I make records... When the last time you heard something cover to cover?
'Yo, I live by the words that I speak on the daily
Put 'em in a verse even though nobody pay me
Memorize it, lines spit, rhyme sick, time tick
Prophet/poet, I'm it
Critics aside, I'm spittin' with pride
Putting in words everything I take into my ears, thoughts, and eyes
Surprise, your mind's become a destination for my equation
Let it add up on every cut
Intentional writer's block, pretend to be stuck
'Cause we still makin' records like we said on the jump
So long as the bass thump and the drums bang freely
You'll find me in a group called AZT
With the assistance of Touch-Peezy, it's so easy
The flow's wheezy, cold freezing
Oh Jesus, I write down what deserves to be said
Triple-checking every word that leaves my head 'cause...
Best be believin’, there’s a reason, I’m barely speakin’
Stayin’ in on weekends becoming frequent
Cause I be cleaning (cleaning) | Polishing each track
Listen a hundred times still gotto bring it back…
Scrap (scrap!) re-work it and adapt
I’m creating a classic, don’t need a platinum plack
Take that! Let me tell you a secret…
if the music’s airtight the the people will peep it
forget ringtones, singles, money and beef shit
that segment’s been abused, chopped, bodied in pieces
I made peace with, the idea of being me
No need to adjust speech or even scenery
You shouldn’t either (why?) too much clutter in my speaker
I cut through the noise with a concept because…
The Sun Rises in the East (Jeru)
Exile(d) on Main Street (Rolling Stones)
This Low End Theory's (Tribe) got me Stone Crazy (Beatnuts)
Sailing the Seas of Cheese (Primus) with no Synchronicity (Police)
Dialing up the Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden)
What's the 411? (Mary J. Blige)
Appetite for Destruction (Guns 'N' Roses)
My Daily Operation (Gang Starrr)
40 Ounces of Freedom (Sublime)
Give me Ill Communication (Beastie Boys)
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Public Enemy)
Got a Blueprint (Jay-Z) to Return (with) Boom Bap (KRS)
Uprising (Bob Marley) without a Reasonable Doubt (Jay-Z)
Above the Muddy Waters (Redman)
To reach the Slaughtahouse (Masta Ace)
to settle The Score (Fugees)
Yo, did you bring your Liquid Swords? (Gza)
Nevermind (Nirvana) Why?
'Cause I ain't Ready to Die (Biggie)
Even though Stakes is High (De La) and De La Soul is Dead (De La)
Relax, count to Ten (Pearl Jam)
Then Check Your Head (Beastie Boys)
How come an album has to be Black (Jay-Z) or White (Beatles)?
It could be Black on Both Sides (Mos Def) if all tracks are tight
We've had a lot of people comment on our the Who Cares if We're Dope? artwork, so I wanted to take a moment to give a quick shout out to TNES from Hippoe.com and explain the thought process behind this Season, and the art.
The thought process behind the Season title, Who Cares if We're Dope?, was basically our way of saying that we are doing trying to compete or impress anyone. Our latest music was very much made for us, and everyone involved in the project, but as we were making it, we realized we had to put it out. When we emailed TNES about our idea, he had the Hippoe over to us within a few hours... If you look close, it's a dude, inside a Hippoe suit, trying to be a rhino - which to me meant, he's trying to be something he's not; over and over again.
What's funny is that when we sent around the artwork to our team, 1 or 2 responders felt like it might need, "more". So, I asked, "like what?"
The responses were anything from, 'a street light', 'a 40oz', 'a blunt' etc etc ... The irony is that all of those things would contradict our intent! The intent is to stay away from hip hop cliches and do 'us', whatever 'us' may be ...
For those who dig the cover art - thanks for the positive feedback and be sure to check out Hippoe.com !!!! For those who think it could have been 'busier', think about what you would have put onto the cover instead... would it have been 'dope'?
This blog is written by The Aztext. We will write about inspiration for past and future tracks, breakdown our own verses, review movies, music, and keep you up to date on what's new! If you would like us to write on any particular topic, please shoot us an email!