The future’s in my grasp, hmph, there it goes
Now everything I was saying a second ago is in the past
Moment by Tonedeff

Today is the shadow of tomorrow
Today is the present future of yesterday

The words stated above by legendary emcee and producer Madlib echo the meaning of this line. Time continually passes and is ceaseless, the moment we’re in is not only the present, but also the future of a moment ago, but also the past of the moment we’re in now. Time is ceaseless, and is the reason why our time alive is so limited.

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I'm loved but alone, I stay up in my zone
I swear it keep ringing, but I don't answer my phone
I used to give my all, just so you can shine
But now I'm doing me, and I ain't really got time
Loved Then Alone by Casey Veggies

The whole song is summed up in these lines, Casey put so much time, effort, and heart into making it as a rapper. Now he’s caught up so much in touring and the other facets of life a rapper must do, that he doesn’t have time for anything else.

Even though Casey is loved by his fans, he is still left alone in the end because of the tolls his life has.

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But pour your soul into something for responses that's half-hearted
Terminate relationships on the basis of past hardships
And then you'll see why every review's like another line on my scarred wrist
Masochist by Tonedeff

Tonedeff has put his heart and soul into making his music, it’s his drive and love of life. However, he is met with lackluster responses from his fans and a lack of appreciation from reviewers and critics.

Tonedeff’s music is his life and he has put all he has into making it, but this love is often only met with a pain and doubt that he’s wasting his breath, and that his dream will never pan out.

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It’ll be fickle and shift on you, unpredictable, ticking fast when getting laughs
Or it can drag when shit is bad
Moment by Tonedeff

A very true statement, when our lives are going well and we’re happy we live carefree, so the time seems to pass a lot faster. But when our lives take a turn for the worse the rapid pace slows to almost a halt, because the carefree life has gone, and we’re left in a situation we have to care about.

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(Time’s running out). Hold on to this moment
Cause you’re never gonna get it back
And the time slides right by us and with a silence
Without the slightest hint of a pitter pat
Moment by Tonedeff

Repeating lines from the chorus, Tonedeff observes the passage of time and our lives, while our lives seem long, they’re often over before we know it.

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[Produced by Tonedeff] Gathered by Tonedeff

An amazing musical moment and a beautiful ending to Archetype, Gathered’s production is nothing short of spectacular. Tonedeff was assisted by the J-Quartet in laying down the string sections heard throughout Gathered. Tonedeff also brought forth moving piano lines and beautiful vocal work, as well as hard hitting drums that come out of nowhere halfway through the song. Tonedeff also adds an amazing, atmospheric outro to the album featuring soaring string sections and vocal harmonies.

Tonedeff’s breakdown of the production, as well as footage of the quartet recording the string sections can be viewed here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lt4krxNq9Y

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[Produced by Domingo] Case Closed by Tonedeff

Case Closed gives us some breathtaking bars from Tonedeff, as well as a great beat from Domingo. Domingo brought in some great brass samples and a moving saxophone line that acts as the bass line. Domingo added some good drum fills as well to compliment Tonedeff’s bars.

Tonedeff’s breakdown of Case Closed can be viewed here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhxdzxevKO4

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[Produced by Tonedeff] Children by Tonedeff (Ft. Anetra)

Children is a very introspective song on Archetype and is backed by Tonedeff’s consistently great production. Assisted by labelmate Deacon the Villain’s sister, Tonedeff created a beat with airy and pusling percussion, as well as moving synth lines and a structural change near the end where an infectious solo grips your ears.

Tonedeff’s breakdown of the production and the song’s concept can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSNWchoTgTM

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[Produced by Tonedeff] Heavyweight by Tonedeff

Tonedeff created a very minimal beat for Heavyweight to enunciate his technical ability and voracious cadence as an emcee. Regardless, Tonedeff’s production comes through with a solid beat comprising of a flowing boom-bap beat, a looped string synth line, and backing vocals by Tonedeff.

Tonedeff’s dissection of *Heavyweight can be viewed here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5DY4lwcxXI

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Benny-Moss Rap Genius User Directory by Rap Genius Editors 1

I created my username by simply shortening my birth-name Benjamin Neil Mossholder. I’m Benny-Moss, I have been a member of Rap Genius for nearly two years. During my time here I have worked across a large number of different artists and genres. Most notably Casey Veggies, Tyler The Creator, Cunninlynguists, and Oddisee. I have also started posting my own shit that I’ve written on Poetry Genius. I’ve also recently started getting into Art Genius and Producer Genius as well.

I’m a huge stan of Kanye West and Kid Cudi, as well as stans of the Cunninlynguists, Oddisee, Shad, MF DOOM and Tonedeff to a lesser degree.

This is a .gif I made and was damn proud of.

I went from being that tootless genius:

To the lumberjack looking genius in under a year:

WORK

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