Hello people, and welcome to the second issue of the lyricists, an article promoting not simply literature as an art form, but lyricism which is just one of many fields in literature. And focusing on unknown individuals. Today, I want to look at the work of from deviant art (click the picture!).
First up is a piece called Imagination
Now this really caught my eye as a set of hip-hop lyrics. The first reason is because it mentioned homosexuality in a very positive light, and not just that but a revolutionary one too. When one listens to mainstream rap and even some underground stuff we are used to hearing words like “faggot” in derogatory terms. The fact that this piece does the exact opposite of what we are used to is evidence in itself that the artist is expressing themselves and part of their own life; this is what art really is.
“imagine Bill Henrickson havin’ three husbands
and three wives to round it all off, actor musta been
a practicin’ bi-sexual, highly intellectual”
I loved this part in particular, and no I did not know who Bill Henrickson actually is. The reason I love this section is the flow and the rhyme scheme, and the love for things like this comes from listening to a lot of hip hop. I can almost imagine the flow here.
And on to the second piece which has been called End of Days remix
The first thing I noticed was a hint of sweet rebellion and that is something I can’t resist. The reference to slaves in the beginning is metaphorical of course, the artist isn’t talking about someone behind visible bars but something more profound.
“you really thought Icarus was just a metaphor?
it’s obvious, like how a Muslim’s dinner plate is never pork“
A very clever rhyme to use, and as a Muslim my self I smiled at the second line here
“I used to [censored] around with Valium and Oxycontin“
It is refreshing to see drugs represented negatively in hip-hop. The artist touched on a very big topic here, especially since mental illness is on the rise in Western countries especially with depression.
Now I know that some people who happen to read this will be put off by the second piece because (especially the chorus) is associated with “conspiracy theories” even though the artist makes it clear that they don’t believe in the Illuminati or anything like that. I would like to mention that at times it is worth to be open minded and to think…what is so far fetched about powers with converging interests to meet behind closed doors? Because that is all what conspiracy means.
It was very much a pleasure to read some nice works of flow and rhyme and I hope that ~irapandstuff will be very successful in the future with their work
And now for some Q and A!
Q – What got you into writing lyrics/hiphop in general?
It’s kind of a funny story, actually. When I was 8th grade Asher Roth was starting to get really famous, and some people I knew didn’t like him because we felt like we could make better music than him. Anyway, one friend of mine said that “If Asher Roth gets famous, I’m gonna become a rapper, because if he can do it, I can do it!” That friend isn’t actually gonna be a rapper, but everything flowed naturally from there for me.
Q – What would you say is the central message of these pieces and does it relate to your personal life?
Those pieces you selected are basically as close to spreading a positive message as I get. “Imagination” for sure relates to my personal life because I’m a transgirl and a hip-hop artist, so that was sort of me trying to reconcile those two aspects of myself. The remix of “End of Days” is basically about my spiritual beliefs, actually. I’m not religious, and I don’t really believe in the whole Cult of the Illuminati that controls rap, but I have a lot of faith in the power of belief. My producer OhShnaps said one time “We would be able to fly, were it not for airplanes” and I think that about sums the theme of that one up.
Q – What are your goals then?
3.Well, I’ve got the just having fun part down pat, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wanna be famous. Basically, this is a good way for me to express myself and spread the messages I’d like to spread, and I’m actually recording, I even have a mixtape out. My whole life plan is kinda based around music, honestly. If I can’t get off the ground in some musical career I don’t know what I’m gonna do.
Q – Who inspires you to write what you write?
4.Inspiration usually comes from a few different places. One is where I’m just kicking around ideas with my friends and we like one and say “Let’s do that, let’s make that into a song.” Sometimes I feel compelled to say something about a big issue, or what I believe is a big issue. But a lot of the time I’m just having fun writin’ lyrics and then I record it, or I’ll have some idea for a really great line just come down from Pluto and then I have to use it.
I hope this has gained some views and exposition and I hope some people have been introduced to lyricism as an art form!