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    it's Pearsall vs. The Wellingtonians!!!
    er yeah sorry bout that Pearsall.

    Anyway, I uploaded an mp3 I found of this tune here
    Last edited by Omaar; 22-03-2005 at 07:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaar
    Anyway, I uploaded an mp3 I found of this tune here
    And I transcribed the entire lyrics before logging on to Dissensus. I'd recommend people listen to the MP3, cos lyrics are almost always worse when you just read them, but here they are in a lovely shade of yellow. Things get relevant to why I mentioned the track at all in the second verse.


    How times done changed
    These thugs they just do what they like
    Some of them be on Friendster trying to find a new wife
    And still hit the block and sling rocks at night
    But you can be dead warm with your pockets right
    Contrary to what the legendary BIG had to say
    You don't have to sell drugs or make the NBA
    It's easy to get a grant and get aa MBA
    To achieve one goal there's more than one way
    Young people on the whole we have lost our way
    I don't care what it cost, I'm not impressed my nigga
    That throwback jersey is a dress my nigga
    I remember diamonds used to be a girls best friend
    Enslaving black children with the third world gems
    I don't care about your rims
    Kids ride big wheels up until they learn balance
    And it's obvious you haven't
    With way more ego than you have true talent

    And this is for... x4

    Any white boy who thinks he knows my struggle
    Cos he listens to Pac and his adrenalin doubles
    Now I ain't got problems wit you being yourself
    But when you front and use the N word it just don't help
    I might not trip and your friends'll laugh at you
    But I know some real niggas that'll straight up slap you
    Now you can be down, but let's act growed up
    Because we ain't the same colour when police show up
    My culture's not a trend, being black is not in
    But for you it's just a phase you're gonna have to transcend
    While even if I tried I could never blend
    To society's mainstream - American dream
    Yeah it's all one love - but remember one thing
    This music is my life, not a cultural fling
    It's an expression of the soul when we dance and sing
    And you were blessed to have the chance to even glance the scene

    And this is for... x4

    Man, I do the same music, they stop coming to shows
    It's like they scared of the white boys in the front boys
    First I was like "so? I'm gonna get my dough"
    But the numbers kept falling as my fan base would grow
    And now I'm concerned so I gotta speak up
    First the money was the only thing shutting me up
    But now I don't care - don't support me, get mad
    Why wouldn't you abort me? My own people have

    I feel like I should have the scams white rappers have
    It's sad but that's the way it is
    What's the reason that my album doesn't sell like his?
    Don't front like you don't know why the hell that is
    It's because he's white, you can relate to his face
    Through the years you've been taught that black is unsafe
    Plus it's only natural for your own to be embraced
    Conscious or subconscious you can't say that ain't the case
    Only reason it took so long for it to take place
    Up until now your only choice was 3rd Base
    For others like Ice wasn't really that tight
    Now you got some white dudes who can truly rock the mic
    You relate to their stories cos you share that past
    Question is, why would you listen to Murs's black ass?
    I asked myself for a while now I finally get it
    Good music transcends all physical limits
    It's more than something that you hear
    It's something that you feel
    When I offer an experience the passion is real
    Used to feel I should be silent, I was scared to do this song
    But I want everyone aware of what is going on
    Yes it is jazz, and yes it is the blues
    And yes it is the exact same way they did rock
    But I refuse to watch the same thing happen to hip-hop
    I refuse to watch that bullshit

    And this is for... x4



    So just to cut the freedom of speech thing off, my initial mention of boundaries was re: limits of understanding, not about actions.

    Meh, now I feel like these lyrics have been built up, but I meant it when I said I thought what Murs had to say was "pretty good".

    I guess by posting the lyrics here I'm inviting each and every line to be critiqued and pulled to bits. They certainly do throw up lots of questions for me.

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    yeah nice reverse thread.

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    I don't see how you get around this by making glitchy trip-hop :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleep
    I don't see how you get around this by making glitchy trip-hop :-P
    Yeah, neither.

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    I feel like I should have the scams white rappers have

    Is actually "should have the scans" as in numbers.
    And "white rappers" = sage francis and aesop rock, i would presume. (among others)

    I like that song. I just sold my Murs album though, the one on Def Jux before that one. "End of the Beginning."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidD
    I feel like I should have the scams white rappers have

    Is actually "should have the scans" as in numbers.
    And "white rappers" = sage francis and aesop rock, i would presume. (among others)
    Ah, I did think he was saying "scans" but didn't know the jargon, so assumed I just misheard him!

    And yep, I think he's talking about people he tours with, hangs with, etc. Slug would come in there, they apparently did a whole album together.

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    Maybe he means | he feels his rhymes | do not scan || as well as those | of white rappers.

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    those lyrics are jaw droppingly bad.

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    the idea that dude should have the "scans that white rappers have" is ridiculous as there is only one white rapper who routinely trounces the black competition sales-wise and right now even his black protege is kicking his honky ass at the top of billboard.

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    the simple fact is that the majority of white listeners are going to be buying the game or even a b-lister like c-murder before they buy el-p or aesop rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubplatestyle
    the simple fact is that the majority of white listeners are going to be buying the game or even a b-lister like c-murder before they buy el-p or aesop rock.
    not just WHITE listeners right?

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    well that seems to be dude's main concern

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    though if i took an informal poll of black folks in my building, i doubt they've heard of murs either

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    Jess, I don't think he's talking about the pop charts at all, he's clearly referring to that little underground/indie world he inhabits where the best selling artists are guys like Aesop Rock and Sage Francis.

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