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Sep 16, 2014 | 10:23 PM EDT
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14.3 MB
6 min 16 sec
Score
4.67 / 5.00

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Rated 4.67 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Hip Hop, Rap, R&B - Hip Hop - Olskool
Tags:
hiphop
introspective
plunderphonics
liberalshimmering

Author Comments

"To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light." - Carl Jung

With every new track I make I aim to convey a message to those that will listen and come to their own conclusions as to what the underlying message is. Sometimes I make it easy to understand while other times it isn't as easy. I hope those that aim to understand what I want my music to express will do so with an open mind.

Carve your own path to whatever it is you want with life and never look back.

Lyrics:
[Hook]
Devil keeps screamin' (done)
Screamin' at my shadow (done)
Screamin' at my shadow (done)
Devil keeps screamin'
Quit followin' me!

[Dialogue]
"...And the world impoverishes itself by spending half a trillion dollars a year in preparations for war and by employing perhaps half the scientists and high technologists on the planet in military endeavors.

How would we explain all this to a dispassionate, extraterrestrial observer? What account would we give of our stewardship of the planet earth?

We have heard the rationales offered by the superpowers. We know who speaks for the nations; but who speaks for the human species? Who speaks for earth?

From an extraterrestrial perspective, our global civilization is clearly on the edge of failure and the most important task it faces is preserving the lives and well-being of its citizens and the future habitability of the planet. If we are willing to live with the growing likelihood of nuclear war, shouldn't we also be willing to explore vigorously every possible means to prevent nuclear war? Shouldn't we consider in every nation major changes in the traditional ways of doing things, a fundamental restructuring of economic, political, social and religious institutions? We have reached a point where there can be no more special interests or special cases. Nuclear arms threaten every person on the earth.

Fundamental changes in society are sometimes labeled impractical or contrary to human nature: as if nuclear war were practical or as if there were only one human nature. But fundamental changes can clearly be made. We are surrounded by them. In the last two centuries abject slavery, which was with us for thousands of years, has almost entirely been eliminated in a stirring world wide revolution. Women, systematically mistreated for millennia, are gradually gaining the political and economic power traditionally denied to them. And some wars of aggression have recently been stopped or curtailed because of a revulsion felt by the people in the aggressor nations. The old appeals to racial, sexual and religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalism are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. "

[Vocals]
Dark to light and light to dark,
Three black carriages, three white carts,
What brings us together is what pulls us apart,
Done our brother, done our heart.

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CommonOddityCommonOddity

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nice. Definitely dragged me in with ease. What is most interesting about this song is that the beginning pivots on the tightly off-kilter flute and basic beat, which is later met by the vocal highlights and quote samples to counterbalance it. It rounds it out and makes for a pleasant listen.

PROS:
- The flute. The flute, the flute, the flute. It was introduced well, did not overstay its welcome. The way you played it out at 3:50 or so, where the volume was adjusted and it teeters on the precipice of foreground, leaning towards background, is genius. It is perfectly in tandem with the quote but does not fight for the spotlight. Fucking well done.
- I absolutely adore the aforementioned quote as it was crystal clear, did not bore the listener (the flute held my focus in line beautifully)- but there is one gripe I have with the end of it that I will mention in the cons section.
- The beat itself, while simplistic, is well executed. A strong, thick kick made for a perfectly balanced acoustic meal.

CONS:
- The only real issue I have is with:
"[Vocals]
Dark to light and light to dark,
Three black carriages, three white carts,
What brings us together is what pulls us apart,
Done our brother, done our heart."

The reason why is not the quote itself, but the way it was implemented. It had way too much echo/reverb and was a little louder than it should have been. It tried to contest everything that was going on at the time. It made no sense and it missed the mark by a fair bit. It would have made more sense if you did a slow-down or record-scratch-to-sudden-halt where that bit was on its own, minus the massive echo/reverb. That would have made for a great outro. Instead it was seemingly obnoxious and threw the conclusion off its rails.

Don't stop creating,
-CO


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RezzyTipRezzyTip

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love the intellictual presence that you have in your music. It really made me think of a lot of different tangents that are too insanely long to go into right now, but I would love if you continued to make music like this. I personally love the sample. This is definitely something to get high to &just zone. As a person with constant racing thoughts, its rare a song can put me in a zone and keep me there, but this one did. Cheers.


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TheRefTheRef

Rated 5 / 5 stars

spiritual type shit big ups dawg


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AxTekkAxTekk

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Banging beats, love that lush flute sample. Flipped the vocal sample niiiiice with that delay too. Wasn't personally a huge fan of the giant Sagan sample, just 'cause the beat sounds so perfect just as a beat. DLing though, likely I'll feel it when I'm blazed hahaha. Very impressive track.


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