never live a peaceful life no matter how hard I try, because there is always going to be someone out there who pushes me over the edge, hence the continued cycle aka fulfilling markers...


MickeyMaoMickeyMao

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

That hook is really good, hits HARD with solid BARS. Your delviery shines on Teddygram's westy coasty af beat . Great work here Vince and Teddy!


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Vinstigator responds:

Thanks! That's why me and Teddygram make so many dope tracks together. He specializes in West Coast beats and I'm a West Coast Hip-Hop Artist.